Just when you think the controversy swirling around the Beaufort County Board of Education couldn't get any more bizarre, it did.
The school board listened to 90 minutes of public comment and more than 20 speakers who expressed outrage over the fact that Superintendent Jeff Moss enabled his wife to secure a new position in the district office paying $90,000 a year.
After three hours of closed-door talks, the board reconvened to announce that Darlene Moss had, in fact, resigned two days ago. What?
Jeff Moss took the time to apologize to the school board and their families for what he put them through. But no apology to the taxpayers of Beaufort County. I guess we don't count. It was obvious Moss was only thinking about one thing -- to save his $220,000-plus job.
There is no question that Moss displayed extremely poor judgment when he allowed his wife to be hired in the first place. And yet, why would he sit there and listen to one speaker after another castigate him and question his ethics? Yet another example of bad judgment.
What he should have done was to address the school board at the start of the meeting and announce that his wife had resigned. The issue of trust is still out there and will be impossible for him to overcome at this point. Moss should follow the example of his wife and resign immediately.