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The Beaufort County school board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Beaufort County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road in Beaufort.
The board will recognize students who have earned special high school diplomas, some of which recognize students for their work in science, engineering and math.
To see the full agenda, click here.
If the school district were to keep spending flat next year, it would need to cut about $6 million.
In order to do that, about 40 positions could be cut. That would save about $2.6 million, said Phyllis White, the district's chief operational services officer.
The district anticipates that costs will rise about $6 million next year, mostly due to state-mandated salary increases.
The Beaufort County school board will meet for a budget work session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the district office, 2900 Mink Point Blvd.
Agenda items include textbook approval and discussion of the 2012-13 budget. Votes on budget issues are possible. To see the full agenda, click here.
In January, two Lady's Island residents has a message for the Beaufort County school board: clean up your land.
The women spoke of a few tracts of land on Alston Road near their homes that was trash-ridden and an eye sore. Three mobile homes are encroaching on the land, they said. It was time to take care of it.
But the school district said the issue wasn't so straight forward. There were deed issues with the land, which had been given to the district in the 1930s.
An attempt to clean up the land in February using county prisoners fell through, and the land stayed trash-ridden.
Want to use eBay but have no idea where to start? The Technical College of the Lowcountry is offering two courses in April on how to use the popular online auction site.
The first is for those with little to no eBay and PayPal experience. "eBay Startup" will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 through 12 at the TCL Beaufort campus, 921 Ribaut Road. Students will learn how to open, monitor and maintain eBay and PayPal accounts; become an eBay seller; research, create and monitor successful listings and more. The cost is $79.
The Beaufort County School District got quite a surprise yesterday: two of its schools won top state honors.
Both Beaufort Middle and Hilton Head Island High schools won Palmetto's Finest awards, an award given annually to two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school by the S.C. Association of School Administrators.
The district is only the third in the state to have two award winners in one year in the award's 34-year history. The other two are Greenville County School District and Richland School District 2.
Palmetto's Finest awards to be announced
Two Beaufort County schools will find out today if they've won a top state honor.
Both Hilton Head Island High School and Beaufort Middle School are up for the Palmetto's Finest award, which is given by the S.C. Association of School Administrators and its partner, Carolina First Bank.
The Riverview Charter School Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 302 Burroughs Ave. in Beaufort. Agenda items include an update from the building committee and one from the board development committee. Click here for the full agenda.
Seventh- and eighth-graders at Robert Smalls Middle School will be able to participate in a new military science program next year.
The program, which was first presented at the Beaufort County Board of Education's meeting on March 6, was approved at Tuesday's meeting on a unanimous vote. Board member Steven Morello was absent.
Catholic middle and high school could open in fall 2013
A Catholic school for students in seventh through 12th grade could open as soon as fall 2013 in Okatie.
Organizers say they've got about $2.5 million left to raise in order to build the first phase of Pope John Paul II Catholic School. They could break ground as early as this fall.