ESPLOST, Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, is an optional 1% sales tax levied by Georgia counties that is used solely for local education projects.

This is a collection of the stories following ESPLOST in Glynn County.

  • By AMY HORTON
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When Tad Meeks heard that efforts to nourish the St. Simons Island beach were stirring, she felt as though an old nightmare were coming true.

District 2

  • By DAVID ROYER
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County commissioners Thursday night delayed approving a set of initiatives for 2005 while they waited on additional suggestions from some comm…

  • By BJ CORBITT
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Superintendent Michael Bull has big plans for the future of Glynn County's schools, but he needs a penny to make his wishes come true - $118 m…

  • By BJ CORBITT
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If a proposed new Brunswick High School would open its doors to students in 2011, few people would be happier than Darlene Moye.

  • By BJ CORBITT
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Glynn County Superintendent Michael Bull says the school system is on a roll.

Proposal calls for new 1 percent sales tax

  • By BJ CORBITT
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With 65 birthdays in the rearview mirror, Dave Smith has reached a point in life when many people start thinking about how to slow down.

  • By BJ CORBITT
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The Glynn County Board of Education has adopted a tentative road map it hopes will lead to a penny sales tax in September.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn Middle School building is beyond repair.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education plans to spend $1 million to buy land for a new middle school, but doesn't yet know if it has enough money…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The window of opportunity to adopt an Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by September may be quickly closing if the Glynn Coun…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education is ready to take a preliminary list of Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects to the public.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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About 40 people turned out Tuesday to hear the Glynn County school system's pitch for a penny sales tax increase.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Darlene Moye is so convinced that Brunswick High School needs a new building, she is willing to spend money from her own pocket to make it happen.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Glynn Middle School might find a new home soon just blocks away from its present location on George Street.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education asked for opinions on its plan for a sales tax hike, and residents of the Golden Isles responded in force.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The existing Brunswick High School facility may be gone for good if the school board's new ESPLOST wish list ever comes to fruition.

The News is featuring the 11 candidates who are running for only those seats on the Glynn County Commission and the Glynn County Board of Educ…

The News is featuring the 11 candidates who are running only for the seats on the Glynn County Commission and the Glynn County Board of Educat…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Big changes are imminent at Glynn County middle schools, and some early buzz generated by the plans is positive.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Brunswick High School may have brand new facilities within five years, or it may not.

  • By KEITH LAING
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Glynn County Republican Party chair Kevin Gough said he believes the school board is not listening to its constituents.

  • By KEITH LAING
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Glynn County Republican Party chair Kevin Gough said he believes the school board is not listening to its constituents.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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After months of revisions, the Glynn County Board of Education failed again to take action on a proposed project list for a 1 percent sales ta…

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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Four years ago, Rebecca Cooper traveled 1,000 miles to Jamaica to find and recruit minority teachers for Glynn County's public schools.

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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The Glynn County Board of Education needs to know soon whether the city will sell it land on Lanier Boulevard.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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For at least five months, the Glynn County Board of Education has been hinging its plans for a tax increase on a land swap with the city, to p…

It could be moved to a 14-acre site on Lanier Boulevard, next to Glynn Iron and Metal. It may be located in the middle of Howard Coffin Park.

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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Glynn County Board of Education members are continuing to add to a list of construction projects to be funded by a possible sales tax increase…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education could find itself with a tax proposal and no place to spend $21 million of it if the Brunswick City Commis…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education may have found a new home for Glynn Middle School, but it will have to convince voters to pass a 1 percent…

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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The Glynn County Board of Education may have won a victory in its zeal to firm up a site for a proposed new Glynn Middle school, but it's one …

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Glynn County Commissioner Tony Thaw needs money to get the proposed charter technical school that he has been championing up and running, and …

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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Glynn County's incoming school board will have a healthy plate of leftovers to digest in 2007, much of which will be controversial in nature.

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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Don't expect to see a proposed ESPLOST on the ballot any time soon.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Both have experience serving on the school board and while District 5 candidates tout separate political affiliations, the bottom line is that…

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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In Marcia Wendel's classroom there are two electrical outlets - not nearly enough to power her many student-friendly instructional gadgets.

  • By PURETERRAH WITCHER
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The Glynn County Board of Education does not have enough time to complete a sales tax proposal this year.

