Beaufort County School District, South Carolina

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Beaufort County School District is 1 of 85 school districts in South Carolina. The district is arranged into four different clusters -- Battery Creek, Hilton Head, Beaufort, and Bluffton -- that include 28 different schools. There are about 19,000 students in the district.

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See also: Evaluation of South Carolina school district websites

This website was last evaluation on September 16, 2013.

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The good

  • The most current budget is listed, as are budgets for the prior three fiscal years.[1]
  • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.
  • Board meeting minutes and agendas are available for the current calendar year; archived information for prior years is also available. A meeting calendar is posted that lists the time and location of upcoming meetings.[2][3]
  • Elected officials are listed with contact information and term expiration dates.[4]
  • A district-wide directory lists names and contact information for administrators and other personnel.[5]
  • Detailed salary schedule is posted.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[7]
  • A public information officer is clearly identified; additional information is provided regarding the records request process.[8]
  • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[8]
  • Detailed information on the district's background check policy is available.[9]

Leadership

School board

Board Members[10]

Member District Term expires
Steven Morello 1 2014
Julie C. Bell 2 2014
Wayne Carbiener 3 2012
Laura A.M. Bush 4 2012
Michael Rivers, Sr. 5 2014
Earl Campbell 6 2012
Bill Evans 7 2014
Herbert Burnes 8 2014
Ronald Speaks 9 2014
George Wilson 10 2012
Fred Washington, Jr. 11 2014

Teacher contracts

Teacher salary schedules are posted online. Certified employee salaries by years of experience and level of education are as follows:[11]

Years Experience BA BA+18 MA MA+30 PH.D
0 33,791 35,311 38,690 42,070 45,449
1 33,791 35,311 38,690 42,070 45,449
2 34,534 36,225 39,703 43,084 46,800
3 35,480 37,170 40,718 44,097 48,153
4 36,392 38,082 41,732 45,110 49,503
5 37,339 39,029 42,746 46,125 50,855
6 38,252 39,941 43,760 47,138 52,208
7 39,198 40,887 44,773 48,153 53,558
8 40,110 41,799 45,786 49,166 54,911
9 41,057 42,746 46,800 50,180 56,262
10 41,968 43,658 47,814 51,194 57,613
11 42,915 44,604 48,817 52,208 58,965
12 43,827 45,516 49,841 53,220 60,316
13 44,773 46,463 50,855 54,234 61,669
14 45,685 47,375 51,869 55,247 63,019
15 46,632 48,322 52,883 56,262 64,371
16 47,543 49,234 53,897 57,276 65,724
17 48,489 50,180 54,911 58,289 67,075
18 49,403 51,092 55,924 59,302 68,427
19 50,282 51,973 56,872 60,280 69,716
20 51,170 52,861 57,841 61,276 71,030
21 52,081 53,773 58,832 62,290 72,366
22 52,601 54,309 59,417 62,912 73,091
23 53,128 54,853 60,014 63,540 73,824
24+ 53,659 55,402 60,614 64,176 74,563

Administrative officials

Administrative salaries as of the 2011-2012 school year are as follows:

Classification Calendar Days Minimum Midpoint Maximum
Chief Officer 260 $95,303 $116,482 $137,661
Officer 260 $81,406 $104,239 $127,071
Director II 260 $75,487 $88,068 $100,648
Director I 260 $72,717 $84,836 $96,955
Supervisor/Specialist 260 $58,242 $68,831 $79,420
Coordinator 260 $57,358 $65,963 $74,567
Coordinator 240 $52,946 $60,888 $68,831
Manager 220 $42,357 $52,947 $63,536
High School Principal 260 $90,009 $100,598 $111,188
Middle School Principal 260 $79,420 $90,009 $100,599
Elementary School Principal 260 $77,301 $86,831 $96,362
High School Assistant Principal 220 $66,712 $75,713 $84,714
Middle School Assistant Principal 210 $61,947 $70,683 $79,420
Elementary School Assistant Principal 210 $59,300 $67,242 $75,184

Budget

The Beaufort County School District's budget is published on its website.[12]

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
2010-2011 $136,180,035 79% $9,047,745 5.2% $25,080,248 14.5% $0 0% $2,123,703 1.2% $172,431,731
2011-2012 $134,031,914 78.6% $9,174,346 5.4% $25,962,751 15.2% $0 0% $1,324,073 0.8% $170,493,084
2012-2013 $137,786,558 79.4% $9,054,998 5.2% $25,335,131 14.6% $0 0% $1,271,937 0.7% $173,448,624
Averages: $135,999,502.33 79% $9,092,363 5% $25,459,376.67 15% $0 0% $1,573,237.67 1% $172,124,479.67

Academic performance

PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards)

Federal law requires students in grades 3-8 to take a state test based on state academic standards.

