Jeffrey Moss speaks with a Beaufort County resident.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -
For the first time ever, people who live in Beaufort County are getting the chance to meet and question the candidates for superintendent.
The first of three public forums was held Wednesday, and some folks who attended are already saying the first candidate is the one for the job.
Most of the questions directed at candidate Jeffrey Moss were about his track record as superintendent and what exactly he will bring to Beaufort County schools.
He is currently the superintendent for Lee County Schools in North Carolina, and some folks really liked how he worked to get technology into the classrooms in that district.
"His innovations, his entrepreneurial skills, and the track record with being innovative when it comes to learning in our classrooms," said Larry Meyers, a Beaufort County resident.
Under his leadership, Lee County's graduation rate rose from 71 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2012.
Moss said those achievements were made possible by his ability to use creativity when coming up with new ways to educate students.
"Incorporating a lot of new methods in our classrooms, insuring that our schools are safe and that it's a place where children want to be," Moss said, "where they want to learn."
But, in the midst of all his supporters, there are those who have their reservations about Moss. Mostly stemming from his rumored quick temper. Moss is accused of cursing at two people during a board of education public forum last October.
But Moss said that's a lie.
"I'd welcome anyone to talk to the people I work with on a daily basis and they would tell you that I'm one of the nicest, calmest most easy going folks they'll ever meet," he said.