Board of education to review accreditation at July 24 retreat

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will review findings from a recent Advance Ed accreditation process at an upcoming retreat in July.

Jessica Swencki, spokeswoman for Brunswick County Schools, said school staff received a final, written report from Advance Ed on Tuesday, June 26.

Board of education members received an oral report from an Advance Ed representative at a special called meeting in April, but Swencki said the upcoming retreat would provide a thorough review of all written findings.

An Advance Ed representative will be at the daylong board retreat, scheduled for July 24 at the Southport Community Center. Swencki said the goal for the school system is to review all findings before making the report public.

Brunswick County Schools received a rating of accreditation on advisement.

“We are fully accredited,” Swencki said.

The accreditation process scores school systems on a scale of “not evident” to “fully functional.”

Of the seven areas, Brunswick County was scored as operational in five areas, fully functioning in one area.

Brunswick County was scored as emerging in one area, leadership and governance.

Brunswick County received a score of fully functioning in resources and support, which includes the funding agreement between the school system and county commissioners, which Swencki said was noted in the oral report.

Brunswick County previously went through its accreditation process by individual schools. This is the first year it participated in a district-wide accreditation process, Swencki said.

“We have asked for Advance Ed to work with us because this is really about continuous improvement. We have nothing to shy away from. We’re more than happy to talk about it,” Swencki said.

The full, written report will be unveiled to the public when it is unveiled to the board of education at the July 24 retreat.

“We fully intend to use this report for continuous improvement,” she said.

Caroline Curran is a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or ccurran@brunswickbeacon.com.