Parents In Action
Will Ask School
BY DORI COSGROVF. (JURGANLS
Brunswick Counly Schools may
be in for some changcs in ihc way
c I asses arc conducted, if a new par
ents' action group succeeds in sell
ing its goals to local educators.
Parents In Action, formed to pro
mote new teaching and scheduling
methods, gathered at South Bruns
wick High School in its second
meeting to discuss ways to foster
implementation of a "comprehcn
siivr mnrcni mnnnonmonl vvvtom"
at local high schools and middle
The group, headed by Dorothy
Esscy of Yaupon Beach, plans to ask
the Brunswick Counly Board of
Education to consider adopting the
new program, already implemented
in over 140 statewide schools, at the
board's next meeting.
The program involves creating
flexible schedules for students as
well as tcachers. Students would
chose their own classes, and receive
tutorial help after school if needed.
Tcachcrs would be given not one,
but two planning sessions and more
time to brainstorm with other in
Stricter rules regarding discipline
would be enforced, giving teachers
more control over the learning pro
cess, speakers said Monday.
PI A members reported Monday
night to a group of more titan UK)
parents, teachers, schtxil board
members, administrators and stu
dents on visits last week to schools
that use the program.
"We saw evidence that it's effec
tive," said Mrs. Esscy.
Over the past several weeks, Ms.
Esscy, a local businesswoman, parent
and former Brunswick County school
teacher, took small groups of parents
and leathers on tours of demonstra
tion schools. South Lenoir, Scotland
and Laney high schools.
"It's beautiful to see what's hap
pening there," she said Monday
night, urging parents to join her in
support of the plan.
Teachers have regained control of
their classrooms and students learn ;it
levels geared to their own abilities.
And, she said the team was told
by an administrator at South Lenoir
High School that discipline prob
lems have decreased by SO percent.
"They know the rules and they
know they'll rcccivc punishment for
it." Ms. Esscy said.
Honor students often graduate
with several hours of college crcdit
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ESSEY of Parents In Action
explains the group's goals to a
crowd of parents, teachers, ad
ministrators and students
already nut of ihc way, she said.
Ms. Esscy said West Brunswick
High School appears 10 be the only
local school already implementing
some of the ideas encompassed by
the comprehensive concept manage
ment system. West Brunswick has
established an outcome-based edu
cation project for ninth grades, with
intentions to expand it over the next
several years to include all grades.
Mike Occhipinii, special projects
coordinator with the state De
partment of Public Instruction,
spoke to the crowd about the need
for communities to support such a
project in the schools.
The comprehensive concept has
been developed and implemented in
North Carolina by Occhipinii over
the past 10 years. However, he said
Monday that none of the participat
ing schixils has taken the program to
its fullest potential.
"Students must be treated with re
spect, with dignity, and with love,"
he said, "and none of our schcxils are
there yet. We have such a long way
Occhipinii outlined the basic ele
ments needed to start die program:
?A student service management
team, or a group of personal advis
ers, hired and trained to work one
on-onc with students.
?Case classes scheduled to provide
students time to meet with personal
advisers. Occhipinii referred to this
as "nurturing time," available to
give students a consistent message
to build self-esteem.
?Learning ccnters established alter
school to hHn siixknts perform be?
ter in difficult classes, offering tu
tors. make-up work and intense re
"We won't allow a young person
to fail," Occhipinu said, "and stu
dents who are punished for disci
pline problems don't mind those
policies because they know they'll
gel a helping hand."
Brunswick County Schools Sup
erintendent PR. Hankins endorsed
the plan, staling that "effective
schools arc our quest."
"Change is inevitable," Hankins
added, "and we arc the change
Ms. Esscy urged parents and
teachers to attend the next meeting
of the Brunswick County Board of
Education Monday, March 2, at 6:30
p.m. at South Brunswick Middle
School in Boiling Spring Lakes.
"We all have the same goals, the
very same mission." she said, "to
make Brunswick County schools the
best they can be."
Under the school system's current
move toward site-based decision
making and accountability, individu
al schools will determine their own
goals and approaches for reaching
those goals. The school's goals anil
standards pcrlor^-incc ciin ?* v -
ceed those set by tlie county system,
but cannot be less than the county's.
For Tornado Drill
Brunswick County Schools are
expected to participate in a state
wide tornado drill Friday, which was
postponed from Wednesday due to
the chance of severe weather.
Local emergency management of
ficials will notify the schools when
the drill begins, and schools will
lake precautions as if there was a
tornado watch or warning issued,
said administrative assistant Doug
The National Weather Service de
cided Tuesday to postpone the drill
due to the possibility ol heavy ihun
derstorms and rain over parts of
North Carolina on Wednesday.
