Bill Evans makes it three running for school board from Lady's Island


Bill Evans, who worked 24 years for the Beaufort County School District, said Tuesday he plans to run in November to represent Lady's Island on the Beaufort County Board of Education.

He joins Robert White and Terry Thomas, who also declared plans to seek the District 7 seat being vacated by Jim Bequette. The district includes Dataw and Coosa islands.

The filing deadline is noon Thursday.

Evans was principal of Hilton Head Island High School for 12 years, beginning in 1986. He then worked for 12 years in various jobs at the district office, most recently serving as the district's ombudsman and overseeing athletics. He also has been an interim principal at both Beaufort and Battery Creek high schools.

Evans retired last month but said he wants to continue his involvement with the district.

"I have a very good understanding of how the school district works and the characteristics of the different schools and communities," said Evans, who has lived on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and now on Lady's Island.

He said his top priorities, if elected, would include ensuring the health and safety of students, increasing parental involvement, setting clear expectations for student behavior and making sure schools offer quality instruction.

"I want to see administrators who have good knowledge of the programs that are going on in their buildings and can go in and observe instruction," he said. "They should recognize when good instruction is going on and be able to make improvements to instruction when needed."

He said working with Beaufort County Council and local legislators to make sure county schools are adequately funded also would be a priority. That would include advocating reform of the state's primary education funding formula, he said.