TEACHERS START NEXT WFFK
To Begin Another School Term
HY SUSAN USIIKK
Brunswick County sch(*)l system
administrators returned from a 2
1/2-day upstate retreat Monday
geared up lor the start of another
school year, staff development di
and ccntral of
goals and pro
grams for the
year, as well as
ways of working together more ef
While looking forward to the new
year, Ms. Yount said ihc administra
tors also feel "challenged" this year
to rise to the stale's expectations lor
"We have high expectations," she
said. "We are not taking that chal
lenge lightly. We arc looking for
ward to the school year. We feel fo
cused and almost ready."
Briefing Brunswick County
Board of Education members
Tuesday night, she said, "We feel as
a staff that we are headed in the
right direction in curriculum."
She said the administrators came
away more committed to working
as a team with each other and the
school board and committed to the
Approximately 540 teachers be
gin reporting to work Monday,
Staff Will Work With Alliance
Two staff members of the
Brunswick County Schools will
work with the Scicnce Alliance
Committee during the coming year.
Following an executive session at
the school board meeting Tuesday
night. Chairman Donna Baxter ap
pointed Gloria Yount, staff develop
ment director; and Mosc Lewis, as
sistant superintendent for curricu
lum, to serve with Superintendent
Hankins on the Science Alliance
The core committee of Alliance
teachers will meet with staff mem
bers, then begin involving other
teachers in the project, said Ms.
Atlantic Telephone Membership
Corp. has agreed to pay for work
shops that had been requested for
Board member Robert Slockctl
has pushed the board to move more
rapidly in regard to development of
a math/sciencc/technology center by
the schools, the Science Alliance,
the Brunswick County Education
Foundation and local business and
industry. Monday he said fellow
board members directed him to
back off from the project. "They
said they didn't think I was con
ducting it appropriately," he said.
Ms. Baxter said this approach
should be more effective since it
utilizes staff involved in curriculum
rather than a member of the school
board and should help alleviate
some of the "constant conflict" on
the board that has resulted previous
"It has made it look like the
board was against this proposal and
we're not," she said. "We are very
supportive of it."
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while an estimated 9,000 students
are cxpccled at the county's 1 1
schools Wednesday, May 21.
Stall convocations will be held
May 19, alter all teachers have re
Instead of all personnel gathering
at Hatch Auditorium at the N.C.
Baptist Assembly, staff from
schools in the North Brunswick and
South Brunswick attendance /ones
will gather at 9 a.m. at South
Brunswick Middle School, while
those from the West Brunswick dis
trict meet at 2 p.m. at Shalloltc
Central office personnel will at
tend both sessions, as will the same
guest speaker, said Ms. Yount.
Motivating the system's 1 , 1 (K)
plus employees to a positive sum
will he Sammic Campbell-Parrish,
assistant state superintendent for
Should the system fall below
minimum performance standards set
hy the state on its system by system
annual "report card" it would be at
risk ot having the state come in and
appoint a "caretaker" to operate the
On its 1990 card, Brunswick
County did not meet state standards
in four areas, while fully meeting
the standard in 13 areas and meet
ing a minimum standard in nine
other areas. It did not compare fa
vorably with other schools of simi
Along with other goals, this year
the system will focus on four areas:
reducing the drop-out rate, improv
ing leather and pupil attendance;
and reducing the number of students
served by in-school suspension and
A drop in California
Achievement Test scores this past
term raised concerns lor the sys
tem's rating on its 1990-91 report
card, which has not been released
yet by the state.
Ralph Ward, personnel director,
said the school system will general
ly not see any actual growth in staff
William Babson, a maintenance
supervisor, said that his crew will
probably be renovating mobile units
at Union Primary Sch(x>l as class
rooms. Because of increased enroll
ment at the end ol the 1990-91
school year. Union Primary is gel
ung two additional classroom tcac ti
The overcrowding will be re
lieved. ai least temporarily, with the
opening of Supply Elementary
School next year.
Ward said the school system is al
so getting back to tilling some posi
tions that were to be funded under
the Basic Education Program last
year, but were not because the sys
tem had to give back part of its state
allocation before the school year
had even begun.
The positions are cither sup
port ? such as a school psycholo
gist ? or enrichment ? such as for
eign language, fine arts or physical
"We got basically what we gave
back last year," said Ward.
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