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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. 

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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