- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The Beaufort County School Board has decided that the district superintendent may keep his job.

However, the board also agreed Monday to create its own nepotism policy, approve all hiring in the district and exercise more oversight over district policies, local media outlets reported. The decision came after a long meeting, most of it in executive session.

The meeting came after superintendent Jeff Moss hired his wife, Darlene, for a $90,000-a-year position with the district earlier this year. The board said Darlene Moss resigned from that position Saturday.

Jeff Moss issued a statement apologizing and saying he will work to rebuild the district’s credibility.

“Whatever you do decide to do tonight, whatever credibility you believe you lost or we lost as a district, I’ll do everything within my ability to rebuild that credibility and rebuild that public trust,” Moss said.

More than 20 members of the public addressed the issue during Monday’s meeting. Many were critical of Moss and the circumstances surrounding the hiring of his wife.

David Striebinger, a parent in the district, blamed Moss for making bad decisions worse.

“He’s taken an arrogant and combative posture that only magnifies the situation,” Striebinger said. “The number of people in this room gives testimony to that.”

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