CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait resigned Wednesday during a specially called Board of Trustees meeting over holiday break.

Her full resignation will be effective July 1.

In a provided statement, Postlewait said:

“I am resigning as Superintendent of Charleston County Schools effective July 1, 2022. Between now and June 30, I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to serve Charleston County students, personnel, parents, and the greater community over the past seven years. I am heartened by the many accomplishments and accolades CCSD has received and am especially proud of the selfless service teachers, staff, and leaders have provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.

My best wishes to the Board, school district, and students for continued success.”

Postlewait was selected as superintendent in July of 2015, serving for just over five years.

Prior to her role as superintendent, Postlewait served as Chair of the State Board of Education. She has also done extensive work with private organizations in the education sector.

Don Kennedy, who currently serves as CCSD’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, will serve as interim superintendent beginning in January.

Kennedy said that when he assumes the role, he will continue focusing on topics that have been of concern for CCSD parents, students, staff, and board members.

Keeping kids safely in school during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for Kennedy, especially with students set to return next week amid a serious uptick in COVID-19 cases brought about by the Omicron variant.

Another main concern is how to use ESSER funds, which are meant to help schools mitigate impacts of COVID-19. Kennedy says that there are many proposals for how to use the funds and the district is still deciding what the most effective model will be.

He said that “trying to work through the learning loss from the pandemic that [the] students have suffered through as well as making sure [they] put in support structures for [the] teachers because of the tremendous workload they have undergone over the last two years.”

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