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Education

  • Locals schools to host student orientations

    Brunswick County Schools have announced dates for student orientation.

    The following schools will have orientation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, Virginia Williamson Elementary School, Supply Elementary School, Town Creek Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Bolivia Elementary School.

    The following schools will have orientation from 5-8 p.m Thursday, Aug. 20: Shallotte Middle School, Cedar Grove Middle School and Waccamaw School.

    The Transition Academy will have its open house from 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

  • Brunswick Community College offers more continuing education courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Onya Galloway, administrative assistant.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Community college sets continuing education classes in various subjects

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Onya Galloway, administrative assistant

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes for free.

  • Meet the Cedar Grove principal

    When Cedar Grove Middle School opens its doors for the first time this August, some may recognize a familiar face among its administration.

    Rhonda Benton, principal of Cedar Grove Middle School, a longtime Brunswick County educator, is ready to take on a new chapter to her career.

    “I’m just excited,” she said. “It’s exciting to open a new school. You set the stance for that school. You set the traditions for that school.”

  • Changes to ABCs help more schools make AYP

    Recent changes to the state’s ABCs of Public Education program may have contributed to an increase in adequate yearly progress (AYP) for Brunswick County Schools.

    Fourteen of the 17 schools tested in 2008-2009 made AYP, more than double last year when six of 17 made the mark.

    Retesting for math and reading for students in grades 3-8, as well as science retesting for students in grades 5-8, was included in AYP scores for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year.

  • Seven teacher assistant positions still in question

    BOLIVIA—With the state budget still in limbo and the first day of school less than a month away, Brunswick County Schools is trying to make a budget with all the predicted state and local reductions.

    One of the biggest reductions is in state and local allotments for teacher assistant positions. Last year, funding allowed for 150 across the district.

  • Summer enrichment programs available through 4-H

    Brunswick County 4-H has more than 25 events still planned for its summer Discovery 100 program.

    During the last two weeks, youth from across the county have enjoyed trips to Indigo Farms, the USS North Carolina battleship, the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial, Popular Grove Plantation, Thalian Hall, Screen Gem Studios and Wonderland Farms. They also attended an educational workshop on wind energy taught by Perry Grosch, a 4-H member.

  • More classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology

    Brunswick County Schools continues to introduce more technology into its classrooms; almost half are equipped with 21st Century carts.

    Brunswick County Schools introduced the 21st Century Classroom Initiative in 2007 and budgeted $1 million toward supplying more than 100 classrooms with a 21st Century Cart. The cart includes a laptop with Internet access, an LCD projector, document camera and InterWrite interactive pad. Teachers are encouraged to use the technology to find innovative ways of teaching and engaging students.

  • 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.