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Middle grades to remain unchanged in rural Charleston County schools

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The fate of middle grades in two rural communities in Charleston County has been secured for now.

Concerned community members poured into a packed Charleston County School Board meeting to discuss the board's previous decision to move seventh and eighth grades from Lincoln High to St. James-Santee Elementary in McClellanville. The board had also decided to move sixth grades from Hollywood area elementary schools to Baptist Hill High, but the board voted unanimously to reverse the previous plans Monday.

A retired teacher spoke out in fear of the restructuring, while a current principal supported the idea of a move.

"It is understandable that people in McClellanville will be looking for what the hidden agenda is and will worry about Lincoln being diminished until it is closed," said Anne Knight Watson, of McClellanville.

"I'd like to speak in support of the sixth grade at Baptist Hill," added Principal Kala Goodwine, "because we are prepared to offer a high quality program with the certified teachers and the subject area."

CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said the issue is middle grades' certification that they currently do not have in elementary schools.

"We have elementary-certified teachers," McGinley explained, "and in middle grades, we have middle grade certified teachers who have a content specialization."

The schools in the Hollywood and McClellanville areas will remain the same for 2013-2014 school year.

The Charleston County School Board did, however, agree to offer sixth grade as an option at Baptist Hill High School. Parents will still have the option of keeping their children in their current elementary schools.

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