News stories from 2019

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Beaufort County voters approve $344 million school bond referendum
11/06/2019
Nearly 70 percent of voters approved the measure, according to unofficial results posted late Tuesday night on the website of the county’s Board of Voter Registration and Elections.
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Superintendent Evaluation
11/05/2019
The Board of Education completed its first evaluation of Dr. Rodriguez on his 90-Day Entry Plan.
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Beaufort Adult Ed staff recipients of the Molly Spearman Innovation Award
10/31/2019
Adult Ed also won an award for being one of the Top 10 programs in the state with the highest percentages of students earning Career Readiness Certificates.
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District seniors improve ACT scores
10/30/2019
The composite 2019 ACT average score for 1,226 Beaufort County School District seniors was 18.7, up from 18.6 last year.
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Piggy bank for college savings
Financial aid workshops scheduled for North and South of the Broad
10/25/2019
The North of the Broad workshop will be held at Battery Creek High on October 29 and the South of the Broad workshop will be held at Bluffton High on October 30.
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Parents, public invited to review public school instructional materials
10/22/2019
The instructional materials are on display at 20 locations throughout the state – including at University of South Carolina Beaufort – through Nov. 15.
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BCSD finance staff recognized for excellence
10/16/2019
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting recognized the school district’s 2018 annual financial report.
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Palmetto Gold and Silver status awarded to nine BCSD schools
10/07/2019
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said the awards demonstrate a school's commitment to excellence and ensuring every student meets the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.
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Brian Flewelling and Dick Geier to host "Meet and Greet"
10/04/2019
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Robert Smalls International Academy.
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Dr. Rodriguez
School bond referendum forums scheduled by clusters
10/03/2019
Dr. Rodriguez will be briefing parents on the key points of the referendum and answering their questions.
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BCSD Report Card ratings improve
10/01/2019
The percentage of district schools rated Excellent, Good or Average improved from 70 percent in 2018 to 88 percent in 2019.
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Michelle Gordon being interviewed by local news
2019-20 District Teacher of the Year announced
09/27/2019
Michelle Gordon, a math teacher at Bluffton High School, has more than 15 years of classroom experience.
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September 27 is College Application Day at BCSD high schools
09/25/2019
Students will be assisted as they complete an actual online application either for a specific college, or a generic application with template information for use in applying to any college.
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BCSD students' SAT performance improves
09/24/2019
Beaufort County’s 58 percent average for students scoring high enough for college credit was identical to 2019 statewide and national averages.
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Weather make-up days
Three make-up days approved by the Board of Ed
09/24/2019
The Board voted to use its state statutory authority to waive the fourth day missed due to Dorian.
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Students meeting prospective school reps
2019 College Fair set for October 2
09/24/2019
More than 80 colleges and universities will make sales pitches to Beaufort County public and private high school students and their parents next week at a college fair.
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Chris Hervochon and Cathy Robine to host "Meet-and-Greet"
09/23/2019
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Bluffton Library.
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Dual enrollment workshop offered at TCL
09/19/2019
The first free workshop will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Bluffton High School.
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Ian Hoogenboom named National Merit Scholarship finalist
09/11/2019
Hoogenboom will compete with other national semifinalists for 7,500 college scholarships worth more than $31 million.
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County Council and Board of Ed to host "Meet & Greet"
09/09/2019
Dr. Rodriguez and Beaufort County Administrator Ashley Jacobs will also be in attendance.
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Tour Escuchando y Aprendiendo con Dr. Rodríguez
08/27/2019
Rodríguez dijo que la información que recopile de los ocho eventos se incorporara al proceso de planificación estratégica del distrito.
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Alice Howard and Patricia Fidrych to host "Meet-and-Greet"
08/23/2019
Also attending will be Beaufort County School District Superintendent Frank Rodriguez and Beaufort County Administrator Ashley Jacobs.
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Listening and Learning
Dr. Rodriguez schedules dates for a "Listening and Learning" tour
08/22/2019
Information gathered from the eight events will be incorporated into the district’s strategic planning process.
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Dr. Rodriguez welcomes students to Okatie Elementary
The 2019-20 school year is under way
08/19/2019
Dr. Rodriguez spent the day visiting schools and welcoming students and staff to a new academic year.
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Ribbon cutting at Whale Branch Early College High
Whale Branch Early College High opens new performing arts center
08/16/2019
The high school’s new 34,000-square-foot performing arts center can seat nearly 500 people and will be used not only for student performances, but also for community events.
