Feedback will help to inform the selection process

Superintendent Search Forums Scheduled
Posted on 11/30/2018
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Friday, November 30, 2018

Forums, online survey offer opportunities
for public to guide superintendent search

BEAUFORT – A series of six public forums next month – along with the availability of an online survey – will offer Beaufort County residents the opportunity to help guide the search for the school district’s next superintendent. 

In late October the Beaufort County Board of Education hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), an experienced education executive search firm, to coordinate a nationwide search to replace Jeff Moss, who left the school district in July after a five-year tenure as superintendent.  One of the search firm’s first steps will be collecting broad-based input from parents, students, educators, community and business leaders, and other key stakeholders about the personal and professional characteristics that candidates for the job should possess. 

Public feedback from the six upcoming town hall meetings, the online survey and focus groups will be used by HYA to develop a Leadership Profile Report that will be presented to the Board of Education in January.  Potential candidates for the school district’s top job will be recruited from across the nation based on the professional experiences and personal attributes identified in that report.

The six public forums are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Dec. 10 – Beaufort High (small auditorium)
  • Monday, Dec. 10 – Battery Creek High (auditorium)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Bluffton High (gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 – May River High (auditorium)
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 – Hilton Head Island High (cafeteria)
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 – Whale Branch Early College High (cafeteria)

Each forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last 60-90 minutes.  Participants will work through a series of questions designed to elicit their perceptions of and expectations for students and the school district.  Questions will be centered on stakeholder values, perceived strengths and challenges for the district, and the personal and professional characteristics the community expects the new superintendent to possess.  Participants’ opinions will be recorded anonymously by a scribe, and their feedback will be factored into the Leadership Profile Report.

Persons who are unable to attend one of the six community forums can participate in an online survey conducted by HYA. The online survey is already active, and responses will be accepted through December 20.

Herb Berg is serving as the district’s interim superintendent during the search for an educator to fill the permanent position.