The Charleston County School Board voted 8 to 1 Monday night to add four days of teacher professional development to the 2013-2014 school year.
The school board met Monday night to add workdays for teachers. Teachers would get extra pay for the training. The district's associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction says teacher feedback has been positive.
"Compensation at their full salary is a strong statement that we're invested in their development, and we recognize not just their importance, but what this means for our district's readiness," says Dr. Lisa Herring.
Students will begin the 2013-2014 school year on August 21st.
The school board also voted 9 to 0 in the
professional development of selected teachers and support staff at the four schools. According to the superintendent, Burns Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary, North Charleston
Elementary School and Memminger Elementary are under-performing schools. The one-year pilot program will allow teachers and support staff to invest in their growth through graduate courses or seminars with a $1000 incentive.