CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Several candidates are expected to file for the Charleston County School Board beginning Friday.
Nearly all seats will be up for grabs in the upcoming election. In a recent change, the school board will be elected by districts that mirror Charleston County Council, meaning board members will only be elected by those who live in their district.
It comes after South Carolina House legislators passed a bill that changes the county’s school board election to single-member districts.
Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be elected for two-year terms this year and will be up for four-year terms in 2024.
Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be elected to four-year terms.
Among those set to run is former Charleston County School Board member Kevin Hollinshead.
Hollinshead, who wants to represent the ‘North Area District,’ previously served on the board from 2016 until 2020. He believes his experience could be a game-changer for the district.
“For more than 30 years, the Charleston County School District has been playing with board members, some willfully, some unwillfully, playing the game ‘okie doke.’ This problem basically goes about teaching some kids in affluent areas and kids that are not in affluent areas are lacking,” he said during a press conference Friday outside the Charleston County Board of Elections Office.
His new bid has earned endorsements from leaders within Charleston County including Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor, SC Reps. Marvin Pendarvis and Deon Tedder, and former SC Rep. David Mack III along with North Charleston councilmen Jerome Heyward and Mike Brown.
Charleston County will send out postcards to all county residents in a move to educate all voters on the changes.