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If the Glynn County Board of Education wants a piece of the city, then it must be willing to give up a few pieces of itself.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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New Glynn County Board of Education members will face several important financial issues when they take office in January.

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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Legislation that would require future sales tax issues to be voted on during primaries or general elections will likely be a topic when the Ge…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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For months - nay, years - the Glynn County Board of Education has tossed around the idea of asking voters for an education special purpose loc…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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New Glynn County Board of Education members sworn into office this morning will have little time to adjust to their new lives in public office.

  • By EMILY STRANGER
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The Glynn County Board of Education approved a land swap deal with the city of Brunswick on a site for a new middle school but deferred action…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Crunch time is here.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The Glynn County Board of Education decided in short order Tuesday to move forward to send a $100 million sales tax referendum to voters in a …

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Waiting until the 11th hour to request a public vote on a sales tax may prevent the Glynn County Board of Education from sending the proposal …

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The Golden Isles Career Academy - the name recently given to a proposed charter technical school - is scheduled to open for the fall 2008 semester.

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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The chair of the Glynn County Republican Party says he plans to be present when the elections board votes to call for a sales tax referendum Friday.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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The chairman of the Glynn County Republican Party wasn't happy about it, but the board of elections chose to move forward with a March 20 spec…

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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The head of the Glynn County Republican Party wants to know if anyone is asking the U.S. Justice Department to expedite approval of a sales ta…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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No matter what the leader of Glynn County's dominant Republican Party says, the Glynn County Board of Education isn't going to budge from plan…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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It's been talked about, debated, tuned, tweaked, tossed around, blasted and re-worked for the better part of two years, and now, with five wee…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Glynn County Board of Education members have yet to hear if the U.S. Justice Department will approve a March 20 special election on a school s…

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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The chair of the Glynn County Republican Party says he will bow to the wishes of the school board, albeit grudgingly.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Some argued for a 1 percent sales tax for the school system and some argued against it at a Republican forum Monday on St. Simons Island.

The Brunswick chapter of the NAACP has come out against a sales tax increase for school construction.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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On the surface, it's just a penny.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Two Brunswick NAACP members, including one who sits on the Glynn County Board of Education, say the leader of the organization was out of line…

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Handling the oversight of one school construction project is one thing. Handling the possibility of three large-scale projects simultaneously …

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Glynn County school system Superintendent Michael Bull says the proposed ESPLOST isn't just about building new schools.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Howard Lynn sounds like a reluctant supporter of raising the county's sales tax.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Brunswick real estate agent Jim Jones isn't against providing excellent academic opportunities for children.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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It's officially here.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Brunswick resident Roy Langford feels he has an obligation to speak up on civic issues, whether he is for them or against them.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Sometime after the sun sets today, the Glynn County Board of Education will know how bright its future might be.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Tuesday was a good day for Glynn County Board of Education Chair Dave Smith.

  • By LAUREN McCALLISTER
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Tuesday was a good day for Glynn County Board of Education Chair Dave Smith.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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Glynn County Commission Chair Tony Thaw left a meeting called by the Glynn County Board of Education Monday with mixed emotions.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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At least two members of the Glynn County Board of Education are concerned about funding for the proposed charter technical school.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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Glynn County school expenditures for the 2008 fiscal year are way up, but not to worry.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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The Glynn County Board of Education approved a budget for the school system that includes a tax cut for property owners.

  • By BRANDEE A. THOMAS
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Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel sympathizes with the Glynn County Republican Party.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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Small change for consumers will begin making big change in Glynn County public schools, beginning Sunday.

  • By JOSH MESSER
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The Glynn County Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to boost its contribution for the proposed charter technical school by $2 million.

Water commission needs employees

Committee OKs additional fencing

  • By CAROLINA MURILLO
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It may not have been an A-plus year, but Glynn County Board of Education members are giving the school system some very good marks for 2007.

  • By CAROLINA MURILLO
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Can Brunswick High School be turned into an international baccalaureate school or Glynn Academy into a fine arts academy?

  • By CAROLINA MURILLO
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The Glynn County board of education and county commission are sailing through what are troubled economic waters in other communities.

  • By CAROLINA MURILLO
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With two months of classes remaining in the school year, students on spring break this past week may now being thinking ahead to an even longe…

  • By CAROLINA MURILLO
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Glynn County Board of Education members say they are concerned by their discovery that construction of the Golden Isles Career Academy is not …

Senator announces for reelection

  • By HANK ROWLAND
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Glynn County residents will get a chance to weigh in on several controversial issues that are rocking the Isles.

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Patrick Parker said he knows something that most people do not.

  • By JESS DAVIS
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Voters overwhelmingly said they want to move the county jail away from downtown and would have wanted to leave the now-demolished casino pool …

  • By BRANDEE A. THOMAS
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Sales tax collections may not be where the Glynn County Board of Education had hoped they would be by now, but school officials are still opti…

  • By EMILY STRANGER
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Glynn Academy students will answer to a new principal when they return to classes Aug. 13.

  • By BRANDEE A. THOMAS
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Glynn County School System administrators are planning to take a closer look at helping students get a head start on education.

  • By EMILY STRANGER
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A plan to close Risley Middle School as a neighborhood school and use the building to house a district-wide magnet program has some black reti…

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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The new Brunswick High will move closer to the College of Coastal Georgia in the near future, and Glynn Academy will soon engulf the campus of…

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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A school construction project that started out at an estimated $17.5 million has swollen by more than $3 million.

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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The Glynn County School System is feeling the effects of a slow economy and is in a position now where it may be forced to hold off on startin…

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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The Glynn County School System reinforced its stance on several construction projects during Tuesday's School Facilities Committee meeting.

Hundreds of ecstasy pills found

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement Mike Kemp isn't afraid to say what he expects when Glynn County's public schools take the stat…

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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Public education officials hope voters across the Golden Isles will agree to continue to tax themselves extra for the benefit of children.

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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The halls are cramped and dimly lit. The ceilings are low and the roof wasn't built to last. Students are taking classes behind the gym in por…

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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A cultural arts center could soon be a reality in the Golden Isles.

  • By ANDREW SMITH The Brunswick News
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The Glynn County Board of Education is expected to vote today to ask voters to renew a special local option sales tax for education in November.

  • By ERIKA CAPEK For The Brunswick News
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Members of the Glynn County Board of Education say they're optimistic that the community will approve the continuation of the 1 percent sales …

School board to meet Friday

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Just look what a penny can buy - two new middle schools and a career academy.

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Construction could begin as early as January for a replacement for Risley Middle School, Al Boudreau, school district facilities director, sai…

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Glynn County School Board members say they're not concerned that the public vote on the proposed extension of the Special Purpose Local Option…

Police identify man killed in accident

Paving set for St. Simons Island

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Early voting began Monday for three city commission posts and on the question of whether the community should continue the sales tax for publi…

Glynn Academy to provide information

  • By NEVIN BATIWALLA The Brunswick News
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Sitting side-by-side, four of the seven candidates vying for city commission introduced themselves and fielded questions from Kiwanis Club mem…

  • By NEVIN BATIWALLA The Brunswick News
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With every candidate in firm agreement against the controversial downtown jail expansion, the two city commission races boil down to the quest…

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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With advance voting ending today and Election Day four days away, Glynn County Board of Education members are making their final appeals for r…

  • By NEVIN BATIWALLA The Brunswick News
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While voters overwhelmingly chose to extend a 1 percent local sales tax for education Tuesday, it's going to take a run-off election to determ…

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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The Glynn County Board of Education will begin spending the one percent sales tax voters approved Tuesday even before it starts to collect it.

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Sales tax revenue for education is down by millions of dollars, but that doesn't change the Glynn County school system's plans to repair old s…

NEWS EVENTS, 2006

School raising funds for quake victims

  • By NEVIN BATIWALLA The Brunswick News
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A much talked about skateboard park in north Glynn County will get a boost from unspent sales tax money and move closer to reality on a larger scale.

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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After all the finishing touches are done at the new Jane Macon Middle School and Glynn Middle School, the Glynn County School System will have…

Jekyll claims turtle title second time

  • By ERIKA CAPEK The Brunswick News
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Renovation of an old Glynn County school is nearing completion, while work on a new middle school is just beginning.

  • By SHANESSA FAKOUR The Brunswick News
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Voters in Georgia's coastal counties will be asked to raise their sales taxes by 1 percent if enough local elected officials decide the money …

Background: Risley Early College Academy for middle and high school students on Albany Street won't be the only school named in honor of Dougl…

Democrats to hold hearing on districts

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Dancers, actors and musicians in Glynn County may have to wait longer than anticipated for a new venue.

