Beaufort County school district head of instruction to step down

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Beaufort County school district head of instruction to step down

By RACHEL HEATON
rheaton@beaufortgazette.com
Published Thursday, May 24, 2012   |  362 Words  |  

Beaufort County School District instructional services chief Sean Alford will leave for another job at the end of June.

Alford will become the assistant superintendent of instruction in Dorchester County School District 2 this summer. His last day of work in Beaufort County will be June 30.

Alford said the move was mostly motivated by his family. Two of his six children attend college in the Charleston area -- one at the College of Charleston and one at the Citadel. The move will bring the family closer together, he said.

"It's an opportunity for my family," he said. "Anyone who's a father and a husband realizes that their responsibility to their family comes first."

His wife, Stephanie Alford, will leave her position as assistant principal at Hilton Head Island High School. Alford said his wife will be an administrator in Dorchester County, but her position has not been determined.

Alford has worked in Beaufort County schools for three years. Before that, he was the principal at Columbia High School.

He said he believes the district has made academic gains during his tenure, including higher scores on state assessments and better state report-card ratings.

"We've had wonderful results and enjoyed great community support," he said. "The schools are performing much better now than they ever had before. I'm proud. There's no other word I could use."

Jackie Rosswurm, the district's head of human resources, said the vacancy will be advertised starting this weekend in the Atlanta, Charlotte and Columbia areas. The district hopes to hire someone before Alford leaves, she said, but acknowledged that is an optimistic goal.

Rosswurm said the district seeks someone with experience in school and district-office leadership positions.

Alford makes about $122,000 a year, Rosswurm said. Alford said his salary at the Dorchester district had not been finalized and was pending the district's approval of its budget.

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