Board to install new board member, discuss 5-year plan at work session

sbowman@beaufortgazette.comOctober 23, 2013 

The Beaufort County Board of Education has a lot on its plate during a two-day work session Friday and Saturday.

The board will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district office at 2900 Mink Point Boulevard in Beaufort.

On Friday, it will install its newest member, Bill Payne, who will represent part of Hilton Head Island.

Payne was the only candidate to file for the election and was officially declared the winner, without an election, by the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration and Elections on Friday. He assumes the seat vacated by Mike Sanz, who resigned in August.

"I'm ready to fill the position," Payne said Tuesday. "It's something I've been preparing for. I'm ready to go to work and serve my community."

Once Payne is installed, the board will continue to discuss redrawing attendance zones and determining academic programs and curricula for two new schools planned for the Bluffton area.

The board also will hear a recommendation from the ad hoc Superintendent Evaluation Committee on the best method for new superintendent Jeffrey Moss' six-month review in January.

The second day of the board's work session is devoted to the district's five-year plan.

On Saturday, the steering committee -- made up of 50 teachers, administrators, School Improvement Council members and school board members -- will hear presentations from the various action teams.

The action teams include governance and leadership, purpose and direction, resources and support, teaching and assessing for learning, and using results for continuous improvement.

The committee has listed priorities that include increasing technical and customized education, improving graduation rates, and increasing the opportunity to receive college credit in high school.

The State Board of Education requires districts to develop such plans every five years. The district has until April to submit the new plan.

Follow reporter Sarah Bowman on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Sarah.

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