McGinley signs resignation after seven years as CCSD superintendent

McGinley signs resignation after seven years as CCSD superintendent

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County schools superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley has signed and accepted the terms of her resignation.

She will now serve as a consultant for district leaders in her new role.

McGinley was the district's longest serving superintendent, filling the role for seven years.

In April of 2007, McGinely was appointed superintendent from her job as Chief Academic Officer.

"It's the work I've been preparing for all my life," said McGinley after the vote passed.

McGinley's fairshare of ups and downs started on day 1.

Former school board member Ruth Jordan said, "I was against not having an interview process. Never have we had in the history of this school district that we would just vote on and assign a superintendent and never an interview process."

The superintendent hit the ground running, visiting schools, and dealing with unsatisfied parents who wanted a principal out of Frierson Elementary on Wadmalaw.

"I'm very displeased with what's going on," said a parent at the board meeting.

In 2009, McGinley made her first major push for a change in academics; starting with one of her passions, literacy.

McGinley said to the board, "This is a serious issue, it's an emotional issue, it's an issue that communities care deeply about."

2009 was a tough financial year with state-wide cuts to education and salaries, along with school closures.

Community members in McClellanville said, "Stop taking things away from us and lets bring it back home. That's not fair.

Lincoln Middle-High was on the chopping block due to budget cuts.

"We cannot make the budget go around to 81 schools next year and we have to figure out what is the best way to handle this deficit," said McGinley.

The goal in 2010 was to help kids read better.

The very next year, new schools started to be built thanks to the passage of the penny sales tax. Voters approved it to replace 5 schools deemed unsafe and unstable in an earthquake.

That nearly half a billion dollar initiative continued through 2012, and won't be done until 2016.

Threats from the school bus drivers union of a possible strike kept McGinley busy last year.

In a press conference McGinley said, "It's time to think about an alternative strategy getting your child to and from school."

The state's second largest district saw success in the classroom in 2013. More than half of the 47,000 students attended schools with an excellent rating.

That momentum carried into this year, and the number of "at risk" schools have been cut down from 22 to 5; and in year seven, the district's longest serving superintendent is moving on.

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