Beaufort County students head back to class

The 2017-18 school year is officially under way.
Posted on 08/17/2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 17, 2017

 22,000 Beaufort County students head
back to class for the first day of school

BEAUFORT – Teachers and school staff greeted about 22,000 students today as the Beaufort County School District’s 2017-18 academic year officially got under way.

About 3,640 students are attending schools outside their zoned attendance areas in the third 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.

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.

Superintendent Jeff Moss expressed confidence that the academic improvements of recent years would continue.

"Our students and educators have produced solid gains in academic achievement over the past few years, and our on-time high school graduation rate is at an all-time high,” Moss said.  “I’m very confident that student achievement will continue to improve.

Moss said the school district had processed an additional 2,000 school volunteer applications over the past few months.  “That brings us to a total of 8,200 volunteers, up from 1,300 just five years ago," he said.

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

  • Chad Cox, former principal at Whale Branch Middle School, is the new principal at Battery Creek High School.
  • Bonnie Almond, the district’s former Director of Innovation, is the new principal at Beaufort High School.
  • Michelle Sackman, former assistant principal Whale Branch Elementary School, is the new principal at Mossy Oaks Elementary School.
  • Jennifer Morillo, the district’s former Director of Teaching and Learning, is the new principal at Robert Smalls International Academy.
  • Freddie Lawton, former assistant principal at Whale Branch Middle School, is the school’s new principal.

District bell schedules are unchanged from last year, with elementary schools starting classes at 7:45 a.m. and middle, high and PreK-8 schools starting classes at 8:45 a.m.