By Paul Gable
The Board of Trustees of the Charleston County School District was censured by the Board of the St. James-Santee Constituent School District No. 1 Tuesday.
The Charleston County School district was created by South Carolina Act 340 of the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967. This “Act of Consolidation” as it is called took the eight separate school districts, then operating within Charleston County, and put them under a county wide district to equally fund education in all areas of the county.
The formerly independent school districts remain as constituent school districts within the structure of the Charleston County School district with their own school boards and duties.
The St. James-Santee constituent board censure centers around the selection process that was used to hire Gerrita Postlewait as the new superintendent of the Charleston County School District.
Criticism has been raised over the fact that the hiring process continued during the aftermath of the Emanuel AME Church shootings of June 17, 2015.
The Act of Consolidation requires the CCSD “to carry out the will of the community in matters of public education.” One of the criticisms is that much of the community was distracted in the aftermath of the shootings and could not fully participate in the community portion of the hiring process.
In the meantime, the feelings are the CCSD board went through the motions of a hiring process designed to conclude with the selection of the pre-determined winner Postlewait.
In an email provided to GSD, one constituent board member told another, “There has been no attempt at all by the board to make this look like anything but a foregone conclusion. The board as a whole, thanks to its chairman, has no integrity in the eyes of the public. This entire superintendent search process has been an unmitigated sham.”
More will be coming as this controversy continues to unfold.
Read the Censure Resolution below: