Beaufort County School District one step closer to hiring interim superintendent

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County School System is one step closer to finding an interim superintendent.

This comes after the current superintendent, Jeff Moss, announced his resignation earlier this month. We met with board members Tuesday night after they finished interviewing seven candidates for the position.

School board members met at May River High School at 8 a.m. Ten hours and seven candidates later, nobody has gotten the job, as they say they're picking extremely carefully this time around. The Beaufort County School Board is known for its disagreements. In search of a leader to help get them back on track, the board agrees one item is a priority on their agenda.

"Help us rebuild the trust that's lacking in our community right now," said board member, Geri Kinton. "Bring back that sense of trust the community has been looking for."

One board member says things are already looking up after the board decided unanimously to make a final decision on a candidate at a later date.

"I am so excited this vote as 11-0 because I haven't seen it in a long time."

School Board Secretary, Bill Paine, will be working extremely closely with the interim superintendent and says cooperation is fundamental.

"It does not mean we have to agree, but working in harmony to make sure we keep our focus and that's the education of our youth in the Beaufort County School District," Paine said.

As the board narrows down their candidate selection, they hope the new interim superintendent can remind them what business as usual means.

"I think a return to normal is what I'm hoping we come to," Paine said.

The school board says they will now call a special meeting for a final vote on an interim superintendent. This will be done before their scheduled meeting next Thursday. We'll keep you updated on that selection.

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