"This action is necessary to avoid
the possibility of contusion should a
real tornado watch or warning oc
cur," said Graham Wilson, public al
fairs director with the N.C. Depart
ment of Crime Control and Public
School Improvement Team Conducts Weekend Retreat
I hiriy-ihrce counly educators "re
treated" last weekend to the North
Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort
Caswell to learn more about school
The retreat brought together con
tact persons and principals from
each of the county's schools with the
central office school improvement
team and administrators to share
what they've learned to date about
school improvement, said Gloria
Yount, public information and staff
"They in turn will go back to their
schools and will start assessing
where their school is," said Ms.
Yount. "They will start preparing
mission and vision statements and
begin putting things in place to sum
the journey of school improvement."
Participants reviewed the county
school systems' mission and goals,
discussed how to function effective
ly as a team, heard success stories
from the school system and an over
view of research on effective
schools, the agenda also included a
session on goal-setting and planning
and a closing challenge by Mosc
Lewis, assistant superintendent for
Participants from the central of
fice in addition to Lewis and Ms.
Yount included PR. Hankins, super
intendent; Liz Young, math/science
supervisor; Diana Mini/, elementary
supervisor; Wendy Milligan, drop
out prevention specialist; and James
McAdams, middle grades/social stu
Attending from the schools were
teachers Grade McLarty and Velma
McKinnon, Assistant Principal Bob
Rhyne and Principal Christine Hall.
Lcland Middle; Principal Joe Buder,
teacher Payc Nelson Li ncolrj Pri
mary; teacher Mary Griffith, As
sistant Principal Terry Chcstnutt,
Principal Bill Shoemaker, Wacca
maw; Assistant Principal Latty Stan
ley, Southporl Primary; Principal
Sue Sellers, teacher Bill Hargrove,
South Brunswick High; teacher
Rose Terry, Principal Bob Harris.
North Brunswick High; teachers
Warren Fenton and Phyllis James,
West Brunswick; Counselor Sue
Chapman, Principal Zelphia Gris
sett, Union Primary; Counselor Phil
Tate, Principal Les Tubb, South
Brunswick Middle; Principal Dave
Corlcy, Bolivia; tcachcr Pal Fenton,
Principal Mark Owens, Shallotte
Middle; Carolyn Williams, Supply
Also attending were Donna Bax
ter, chairman, Brunswick County
Board of Education, and Evelyn
Johnson of the State Department of
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Brunswick County Set To Rename Roads
Brunswick County Commission
ers will hold a public hearing Mon
day, March 2, al 6:15 p.m., to con
sider names for 32 county roads.
Proposed names have been cho
sen for new and existing roads both
to avoid duplication and to accom
modate property owners' requests.
Brunswick County Planning
Department policy prohibits duplica
tion of road names within a postal
zone to avoid confusion under the
county's 95 1 emergency communica
tions program, which begins in April.
The public hearing will be in the
commissioners' chambers in the ad
ministration building at the Bruns
wick County Government Center in
Bolivia. The board will hold its reg
ular meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Some streets that did not have
names before will be getting names.
Those proposed are: Alice Court
in the Alice Culpepper subdivision;
Bertha Court at the end of Duck
Pond Road, Ocean Isle; Dccrfield
Drive and Magnolia Court in Brick
landing Plantation; Island View
Place at Ocean Isle; Lexington Placc
across from Sommerset Landing;
Lock I in Sea Village; Mill Pond
Drive in Sea Trails; and Rest Row
off of Beach Drive, Ocean Isle.
Name changes lo avoid duplica
tion include: Canalview Street from
Canal Street in J.E. Fulford subdivi
sion; Coastal Pine Street from Pine
Street in Pine Acres; Oakland Drive
from Hale's Trail in the Oakland
subdivision; Ocean Isle Beach Road
from Ocean Isle Entrance Road
(known as Four Mile Road); and
Randy Drive from Ocean View
Drive in Waterway Acres.
Changes proposed at die property
owners' requests include: Colonist
Square from Landing Blvd., Landing
Blvd. from Britton Drive, and
Oakbrook Drive from Colonist
Square, all in Bricklanding Planta
tion; Crystal Court from Larry Court,
Farmers Court from Benny Court,
Leisure Court from Hite Court and
Rainbow Court from Ycarta Court,
all in Leisure Acres; Eastbrook
Avenue from Brooks Avenue at
Seaside; Georgetown Dock from
Pine Bluff in Sea Village;
Also Hewetl-Burton Road from
Phelps Road off of Goodman Road;
Horse Branch Road from Horse
Barn Road in Twin Village; Una
Trail from Raven Drive in Shallotlc:
Riccfiekl Branch Street from Timber
Lane and Timber Lane from Pickett
Road in Pickett Ridge, Lcland; Rob
inson Street from Brooks Avenue in
Pine Acres; Swain Creek Trail from
Caqxmter Way in Supply; Virginia
Road from Warren Road in Ash, and
Westbrook Avenue from Brooks
Avenue at Ocean Isle.
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