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'Charleston Coalition For Kids' candidates sweep Charleston County School Board

Charleston County School board candidates who won in Tuesday's election who were backed by the non-profit Coalition For Kids.

There was another hotly-contested race in the Lowcountry.

Eleven total candidates ran for four open seats on the Charleston County School Board representing East Cooper, North Charleston area and West Ashley.

In the end, four members all backed by a newly-formed non-profit, were the winners.

They are:

  • Incumbent and CCSD Board Chair Kate Darby (East Cooper)
  • Incumbent Eric Mack (West Ashley)
  • Incumbent Cindy Bohn Coats (North Charleston area)
  • Newcomer Joyce Green (East Cooper)

The Coalition for Kids was created this election cycle specifically to back and endorse candidates for the Charleston County School Board. Former Charleston Major Joe Riley is one of the founding members.

RELATED | Current CCSD board member opposes "Coalition" candidates

North Charleston residents voted overwhelmingly for the Charleston Coalition For Kids-backed candidates, bringing in newcomer Joyce Green with them.

Now, hard work is ahead to bring together a county divided by education disparity.

North Charleston resident Bill Frazier says he voted for candidates who he said help bridge the student achievement disparity between North Charleston and areas like East Cooper in Charleston County.

Randy Disharoon is on the Board of Director's for North Charleston-based Pattison's Academy.

“I voted for Joyce because I think that she has the same values as the others have and benefit the constituency,” says Disharoon.

A coalition with Charleston County School Board Chair Kate Darby at the helm. She says this is her last four years and she wants to make them count.

“What I want is that you can live anywhere in Charleston County and send your child to your neighborhood school and be comfortable that they are getting a fantastic education that’s going to allow them to move on to the next level in work of college,” says Darby.

And even though community activist like Pastor Thomas Dixon told us he wanted a change for North Charleston, the voters spoke to keep almost all incumbents.

Darby says in addition to exploring funding for new schools in North Charleston, consolidation is key.

With record voter turnout, now Darby encourages residents to turn up.

North Charleston has the same amount of students as East Cooper, but twice as many schools.

“What I would say to people who live in North Charleston, get involved give us your input what are you looking for and let’s really focus on improving those schools in the next couple of years,” says Darby. Time for the board to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

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