Dorchester County, SC - Mrs. Barbara Crosby, a board member for Dorchester School District Two, has been recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) for 15 years of school board service. Barbara is beloved by conservative residents in DD2 for being the only board member to consistently oppose lockdowns and mask mandates long before the evidence came out that both policies were deeply harmful to children and caused learning loss.
Mrs. Crosby has made a difference for students as a leader and as an educator. She taught for 30 years in the Berkeley County School District. She received two master’s degrees, Elementary/Early Childhood Education and School Administration and Leadership, an Education Specialist degree, and is endorsed in Gifted & Talented. Mrs. Crosby was a trainer for elementary school science teachers across South Carolina. She was named the Most Innovative Elementary Science Teacher by the National Science Teaching Association. During her time on the Board, DDTwo has made significant investments in the district, including opening Alston-Bailey Elementary School, the new District Office, Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary School, East Edisto Middle School, Joseph R. Pye Elementary School, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Sand Hill Elementary School, Summers Corner Performing Arts Center; growing the campuses of ARHS, Fort Dorchester High School, Summerville High School, Alston Middle School, and Oakbrook Middle School; and partnering in the renovation to the SHS Memorial Stadium and John McKissick Field.
“My heart is in education,” said Mrs. Crosby. “Teaching in the classroom and serving on the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees have been among the greatest privileges in my life.”
Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins said, “Having devoted leaders is one of the many reasons Dorchester School District Two is an educational leader in the Lowcountry. Mrs. Crosby’s hard work has helped to ensure our schools provide our students a world-class education.”
This year, 25 school board members from throughout the state will receive special lapel pins for reaching the 10 or 15-year benchmark. Another 14 will commemorate their 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, or 40th year of school board service.
Veteran school board members provide vision and valuable leadership for school districts. In January 2023, in South Carolina, about 52 percent of the state’s approximately 570 school district and affiliate board members had served four years or less, and about 28 percent had 10 years or more of board service. SCSBA is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for boards governing the 73 school districts.