Robert Oetting, PE
Chief Operations Officer
Overseeing facilities, maintenance and transportation, Robert and his team are instrumental in ensuring that district and school facilities are clean, safe and energy-efficient, bus service operates safely and efficiently, and bidding and build-out of all design and construction projects (minor and major improvements) are on time and within budget. The Operations Department sets the bar high knowing that their efforts improve learning and working environments for students and staff.
Robert received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended the University of North Carolina, Ashville’s, 2+2 Engineering Program. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of South Carolina and has worked in both the public and private school construction industry sectors for over 25 years. Robert currently sits on the Board of the Association for Learning Environments Southeast Region.
You can email Robert or call 843-322-0783.
Facilities and Maintenance
District maintenance staff takes care of the spaces and places that are important to the principals, teachers, staff and students.
Maintenance services are provided on a contract basis by ABM Industries. Our most important role is providing safety checks.
The Safety & Training Program includes:
- Training all maintenance employees;
- Coordinating with BCSD Risk Management on all safety and training program elements;
- Monthly safety inspections of all schools;
- Monthly safety inspections of all maintenance vehicles.
- Please visit the links on the left for more information.
You can contact a Facilities and Maintenance staff member for more information.
Planning and Construction
Comprehensive school planning involves a focused look at student population and the juxtaposition of school programs, instructional and facilities' needs. We continually analyze, map and monitor and county demographics, where students live and where student populations are growing and use historical data and trends to determine future enrollment and how to address growth.
School locations and five years of historical student data are mapped to the legal county addresses on a computer map, which also includes the current attendance zones, neighborhoods, and other geographic data for Beaufort County.
Analysis examines the:
Number of students attending the school (enrollment or attending);
Number of students living in the attendance zone (zoned resident students);
Number of students transferring in and out of the zone (either for School Choice, special education, employee courtesy, and other approved reasons), and from which schools; and,
Utilization rates of school buildings.
This process helps us determine which areas in the county are growing from year-to-year and which areas and neighborhood schools will need additional classrooms or recommendations for student reassignment (rezoning) to make best use of current facilities.
We examine live birth data for Beaufort County for the last 10 years to develop cohort survival rates for PK, K, and first grades. Using the same 45-day student data for five historical years, we use a computer model to project resident students at a neighborhood level for the next five years. That data is aggregated to the school attendance zone level to create projections for each year for the next five years. Knowing which areas are growing allows us to assign students to the available classrooms and school resources. We can also project and plan future facility needs in conjunction with anticipated instructional needs.
The Ten-Year Plan and Capital Budget, commonly referred to as the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) documents the planning process and includes detailed planning analysis. You can download the Five-Year Plan and Capital Budget to read about the projects such as painting, restroom upgrades, site improvements, technology upgrades, flooring upgrades, roof and HVAC replacements that are slated for the district.
Our mission is to provide the safest, most efficient and economical bus route system to transport the nearly 12,000 students who ride our buses to and from school each day and supervision a staff of certified drivers who operate the 155 state-owned school buses (maintained by the South Carolina Department of Education) and the 40 route and 12 activity buses owned and operated by the district. In addition, Transportation also schedules and supplies buses for student field trips, athletic events and extracurricular events.
Please visit our Transportation page to find current bus routes, the Student Code of Conduct for riding the bus and how to register your student to ride the bus.