Latest Beaufort County School District Stories

2009-03-12 15:00:45

A South Carolina high school teacher who was put on paid leave after shooting a student with a foam Nerf dart has resigned his position with the district. Jacqueline Rosswurm, human resources services officer for the Beaufort County School District, said science teacher Jeffery Baker, 29, resigned Friday from his job at Battery Creek High School without giving a specific reason, the Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette reported Thursday. A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report said Baker fired a foam...

2008-08-03 18:00:16

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Aug. 3--The Beaufort County School District's uniforms issue is one that's been fueledmostly with anecdotes. There is the angry mother at the school board meeting, tired of seeing scantily clad girls in school, the similarly fed-up father or teachers and school leaders who believe uniforms will curb teasing, eliminate distractions and end questions about dress codes. So, which problemwill school uniforms solve? Well, it depends on whom...

2008-07-31 21:00:32

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 31--The Beaufort County School District has scheduled the first meeting of a committee charged with recommending one calendar for all schools, even as the district continues to search for members, a district official said. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Robert Smalls Middle School, said John Williams, a district spokesman. The meeting was changed from Aug. 12 after district officials realized it conflicted with a town...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By Jim Faber, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jul. 25--After a two-hour discussion Thursday about a 1,252-home development along S.C. 170 at Okatie, it became clear that more discussion was needed. Developers of Okatie Village met with a Beaufort County Council subcommittee to hammer out details on issues ranging from school impact fees to how much should be shelled out for widening S.C. 170. At the end of the meeting of the Development Agreement Subcommittee, all that was...

2008-07-20 09:00:33

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 20--The Beaufort County Board of Education has asked the school district to figure out how to provide pre-K programming for all at-risk 4-year-olds. About 130 children are on waiting lists to join pre-K classes at district schools, according to district data. The majority of them, 73, are in northern Beaufort County. Board members and district officials have said pre-K education is crucial to preparing low-income students for...

2008-07-11 18:00:11

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 11--Hand-held radio squawks ricocheted off the walls of Whale Branch Middle School on Thursday, and from the back door, it sounded faintly like a temporary NATO base had been set up inside. "Bravo ... Bravo, Echo, Alfa." "Charlie, Oscar, Uniform, November ..." The ruckus -- words from NATO's phonetic language -- was coming from teachers learning the language of air traffic controllers. The language is part of a new science and math...

2008-06-24 06:02:53

By Liz Mitchell, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jun. 24--For kindergarten teacher Barbara Hilton, one of her favorite math lessons begins with a sing-a-long. "A tooty-ta, a tooty-ta, a tooty-ta-ta," she sang while standing in a circle with 25 other kindergarten teachers echoing the lyrics. "Thumbs up. Elbows back. Feet apart. Knees together. Bottoms up. Tongue out. Eyes shut. Turn around." The song teaches students about sequencing and is part of a lesson on patterns. It's...

2008-06-14 18:00:22

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jun. 14--Three northern Beaufort County schools will have to offer their students the choice next year to transfer to other schools with better academic performance records because they have not met federal standards. The three schools -- Whale Branch elementary and middle schools and Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School -- also have to offer supplementary educational services to students and create or revise plans to reform the school....

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