Berkeley County School District narrowing search for 5th superintendent in 6 years


The next person hired to be the superintendent of the Berkeley County School District will follow the controversial exits of two prior top administrators in two years, and will be the district's fifth superintendent in the last six years.

BCSD has narrowed the search down to three candidates, who as of Thursday had each had an opportunity to host a meet and greet session with those they would serve.

Dr. Eddie Ingram was the third and final candidate to host a meet and greet, and Thursday he said he's hoping to make a move to the Lowcountry.

“When they're great opportunities in South Carolina, why look for something else," he said.

He along with Dr. Wanda Creel, and Dr. Daniel Brigman are hoping board members select them.

Creel said currently policies attracted her to the district.

“I was initially drawn to Berkeley County because of the one district concept,” she said.

Like Ingram, Brigman said he also hopes to call the Charleston area home.

“Charleston was my home when I served in the United States Navy, and that's when I grew to really, really love this area," Brigman said.

Each of the candidates have taught in the classroom for years, served as a principal or taught on the college level. But why should they be hired to be your student's next superintendent?

“I didn't get in education to play politics, I got in education to support children, and I will be honest with you, as long as the children are at the forefront of the decision, I don't think it's being political," Cree said.

Among Dr. Daniel Brigman's ideas is the creation of listening sessions.

"The first thing I need to do is create some listening systems to find out what the district priorities are coming in, and it takes listening to our stake holders internally and externally," he said.

Dr. Eddie Ingram argues there needs to be more focus on the fundamentals of education while creating an environment that encourages critical thinking and problem solving.

"We are entering the third decade of the 21st century. And while we do have to have core knowledge, kids have to be able to read. They have to be able to perform five mathematical functions. But that's not enough, we have to be able to think critically. We have to be able to solve problems that we don't even know yet," Dr. Ingram said.

Members of the Berkeley County School District board of trustees said they hope to have someone in place by September 1, 2017.

For more on the background of the three superintendent candidates, including their resumes, CLICK HERE.

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