CCSD strives to move forward with new listening sessions

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thursday night, the Charleston County School District is taking the first step in moving forward following months of concern from not only parents but teachers.

The concern comes after the reassignment of several principals.

Thursday was the first of six listening sessions with the school district and the community.

The goal is to help the district move forward and try and come up with a new strategic plan.

At the first listening session, teachers spoke about what they would like to see in the school district moving forward – all boiling down to three main points.

"Teacher evaluation, definitely support and definitely retention or the lack thereof," Rachel Etchason, a CCSD teacher said.

Some teachers said the last few months of principal reassignments and lack of communication have left them feeling discouraged. They're hoping that changes moving forward.

"Teachers need to feel respected in the sense they are being clearly communicated with so they can do their job to the best of their ability without having these worries on their shoulders," Katherine Banks, a teacher said.

Many teachers both in the audience and as part of the roundtable discussion brought up evaluations, and how they would like to see them changed.

"[An] evaluation system being evaluated off of test scores that are reflective of our student's actual performance in the classroom," Etchason said.

Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait listened to what everyone had to say and says she's thinking of ways to make positive changes.

"Teacher evaluation process for this coming hear will be one of the first items we work with. It's required by the state and we'll follow that framework but whatever measures are used will be measures that the teacher cabinet agrees to," Postlewait said.

There will be more listening sessions every Wednesday from June 21 through July 26, with the exception of July 5.

The sessions will be held at the CCSD Administration building, 75 Calhoun Street from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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