• School board discusses cost saving measures to save employees

    BOLIVIA—Because of projected state budget cuts, Brunswick County Schools may have to eliminate 45 third-grade teacher assistant positions if they don’t come up with cost-saving measures.

    Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer for Brunswick County Schools, said last week the yet to be finalized state budget includes about a 10 percent reduction—twice what was originally estimated.

  • Peer Court program in need of volunteers, mentors

    Although the county has only had a Peer Court program since 2007, 100 percent of parents of student offenders say it has “had a positive impact on their child,” according to an end-of-the-year survey.

    Peer Court, a diversion and intervention program, provides student offenders opportunities to improve behavior and amend actions by working with counselors, attending tutoring sessions and learning life skills.

  • NCDPI awards grant to local CIS program

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) in Raleigh recently awarded a grant to continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Belville and Lincoln elementary schools throughout the summer.

    This partnership program between Brunswick County Schools and Communities in Schools of Brunswick Inc. (CIS) is now in its fifth year.

  • Students honored with JROTC scholarships

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful club year with a luncheon at Duffer’s Pub and Grill at Oak Island Golf Club on May 13. The program was in recognition of the student winners of the group’s JROTC scholarship awards.

    Elsie Hinkhouse, chairman of JROTC affairs, introduced the award winners: Phoenix-Amrol Davis from South Brunswick High School, who is finishing her junior year; Kimberly Ramirez, a senior from North Brunswick High School; and Rebecca Bennett, a senior from West Brunswick High School.

  • BCC students, faculty seek patents for algae fuel

    Several Brunswick Community College faculty and students recently submitted an application for a provisional patent and received patent pending status for a newly discovered process for extracting oil from algae, according to Liz McLean, director of marketing at BCC.

    “This new process is of real significance in that it is entirely mechanical in nature and utilizes very little energy,” said Doug Holland, director of the BCC Center for Aquaculture and Biotechnology.

  • Students make bench for school project, donate it to teacher

    Two BCA students know a little more about construction and safety thanks to a course they recently completed.

    As part of business advanced studies, a senior level self-study course, students must research a topic and write a 10-page paper, show a PowerPoint presentation in front of the class and create a final project.

    The course is separate from the district-wide mandatory senior project, which also requires students to complete a several-page research paper, presentation and project.

  • West senior's project helps boy born without eyes

    In Susan Carr’s exceptional children’s classroom at Supply Elementary School, there weren’t many activities or toys to help stimulate 10-year-old Matthew Stubbs.

    Matthew was born with anophthalmia, a congenital condition causing him to be born without eyeballs. A multi-handicapped student, Carr works with Matthew on sensory depravation issues, but lacked adequate materials to do so.

    “We just didn’t have anything that he could use,” Carr said.

  • BCC students selected for state academic award

    Brunswick Community College students Cindy Munzing-Hickman and Tiffany Booker have been selected for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award.

    Munzing-Hickman will graduate in May 2009 with an associate’s degree in science and a transfer core diploma in science, as well as an associate’s degree in aquaculture technology.

  • Community colleges nursing program passing rate exceeds nation and state

    The 2008 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) results show the passing rate of nurses graduating from a North Carolina community college surpassed both the state and national average, according to a summary report presented to the State Board of Community Colleges.

  • Board debates Transition Academy, may close due to budget reduction

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision regarding the Transition Academy, a first-year program for at-risk eighth-graders, in jeopardy due to the mandatory state budget reduction.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said Brunswick County Schools is estimating a 5 percent budget reduction and has begun planning next year’s budget with the reduction included.

    The Transition Academy, which is at Brunswick County Academy, has a staff of seven and costs about $650,000 in operating expenses and personnel costs, she said.