School leader wasn’t aware of meeting on school’s possible closure

School leader wasn’t aware of meeting on school’s possible closure

EDISTO ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The chairman of the Charleston County School District 23 Constituent Board says he was not aware of a meeting that took place Wednesday night regarding the future of an Edisto Island school.

Chairman Charles Glover Sr. originally said the meeting on Wednesday was rescheduled for May 11, to give the community more time to come up with solutions to the possibility of the school closing.

He also said he wanted to put the announcement of the meeting in church bulletin's to give everyone proper notice.

A parent said there was indeed meeting at Jane Edwards Wednesday night, despite Glover's statement it had been rescheduled.

"[I feel] the school district has not been transparent and [it] appears that no one takes responsibility for including families in the discussion," the parent said in an email.

The meeting was not listed on the CCSD calendar, however Media Relations Executive Director Erica Taylor said Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait and CCSD board member Rev. Dr. Eric Mack were in attendance at the meeting Wednesday night.

"I should have been informed about last night's meeting," Glover said Thursday morning.

Taylor said Postlewait wanted to meet with parents and the community about her recommendations for the school.

Glover said Wednesday there is a possibility of Jane Edwards closing.

According to the Charleston County School District website, Jane Edwards is one of four Elementary Schools in the district.

The website states the school has an enrollment of 89 students, and received "average" state ratings in 2014 and 2012, with a "good" rating in 2013.

Glover said CCSD is considering closing the school based upon a lack of funding and low student enrollment.

Taylor said Thursday recommendations for school closings are not only focused on budget cuts.

"We have to look at the circumstances of the school and where it is," Taylor said. "We want to be able to offer the best we can for the quality of educational numbers (students) if there was a higher enrollment."

Postlewait is able to make recommendations about whether to close or keep schools open, but ultimately the CCSD board will make the final decision based on a vote.

There is a CCSD board meeting scheduled for Monday, however the agenda has not yet been released.

Glover said he still plans to hold a public meeting on May 11 with fellow district 23 constituent board members to discuss the future of Jane Edwards Elementary School.

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