I agree with the recent statement made in an editorial that Beaufort County School District's efforts to improve its teaching force is for the benefit of students and community. However, I do not agree with the editorial's concern that the school district has hired a nonprofit (for $124,000) "to help identify the best teaching candidates and to retool the district's teacher evaluation and recruitment efforts."
Businesses hire outside consultants to acquire needed information that those businesses do not currently possess, especially during times of great change. Beaufort County School District is experiencing the pressure of great changes with the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) next year and the implementation of disruptive innovations now possible with student-centric technologies.
The knowledge of proven best practices for hiring and evaluating teachers who are both proficient in the CCSS and in the use of student-centric technologies is critical.
A $124,000 investment by the school district to learn those best practices, from which it can choose those best practices to adopt, is an excellent investment for our students and our community.
Joan E. Deery
Hilton Head Island