CCSD considers moving more students to Meeting Street Elementary

Published: Feb. 9, 2016 at 12:23 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2016 at 3:53 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON - (WCSC) - Charleston County School District is considering a change to which school dozens of kindergartners will attend next year.

Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait says she's noticed the success at the new Meeting Street Elementary and wants to transition more students there.

Monday, the CCSD Strategic Education Committee voted to send the proposal to the full school board. If approved, nearly 60 kindergartners who are zoned for Burns Elementary in North Charleston, would instead start school at Meeting Street Elementary.

Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood launched in 2014. It's in the former Brentwood Middle School building, in North Charleston. Currently, the school has around 300 students ranging from Pre-K to second grade. By 2018, it's anticipated to grow to a Pre-K through fifth grade school.

Meeting Street Elementary is considered part of CCSD, it gets public funding and is free for families who have children attending.

However, the private funding and operating allows for more intensive programs.

Meeting Street Elementary principal, Sarah Campbell, says the school works hard to get families involved in their students education. They also have two teachers for every class and longer school days.

"I think all kids in the district could benefit from those services and I'm really excited to expand that to families at Burns," said Campbell.

Dr. Postlewait says she'll be working directly with the Meeting Street Elementary administrators to decide how to best transition students from Burns to this school.

Postlewait says CCSD will have to pitch in more funding if more students are funneled into the Meeting Street Elementary School. The exact number of that funding hasn't been decided, but it could be an extra $3,000 per pupil. Campbell says the average CCSD funding per pupil in North Charleston is $10,000.

The school board is set to vote on the issue at their next meeting on February 22.

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