Group Questions Number of Minority Teachers In Beaufort County

The number of minority teachers in Beaufort County Schools is under the microscope.

It was standing room only at Monday night's school board meeting as black leaders and concerned parents were on hand to let their voices be heard. Leaders asked the school board to reevaluate their hiring procedures.

The largest enrollment of students is at Washington High School. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says there are 72 faculty members and only five are black. That's fewer than seven percent.

And, the group says the county's percentage isn't much higher. Just under eight percent of all teachers in Beaufort County are black.

Beaufort County school board leaders plan to organize a committee with minority leaders to discuss recruitment of black teachers.