Education

Forums, online survey planned to guide superintendent search

In this file photo, Beaufort County School District Superintendent Valerie Truesdale, left,  speaks with Norma Stewart, wife of county councilman Jerry Stewart, and  Tom Leitzel, president of Technical College of the Lowcountry, during a  reception for the outgoing superintendent at Hilton  Head Island High School. Stewart said she had come to thank Truesdale  for what she had done during her tenure with the district. "It's a shame  that she's leaving," Stewart said. Truesdale accepted a job as  chief information officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.
In this file photo, Beaufort County School District Superintendent Valerie Truesdale, left, speaks with Norma Stewart, wife of county councilman Jerry Stewart, and Tom Leitzel, president of Technical College of the Lowcountry, during a reception for the outgoing superintendent at Hilton Head Island High School. Stewart said she had come to thank Truesdale for what she had done during her tenure with the district. "It's a shame that she's leaving," Stewart said. Truesdale accepted a job as chief information officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. Jay Karr, Staff photo

The Beaufort County Board of Education has set a series of public forums and opened an online survey to help guide the search for the next superintendent.

The forums and survey are designed to gather input from parents, students, teachers and community members about the personal and professional characteristics the school district's new superintendent should possess.

The eight forums are scheduled as follows:

  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Whale Branch Early College High School media center.
  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Hilton Head Island High School auditorium.
  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Beaufort High School auditorium.
  • At noon and at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Bluffton High School auditorium.
  • Ray and Associates, a search firm hired by the school board, will present an overview and timeline for the search at each of the forums, according to a district news release.

    The board will replace Valerie Truesdale, who left the district for a job in North Carolina after five years as superintendent. Truesdale's last day was Friday.

    Acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm, who has been the district's chief of human resources for five years, will serve until the new superintendent begins work, likely next summer.

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