Forums, online survey planned to guide Beaufort County superintendent search

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comOctober 2, 2012 

In this file photo, Beaufort County School District Superintendent Valerie Truesdale, left, speaks with Norma Stewart, wife of county councilman Jerry Stewart, and Tom Leitzel, president of Technical College of the Lowcountry, during a reception for the outgoing superintendent at Hilton Head Island High School. Stewart said she had come to thank Truesdale for what she had done during her tenure with the district. "It's a shame that she's leaving," Stewart said. Truesdale accepted a job as chief information officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.


The Beaufort County Board of Education has set a series of public forums and opened an online survey to help guide the school district's search for the next superintendent.

Eight public forums will occur next week. The survey is open now.

The forums and survey are designed to gather input from parents, students, teachers and community members about the personal and professional characteristics the new superintendent should possess.

On Oct. 10, four forums will be held:

  • 12 p.m. at the Whale Branch Early College High School media center

  • 12 p.m. at the Hilton Head Island High School auditorium

  • 7 p.m. at the Whale Branch High media center

  • 7 p.m. at the Hilton Head High auditorium

  • Four more forums are planned for the next day, Oct. 11:

  • 12 p.m. at the Beaufort High School auditorium

  • 12 p.m. at the Bluffton High School auditorium

  • 7 p.m. at the Beaufort High School auditorium

  • 7 p.m. at the Bluffton High School auditorium

  • At each forum, Ray and Associates -- the search firm hired by the school board -- will present an overview and timeline for the search, according to a news release from the district.

    The board will replace Valerie Truesdale, who left the district for a job in North Carolina after five years as superintendent. Truesdale's last day was Sept. 28.

    Acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm, who has been the district's chief of human resources for five years, will serve until the new superintendent begins work, likely next summer.

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