Eldridge Black Jr., will replace Maria McClure, who is retiring.

Veteran school bus executive selected as new director of transportation
Posted on 02/05/2019
Eldridge Black, Jr.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Experienced school bus executive selected as district’s new director of transportation

BEAUFORT – A veteran school bus executive is the Beaufort County School District’s new director of transportation.

Eldridge Black Jr., formerly the Director of Pupil Transportation for the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Public Schools, will replace Maria McClure, who is retiring after two years in the Beaufort County post.

In his previous position in Pittsburgh, Black was responsible for the daily transportation of about 30,000 students at more than 150 public and non-public schools.  Prior to working in Pittsburgh, Black directed the school bus systems in Warrensville Heights (Ohio) and Dayton (Ohio), as well as the transportation system for the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Ohio). 

“I’m really excited about the opportunity, and I think I can add value to what’s already there,” Black said.  “I enjoy being around students, and while I’m in Beaufort County, our goal will be to stay focused on delivering high-quality transportation services to those our students and their families.”

In his new Beaufort County School District job, Black will supervise about 180 drivers and staff responsible for transporting more than 12,000 students to or from school each day on about 190 buses that travel more than 11,000 miles each day.

“Mr. Black’s career has been dedicated to safe and high-quality bus transportation,” said Chief Operations Officer Robert Oetting.  “We’re confident that he will continue the improvements Ms. McClure made during her tenure, and that includes introducing new technologies and procedures that will improve customer service to our students and their families.”

Black earned a BA in Quantitative Business Analysis from Cleveland State University in Ohio.