Grooms: CCSD officials, board members apologize - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Grooms: CCSD officials, board members apologize

Posted: Updated:
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.

Related Story | Lawmakers frustrated with Charleston County School District

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.
  • Georgetown City Council discusses rebuild options after downtown fire

    Georgetown City Council discusses rebuild options after downtown fire

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:22:43 GMT
    Last September a fire devastated eight businesses in downtown Georgetown.Some of the buildings dated back to the 1700 and 1800s, and while the owners of the properties did lose a lot, some say they refuse to let the fire get the best of them.Jeanette Ard owns Colonial Florist in Georgetown and said, “We're going to build back - probably bigger and stronger than we were."On Thursday night Georgetown City Council met at City Hall. In an executive session, Mayor Jack Scoville says they discussed...
    Last September a fire devastated eight businesses in downtown Georgetown.Some of the buildings dated back to the 1700 and 1800s, and while the owners of the properties did lose a lot, some say they refuse to let the fire get the best of them.Jeanette Ard owns Colonial Florist in Georgetown and said, “We're going to build back - probably bigger and stronger than we were."On Thursday night Georgetown City Council met at City Hall. In an executive session, Mayor Jack Scoville says they discussed...
  • Final scores from night one at Sertoma Classic

    Final scores from night one at Sertoma Classic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:38:31 GMT
    Night one of the 44th annual Sertoma Classic is in the books. Here are the final scores from Thursday night:Porter-Gaud, 15 Lincoln, 0Baptist Hill, 6 Cane Bay 13Hanahan, 0 Summerville, 0Stratford, 9 Timberland , 13 (2 quarters)James Island, 0 St John's, 6Goose Creek, 27 West Ashley, 8 (2 quarters)Schedule for Friday night:Academic Magnet vs StallPalmetto Christian vs GarrettBurke vs First BaptistPinewood vs North CharlestonNorthwood vs Military Magnet (2 quarters)Wando vs Bishop England (22 q...
    Night one of the 44th annual Sertoma Classic is in the books. Here are the final scores from Thursday night:Porter-Gaud, 15 Lincoln, 0Baptist Hill, 6 Cane Bay 13Hanahan, 0 Summerville, 0Stratford, 9 Timberland , 13 (2 quarters)James Island, 0 St John's, 6Goose Creek, 27 West Ashley, 8 (2 quarters)Schedule for Friday night:Academic Magnet vs StallPalmetto Christian vs GarrettBurke vs First BaptistPinewood vs North CharlestonNorthwood vs Military Magnet (2 quarters)Wando vs Bishop England (22 q...
  • Several fire departments fighting mulch fire in Ladson

    Several fire departments fighting mulch fire in Ladson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:29:38 GMT
    All lanes on Highway 78 are closed as several area fire departments are fighting a fire at a Ladson wood recycling plant Thursday afternoon.According to the North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County Consolidated dispatch received a call for a vehicle fire at 9421 Hwy 78 at 1:34 p.m. Ladson Wood Recycling is a landscaping and wood mulch location. Firefighters reported a large mulch pile burning at the site. A statement from North Charleston Fire Department says, "The fire itself is c...
    All lanes on Highway 78 are closed as several area fire departments are fighting a fire at a Ladson wood recycling plant Thursday afternoon.According to the North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County Consolidated dispatch received a call for a vehicle fire at 9421 Hwy 78 at 1:34 p.m. Ladson Wood Recycling is a landscaping and wood mulch location. Firefighters reported a large mulch pile burning at the site. A statement from North Charleston Fire Department says, "The fire itself is c...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.