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Education

  • Coastal Envirothon contest winners named

    On March 24, Weyherhauser’s Cool Springs Environmental Center was host to the Coastal Envirothon on the banks of Swift Creek.

    The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education program for teams of high school and middle school students.

    The Area 5 and 6 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Weyerhaeuser, NUCOR, Georgia Pacific, Pepsi, Coke, Natur Chem and local farm bureaus sponsored the program.

  • New directors join CIS board

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has announced four additions to its board of directors.

    Donna Williams owns and operates Fitwize 4 Kids in Leland, where she resides with her husband and two children, and brings expertise in leadership development, community resources and fundraising.

  • School resource officer funding in trouble as state cuts education budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is expecting at-risk funding to be cut a half-million dollars, leaving the board of education wondering where it will find funding to keep all of its school resource officers (SROs).

    The state now gives the district funding for four of its 10 officers, and the funding only goes toward officers in high schools. But with the state budget nearly eliminating this funding, the district is left to find funding on its own.

    The county budget for the 10 SROs is about $635,000, with the average salary at $65,366.

  • Violent crime rates down in local schools

    Reported acts of crime in public schools decreased by nearly 50 percent in Brunswick County, but are up more than one percent statewide.

    According to an annual report released last month by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools reported 65 total acts committed during the 2007-2008 school year, which is 5.629 acts per 1,000 students. This is a decrease of nearly 50 percent, as 126 acts were reported during 2006-2007, 11.494 acts per 1,000 students.

  • OCS students get a lesson in nutrition

    Myra Burgess, family nutrition programs assistant at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension office, taught a lesson in nutrition and nutritional meal preparation to the Occupational Course of Study students Tuesday at Brunswick County Academy.

    Burgess explained the new food pyramid, which is tailored more toward each individual person, and taught students how to make a fruit salad, using a variety of fresh and canned fruits.

  • Schools' child nutrition services to end year $20,925 in the red

    BOLIVIA—Child Nutrition Services of Brunswick County Schools is operating with a $141,112.63 deficit, but director Tina Ward estimates the 2008-2009 school year will close with a $20,925 deficit.

    “I know it looks really bad right now,” Ward told the operations committee at its Monday meeting. But the months following the students’ return from winter break in January are historically the most profitable months, she explained.

  • Students use Fast Forward to gain classroom skills

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Academy students are working on improving literacy by using an individualized learning computer program.

    Fast Forward is a literacy program that helps students work toward improving grade-level skills. While the program offers different levels and subjects, students are currently focusing on reading, vocabulary and building listening skills.

    The first portion usually takes students between six and 15 weeks to complete. BCA students have only been using the program for three weeks, and four of them have already completed the first portion.

  • Brunswick County School releases strategic plan information

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools released its strategic plan for 2009-2011 at a planning retreat Tuesday. Superintendent Katie McGee said after changing leadership, it’s recommended to plan for several years, not the usual five-year plan done by districts with continuous leadership.

    Local goals are aligned with goals set by the State Board of Education, only more tailored to Brunswick County Schools’ needs. Goals for 2009-2011 are:

  • Brunswick Community College announces fall honors

    Brunswick Community College has announced its honors lists for the fall 2008 semester.

    Dean‘s List

  • Charter Day School in Leland announces its honor roll students

    Charter Day School in Leland has announced its honors list for the following students:

    A Honor Roll