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The Charleston County School Board on Monday announced a timeline to find a new superintendent by March. The search is expected to begin in September, with an outreach plan to help develop specific criteria in October.

A superintendent’s term begins July 1, said board chair the Rev. Dr. Eric Mack, and finding a new superintendent in March will give that person time to transfer, adapt and settle into the new position.

Don Kennedy is the current superintendent.

Meanwhile, the district has reported a low percentage of shortages in classrooms. After the first week of the new school year, district officials recorded 34 teacher vacancies out of the approximately 3,700 classroom teacher positions. 

In other headlines: 

Charleston looking to invest $10M to fix flood-prone intersection. A potential fix is in the works for the King and Huger Street intersection in downtown Charleston. The city has already invested $5 million in the area to add larger pipes and extra drains. However, the city proposed to invest another $10 million to add a pump station to remove water more quickly. Meanwhile, the city is also looking for ways to mitigate flooding at the City Market. 

Monkeypox testing problems similar to Covid failures. An infectious disease specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina and others have voiced concerns over the current method of testing monkeypox. Experts say that similar problems during the early Covid-19 pandemic are showing up again. For Covid-related news, state health officials reported no significant increase for students since the start of the new school year. 

Hotel and apartment developments downtown cause woe area merchants. A 1.75 acre lot downtown at 29-35 George St. is planned for development of a 122-unit apartment building and 50-room hotel. The area includes a single story building and parking lot used by neighboring businesses. Merchants who rely on the paid parking lot have voiced concern and worry over losing parking spaces near their businesses.

White House leaning toward canceling $10K in school debt. The White House is considering canceling $10,000 in student loan debt for those who make less than $125,000 a year. In addition to an income threshold, officials are considering adding additional forgiveness to specific subsets of the population. An official announcement is expected soon. 

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