CCSD Superintendent Receives ‘Overall Effective’ on Her Evaluation

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees reviewed Dr. Gerrita Postlewait’s report on the district’s goals and their progress. The Board had an opportunity to discuss the district’s overall progress on its goals as well as discuss areas of focus for the current school year including growth across all content areas and grade levels, results driven decision-making that supports student achievement, and continued targeted alignment of resources to address equity and student needs.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Implemented a district Strategic Plan that was approved in December 2017 and designed to meet the crucial need of our public education system to ensure all of our students can access equal opportunities.

  • Approved Salary Increases for all teachers by the Board of Trustees with pay band increases established in high needs schools.

  • Completed the district’s first-ever AdvancED accreditation evaluation process in September 2018, with an outcome announcement expected in October.

  • Improved SC READY ELA and math scores in 11 out of 12 areas in grades 3-8, based on the percentage of students who met the grade level readiness standards. ALL grades are above the state average.

  • Received “high” MAP Reading and MAP Math achievement and growth rating across all grades against the national comparison by NWEA.

  • Received an updated district bond rating by the nation’s two largest rating agencies, confirming the stability of the CCSD financial outlook.

  • Continued the district’s fund balance restoration for the second year and increased it to around $62 million during the last two years to overcome the budget emergency that existed.

  • Achieved 100% completion of CCSD capital projects on time and within budget last year.

  • Increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and maintained the percentage of students scoring a “3” or higher at 71% which is above the national average.

"Dr. Postlewait’s lead in guiding us through the year-long focus on the Strategic Plan was just one of the many successful, systematic approaches applied toward making a difference in our achievement," said CCSD Board Chair Kate Darby.

Gerrita Postlewait became Charleston County’s Superintendent of Schools on July 9, 2015. She brought with her a wealth of experiences as an education practitioner with her leadership qualities recognized at district, state and national levels. She has served as an executive in the private sector, as chair of the state Board of Education, as a member of the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators, and as a consultant for several district, state and national organizations. As Chief K-12 Officer for a foundation, she helped establish the national Innovation Lab Network and co-founded Transform SC, a statewide business-education partnership that fosters systemic educational change.

Dr. Postlewait’s goal is to work with educators, students, parents, and community partners to dramatically increase the percentage of students who are ready to step successfully and productively into careers, college, and life. She is specifically focused on student achievement and putting resources where they are most needed in the district. Student achievement data presented this year will serve as a baseline for her future evaluations. The intent is to focus on all academics and place a priority on getting children reading on grade level by grade three.

“It is an honor to serve the children, parents, educators, and community members of Charleston County. I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working together with our focus on student achievement and well-being,” said Superintendent Postlewait.