BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County has reported an increase in homeless students in its public schools.
The Island Packet reports that the Beaufort County School District identified 275 for the 2015-2016 school year in a recent report. That's up from 98 during the 2011-2012 school year.
School officials say two factors in the growing number are that they're doing a better job of screening students and their overall enrollment has gone up.
Lakinsha Swinton, the district director of student services, said that she thinks the district under-identified homeless students in the past.
The district is working to help. Students in need can get financial assistance and help with transportation, food and school supplies.