Three superintendent finalists announced

The Beaufort County Board of Education announced three finalists last week for the position of district superintendent and also adjusted the timing of interactive public forums to accommodate the candidate’s schedules.

The three finalists are:

• Gloria J. Davis, superintendent of the 9,100-student Decatur Public Schools in Decatur, Ill.

• Kathryn LeRoy, director of high school programs for the 125,000-student Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla.

• Jeffrey Moss, superintendent of the 9,850-student Lee County Schools in Sanford, N.C.

The finalists were selected from a pool of seven candidates interviewed by the board. Each finalist will visit Beaufort County for a second interview with the Board, a meeting with district employees and a public forum that will be televised live on the Beaufort County Channel.

The schedule is:

• Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m. – Finalist Jeffrey Moss, district office at 2900 Mink Point Blvd. in Beaufort.

• Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-8 p.m.: Finalist Kathryn LeRoy, district office at 2900 Mink Point Blvd. in Beaufort.

• Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Finalist Gloria J. Davis, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton.

At each forum, that night’s featured candidate will make a brief opening statement and then answer questions from audience members. Questions will alternate between live audience members and television viewers who submit their queries via e-mail.

The live broadcasts can be viewed on Hargray (Channel 113 for digital TVs and Channel 9 for analog TVs); Time Warner Cable (Channel 63); and Comcast (Channel 2).  In addition, the forums will be live-streamed on the County Channel’s website.

The school district’s former superintendent, Valerie Truesdale, retired in October.

The board’s goal is to have a new superintendent under contract by the first week in March, said school board Chairman Bill Evans.

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