Bft Board of Education Urges Public Participation in Forums

Bft Board of Education Urges Public Participation in Forums (Image 1)

This week the Beaufort County Board of Education will hold public forums for the final three candidates for the superintendent position.

Over the past six months since Dr. Valerie Truesdale resigned, the school board has searched for her replacement, and this week they are hoping to get one step closer to filling the position.

The district has narrowed the prospects down to three candidates for the position that will pay a hefty salary in the range of $215,000– which is a salary above some districts and below others in the state, according to officials.

Gloria J. Davis is currently superintendent of the 9,100-student Decatur public schools in Illinois. Kathryn LeRoy is currently director of high school programs for the 125,000-student Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida.

And Jeffrey Moss is currently superintendent of the 9,850-student Lee County Schools in Sanford, North Carolina.

All of whom are uniquely qualified, according to School Board Chairman, Bill Evans, who stresses the importance of garnering parent feedback at the public forums this week.

“It just really is, we know that everybody can't get out, but this is probably the most important job the school board does, we don't do it every year, but when its time for us to hire a new superintendent, I cant imagine anything more important for us to do then do this, and we need to get public input on it,” said Evans

The forums will focus on each candidate individually starting with Jeffrey Moss, tomorrow then continuing Thursday with Kathryn LeRoy. Both meetings will be at the district office starting at seven. The final candidate, Gloria Davis, will have her forum next Tuesday at Bluffton library starting at 7:30pm.

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