Fifth principal in six years promises improvement at Sanders Clyde Elementary

Fifth principal in six years promises improvement at Sanders Clyde Elementary

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Sanders Clyde Elementary School's fifth principal in six years is promising improvement at the low performing school.

Judy Beard was hired for the job after spending 28 years in the Horry County School District.

"I like a challenge. Maybe I guess I want to do that for the kids. It's not fair to kids, the kids and the families trust that the school's gonna be a good school," Beard said Monday.

Beard has a track record of improving schools in Horry County.

She's confident she can do the same for Sanders Clyde.

"I think we've kind of lost our way here at the school," Beard said. "So you have to really get into the trenches and peel back the layers and figure out why, the why, and once you resolved the why issue, you can start to make changes in the culture, you can start to get the schools on track."

She says that starts with recruiting the best teachers possible.

Eighteen teachers quit last year.

Beard she wants teachers who will be committed to the school and the students before and after the final bell rings.

"I think we need the belief that all of our kids can learn at high levels. I think there's been a history of expectations for children based on zip codes," Beard said.
Her plans include more personalized instruction and building positive relationships with students.

Beard says unlike the previous principals, she plans to stick around to make Sanders Clyde a success.

"I want to see this through. I want this to be a successful school and I want this to be a school that people talk about in a positive way, rather than in a negative way," she said.

Beard comes from the same school district as Charleston County Schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.