BCSD currently serves approximately 1,500 children from active-duty military families

District honored with Military Purple Star distinction
Posted on 05/27/2021
Dr. Rodriguez with students and Purple Star banner

Thursday, May 27, 2021

District honored with Military Purple Star distinction

BEAUFORT – The South Carolina Department of Education has designated the Beaufort County School District a Military Purple Star School District in recognition of its dedicated programming and resources in support of military families.

“South Carolina is proud to be known as a military-friendly state, serving over 16,000 military-connected students and their families,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “We commend the Beaufort County School District for going above and beyond by putting in place a support system for its military parents and students, and congratulate them on being designated as a Purple Star school district.”

Military Purple Star School District requirements:

  • Assign a designated liaison to be a single point of contact for military families and military-connected students who is trained to support issues that face military families, including relocation, deployment, loss and academic training;

  • Create a website specifically for military families to provide current information about schools and the district;

  • Adhere to the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) to ensure that students receive transfer credit from previous schools so they will not have to retake classes;

  • Ensure that transfer students can participate in sports, clubs, and other school enrichment programs; and

  • Provide specialized training for school counselors, staff, and administrators.

Beaufort County School District’s Military Purple Star distinction ceremony was held May 27 at the District Office. Tremekia Priester, Ed.D, from the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Student Intervention Services, presented the Purple Star designation to Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. Additional participants included military family representation, various district, government, and military officials, as well as all JROTC units and the Battery Creek High School band.

Beaufort County School District currently serves approximately 1,500 children from active-duty military families stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and Naval Hospital Beaufort.

“It is our goal to support military children by removing barriers that could inhibit their success academically, socially, or emotionally,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. “I am grateful to our military families who have entrusted Beaufort County schools with their children's education, and I extend a heartfelt welcome to those who are new to our area. These individuals are serving our country, and we value the opportunity to serve their families.”