Charleston Co. Schools to look at all facility names after one had confederate ties

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board has created a committee to research the origin of every school building and facility name.

The school was named for Christopher Memminger, the Confederate secretary of the treasury.

“Mr. Memminger played a crucial role in Charleston’s educational system that prevented African-Americans the opportunity to partake in the American dream,” Hollinshead wrote in a letter to the school board. “In fact, he chaired the committee that drafted the Confederacy’s provisional constitution.”

Board Chair Rev. Dr. Eric Mack said the committee will be made up of members representing the school district and community.

They will research the origin of all school and facility names and provide a brief description for each name to the school board.

The board was set to meet Monday to discuss this, but because of technical difficulties on YouTube, the meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m.

During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait will update board members, parents, and students about the district’s plans to reopen schools in the fall and how they’re looking at doing it safely.

The board could also vote on starting school a week earlier than previously planned.

“If state funding is approved, districts may provide an additional five days of instruction for students in grades K-8 prior to December 31,” the board’s agenda read. “The administration recommends scheduling these days August 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17.”

The board meeting can be watched here.

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