News stories from 2019

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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Kandace Henderson
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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 Scholarship lamp of learning
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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