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By the end of the school year, superintendent Valerie Truesdale must narrow the gap between test scores in Beaufort County and the state averages to earn her full annual bonus, according to a list of goals adopted by a committee of Board of Education members Tuesday.
The committee outlined 30 measures of academic performance, including graduation rates, attendance rates and student scores on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, end-of-course exams and college entrance exams.
The Beaufort County Board of Education will meet in public session at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Beaufort County Council Chambers.
A committee of board members will also meet at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the school district office at 1300 King St. in Beaufort to discuss goals for the superintendent.
For an agenda, click here.
The Beaufort County School District replaced drywall in a classroom at Lady’s Island Elementary School after discovering a mold problem at the school in May.
A parent approached district staff about the problem in her child’s classroom. There were two classrooms with wet drywall because of a leak in an air conditioning unit, said Phyllis White, the district’s chief operational services officer.
White said the district moved the child to a different classroom immediately at the parent’s request and tested the air quality of the rooms May 20.
A lost five-year-old was found by a kind stranger Monday afternoon after a school bus dropped him off in an unfamiliar neighborhood, his mother said.
School staff at Broad River Elementary School put kindergartner Jaydon McDowell on the wrong bus home Monday afternoon, said Jackie Rosswurm, officer of human resources for the district.
They encouraged him to board a bus headed to his home address instead of putting him on a bus to the home-run daycare he attends after school. Jaydon should have been driven to the Mink Point neighborhood in Beaufort.
The board for Riverview Charter School will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the school.
For a copy of the agenda, click here:
A four-member committee of board members appointed to oversee renovations for the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The special meeting of the full board scheduled for Aug. 27 has been postponed.
Click here to download a copy of the agenda: http://media.islandpacket.com/smedia/2009/08/20/13/Agenda-3.source.prod_...
The Beaufort County School District has released its agenda for the Aug. 18 Board of Education meeting.
The board meets in public session at 6 p.m. in the Beaufort County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road in Beaufort. An closed, executive session to discuss personnel matters will be at 5 p.m.
A board committee to evaluate the district’s policy on awarding contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses and local vendors will be at 3 p.m. in the executive conference room in the county administration building.
Organizers of Riverview Charter School say they expect to be in compliance with the Beaufort County School District’s desegregation plan when classes begin Monday.
A July agreement between the federal Office for Civil Rights and the Beaufort County Board of Education allowing Riverview to open requires the school to meet racial enrollment targets and take specific steps to recruit more black students and faculty. If the school fails, the OCR could order it to close as early as next year.
Representatives from Beaufort and Battery Creek high schools have released supply lists for the 2009-10 school year.
Beaufort High School, Freshman Academy:
1 composition book
pencils (mechanical preferred)
blue or black ink pens
personal USB flash drive
index cards (3X5)
plenty of white loose leaf paper (no legal pads)
1-3 inch three-ringed binder (Our goal is for the student to have all classes in one localized notebook)
Battery Creek High School:
loose leaf notebook paper
black and blue pens
# 2 pencils
The Beaufort County School District has the second-highest credit rating of any state school district, according to an analysis by its financial advisor.
Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, a securities brokerage and investment banking firm, ranked the state’s 85 districts based on ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s investors services. Brian Nurick, managing director of public finance, said the firm serves 66 of the state’s school districts. It has served as the Beaufort district’s advisor since 2004.