Superintendent Search

String of male and female paper dollsThe Beaufort County School District is an energetic and diverse system where 2,700 employees serve more than 22,000 students. The Beaufort County Board of Education is currently focused on one of its most important jobs: hiring a new superintendent who can build on the district's successes, close achievement gaps, commit to transparency, restore public trust in the district, accommodate growing student enrollments and energize community support.

This past October, the Board of Education voted to hire Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to coordinate the national search for a Superintendent. The Board’s current timeline leads to the presentation and interviewing of finalists in April 2019, although the timeline can be adjusted if necessary to help ensure that Beaufort County obtains the highest caliber of candidates for consideration.

The Board is committed to a transparent search process that includes broad-based public participation.  Details on the search process – including its varied opportunities for public participation – are available on the FAQ page

Tell us what you think
A series of public forums in early December – along with the availability of an online survey – offers Beaufort County residents opportunities to help guide the search for the school district’s next superintendent. 

The desired qualities and characteristics of the next superintendent will be compiled from parent and public feedback from six town hall meetings, the online survey and focus groups.

The six public forums are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Dec. 10 – Beaufort High (small auditorium)
  • Monday, Dec. 10 – Battery Creek High (auditorium)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Bluffton High (gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 – May River High (auditorium)
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 – Hilton Head Island High (cafeteria)
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 – Whale Branch Early College High (cafeteria)

Each forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last 60-90 minutes.  Participants will work through a series of questions designed to elicit their perceptions of and expectations for students and the school district.  Questions will be centered on stakeholder values, perceived strengths and challenges for the district, and the personal and professional characteristics the community expects the new superintendent to possess.  Participants’ opinions will be recorded anonymously by a scribe, and their feedback will be factored into a Leadership Profile Report that will go to the Board in January.

Persons who are unable to attend one of the six community forums can participate in an online survey conducted by HYA.  Responses will be accepted through December 20.