Nancy McGinley leaves CCSD job, but not the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - You may be seeing more of former Charleston County Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. She tells Live 5 News she doesn't want to leave the Lowcountry.

"I feel very proud of the work I did in Charleston County," Dr. McGinley said."I also feel very optimistic about other work I can contribute to in this community. I'll continue to stay here."

Dr. McGinley is almost as busy as she was when she led the Charleston County School District for more than seven years.

Now she's working with educators across the country, some hoping to become superintendents.

"I've started a company called the Common Ground Leadership Project, and that is a vehicle for me to share what I've learned about leadership," she said.

Education improves the quality of life, she says. McGinley calls it important work that matters to families and communities.

She explains, "I get to share the successes we've had here in Charleston with our literacy initiative, specifically the literacy academies that build the foundations of excellence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, in the early grades."

The literacy program is something she hopes won't fall by the wayside in Charleston County.

McGinley said she is not looking at superintendent's jobs, although the calls have come.

She's said no even to a major city.

"Boston called and as you can imagine, it's not a good year to be thinking about going to Boston," she chuckled.

She loves the lowcountry, the beaches, the birds, the people.

McGinley put it this way, "My heart is always going to be with the teachers and principals in Charleston County because I know they are there every day trying to do the best they can for children and I feel good about that."

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