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Grooms: CCSD officials, board members apologize

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South Carolina Senator Larry Grooms says he has received apologies for what he, and other lawmakers call a wasted effort on behalf of the Charleston County School District (CCSD).

"I've had two school officials, and two board members apologize", Grooms said via text message Thursday.

Charleston County School Board Chair Cindy Bohn Coats, Vice Chair Tom Ducker, and CCSD Director of Public Affairs & Volunteers Clara Heinsohn, are the ones Grooms named.

Grooms, and other members of the Charleston delegation voiced their frustration to News 2 publicly, and privately after fast-tracking a bill that could have saved the CCSD $2M.

"They blew it", Grooms said in an earlier interview.

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Grooms, and other lawmakers say the CCSD asked them for legislation that would have allowed last June 5th to serve as the final day of school, instead of June 6th, which was a make-up day from the ice storms earlier this year.

H5316 moved through the State House and Senate as fast as legally possible, but senators used precious political capital to get lawmakers from other parts of the state to support it.

Lawmakers received assurances from the governor's office that Governor Nikki Haley would sign the bill, and say they conveyed that message to the district.

The decision to go to school ultimately is in the hands of Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley, and a spokesman said she supported the bill.

"The reason we decided not to cancel school was mainly based on timing, not the content or intention of the bill", Jason Sakran wrote in an email response to our questions.

Sakran said they did not feel like they had enough time to alert parents of the schedule change.

Grooms says he asked those who called to apologize to work with the administration to ensure effective communication with district staff.
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