CCSD Interim Superintendent shares ideas on COVID, trainer shortages and management model

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Interim Superintendent Donald Kennedy has been running the Charleston County School District for a week, which is filled with introductory meetings and a new decision for the district.

In a meeting with his cabinet on Thursday, Kennedy said that given the county’s staffing problems, it had been decided to pay replacement teachers more money.

“I don’t have an exact number, but I think it’s $ 25. This includes an increase in the tariff and an incentive for a certain number of working days during the week. The total amount for this implementation is $ 1.6 million, “said Kennedy.

Kennedy’s top priority is keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19 through measures such as masks, updated air filter systems, contact tracing, and vaccination clinics.

“I will continue with the existing protocols and processes,” said Kennedy. “If we had to close schools or classrooms, it’s like last resort.”

The board of trustees of the school district will reassess the current mask mandate on January 10th.

The second priority for Kennedy is to allocate the remaining federal funds that the school district received.

“I want to make sure these new initiatives, funded by the American Rescue Plan dollars, are properly integrated into the programs we have,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy has also introduced himself across the county and has teacher groups on his schedule to speak to.

“I met with three directors this week alone,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said he had no experience as an educator, but he wanted to work with the county principals.

“We will work with the leadership team and principals to set a number of goals,” said Kennedy. “It will be the goals of this collective body that we would submit to the school board.”

To the process of finding a permanent replacement for the former superintendent Dr. Kennedy had little to say about finding Gerrita Postlewait.

“I don’t know what the search process looks like or whether the board has discussed it. This is the first week for me so I wasn’t thinking that far into the future, ”said Kennedy.