FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Beaufort, Jasper county school boards reach
agreement on ACE effective for next two years
BEAUFORT – One day after an affirmative vote by the Jasper
County Board of Education, the Beaufort County Board of Education voted tonight
to replace the 42-year-old agreement on operating the Beaufort-Jasper Academy
of Career Excellence with a new arrangement that will continue through June 30,
The technical school is jointly owned by both counties and
has about 475 students and a budget of $2.8 million. Two-thirds of the students and funding come
from Beaufort County.
“I’m very happy that we’ve been able to reach an agreement
that will serve the students in both counties,” said Board Chair Mary Cordray.
The new agreement approved by the two school boards will
maintain career and technology education programs at ACE that currently include
automotive repair, barbering, building construction, cosmetology, law
enforcement services and plant and animal services.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ACE will be supervised by the two
district superintendents, with members of the ACE Board becoming ex officio
non-voting committee members who meet quarterly with the superintendents.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ACE will be supervised by the two district superintendents. Members of the ACE Board will meet quarterly to receive reports on ACE governance and operations from the superintendents.
For the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, the
superintendents will determine student enrollment, with up to two-thirds being
Beaufort County students and up to one-third being Jasper County students. If either district doesn’t fill its quota,
the other district can enroll additional students.
The Beaufort County School district will continue to pay
two-thirds of ACE’s operating costs until June 30, 2019, and the Jasper County
School District will pay one-third. When
the two-year agreement terminates, the Jasper County School District will have
the option to purchase the Beaufort County School District’s 50 percent share
of the property for half of its appraised value.
As discussions between the two districts have continued over
the past two years, Beaufort County has dramatically expanded its own career
and technology offerings and built new cutting-edge CATE facilities at Battery
Creek and May River high schools.