Forums, online survey planned to guide 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.


  • Three more Beaufort County public schools will be open for transfers next school year.

    The Board of Education approved a plan Tuesday to allow students to transfer to Beaufort Middle, Hilton Head Island Elementary and Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts.

    The schools are between 75 and 89 percent capacity.

    On Tuesday, the school board also:

  • Approved four donations totaling more than $12,000 to four schools: St. Helena Elementary, Lady's Island Middle, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts and Hilton Head Island High.

  • Approved a three-year, $4.94 million contract with GCA for custodial services.

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

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

The eight forums are scheduled as follows:

  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Whale Branch Early College High School media center.

  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Hilton Head Island High School auditorium.

  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Beaufort High School auditorium.

  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Bluffton High School auditorium.

  • Ray and Associates, a search firm hired by the school board, will present an overview and timeline for the search at each of the forums, according to a district news release.

    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 Friday.

    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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    4. Beaufort County School Board selects superintendent search firm; Sept. 4, 2012

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