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Five teachers
District names finalists for Teacher of the Year
08/13/2019
Superintendent Frank Rodriguez made surprise visits to each of the finalists’ schools Monday and Tuesday to announce the five selections.
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BCSD partners with Purposity
08/09/2019
In Beaufort County, the app will work with school social workers and parent liaisons who know families who need specific things.
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District maintains excellent credit rating
08/09/2019
Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said the Moody’s ratings would mean low interest rates for school bonds.
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Elizabeth Rivera, Steven Schidrich, Alvilda Graham
Three principals and Chief Instructional Services Officer hired
08/06/2019
All four candidates were approved by Superintendent Frank Rodriguez and the Beaufort County Board of Education
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Annual Back-to-School Expo
08/02/2019
A free day of fun, food, door prizes and valuable information about the upcoming 2019-20 school year.
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District's 18 new school buses will be powered with propane
07/30/2019
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said the new buses will cost half as much to fuel and maintain as the 1988 models they will replace.
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South Carolina public school instructional materials available for review
07/23/2019
The instructional materials are available virtually through August 11 using Internet links provided by publishers.
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2019 Back-to-School Expo
07/16/2019
Come for the free school supplies, stay for the prize giveaways!
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Voting hands
Board approves November bond referendum
06/19/2019
A comprehensive list of $629 million in needed projects were identified earlier this year by an independent committee of county residents.
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Pieces fitting together
New principal for Coosa among new hires
06/18/2019
Board of Education approves new principal for Coosa Elementary, two program directors
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Brian Ryman
Brian Ryman named principal at River Ridge Academy
06/11/2019
Ryman’s education career began with six years as a social studies teacher at Woodmore High School in Elmore, Ohio.
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Whale Branch graduates
Senior class of 2019 earns $56 million in scholarships
06/06/2019
District officials said the 2019 total will increase over the summer months as additional scholarship information continues to arrive.
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Alan Wiser
Alan Wiser awarded National Merit Scholarship
06/05/2019
Wiser’s scholarship will be funded by Clemson University, where he plans to study computer science.
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Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies begin tonight
05/31/2019
Seniors will receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies that kick off tonight, beginning with Bluffton High.
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Free meals provided to the children of Beaufort County
05/30/2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the summer program, which will supply free meals to any child under age 18 and anyone under age 21 with a disability.
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Kari Dollar, 2019 BCSD Support Person of the Year
Kari Dollar named BCSD Support Person of the Year
05/28/2019
Dollar is completing her second year as a kindergarten assistant at Okatie Elementary.
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Frank Rodriguez
Board approves new superintendent’s contract
05/23/2019
Rodriguez will replace Interim Superintendent Herb Berg, who has led the district during the search process. His first official day on the job will be July 1.
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Perfect scores for six students at the spring WordMasters Challenge
05/20/2019
WordMasters Challenge is the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students.
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Second National Merit Scholarship winner named
05/09/2019
Meaghan Lyons, is a senior at Hilton Head Island High School.
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Lindsey Skirtich
Lindsey Skirtich named principal at H.E. McCracken Middle
05/07/2019
Skirtich previously taught English at McCracken and also at Bluffton High, where her peers honored her as the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2010.
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BCHS Teacher of the Year
2019-20 BCSD Teachers and Support Staff of the Year
05/03/2019
Teachers honored today will be eligible for District Teacher of the Year honors next fall.
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Senior speaking with Interim Superintendent Dr. Berg
Graduating seniors share their opinions
05/02/2019
The seniors answer questions posed by Dr. Berg about their experiences and offer suggestions on ways to improve the district’s schools.
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Budget
2019-20 budget forums have been rescheduled for May 9 and May 14
04/25/2019
Beaufort County Council’s current timeline calls for a third and final reading of the district’s budget on June 10.
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Faith Shupard
Faith Shupard wins National Merit Gulfstream/Rolls Royce Annual Scholarship
04/23/2019
Shupard, a May River High School senior is among the first group of 2019 winners in the scholarship program.
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Dr. Frank Rodriguez named BCSD Superintendent
04/16/2019
Rodriguez was selected through a process that began with 110 applications from around the country.
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2019 River of Words opening
2019 “River of Words” collection published
04/11/2019
The annual student publication springs from interdisciplinary learning experiences about the sound’s watersheds.
