April 27, 2019
May 1 to be regular class day for CCSD
May 1 will be a regular class day for Chesterfield County School District.
This includes the 16 schools, 1,000 employees and 7,200 students of the district.
The Internet-based group, SCforED, a teachers’ political action group, planned a teacher’s walkout for May 1 to protest low salaries and job conditions, among other concerns.
According to CCSD Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin, “We do encourage our teachers to be at school on May 1. Our governor, Palmetto State Teachers Association and S.C. Education Association are all encouraging teachers to be in their classrooms with their students on May 1. We do not currently have any plans to close.”
About 1,500 teachers statewide have indicated they are marching. Teachers in North Carolina have a similar walkout planned that same day that is expected to number in the tens of thousands with 25 districts, including the five largest in the state, walking out that day.
As of the press deadline, just one school district in South Carolina, Chester County, with 5,300 students and about 700 employees, has canceled classes on May 1 because so many teachers have asked for the day off, announced Chester County superintendent, Dr. Angela Bain. A make-up day was set for the first week of June.
Read the full account in the May 1 issue of The Link.