CCSD superintendent: I have failed

Gerrita Postlewait (CCSD)

Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait is giving herself an “F”.

In a video released Monday night, she admits “throughout the last couple of months one thing has become painfully clear to me. I have failed to adequately invite and involve your viewpoints.”

The video comes after months of rallies and discussion between parents and teachers on the use student test scores for teacher evaluations.

“I attempted to implement too many initiatives too rapidly without taking adequate time to involve students, educators, parents, and community members,” Posltewait said.

“Starting today, I promise that our communications will become clearer and more transparent,” Postlewait said in the video. “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.”

She added that the Charleston County School Board will hold a series of meetings over the next six weeks. In those meetings, parents, teachers, and community leaders are invited to give their opinions on a new strategic plan.

“Right away, we must change our approach. We must listen to ensure your expertise is reflected in our efforts and we’ll start that process immediately,” Postlewait said.

She said the new plan will reflect feedback from the community.

“We all share the same goal. Ensuring that Charleston County’s children are prepared to succeed. Together we can achieve that,” she added.

She said a new strategic plan will be presented to the school board in late July.

View the video in its entirety below.

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