The table below shows the percentage of students in the Beaufort School District who met or exceeded the state standard in 2010 and 2009.[13]

PASS Writing 2010 Writing 2009 English 2010 English 2009 Math 2010 Math 2009 Science 2010 Science 2009 Social Studies 2010 Social Studies 2009
Grade 3 65.5% 64.8% 77.3% 73.4% 64.4% 59.8% 48.4% 58.6% 61.3% 63.0%
Grade 4 69.1% 66.5% 75.6% 71.9% 77.9% 76.5% 66.7% 68.0% 73.7% 78.4%
Grade 5 73.1% 74.1% 77.9% 80.3% 71.6% 71.6% 63.6% 67.5% 66.3% 64.9%
Grade 6 71.1% 69.6% 70.8% 69.4% 69.2% 65.9% 55.9% 58.2% 79.3% 80.9%
Grade 7 69.5% 71.7% 70.2% 68.8% 67.5% 68.6% 75.9% 69.0% 64.0% 61.8%
Grade 8 73.7% 66.4% 64.6% 65.7% 63.7% 61.4% 66.8% 63.6% 69.8% 66.9%

Reform

In April, 2012, it was reported that over 1,000 students had submitted requests to be moved into different schools outside of their attendance zoning. The Board of Education in January, 2012 voted to open transfers through the 2015 school year into special programs, including arts, science, or math focused curriculum.[14]

Public records

Jim Bequette e-mails

The Beaufort County School District received a South Carolina Freedom of Information Act request June 3, 2008 for all incoming and outgoing e-mails from Beaufort County Board of Education member Jim Bequette's e-mail account. The request came from Randy Bates, an informal staffer of incumbent Sen. Catherine Ceips. Bequette is claiming that the request amounts to harassment. Bates is contending that Bequette was sending politically motivated e-mails campaigning for Sen. Ceips' opponent from a publicly provided system, amounting to misuse of taxpayer resources.[15]

$55,300 for records

Main article: Notably high fee requests

In November 2008, the school district said it would need a check of $214,580 to provide public documents in response to an open records request from the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC). The SCPC requested documents on employee travel, catered meals and training services. The county later acknowledged a clerical error and revised its figure to $55,388. The Beaufort district said it would be six months of staff time to collect the records.

The same request was made of all 85 school districts in the state. Two districts, Sumter and Aiken, said they'd be able to provide the requested documents at no charge. [16],[17],[18]

External links

References

  1. Beaufort County School District Website "Budget," accessed September 16, 2013
  2. Beaufort County School District Website "Board Meetings," accessed September 16, 2013
  3. Beaufort County School District Website "Board of Education," accessed September 16, 2013
  4. Beaufort County School District Website "Board Members," accessed September 16, 2013
  5. '"Beaufort County School District Directory Listing, 13-14," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. "Beaufort County School District Salary and Stipend Schedules, 2013-2014," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Beaufort County School District "Financial Statements," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Beaufort County School District "Public Information," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Beaufort County School District Administrative Procedures "HRS - 47 Criminal History Records Check Of Applicants And Volunteers For Employment And Staff," accessed September 16, 2013
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  12. Beaufort County Schools, "Comparative Budget Summary," accessed December 11, 2013
  13. Beau PASS
  14. "Beaufort County School District begins sorting through transfer requests," IslandPacket.com, April 6, 2012
  15. School board member accuses Ceips' aide of harassment Beaufort Gazette, June 6, 2008
  16. South Carolina Policy Council, "SC School Districts Demand $400,000 for Public Expense Records", December 8, 2008
  17. Greenville Online, "School data charges vary widely among districts, panel finds", December 9, 2008
  18. Palmetto Scoop, "Freedom of Information isn't free", December 8, 2008