Marlboro County School District is one of 11 public school districts in the nation to be awarded the Teacher School Leader Incentive grant, which will provide $4.5 million over three years to improve and enhance instruction for students.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said it would allow the district an opportunity to refine instructional practices that support student achievement.
“It gives us another opportunity to reward our teachers with an incentive base model. As our kids excel, our teachers receive financial benefits as well,” he said.
MCSD was the only school system in the state to receive the award.
Under Teacher School Leader Incentive program, 13 awards totaling $63.7 million were made to support local education agencies in developing, enhancing, improving, and/or implementing human capital management systems (HCMS) that include performance-based teacher and/or principal compensation systems (PBCS).
Each project is specifically designed to develop, enhance, improve, and/or implement an HCMS or PBCS, or both, in collaboration with teachers, administrators, other school leaders, and members of the public.
Each of the funded projects was also designed to be concentrated in high need schools and has the goal of increasing overall student achievement and closing the achievement gap between low- and high-performing students.
McCord said it is a very competitive grant and it took a lot of hard work and collaboration by all of their team in Marlboro County.
He thanked community partners, Rep. Pat Henegan, and Sen. Gerald Malloy for their involvement.
“And most importantly our staff, they looked at the model and decided it was something they wanted to do,” McCord said. “It goes to show what can be accomplished when everyone works together. It gives us a chance to do great work with kids.”