BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Beaufort County Superintendent Jeff Moss announced his plan to part ways with the Beaufort County Board of Education on Tuesday evening following a long, closed-door meeting. His resignation will go into effect on July 31st.
"As a board, we agree with Dr. Moss that a change in leadership is mutually desired at this point, though I am sad to see him go," said Earl Campbell, chairman of the Beaufort County Board of Education. "We have made great progress during his five years with our District, and he, and we, should be proud of that."
When Moss separates from the Beaufort County Board of Education at the end of July, he will be paid an amount equal to his 2017-2018 salary of $220,000 including other benefits such as his contractually earned annuity of $44,000 along with a slew of other benefits.
"I'm very proud to have been a part of this school district during a period of growth, both academically and in enrollment," Moss said. "I appreciate the opportunity to have served, and it's my belief that the district is in a great position to continue to improve. The vision established should serve the district and community for years."
Moss has come under fire for several controversial decisions he's made over his 5-years in the position. The state Ethics Commission fined him for hiring his wife into a newly created, high paying position with the schools. Moss still had the support of about half the Beaufort County School Board but even those supporters knew they might be better off without him.
"As a school district and as a Board, we have our challenges, but we also have tremendous opportunities," Vice-Chair Geri Kinton said before making the motion to accept Moss's resignation.
"We acknowledge the outstanding contributions Dr. Moss has made to the district since arriving in July 2013, including numerous program expansions and initiatives that have greatly improved student opportunities and achievements.
"We recognize our district is stronger than ever, with the highest graduation rates and increasing scholarship dollars offered to seniors, a robust volunteer program and the Leadership Institute that is successfully growing our own educational leaders," she said. "The Beaufort County School District is poised to continue providing a strong teaching and learning environment and is in an excellent position to address its challenges.