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When Anita Timmons moved to Brunswick almost 30 years ago, she read a newspaper editorial that cited a need for a performing arts and exhibiti…

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Background: The Glynn County School System and the city of Brunswick entered into a land swap deal in 2007 that gave the board of education sp…

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A former Glynn County public school teacher and a former Glynn County school board member will challenge incumbent Ray Snow in the District 1 …

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A former Glynn County public school teacher and a former Glynn County school board member will challenge incumbent Ray Snow in the District 1 …

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Glynn County's two high school principals told the Glynn County Board of Education they are working together to ensure scores on the SAT colle…

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A proposed $36 million renovation of nearly every building on the Glynn Academy campus in Brunswick could start as early as next summer, but f…

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Improving graduation rates and making progress on standardized test scores is not something that happens overnight.

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Walking through the halls of Golden Isles Career Academy, Chief Executive Officer Rick Townsend glanced into several classrooms.

Two men hold woman at gunpoint

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The Glynn County School System is on its way to completing its obligations at the former Perry Building property on Stonewall Street in Brunswick.

Expect delays on Interstate 95

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The Glynn County Board of Education says it is pleased with the results of spending from its first sales tax levy that is now expired.

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The new Brunswick High School going up on Altama Avenue is a sight to behold and students will be gracing its spacious hallways in less than t…

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Standing at the bottom of a staircase, Brunswick High School seniors Briana Henderson, Christina Stambaugh and Brandon Northcutt chatted eager…

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The students have been there since second semester began Jan. 8, and Friday community members gathered in front of the new Brunswick High Scho…

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The chairman of the Camden County Board of Education says he's not sure a plan espoused by one of the candidates for governor will work.

Board of education District 2

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The Glynn County School System is moving forward and making some minor changes to renovations set for Glynn Academy over the next several years.

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KINGSLAND -- Pens and pencils will not get as much use as in the past when Camden County schools open for the new academic year on Aug. 5.

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KINGSLAND -- Michelle Davis spent her first 15 years as an elementary school music teacher before her position was eliminated because of budge…

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If you build it, they will come.

School superintendent to give address

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Students and teachers continue to prepare for the new and more rigorous state tests that are coming this year — the Georgia Milestones Assessm…

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Brunswick High School baseball enthusiasts can look forward to a new home field.

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Construction crews will be busy during the next 12 months working on improvements to both Glynn County public high schools.

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KINGSLAND — The prospect of a spaceport, a barge port in St. Marys and as many as 600 new jobs at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay underscores t…

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Howard Mann, superintendent of Glynn County Schools, has high hopes for the remainder of the academic year, including academic improvements an…

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School bus drivers told the Glynn County Board of Education on Tuesday that they can’t afford cutbacks proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Members of the Glynn County Board of Education will be asked Tuesday to follow in the footsteps of the city and pass a resolution opposing a n…

  • The Brunswick News and Associated Press
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Republican leaders in the General Assembly previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia’s roads and bridges, hop…

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By the time the 2016 spring baseball season rolls around, the Brunswick High School Pirates will be able to play the game on their own, brand …

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Glynn County commissioners are thinking about asking voters to approve another SPLOST even though the county has millions of dollars in unspen…

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Work on the new baseball field at Brunswick High School is taking longer than expected, Glynn County School Board members were told Tuesday du…

Troy teams up with county employees

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The Glynn County school superintendent will present information about renovations and construction projects at Glynn Academy during a public f…

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The Glynn County Commission is thinking of asking the community to give it another 1 percent sales tax for the county, the city, the Joint Wat…

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ST. MARYS — Camden County High School Fine Arts Director Dean Slusser realizes the school’s auditorium is not the ideal venue for many school …

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A member of the Glynn County Board of Education is curious as to what members in her district think about the current state of education in th…

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A new Burroughs-Molette Elementary School or a community art center?

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The superintendent of the Glynn County School System agrees with those who think a new 1 percent sales tax for education should go toward the …

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Two members of the Glynn County Board of Education say a replacement for one of the older schools in the community must be included on any fut…

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For nearly three decades, Ingrid Metz held was a classroom teacher.

Board of Education meeting today

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The Glynn County Board of Education has approved a final projects list for an upcoming ESPLOST vote.

