New Beaufort County school board members sworn in

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From staff reports

The Beaufort County Board of Education took on two new members Tuesday night and also elected a new slate of officers.

The two new members sworn in were Angela Middleton – she will represent District 6 (Okatie and Sun City), replacing John Dowling who did not seek re-election – and Ingrid Boatright – she will represent District 11 (south end of Hilton Head), replacing JoAnn Orischak, who also did not seek re-election. Their terms will run through 2024.

The Board also elected its officers for 2021: Dr. Christina Gwozdz as chair, Melvin Campbell as vice chair and David Striebinger as secretary.

In addition to the two new Board members, reelected members Earl Campbell and Gwozdz were also sworn in for their new terms.

Middleton is a former educator of Beaufort County School District and she has served as an educator and Assistant Principal of Berkeley County School District in Moncks Corner. She also served as the principal of Duval Charter School at Arlington in Jacksonville, Fla.

Middleton’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, Master of Arts in Business from Webster University, Master of Education in Secondary Administration from The Citadel, and Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Savannah Law School. Middleton’s children have attended Beaufort County Schools.

Boatright has a passion for volunteering and community engagement. During college she dedicated time at the Benjamin Franklin Day School for Homeless Children in Seattle. She went on to work as a Medicaid Counselor, helping economically disadvantaged homeless residents to obtain social services.

While raising her three children, Boatright has served as a room parent, PTO member, ROTC booster, youth basketball coach, and started an after-school chess club and quiz bowl team. She has served as the president of the Hilton Head Island Crew Team and Seahawk Theatre Guild.

Since 2014, she has served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head. Boatright’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History from the University of Washington and she is completing her master’s degree in Health Informatics from MUSC. Boatright’s children have attended Beaufort County Schools.

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