22,000 students begin school year

22,000 students begin school year
Posted on 08/15/2016
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Monday, August 15, 2016

22,000 Beaufort County students head

back to class for the first day of school

BEAUFORT – About 22,000 Beaufort County students began classes today as the 2016-17 school year got under way.

More than 2,000 students – about one of every 10 district-wide – attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas in the second year of the district’s expanded school choice program.  Parents can apply to send their children to any academic program at any school in district, regardless of where they live.

Superintendent Jeff Moss said that the district will continue to expand the number and variety of instructional choices available to students.

“Each child is unique, with distinct talents and interests, so our goal is to provide a diverse menu of instructional choices,” Moss said.  “Our instructional approaches should reflect the diversity of the kids we serve.”

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language immersion, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science.

The district also is opening a new school, May River High, that will serve the fast-growing Bluffton community. Todd Bornscheuer, principal for the last three years at H.E. McCracken Middle School, is May River High’s first leader.

Students at three Beaufort County schools were greeted by new principals:

  • Tara Mack, a former assistant principal at St. Helena and Mossy Oaks elementary schools, is the new principal at St. Helena.
  • Gregory Hall, a former assistant principal at Lady’s Island Middle and Robert Smalls International Academy, is the new principal at Lady’s Island Middle.
  • Jerry Henderson, a former assistant principal at Beaufort Middle School and a former director of the Beaufort-Jasper Academy of Career Excellence, is the new principal at H.E. McCracken Middle.

District schools also began operating on new bell schedules, with elementary schools starting classes at 7:45 a.m. and middle, high and PreK-8 schools starting classes at 8:45 a.m.