Beaufort County reports more homeless public school students

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.

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