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It’s been a busy year for Mason Waters.

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The Glynn County Board of Education has made a critical decision in how they will present their needs to the community for an upcoming ESPLOST…

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Glenn Etheridge stood in the center of one of the many air handler stations inside Brunswick High School, examining the labyrinth of cords and…

School board to meet at 6 p.m. today

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The Glynn County Board of Education took one more necessary step toward asking voters in November to continue a sales tax to help it complete …

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Standing in the shade offered by the Student Center building, Julianna Speer explained to some dozen new College of Coastal Georgia students t…

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College of Coastal Georgia President Greg Aloia grew up surrounded by the arts.

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Julie Martin knows of at least one person who will be stopping by the Glynn County Board of Elections Office early this week.

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Private school students and home-schooled students in Glynn County are not eligible for participation in athletics through the public school s…

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The Glynn County Republican Party is against it, but the county’s Democratic Party, noting it fits its national and state platform on educatio…

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Without saying a word, one member of the Glynn County Board of Education made a clear statement to her fellow board members regarding an upcom…

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A Glynn County School Board member is calling on the public to join her for a community meeting.

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A high school teacher is up in arms over a meeting he was told he had to attend this week.

  • The Brunswick News
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The Glynn County Republican Party is asking residents to vote “no” on ESPLOST 3 when they cast their ballots in the countywide referendum Tuesday.

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For months, officials with the Glynn County School System have been touting the benefits of a continuation of ESPLOST, calling out the fact th…

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In addition to the countywide ESPLOST sales tax referendum, city of Brunswick voters will have issues a little closer to home to consider when…

  • The Brunswick News
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Voters countywide will decide the fate of the 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education today and voters in the city will…

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  • The Brunswick News
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City commission incumbents Julie Martin and Johnny Cason, and those in favor the proposed ESPLOST 3 were the big winners in Tuesday's elections. 

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Glynn County gave the school system a vote of confidence Tuesday, passing a referendum that will give the public school system five more years…

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The Glynn County School System is following statewide education trends, increasing its graduation rates the past school year, according to a G…

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The recent ESPLOST 3 vote has passed but that has not stifled the controversy surrounding the continuation of the one-cent tax.

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If Glynn County commissioners can tweak the new county government restructuring plan to everyone’s satisfaction, then they might even be able …

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The Glynn County Commission, meeting in a called session Tuesday, agreed to move forward to create a new list of projects to be funded through…

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Drastic changes to 60-year-old Historic Edo Miller Park in Brunswick are one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The Glynn County Board of Education has made great gains during the two semesters of the 2015 calendar year, and its chair says the recent wav…

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Big blueprint productions are in the works for the Glynn County School System.

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The Glynn County Board of Education is under new leadership. As is customary during its first meeting of the new year, the board voted to elec…

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Renovations, updates and construction of new additions to Glynn County’s two high schools are close to completion.

School board to hold retreat meeting

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Early estimates on how much money will be generated for the Glynn County School System by ESPLOST 3 are off by millions of dollars, school boa…

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The Glynn County Board of Education is slowly but surely ironing out the details of building replacement facilities for a dated elementary sch…

  • By TAYLOR COOPER and DEBORAH BAYLISS The Brunswick News
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Glynn County voters first approved a 1 percent Special Local Option Sales Tax in 1985 to fund a single $11.5 million dollar jail project.

  • The Brunswick News
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A small crowd attended a candidate forum held Wednesday at Brunswick High School’s auditorium.

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The Glynn County Commission on Tuesday denied an agreement with the city of Brunswick that would have allowed it to use a larger portion of th…

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New technological advances are on their way to more than a dozen high school classrooms in Glynn County, thanks to the blessing by the school …

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Before the next track and field season begins, Brunswick High School will have a newly renovated running track.

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Construction workers recently began work on one of the oldest buildings on Glynn Academy’s campus, initiating the process to modernize the bui…

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The Brunswick and Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce recently voiced its opinion on a number of key issues in Glynn County. The statements and s…

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The Glynn County Board of Education voted at its meeting Tuesday to keep the property tax millage rate the same for the next year.

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Football fans attending Thursday’s and Friday’s high school scrimmages at Glynn County Stadium got their first glimpses of a brand new feature…

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Scott Spence has been pushing for a fence to be installed around Glynn Academy’s campus since he became principal seven years ago.