Final Beaufort school closure recommendation meeting today (with task force member list)

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After a not-too-eventful Beaufort County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, a final meeting of the School Closure Task Force is slated for today, July 20.

The task force will meet from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Okatie Elementary School.

The task force is then expected to report its recommendations and findings to the school board during a work session Thursday, and the board could deliberate the recommendations during another work session Friday.

Agendas for two-day work session have not been posted.

Where we last left off, Port Royal and Shell Point elementary schools were at the top of the recommendations.

A final decision is expected October 1.

If you'd like to share your thoughts directly, the school task force members are listed below by the regions they represent.

Hilton Head Island Cluster

Battery Creek Cluster

Bluffton Cluster

Beaufort Cluster

Whale Branch Cluster

A total of eight schools are up for possible elimination: James J. Davis Early Childhood Education Center, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Broad River Elementary, Shell Point Elementary, Shanklin Elementary, Lady's Island Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, and Robert Smalls Middle School.

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