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Beaufort County school board to discuss call for chairman's resignation today

The Beaufort County Board of Education's meeting tonight will include a closed-door discussion of board relations in reference to one member's call for Bill Evans to resign his chairmanship.

The board meets at 5 p.m. for executive session at Beaufort County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, in Beaufort. Public session begins at 6 p.m.

Evans, who was elected to the board in 2010, has not responded to board member JoAnn Orischak's request that he step down as chairman in light of alleged omissions he made in a letter to the S.C. Ethics Commission.

Orischak says Evans failed to tell the commission two key events in the timeline of the hiring of Darlene Moss, wife of superintendent Jeff Moss, last month to a newly restructured administrative position.

In a letter to the commission, Orischak notes, Evans did not mention that he did not tell the full board when he found out Darlene Moss may apply to a district job. He also did not write in his letter that upon learning Darlene Moss would be offered a job, several board members questioned whether that represented any sort of rule violation, Orischak says.

Jeff Moss says he does not remember any board members asking him that question.

Darlene Moss resigned as the director of innovation Sept. 19.

Board member Michael Rivers says he also supports Evans stepping down. Other members have declined to comment.

Also on tonight's agenda are:

-- Discussion in executive session of a personnel disciplinary matter, personnel ratification report, legal updates on pending cases and a worker's compensation settlement

-- The student services committee's recommendation for new mascots for Robert Smalls International Academy and Right Choices.

-- An update on Knock Out Drop Out, the Beaufort County School District's effort to bring students back to school before the dropout date last week.

Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.

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