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School board to approve new contracts for Burke, N. Charleston principals

Cannon (left) and Grimm. Cannon (left) and Grimm.

Principals at two failing Charleston County School District high schools will soon be rewarded with new contracts.

District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said she and other officials expected to have details for the new contracts ready for the school board in two weeks. McGinley plans on offering three-year contracts to Principal Maurice Cannon of Burke Middle High School and Principal Robert Grimm of North Charleston High School.

The school district recently had to present a plan to the State Board of Education indicating steps to be taken to improve the fortunes of the floundering schools, and both principals were actually in danger of being fired.

Instead, the Board of Education gave the school district permission to come up with its own improvement plan.

McGinley said the contracts "will hold the principals accountable on what type of progress [the school board] expects year to year."

McGinley said she believes stability in school leadership is "a good start."

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