School board hires independent consultant

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After a contentious two years, the Beaufort County Board of Education has hired an outside independent consultant to help with its issues. Wayne Worner was hired with a majority 7-4 vote at a cost not to exceed $8,000. He has worked with 50 to 60 school boards in the past, at least half of which were focused on issues internally or with their superintendent. The current board plans to go on a retreat with Worner ahead of an April 21 referendum and the November elections, in which seven current board members are up for re-election.