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Board of Trustees Special Recognition

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees publicly recognizes students and staff who have received a regional, state or national award. The Board also recognizes the efforts of community partners and other volunteer efforts that provide exemplary service to CCSD schools. 

April 2019

Energy Conservation Award

CCSD staff, at both the school and district level, implemented steps to reduce energy costs and consumption.

These actions led to a state-level recognition by the Association of South Carolina Energy Managers for reducing “energy intensity” by 20 percent since the year 2000.

Jeff Borrowy and his staff were on hand to receive the 20% by 2020 Award at their conference earlier this month.

Some of the energy-saving decisions by CCSD included moving to highly-efficient LED lighting in schools and district buildings, remote control of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning and associated mechanical equipment, and setting back temps in facilities during unoccupied hours.

CCSD Energy Services

Project Lead the Way

Congratulations go to Wando High School - the only high school in the state of South Carolina to be honored by Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as a Distinguished School for the 2018-2019 school year. Wando High School is also a repeat winner from Charleston County School District (CCSD).

In addition, for the second year in a row, Thomas C. Cario Middle School received Distinguished School Gateway status for the PLTW opportunities offered to its middle school students. In addition, Morningside Middle School was also recognized as a Gateway School. They were two out of only five middle schools in South Carolina to receive this recognition for 2018-2019.

PLTW is a non-profit organization whose recognition program honors schools that are committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. Schools that are recognized for this honor empower their students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results.

Wando offers PLTW programs in Engineering and Biomedical Science. Cario offers Automation and Robotics, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, Design and Modeling, and Medical Detectives. And, Morningside currently offers Automation and Robotics, Flight and Space, and Design and Modeling.

Project Lead the Way
Capturing Kid’s Hearts

Kids want to be in classrooms where teachers know how to connect with them and make them feel valued. In Charleston County that culture is found in every school.

But the top honors go to three schools recently named as Capturing Kid’s Hearts Showcase Schools.

Memminger Elementary School, Jerry Zucker Middle School, and R.B. Stall High School were recently recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools for the 2018-2019 school year from the Flippen Group.

Capturing Kids Hearts
Teacher of the Year Finalists

CCSD's Top Five Finalists were recognized leading up to the Teacher of the Year Banquet next month.

They were surprised with the Top Five Finalist announcement last month by the district’s current Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Haecherl of Whitesides Elementary School.

Each of these finalists had the opportunity to check out a BMW from Rick Hendrick BMW of Charleston that the District Teacher of the Year will receive at the Celebration, which is scheduled for May 9, 2019.

Teacher of the Year Finalists
Rick Hendrick of Charleston

Rick Hendrick of Charleston is the Teacher of the Year sponsor and a creative partner to the district in celebrating our educators.

In addition to allowing the Top Five Finalists to view a caravan of BMW vehicle options during the surprise announcements, BMW invited all five teachers to the BMW Performance Driving School in Greenville, South Carolina for an unmatched driving experience.

Rick Hendrick of Charleston has also been generous enough to give the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year the BMW to drive around for one year.

This type of partnership allows the district to forge lasting community relationships all while rewarding our educators.

Hendrick BMW

March 2019

American Heart Association

Charleston County School District has shown true commitment and passion by supporting the American Heart Association through our school-based programs (Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart) during the last school year.

During the 2017-2018 school year, CCSD had 20 schools help save lives through participation in research and education programs in partnership with the American Heart Association.

CCSD was the Number TWO school district in the state raising a total of $170,777 to fund lifesaving cardiovascular and brain health research.

Jennie Moore Elementary School was the top school in the NATION!

Through participation in these programs, students not only learned about the important role that exercise and nutrition play in heart health, but also about the warning signs for heart attack and stroke, volunteerism, and helping others.

Tonight we have Rachel Stanley, Youth Market Director, for the American Heart Association here to recognize our students and schools for their outstanding participation in last year's Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart campaigns.


Jill Burgin - South Carolina State Nurse of the Year

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce Jill Burgin, the school nurse at Stiles Point Elementary School, was named the 2019 South Carolina School Nurse of the Year by the South Carolina State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) this week.

This is the second straight year a nurse from CCSD has earned this honor; Mary Ford Elementary School’s Charlene Barbot won this award in 2018.

Burgin has been a nurse for 25 years, including the past 14 at Stiles Point Elementary. She has also implemented numerous school-wide health promotion and wellness strategies, all of which have had a positive impact on students, staff, and families.

She was officially honored in Columbia at the 38th Annual SCASN Conference

Congratulations to Mr. Burgin to whom we are grateful for her continued commitment to student health.

American Heart Assoication


Ishraq Haque - Academic Magnet

Ishraq Haque’s (pronounced ish-RACK HOCK) mission of providing clean water for his parents’ hometown in Bangladesh earned him first place at the South Carolina Department of Defence Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Columbia earlier this year.

The sophomore at Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Albuquerque, NM for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in late April. Haque will be one of 230 students from around the world competing for additional scholarship money at the event April 24-27, 2019 in New Mexico.

Ishraq is part of the Academic Magnet Science Club. His project, titled A Novel Approach to Removing Arsenic from Drinking Water for Low-Income Populations in Rural Villages, highlighted a household water purification system he developed; it is currently being used in several homes in a town in Bangladesh.

Congratulations on a job well done.


#teamBurns - CPN Social Studies Bowl

Scholars from Edmund A. Burns Elementary School captured the 2019 Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN) Social Studies Bowl title earlier this month. The CPN Social Studies Bowl gives students an opportunity to showcase what they have learned in school when it comes to history, government, geography, and sociology.

Burns not only took the overall championship but also earned wins in the 3rd- and 5th-grade levels;

Jonathan Dugan, Burns’ math interventionist serves as the coach of the Social Studies Bowl team. Under his leadership, 5th-grader David Turner helped lead the Bears to victory.

Great job Team Burns!!

February 2019

Patriot Award


CCSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, was honored for receiving the Employment Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Representatives from ESGR attended the brief presentation, and to recognize Dr. Postlewait's support for National Guard and Reserve soldiers, such as flexible schedules, deployments, family care, and leaves of absence.

Adult Education

CCSD’s Director of Adult Education, Susan Friedrich, was recognized for being named the Coalition on Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) 2019 Outstanding Administrator of the Year earlier this month. She be will be honored in New Orleans at COABE’s national conference in April. Friedrich was recently named the South Carolina Adult Education Director of the Year.


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