Community Project Review Committee

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A committee of Beaufort County residents is accumulating and discussing information on the school district’s facilities needs in preparation for making recommendations to the Board of Education about a possible bond referendum.

Facing challenges of enrollment growth, particularly in the Bluffton area, the school district held bond referendums in 2016 and 2018 that were both rejected by voters.  The Board of Education recently directed Interim Superintendent Herb Berg to make preparations for a possible bond referendum in November, and Board members plan to decide no later than May whether to hold that referendum.

The Community Project Review Committee’s role will be to review information in advance of the Board’s upcoming decision.  The committee, whose members were nominated by Board members and school principals, includes parents, business people and retirees.  They will be assisted by district staff and aided by outside professionals when needed.  They also will visit other South Carolina school districts to learn how they have dealt with challenges similar to those that Beaufort County faces.

Prior to making its recommendations, committee members will review:

  • The school district’s Ten-Year Plan and Capital Budget.
  • Student enrollment projections.
  • Facilities assessments for equity, including athletics facilities.
  • Building safety security challenges.
  • Facilities initiatives in other South Carolina school districts.

Beaufort County parents and community members can follow the Project Review Committee’s work by visiting this website, which will archive the minutes of each meeting as well as any presentations viewed by committee members.