Charleston County School District, South Carolina

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Charleston County School District
Charleston County, South Carolina
Charleston County School District logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Michael Bobby (Acting)
Enrollment:42,318 students
Graduation rate:87.8%[1]
Number of schools:80
Budget: $806.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Cindy Bohn Coats
Board members:9
Term length:4
Charleston County School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Charleston County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Charleston County School District was the second-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 42,318 students in 80 schools.

About the district

Charleston County School District is located in Charleston County, South Carolina.
Charleston County School District is located in Charleston County, South Carolina. The county seat of Charleston County is Charleston. Charleston County is home to 350,209 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Charleston County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 38.4 percent of Charleston County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Charleston County was $50,289 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Charleston County was 17.7 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Charleston County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 67.4 68.3
Black or African American 29.0 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.6 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Charleston County[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 81,487 77,629
2008 82,698 69,822
2004 63,758 70,297
2000 49,520 58,229

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]


The acting superintendent of Charleston County School District is Michael Bobby, who was appointed to the position in October 2014 following the resignation of Superintendent Nancy McGinley. Bobby was previously serving as the district's chief financial officer.[5]

See also: Resignation of Superintendent Nancy McGinley

School board

The Charleston County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic area; three members each are elected from the East Cooper, North Area and West Ashley residential areas. Members receive $25 per scheduled board meeting. The superintendent serves as the executive secretary for the board.[6]

Charleston County Board of Education
Member Area Assumed Office Term Ends
Cindy Bohn Coats North Area 2010 2018
Chris Collins North Area 2008 2016
Kate Darby East Cooper 2014 2018
Tom Ducker North Area 2012 2016
Todd Garrett East Cooper 2012 2016
Eric Mack West Ashley 2014 2018
Michael Miller West Ashley 2012 2016
Chris Staubes East Cooper 2014 2018
Tripp Wiles West Ashley 2014 2016

School board elections

See also: Charleston County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on November 4, 2014, which included one special election for a two-year term. Appointed board member Tripp Wiles was elected to that seat. Five seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings on its website:

Citizens who wish to address the Board may do so by signing in prior to the start of the Board meeting at 5:15 p.m. Speakers are generally allotted 2 minutes to address the Board.[7]

—Charleston County School District's website, (2014) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Charleston County School District:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $275,674,905 34.9% $66,218,935 8.4% $371,330,105 47% $75,766,404 9.6% $900,000 0.1% $789,890,346
2014-2015 $249,797,612 31% $419,740,208 52% $75,094,008 9.3% $61,315,907 7.6% $900,000 0.1% $806,847,735
Averages: $262,736,258.5 33% $242,979,571.5 30% $223,212,056.5 28% $68,541,155.5 9% $900,000 0% $798,369,040.5

Teacher salaries

Charleston County teacher salaries are based on years of experience and educational attainment. A teacher can earn a higher salary by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 34,656.00 55,434.00
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 35,583.20 56,939.20
Master's degree 37,848.00 60,572.00
Master's degree + 30 hours 40,690.40 65,101.60
Doctorate 44,095.20 70,543.20

Schools in Charleston County School District


The district served 42,318 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.4 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 40,924 N/A
2010-2011 41,992 2.6
2011-2012 42,318 0.8

