Entries by Derek Lewis

Gvl Tech Charter HS moving to SC Charter School District

This week the Greenville County School Board voted on a request from the Greenville Tech Charter High School to end their charter, allowing them to move their charter to the SC Charter School District. I am very proud of the relationship that GCS and GTCHS has developed over the years, and see this as a […]

District Grading Floor FAQs

Recently, there has been some questions raised about the Greenville County School District’s grading policy. This issue has garnered some media attention, and was an agenda item at February’s Greenville County School Board Committee of the Whole meeting. I have received several questions, and thought it would be helpful to provide some context. What is […]

Summer News- Legislative Update

Congratulations to Shiree Turner Fowler, named this years Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year. Ms Turner-Fowler is a teacher at Hollis Elementary Academy. If you have not heard her story, check out this article. She has an incredible passion for achieving literacy outcomes among her “scholars’  and improving parent engagement. She has an incredible […]

Greenville School Board considers 2015-2016 budget

As our students prepare for the final few weeks of school, the District is preparing to approve next year’s budget. The Greenville County School District Superintendent released his proposed 2015-2016 budget. Public comment is sought prior to the board approval at the upcoming June board meeting. I encourage you to review the budget and let me know if you […]

Building a Career-ready Learning Environment

If you haven’t been to one of our Career Centers, you are missing out! No longer are the centers focused on building birdhouses or changing tires on cars. As a part of the district’s Graduation Plus program, students are not only taking a variety of courses leading to workforce skills, but, in many cases, are […]

Tindal Park QnA

Tindal Park FAQ In an effort to provide timely and accurate answers to questions raised within our community, I have provided an FAQ page for property on Tindal Ave. If you have additional questions, please email me at Derek@lewis4schools.com. Update: March 2, 2016: At our February board meeting, the Greenville County School Board approved the […]

Teachers: Our community’s greatest assets

Want to understand what is happening in our schools? Ask a teacher. Education policy hits home in our household. In addition to my wife, Hedrick Patrick Lewis, my mother and her mother, my sister-in-law, and her aunt are current or former teachers. Talk with them or their friends about what is going on in the classroom: […]

Collaboration yields $7 million investment in Middle Grades

Earlier this week, the United Way of Greenville County, Greenville School District, and the Riley Institute announced that Greenville students will be the beneficiaries of a $7 million collaborative partnership aimed at Middle Schoolers in an effort to reduce our dropout rate.   School Board Trustee Glenda Morrison Fair explained the need: Middle School is […]

Bus Noise: Communication shapes policy

Bus Noise: Earlier this Spring, our elected officials engaged in the annual tradition of budget vetoes and overrides. Some upstate policy decisions attracted statewide attention (like the Reauthorization and Reform of First Steps, and state funds to support the Children’s Museum of the Upstate). Hidden deeper within the veto efforts was another issue involving the […]