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Board of Ed announces superintendent finalists
04/06/2019
Both finalists will undergo in-depth background reviews by independent third-party investigators.
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District student musicians earn statewide honors
04/05/2019
The invitation-only event is open only to high school bands that earn a “Superior Rating with Distinction” at their local Concert Performance Assessment.
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HHIMS Principal Pat Freda with parent Shannon Bedenbaugh
Hilton Head Island Middle SIC earns statewide recognition
04/01/2019
The 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley Award winner was selected from this year’s five finalists by an independent panel of outside judges and announced at the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s annual meeting in Columbia.
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2019 WordMasters Challenge
03/29/2019
The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students.
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Gold medals were handed out to each junior scholar
2019 Junior Scholars
03/22/2019
The Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education to identify eighth-graders with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs.
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Greg Parker holding a check for $27,000 for BCSD
Parker's commits to "Fueling the Community" with generous donation
03/19/2019
Parker’s launched its charitable initiative in 2011 and has donated money to public and private schools in every community where Parker’s does business.
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"Yousup" drawing by Olivia Waters
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honors go to two district students
03/14/2019
Olivia Waters from Hilton Head Island High School earned a national silver media for her drawing entitled “Yousup,” and Isabella Miller from May River High School earned a national silver media for her poem “What do you see?”
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Drama students at Beaufort High in a scene from the play "If You See Something, Say Something"
Drama teacher and students win National High School Heart of the Arts Award
03/13/2019
Beaufort High's LaRaine Fess and her students won the award which will be presented in June at the NFHS national conference in Indianapolis.
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BCSD is hiring teachers
2019 Teacher Job Fair
03/08/2019
On Saturday, March 9, more than 90 pre-registered applicants will meet with school leaders about classroom teaching opportunities.
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Two district schools among School Improvement Council's 2019 five finalists.
03/04/2019
The prestigious "Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence recognizes accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within their school communities.
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2019-20 Calendar
2019-20 Academic Calendar
02/19/2019
The first day for students will be Monday, August 19, 2019, and the final day of classes will be Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
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Carrie Carter
Carrie Carter named the 2019 BCSD School Counselor of the Year
02/18/2019
Also named were Gina Jacobs as Middle School Counselor of the Year and Nicole Bossak as Elementary School Counselor of the Year.
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National Merit Scholars finalists selected from four BCSD schools
02/15/2019
To advance to the final round of competition, each semifinalist had to submit a detailed application that provided information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors and awards.
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Student attending a Model United Nations Conference
2019 Model UN Conference
02/13/2019
Students from four district high schools have been recognized for their performance.
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Artwork by Aaron Cardozo
District students win regional arts awards
02/06/2019
There were 35 winners at Hilton Head Island High, six at Bluffton High and two at May River High.
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Eldridge Black, Jr.
Veteran school bus executive selected as new director of transportation
02/05/2019
In his previous position, Eldridge Black Jr., was responsible for the daily transportation of about 30,000 students at more than 150 public and non-public schools.
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2019-20 School Choice applications available Feb. 1, online
01/31/2019
School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Friday, Feb. 1, and must be submitted online by midnight Thursday, Feb. 28.
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Robotics students
Seahawks place fifth at Zero Robotics world championship
01/28/2019
Students in this year’s competition at MIT wrote computer programs that directed a satellite to navigate a debris field, make contact with a second, disabled satellite and take it under tow.
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K & PreK Registration
District’s registration dates set for next school year’s kindergarten, pre-kindergarten students
01/24/2019
Registration for Beaufort County children whose parents want them to attend public school kindergarten or prekindergarten next school year will be held Feb. 1 through March 1.
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Leadership Profile approved in superintendent search
01/16/2019
Experience, integrity and strong leadership skills are among the personal qualities the Beaufort County Board of Education will seek in the district’s next superintendent.
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Board of Education reverses decision
01/15/2019
River Ridge expansion will not proceed; Design and bid for May River additions will move forward.
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South Carolina School Improvement Council names 2019 Riley Award honorees
01/14/2019
For the third straight year, Beaufort County is home to two of South Carolina’s top School Improvement Councils.
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Lindsey Skirtich
Lindsey Skirtich appointed interim principal at H.E. McCracken Middle School
01/09/2019
She will take over during the search for a permanent principal who would begin work by the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
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2019 Board of Education members
New Board of Education members are sworn in
01/02/2019
Christina Gwozdz is elected as chair; Cathy Robine is elected vice chair.
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