District schools

Charleston County School District operates 80 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Charleston County School District Schools
School Name
A. C. Corcoran Elementary School
Academic Magnet High School
Angel Oak Elementary School
Ashley River Creative Arts
Baptist Hill High School
Belle Hall Elementary School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
C. E. Williams Middle School School for Creative and Scientific Arts
Carolina Voyager Charter School
Charles Pinckney Elementary School
Charleston Charter School School for Math and Science
Charleston Development Academy
Charleston Progressive
Charleston School of the Arts
Chicora Elementary School
Drayton Hall Elementary School
E.B. Ellington Elementary School
East Cooper Montessori Charter School
Edith L. Frierson Elementary School
Edmund A. Burns Elementary School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Gregg Mathis Charter School High School (Youthbuild)
Harbor View Elementary School
Haut Gap Middle School
Hunley Park Elementary School
James B. Edwards Elementary School
James Island Charter School High School
James Island Elementary School
James Island Middle School
James Simons Elementary School
Jane Edwards Elementary School
Jennie Moore Elementary School
Jerry Zucker Middle School School of Science
Ladson Elementary School
Laing Middle School
Lambs Elementary School
Laurel Hill Primary
Lincoln High School
Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School
Mamie Whitesides Elementary School
Mary Ford Elementary School
Matilda Dunston Elementary School
Meeting Street Elementary School at Brentwood
Memminger Elementary School
Midland Park Primary
Military Magnet Academy
Minnie Hughes Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Morningside Middle School ANNEX
Moultrie Middle School
Mt. Pleasant Academy
Mt. Zion Elementary School
Murray Lasaine Elementary School
North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
North Charleston Elementary School
North Charleston High School
Northwoods Middle School
Oakland Elementary School
Orange Grove Elementary School Charter School
Pattison's Academy for Comprehensive Education
Pepperhill Elementary School
Pinehurst Elementary School
R. B. Stall High School
Sanders-Clyde Elementary School
Springfield Elementary School
St. Andrew's School of Math and Science
St. James Santee Elementary School
St. Johns High School
Stiles Point Elementary School
Stono Park Elementary School
Sullivan's Island Elementary School
Thomas C. Cario Middle School
W. B. Goodwin Elementary School
Wando High School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[14]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 75.8 46.3
Math 74.3 41.6
Science 70.7 30.4
Social Studies 77.6 43.0
Writing 78.8 44.8


Resignation of Superintendent Nancy McGinley

Nancy McGinley

Charleston County School District's longest-serving superintendent, Nancy McGinley, tendered her resignation to the board on October 30, 2014, in a closed-door session. The board voted 8-1 to accept her resignation, with board member Michael Miller casting the dissenting vote. McGinley's resignation came in light of controversy in the district, wherein Academic Magnet High School football coach Bud Walpole was fired and rehired after his post-game victory celebrations were investigated. McGinley's staff fired Walpole after discovering his questionable practices, and the immediacy angered some people in the district. The Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks stated that "even McGinley supporters will tell you that she handled that Academic Magnet fiasco poorly" and "by any measure, it was a public relations disaster." Conversely, McGinley has also been commended for reducing "at-risk" schools in the district, while also bolstering school choice.

Board Chairwoman Cindy Bohn Coats insisted that the board did not ask for McGinley's resignation, nor was it related to the Walpole incident. Coats declined to say what prompted the resignation, saying, "that's not something I, as the chair, can comment on." As part of her resignation presentation to the board, McGinley stated that "within the last two weeks our fleet got hit by a tidal wave that has torn us apart" and that the board has "the right to pick the superintendent and make a leadership change." Miller, who was also the board member that alerted district official's of Walpole's post-game practices, stated that his reason for voting against the resignation was that he didn't think leadership should be changed amidst racial tension in the district. He said, "for Dr. McGinley to leave our school district in this manner, I was not willing to support that."

McGinley came to the district in 2004, and had been serving as superintendent since 2007. McGinley's contract does not end until 2016, and therefore she will remain a district employee and receive her salary and benefits until June 30, 2015. McGinley's annual salary is $226,278. Following that date, McGinley will receive a payment of eight months' salary and benefits. Michael Bobby, the district's chief financial officer, was named acting superintendent.[15][16][17][18]

