Terry Dale and Frank Rodriguez will appear at a public forum on April 13

Board of Ed announces superintendent finalists
Posted on 04/06/2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Board of Education announces superintendent
finalists who will meet public at April 13 forum

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education today selected two finalists for the position of district superintendent and also announced an April 13 public forum where parents, students, district employees and community members can meet the candidates.

The two finalists are Terry Dade, currently a regional assistant superintendent in the 187,000-student Fairfax (Va.) County Public Schools, and Frank Rodriguez, currently a regional superintendent in the 193,000-student School District of Palm Beach County (Fla).

Both candidates will appear at a 10 a.m. public forum on Saturday, April 13, at the school district’s main office at 2900 Mink Point Boulevard in Beaufort.  During separate 35-minute sessions, each finalist will introduce himself and respond to an identical set of questions submitted by members of the public.  Feedback sheets can be completed by forum attendees.

Each finalist’s Q&A session will be broadcast live by the Beaufort County Channel on Hargray (Channel 113 for digital TVs and Channel 9 for analog TVs); Spectrum Cable (Channel 1304); and Comcast (Channel 2).  The public forum also will be live-streamed on the County Channel’s website (http://www.co.beaufort.sc.us/departments/Community-Services/county-channel/index.php).

Anyone seeking to submit a question for the two finalists can submit it by e-mail (askthecandidatesbcsd@gmail.com).  Questions will be categorized, vetted and finalized by Hazard, Young Attea and Associates, the Illinois-based educational executive search firm hired by the Board to coordinate the search.  Questions must be submitted by 10 p.m. Friday, April 12. 

From a pool of applicants around the country, HYA selected 48 with professional experiences and personal characteristics that mostly closely matched a Leadership Profile approved by the Board based on countywide stakeholder input.  That 50-page report was compiled from feedback gathered from more than 1,000 county residents – 366 who attended a series of focus groups and town hall meetings in December and 697 who responded to an online survey.

HYA screened the top 48 applications and presented nine to the Board, which decided to invite seven candidates to Beaufort for personal interviews on March 30.  Today the Board conducted follow-up interviews and selected two finalists: Dade and Rodriguez.

Both finalists will undergo in-depth background reviews by independent third-party investigators.  Those reviews will include academic credentials, personal credit reports, criminal and civil histories, and a news media and social media review.

After reviewing stakeholder feedback, the Board’s goal is to announce its selection on April 16 and have the new superintendent begin work on July 1 to replace Interim Superintendent Herb Berg, who has led the district during the search process. 

Meet the finalists.