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Beaufort County hosts third superintendent forum

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The third superintendent forum for the Beaufort County superintendent takes place Tuesday night.

Gloria Davis is the candidate who will be this forum. It's will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bluffton library.

Some folks who attended Beaufort County's second superintendent forum said they're looking for a superintendent who has compassion and understands what the students in the district needs are. They say Thursday's candidate, Kathryn LeRoy, is that person.

LeRoy previously worked as the chief academic officer for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla. Before that, she worked for 22 years in Miami Dade Public Schools, where one of her roles included being executive director of science.

When LeRoy started in Jacksonville, only 30 percent of the schools in the district were A, B and C schools, and 60 percent were D and F schools. Now 100 percent of the schools are on a B and C level, she said.

This is exactly the kind of person Beaufort County needs leading it's schools, according to Beaufort County native William Smith.

"Someone who can really take the district in the direction that it needs to be going in, and basically help us get students where they need to be going," said Smith.

LeRoy said it starts in the classroom.

"Engaging children in rigorous curriculum, high order questioning that should be going on in the classrooms, effective professional development in which we're really deepening our teachers true content knowledge."

After the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., safety is a huge issue with parents.

When asked how important it was to her, LeRoy said, "It's absolutely important. It's urgent and I think the more that we see what's going on around the country that makes it even more urgent."

Beaufort County already has resource officers in all of its high and middle schools. Leroy said she wants to look at getting permanent officers in all of the elementary schools, and she wants administrators and teachers to go through extensive training.

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