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Education

  • Superintendent releases statement regarding grievance

    Posted at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee said Tuesday night she was "exonerated" from the grievance filed against her by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant and liaison to the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    The board met behind closed doors three times last month to discuss the grievance, and announced on July 23 it had reached a "decision," but did not publicly state what it was.

  • County schools may still be weeks away from finalizing budget

    With the state budget finalized, Brunswick County Schools is weeks away from finalizing its own budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, presented the board of education with the state’s public education budget from 2009-2011 Tuesday, and said it gives a good idea of what the county will receive in state funds.

    The district had been working on a temporary budget for several months, anticipating the state reduction.

  • BCC experiencing high enrollment numbers

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College is seeing some of its highest enrollment numbers to date, and the registration period is still open.

    “The pre-registration was higher than previous years,” Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said Monday.

    At the end of early registration, 1,382 students had enrolled for the 2009 fall semester. This number is already higher than fall enrollment last year, which was 1,362 students. About 900 students were enrolled at the end of early registration last year.

  • 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.