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Beaufort County School District, South Carolina

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Beaufort County School District
Beaufort County, South Carolina
Beaufort County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jeffrey Moss
Enrollment:19,216 students
Graduation rate:90.8%[1]
Number of schools:30
Budget: $331.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bill Evans
Board members:11
Term length:4
Beaufort County School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Beaufort County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Beaufort County School District was the tenth-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 19,216 students in 30 schools with an operating budget of $331.4 million.[2]

About the district

Beaufort County School District is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
Beaufort County School District is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The county seat of Beaufort County is Beaufort. Beaufort County is home to 162,233 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Beaufort County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.0 percent of Beaufort County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Beaufort County was $56,581 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Beaufort County was 11.6 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Beaufort County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 77.1 68.3
Black or African American 19.3 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.3 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 11.5 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Beaufort County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 29,848 42,687
2008 30,396 37,821
2004 21,505 33,331
2000 17,487 25,561

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The superintendent of Beaufort County School District is Dr. Jeffrey Moss, who was appointed to the position in July 2013. He previously served as superintendent in three North Carolina school districts: Beaufort County Schools, Stanly County Schools and Lee County Schools. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pembroke State University, his master's degree from North Carolina A&T University and a doctorate in education administration from South Carolina State University.[6]

School board

The Beaufort County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of 11 members elected to four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic district.[7]

Beaufort County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Earl Campbell District 1 2016
Bill Evans District 2 2018
Michael Rivers District 3 2018
Jim Beckert District 4 2014
Geri Kinton District 5 2018
Paul Roth District 6 2016
Evva Anderson District 7 2018
Mary Cordray District 8 2018
Laura Bush District 9 2016
Bill Payne District 10 2018
JoAnn Orischak District 11 2016

School board elections

See also: Beaufort County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Seven seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2012:

The Board recognizes that its deliberations benefit greatly from public input and perspective. In order to allow the public to address the Board on District and school-related topics, a Public Participation period, not to exceed 30 minutes, will be held during regularly-scheduled Board meetings. A second Public Participation period could be held at the end of the meetings as deemed needed by a Board majority.


Participants must:

1. read and complete a Board Public Participation Card and submit it to the Board's representative prior to the beginning of the Board meeting.
2. confine their comments to matters germane to the business of the Board.
3. speak only one time at any meeting and may not yield their time to another speaker.
4. refrain from racial comments, obscenities, vulgarities, reference to specific individuals by name, derogatory comments about specific individuals, or other breaches of respect.
5. adhere to the three-minute time limit.
6. understand that the Board will not normally respond to speakers orally but shall respond in writing within a reasonable time.

Adherence to Public Participation Expectations

1. At the request of the presiding Board officer, individuals who violate the expectations of the Board during Public Participation will be asked to cease speaking and return to their seats or to leave the Board Room.
2. Should the participant fail to abide by the reasonable directives of the presiding officer, the Board may prohibit the offending speaker from participating in further Public Participation sessions for a period not to exceed 6 months and/or may request the removal of the participant from the Board Room and District grounds by law enforcement.
3. The Board reserves the right to waive or alter this procedure if, in the opinion of the Board, it is warranted by the circumstances of any particular meeting. This shall be done by an affirmative majority vote.[8]

—Beaufort County School District's website, (2012) [9]


The Beaufort County School District's budget is published on its website.[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $0 0% $0 0% $177,978,690 63.5% $50,190,374 17.9% $52,228,255 18.6% $280,397,319
2013-2014 $0 0% $0 0% $182,906,012 63.7% $51,537,981 17.9% $52,748,663 18.4% $287,192,656
2014-2015 $0 0% $0 0% $189,558,841 57.2% $52,724,333 15.9% $89,176,857 26.9% $331,460,031
Averages: $0 0% $0 0% $183,481,181 61% $51,484,229.33 17% $64,717,925 22% $299,683,335.33

Teacher salaries

Beaufort County teacher salaries are based on years of experience and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 34,467 54,732
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 36,017 56,510
Master's degree 39,464 61,826
Master's degree + 30 hours 42,911 65,460
Doctorate 46,358 76,054

Schools in Beaufort County School District


The district served 19,216 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.5 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 18,935 N/A
2010-2011 18,877 -0.3
2011-2012 19,216 1.8

District schools

Beaufort County School District operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Beaufort County School District Schools
School Name
Battery Creek High School
Beaufort Elementary School
Beaufort High School
Beaufort Middle School
Bluffton Elementary School
Bluffton High School
Bluffton Middle School
Broad River Elementary School
Coosa Elementary School
H. E. McCracken Middle School
Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center
Hilton Head Island Elementary School
Hilton Head Island Elementary School School for the Creative Arts
Hilton Head Island High School
Hilton Head Island Middle School
Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School
Lady's Island Elementary School
Lady's Island Middle School
Michael C. Riley Elementary School
Mossy Oaks Elementary School
Okatie Elementary School
Port Royal Elementary School
Pritchardville Elementary School
Red Cedar Elementary School
Riverview Charter School
Robert Smalls International Academy
St. Helena Elementary School
Whale Branch Early College High School
Whale Branch Elementary School
Whale Branch Middle School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[14]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 72.0 41.4
Math 73.4 40.2
Science 68.1 23.5
Social Studies 73.7 32.7
Writing 76.6 38.9

Contact information

Beaufort County School District logo.jpg
Beaufort County School District
2900 Mink Point Boulevard
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: (843) 322-2300

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Beaufort County, South Carolina," accessed July 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beaufort County Schools, "Budget," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Beaufort County School District, "Superintendent," accessed November 20, 2014
  7. Beaufort County School District, "Board of Education," accessed November 20, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Beaufort County School District, "Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings," July 20, 2012
  10. Beaufort County School District, "Certified Staff Salary Schedules," accessed November 20, 2014
  11. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  12. South Carolina Department of Education, "Beaufort County School District," accessed November 20, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scores