The Glynn County School System
Focused on students, achievement and success
Originally chartered in 1788, today the Glynn County School System has nearly 13,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12, making it the largest public education system in southeast Georgia. The county’s students enjoy the support of engaged parents, an active business community, dedicated school administrators and a board of education that earned the “Board of Distinction” title from the Georgia School Boards Association. All schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Under the direction of Superintendent Howard S. Mann, a Brunswick native and 1970 graduate of Glynn Academy (one of the county’s two public high schools), the Glynn County School System is focusing on the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, while providing opportunities and programs to meet the needs of all students. For those students who excel in the classroom, numerous Advanced Placement® courses with rigorous college-level curriculums are offered at both Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy. Opportunities to earn college credit are also available through dual enrollment courses at the College of Coastal Georgia and Altamaha Technical College in Brunswick. At the elementary and middle school levels, the district’s gifted program encourages students to explore and excel.
Opening its doors with overwhelming community and business support in 2009, the Glynn County School System's Golden Isles Career Academy is a public charter school that presents a new approach to learning. The Career Academy provides high school credit and dual enrollment opportunities through a partnership with Altamaha Technical College and the business community. With career preparatory programs in 17 pathways ranging from automotive services, to engineering and manufacturing, welding, hospitality/marketing and precision machining, the school was created to build a bridge between the school system and business/industrial communities in southeast Georgia. Stiving to provide a viable, skilled workforce to area businesses, real-world training begins early at the Career Academy with state-of-the-art labs, work-based learning and apprenticeships.
In December 2010, Glynn County Board of Education members and Superintendent Mann broke ground on the new Risley Middle School, located on South Port Parkway in the high-growth southwest portion of Glynn County. As a new generation “green school,” the 900-student facility features a one-story, prototype design that maximizes natural light and utilizes energy efficient building materials and infrastructure such as air conditioning, heating and plumbing systems. The school opened at the start of the 2012-13 school year.
In 2011, the school system began construction of a new Brunswick High School that is being built adjacent to the current school on Habersham Street. Facing Altama Avenue on the site of the former Jane Macon Middle School, the new two-story facility will be approximately 350,000 square feet and have a capacity of approximately 2,000 students. At an estimated cost of $57 million ($19.5 million of which will be provided through state funds), the new Brunswick High School will feature an auditorium with adjoining band room, a new gym, a high-tech media center and spacious cafeteria with outdoor seating, and grade levels (9-12) generally grouped together on separate upstairs and downstairs hallways. With its location across the street from the College of Coastal Georgia, when completed the new Brunswick High School will help to create an “education corridor” through the center of Brunswick that will underscore the community’s commitment to quality education. The school is scheduled to open in January 2014.
The new construction projects were made possible through the community’s support of a second Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or ESPLOST, passed by the voters of Glynn County in November 2009. In addition to the new Risley Middle School and the new Brunswick High School, other ESPLOST II projects include major renovations to Glynn Academy (the second oldest public high school in the state and fifth oldest in the country) and a new Coastal Community Center for the Arts to be located on the campus of the College of Coastal Georgia.
“We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community that understands and values the importance of education,” Superintendent Mann said. “The school system and the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce work closely together on issues and initiatives that affect our community. We value the support of our business community and are working hard to produce quality graduates who are ready to join the workforce and meet the employment needs of our businesses and industries. It is truly a team effort that benefits all involved – our students, the business community and our community as a whole.
“While times have been tough over the past couple of years, we’ve been able to maintain important programs such as art and music that many other school systems have had to eliminate due to budget cuts,” Mann said. “We’ve also tried very hard to look out for our teachers and school faculties because we believe strongly that a dedicated and competent teacher is the most important component to a child’s education. We’re focused on doing everything possible to ensure that all students have a bright future in front of them when they graduate from the Glynn County School System.”