By Jason Kreutner
On Wednesday, January 5, University School Intermediate School students conducted an exploration of local government by learning more about North Charleston and Sullivan’s Island through guided tours of their municipal complexes. In line with the study of government and geography, this allowed students to compare and contrast two municipalities that vary greatly in size and composition. The North Charleston tour was led by Teddie Pryor, Sr., Chair of Charleston County Council and was initiated with the help of a speaker from last year — Minna Hosseini, Victims’ Rights Advocate in the North Charleston Police Department. Pryor guided the students through the entire multi-story building to learn about the various departments, and students met and chatted with Mayor Keith Summey, Police Chief Jon Zumalt, and Fire Chief Gregory Bulanow.
Student then traveled to Sullivan’s Island Town Hall to learn first-hand about its functions, especially in contrast to North Charleston. The contrast of the metropolitan city hall and the residential town hall of Sullivan’s Island was remarkable, from a centrally-located four story government office to a historical building peopled with dedicated public servants, each managing multiple tasks for the Town. The guide for this exploration was Lisa Darrow, assistant to the Town Administrator. She was tireless in sharing the activities of Town staff and in helping the students understand the roles and responsibilities of the Town. Following their experience at the municipal building, students traveled to the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station for a tour, which allowed for another comparison between this station and Mount Pleasant FD Station #1 which students visited in November.
Jason Kreutner is Head of School at the University School.