OCR representatives set to visit Beaufort for public meeting

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Beaufort citizens and parents will be able state their concerns to Representatives of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on Oct. 17.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence located at 80 Lowcountry Drive.

According to a 40-year-old desegregation agreement between the school district and the federal government, OCR must approve local decisions that involve school closings and student reassignments that affect the demographic makeup of school populations. This means OCR must approve the decision to close Shell Point Elementary School before the action takes place.

OCR representatives were invited to Beaufort by the school district after their role was discussed in the wake of the board's vote to close Shell Point Elementary. OCR representatives will listen to comments and concerns from parents and citizens about recent board decisions but will not answer specific questions.

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