Beaufort County acting superintendent Rosswurm to retire

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comMay 15, 2013 

Jackie Rosswurm

  • Rosswurm's letter to school board members:

    Dear Beaufort County Board of Education Members,

    This year marks my 44th year as an educator. Who would have ever thought that a first generation college graduate from a small factory town in the Midwest would ever have the many opportunities I have had over the course of my career -- teacher, teacher of the year, assistant principal and principal, senior advisor to the state superintendent, founding principal and executive director of three start-up charter schools, chief administrative and human resource services officer, and acting superintendent.

    I owe so much to the many who have taught me, mentored me, supported me and challenged me. It has been an incredible journey. And now, after 22 years as a teacher and 22 more as an administrator, I have decided to transition into a new chapter in my life and retire at the end of this school year.

    Thank you for allowing me to serve the students, families, and faculty and staff of the Beaufort County School District. I do not know for sure what the future holds, but I do know that my life's work is not yet complete and I trust that my belief in the value of education will lead me to my next challenge and opportunity, while I play some golf, travel, go to the beach, learn to play the piano, and just enjoy life with friends and family!

    Most Sincerely,

    Jacqueline Rosswurm, PhD
    Acting Superintendent

Beaufort County School District acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm will retire at the end of this school year.

Rosswurm announced her decision in a letter to school board chairman Bill Evans and incoming superintendent Jeffrey Moss Wednesday morning, and later spoke to district principals and emailed district staff, district spokesman Jim Foster said.

In the letter, Rosswurm called her 44 years as an educator an "incredible journey."

She has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal and chief of staff at the S.C. Department of Education. She was the executive director and principal of charter schools in Atlanta and Savannah before being named Beaufort County schools' chief of human resources.

She became acting superintendent in October after former superintendent Valerie Truesdale departed for a job with the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina.

Rosswurm said she has contemplated retirement for several years, but began thinking about it more seriously after she was named acting superintendent.

"I realized it made sense, having done pretty much every job that I could do," she said.

Board of Education chairman Bill Evans said she has "provided (the district) with a significant service in stepping in at a difficult time," pointing to the turnover on the school board following the November general election and the district's search for a superintendent.

"She has been incredibly professional in working with (Moss) and supporting him as he makes plans to be here permanently," Evans said. "They are in regular conversations."

Rosswurm was named the head of human resources for the district in 2007. She has continued in that role while serving as acting superintendent.

Evans said her departure gives Moss the ability to start with a clean slate.

"We will miss her expertise and her experience, but I think on the other side of that, there's some opportunity to have a new superintendent come in and start with everything going forward being his," he said.

Rosswurm does not have definite plans for retirement but said she will stay in the area and continue to work part-time.

"I do see it being probably education-based and community-based," she said, of her future work. "I did promise the principals this morning I would not substitute (teach).

"I have mixed emotions. I love what I do, and I love working. I really believe in this school district and in public education. I want to do whatever I can do to help sustain that."

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