Beaufort County students return to school
Class is back in session for Beaufort County students.
The county’s public schools opened their doors to about 22,000 students to begin the 2017-18 academic year Thursday morning.
District officials said about 3,640 students are attending schools outside their zoned attendance areas in the third year of the district’s expanded choice program. Parents can apply to send their children to any academic program at any school in the district.
Students at five schools were greeted by new principals:
• Chad Cox, former principal at Whale Branch Middle School, is the new principal at Battery Creek High School.
• Bonnie Almond, the district’s former director of innovation, is the new principal at Beaufort High School.
• Michelle Sackman, former assistant principal Whale Branch Elementary School, is the new principal at Mossy Oaks Elementary School.
• Jennifer Morillo, the district’s former director of teaching and learning, is the new principal at Robert Smalls International Academy.
• Freddie Lawton, former assistant principal at Whale Branch Middle School, is the school’s new principal.
District bell schedules are unchanged from last year, with elementary schools starting classes at 7:45 a.m. and middle, high and pre-K to 8 schools starting at 8:45 a.m.
There are no classes scheduled for Monday, as a staff development day coincides with the solar eclipse that will be viewable in Beaufort County that afternoon.
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Go to beauforttoday.com to see more photos from the Beaufort County School District’s first day of classes.