School bus transportation, summer reading program highlight new ‘Our Schools’ show

Buses, summer reading highlight new "Our Schools"
Posted on 08/04/2016
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

School bus transportation, summer reading
program highlight new ‘Our Schools’ show

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District’s revamped student transportation system and its recently concluded summer reading program are the topics for the next “Our Schools” television program, which begins airing Friday on the County Channel.

Guests appearing with Superintendent Jeff Moss on the new edition of “Our Schools” will be Gregory McCord, the district’s Chief Auxiliary Services Officer; Transportation Director Kerry Mayo; veteran bus driver Maurice Brown; Carmen Dillard, the district’s Director of Elementary Academic Assistance; Melissa Murray, the district’s English Language Arts Coordinator; and River Ridge Academy teacher Kimberly Fields.

“Our Schools” is a partnership between the school district and the County Channel.

Beginning Friday, August 5, the new edition of “Our Schools” will air four times weekly: at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.  The broadcast will air on local cable networks: Comcast’s Channel 2, Hargray’s channels 9 and 113, and Time-Warner Hilton Head’s Channel 63.  The show also will air at those times on the County Channel’s website at this link:

In addition, the show will be archived and can be watched any time at the same link.

The Beaufort County Board of Education voted last spring to end the school district’s relationship with a private-sector transportation provider and to have the district take over supervision of bus operations beginning July 1.  The new edition of “Our Schools” will focus on how the district has worked to hire drivers and staff, design routes and begin operating the bus system when school begins on Aug. 15.  

Nearly 12,000 students ride buses to or from Beaufort County public schools each day, with buses traveling more than 11,000 miles daily.

The new “Our Schools” show also will cover the district’s recently concluded summer reading program.  For the first time, the district’s elementary schools required their struggling readers to attend 18 full days of focused literacy instruction this summer to help them catch up with their peers.  More than 1,500 students in grades 1-5 attended specialized full-day classes Mondays through Thursdays from June 1 through June 30. 

“Reading is the single most important skill, not only in school but in life,” Moss said.  “The earlier we can intervene to help struggling readers, the more likely it is that those students can become successful as they move up through the grades.”