Michael Bobby address to board, community

On November 10, 2014, the same night three new board members were sworn into office, acting superintendent Michael Bobby gave his first speech to teachers, parents and administrators regarding the district's recent incidents. Bobby stressed the importance of respect and dignity in the coming months as the district transitions from under the leadership of Nancy McGinley. In reference to McGinley, Bobby stated that "this district has been the fortunate recipient of a strong, courageous visionary leader who's left a legacy that we here have a responsibility to continue and to build upon." He stressed that unity is in the best interest of the district and "the only way that we can best serve 48,000 children." Other concerns were also addressed in the meeting, including changes to the district's Angel Oak Elementary, which has had flooding and cockroach problems.[19]

Football coach firing and rehiring

After district officials made the decision on October 20, 2014, to fire Academic Magnet High School football coach Bud Walpole as a result of his post-game victory celebrations, Superintendent Nancy McGinley offered him his job back. The decision to fire Walpole was met with scrutiny from the community, and after two days the coach was rehired. The grounds on which Walpole was initially fired involved his post-game tradition of smashing a watermelon, with players allegedly gathering around in a circle and making "monkey sounds." The watermelon also had a caricature face drawn onto it in black marker. School board member Michael Miller went to the district on October 13, 2014, with the coach's alleged actions, raising concerns over racial undertones after hearing from a disturbed parent. The Charleston Branch of the NAACP came out in support of the firing, calling the situation "inappropriate and racially insensitive." Support for Coach Walpole's reinstatement quickly developed, though, with a player-led petition gathering over 4,000 signatures to return Walpole to his coaching duties. After being briefed on the incident, several school board members, including Todd Garrett, Tripp Wiles and Elizabeth Moffly were in support of rehiring Walpole. According to Garrett, while the sensitive reaction to the incident was understandable, administrators rushed the termination process. Garrett said, "it took a harmless student-led sports team celebration out of context" and that "this is a teachable moment, not a time for heads to roll." Coach Walpole's rehiring required that he submit a "written statement of commitment", attend any sensitivity training offered by the district and counsel players on dealing with others from diverse racial backgrounds.[20]

Yes 4 Schools referendum

In the November 4, 2014, election voters approved the "Yes 4 Schools" referendum that will aim to fix the county's overcrowding issue. For residents, it means a one cent sales tax will continue through 2022. According to Board Chair Cindy Bohn Coats, "of the ways to fund school construction in the state of South Carolina, this is the best option. This is a user tax, it is a sales tax not a property tax." Those against the referendum agreed with the issue at hand, but criticized the haste with which the measure was brought to voters. Charleston GOP chairman John Steinberger said, "we certainly need to build more schools in the high growth areas, but we don't need a $14-million football stadium in North Charleston or some of these other projects that just aren't warranted right now." The approved rate will raise a minimum of $540 million for the district throughout the next eight years.[21]

Contact information

Charleston County School District logo.png
Charleston County School District
75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 937-6300

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Charleston County, South Carolina," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  5. The Post and Courier, "Nancy McGinley out: Board accepts Charleston schools chief's resignation," October 30, 2014
  6. Charleston County School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed November 20, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Charleston County School District, "Board of Trustees," accessed November 25, 2014
  9. Charleston County School District, "CCSD Budgets & Audits," accessed September 23, 2013
  10. Charleston County School District, "FY2015 190 Day Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed November 20, 2014
  11. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  12. South Carolina Department of Education, "Charleston County School District," accessed November 20, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scores
  15. The Post and Courier, "Parting ways with superintendent could be costly for Charleston County School District," October 28, 2014
  16. The Post and Courier, "Charleston schools chief's future is unclear," October 27, 2014
  17. The Post and Courier, "Politics, not policy, have doomed McGinley," October 29, 2014
  18. The Post and Courier, "Nancy McGinley out: Board accepts Charleston schools chief's resignation," October 30, 2014
  19. ABC News, "Interim Charleston schools chief calls for respect, dignity," November 10, 2014
  20. The Post and Courier, "McGinley offers fired Academic Magnet coach his job back effective Thursday," October 22, 2014
  21. ABC News, "Yes 4 Schools passes by wide margin in Charleston County," November 4, 2014