Beaufort County School Board to interview candidates for interim superintendent

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - There was a bit of chaos amongst the Beaufort County School Board Thursday afternoon as they search for an interim superintendent.

Earlier this week, the board and current superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moss agreed it would be best for him to move on from the school district. He still has a little over two months before his time with Beaufort County Schools is over. During Thursday's meeting, the school board agreed to meet on the 29th of this month for candidate interviews for an interim superintendent.

After this meeting, it seems like a tough task for the school board. Board member Joseph Dunkle abruptly left early, partly because he feels all the necessary documents weren't available.  He took to Facebook Live to voice his frustration.

Although everyone doesn't seem to be on the same page, Board hair Earl Campbell is still pushing to move forward.

"My biggest concern right now is to make sure that we have somebody in place before Dr. Moss leaves here," Campbell said.

Moving forward for this board may seem difficult, but ultimately the focus should be student success.

"We all need to be reminded of who we're here to represent and we all have things we need to improve on," said Geri Kinton, Vice Chair, Beaufort County School Board.

Despite any negativity that surrounds this school board, that person selected for the interim spot will be held to high standards.

"Interim superintendents around the country have passed referendums, they have consolidated districts. This interim superintendent is going to be responsible for making sure that our vision and mission is carried out until the next superintendent comes."

We asked the vice chair if she thought the interim should be an internal person. Hher response: 'external candidates are just as qualified and could do a better job of moving things forward.'

June 7th, the school board will meet again to name the committee that will be in charge of identifying a search firm for the next superintendent. As the school board continues to have ongoing issues, seven of the 11 members are up for re-election this year.

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