School board to consider committee proposal

tbarton@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 5, 2013 

The Beaufort County Board of Education will consider a proposal creating committees to gain feedback from teachers and staff, and advise the board on curriculum, finance and human resources issues.

The board meets at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.

Chairman Bill Evans has proposed the board establish five standing committees — community outreach and legislative advocacy; curriculum and instruction; finance and operations; human resources; and student services.

The committees would gather input from teachers and administrators, and prepare options or recommendations for consideration by the full board.

"Committees will not be created to direct or oversee district staff, which is the function of the superintendent," according to Evans’ proposal. "Board committees will not be created or used to perform or support activities or functions assigned to the superintendent. Any direction to the superintendent related to a committee recommendation will come from the full board."

No committee would speak or act for the board, except when given express authority to do so, according to the proposal.

Each committee would have no more than six board members. Each of the board's 11 members would co-chair one committee and serve on a least one other, but no more than three committees total.

A senior staff member would be assigned to each committee as a liaison.

Board members would be free to attend any committee meeting, but only committee members may vote on recommendations to be made to the full board.

Board members would be paid $50 per committee meeting they attend up to a maximum of nine meetings per year.

The board chairman and the superintendent would serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of every committee.

Evans' proposal comes as newly elected Beaufort County school board member Mike Sanz says district leaders thwarted his attempts to reach out to teachers and staff to try to improve school discipline.

Interim superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said Sanz's email was blocked because of concerns about computer security.

Evans said last week that a committee structure would be more effective in seeking staff feedback than individual board members soliciting feedback.

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