Charleston County School Superintendent Nancy McGinley has been named the Local Government Official of the Year by the South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association.
McGinley was nominated by the St. Andrew's Parish Parks and Playground Commission. The commission cited McGinley's strategic partnership between schools and area parks and recreation agencies in her nomination letter.
The commission lauded: McGinley's creation of the Superintendent's Challenge Cup, a district-wide tennis tournament; her Learn to Swim Initiative, which will enable kindergartners to take advantage of swimming instruction provided at little or no cost by parks and rec water safety instructors; and her mandate that all district teachers complete the Darkness to Light training on recognizing and responding to symptoms of child sexual abuse.
Any individual serving in a local, municipal or county government capacity is eligible for the award. Individuals are nominated based on contributions to the parks and recreation field on a community, state or national level. Nominations must document in detail the contributions that nominees have made to their program, and the lasting effect of those efforts on their community, state or nation.