CCSD superintendent declines pay increase after 'met' score on evaluation

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait (WCIV)

"Honorable." That's how CCSD Board of Trustees Chair Kate Darby described the decision of Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.

Dr. Postlewait declined a pay increase Monday following her evaluation with the school board.

“The Board rated the evaluation as ‘met’ overall,” Darby said. “We agree that the results accurately represent the successes of the past year. The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Postlewait and moving the district forward.”

Over the summer, Dr. Postlewait said she had "failed" following months of rallies and discussion between parents and teachers on the use student test scores for teacher evaluations.

"Starting today, I promise that our communications will become clearer and more transparent,” Postlewait said. “And yes that will include the use of student growth measures as an important aspect of evaluating our effectiveness. I encourage all of you to be involved as we build a new strategic plan.”

Dr. Postlewait became CCSD’s Superintendent of Schools on July 9, 2015.

"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," a press release issued by the communications office of CCSD states. "She is specifically focused on student achievement and putting the 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 put a priority on getting children reading on grade level by the 3rd grade."

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve children, educators, parents, and community members in Charleston County, and deeply appreciate the Board’s vote of confidence,” Dr. Postlewait said in the release. “We’re looking forward to working with our Board members as we continue to focus intently on student achievement and well-being.”

Postlewait's evaluation was among topics at Monday's CCSD board meeting. In other discussions, board members voted to increase substitute teacher pay, and a vote related to a bus lot at James Island Elementary failed.

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