Experienced school bus executive selected
as district’s new director of transportation
BEAUFORT – A former private-sector school bus executive with strong Beaufort County ties has returned to serve as the school district’s director of transportation.
Kerry Mayo was selected as the school district’s first transportation director after the Board of Education decided to end the district’s relationship with private-sector transportation provider Durham School Services.
“Kerry has a track record of success in and outside of Beaufort County,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “His experience will play a key role in our ability to successfully transition from a privately managed transportation system to a district-run system.”
Mayo had previously managed the district’s school bus operations for First Student, a private-sector provider that was the district’s contractor prior to Durham. He left Beaufort County to work with First Student as its contract manager in Savannah. He was later was named as the company’s Atlantic Southeast Regional Manager. Prior to working in school bus operations, Mayo worked as the regional safety specialist for FedEx in North Carolina and managed UPS operations for 14 years in Beaufort County.
Mayo said that he welcomed the challenge of managing the district’s transition from a private-sector school bus operation to a district-run system.
"There’s always going to be some uncertainty when an organization undergoes a significant change,” Mayo said. “Our team’s challenge will be to make this transition a smooth one for parents, students and staff.”
Mayo grew up and was educated in Beaufort County. He attended elementary, middle and high school in the district and later earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
“I’m excited to be back home,” Mayo said. “The professional and personal relationships I’ve built here over the years have been very positive.”