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Brunswick County Schools, North Carolina

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Brunswick County Schools
Bolivia, North Carolina
Brunswick County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Les Tubb
Enrollment:12,269 students
Graduation rate:82.1%[1]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $122.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John W. Thompson
Board members:5
Term length:4
Brunswick County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 12,269 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 33rd-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Brunswick County Schools is located in Brunswick County, North Carolina
Brunswick County Schools is located in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Brunswick County is home to 115,301 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Brunswick County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Brunswick County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Brunswick County was $46,490 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Brunswick County was 15.2 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Brunswick County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 85.3 71.9
Black or African American 11.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 0.6 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 30,643 36.6
Democratic 26,999 32.2
Libertarian 260 0.3
Unaffiliated 25,932 30.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The interim superintendent of Brunswick County Schools is Les Tubb. He was named by the school board on a 3-2 vote on November 20, 2014, to replace Edward Pruden, who was fired by the board the week before. Tubb previously served as interim superintendent from February 2010 to July 2010. Working in the district since 1975, Tubb served as a teacher and administrator before retiring as the school system's athletic director in 2011.[6]

School board

Brunswick County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to four-year terms.[7]

Brunswick County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Olaf Thorsen 1 2008 2016
Catherine Cooke 2 2008 2016
Charles Miller 3 2006 2018
Shirley Babson 4 2000 2016
John W. Thompson 5 2010 2018

School board elections

See also: Brunswick County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Brunswick County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even year. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Brunswick County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Policy Code: 2310 Public Address to the Board

The Board encourages communication with the public and cooperative school-community interactions, believing that an informed Board will result in a better system of public education. Accordingly, the Board welcomes and encourages input from any interested citizen who desires to appear before the Board for the purpose of presenting information or raising matters relating to the public schools. In addition to other methods by which members of the public may bring concerns to the attention of the Board, the Board will provide an open forum as part of the Board’s regular meeting schedule, during which 20 minutes will be set aside, usually as the first item of business on the agenda, for the specific purpose of allowing members of the public to address the Board. In order to facilitate this communication and in order to plan and conduct orderly sessions that will ensure complete, high quality information is available regarding the subject of such appearances, it is necessary that certain guidelines contained in this policy be followed.

1326.1 Citizens are advised that, in addition to the methods provided in this policy, they may request an item to be placed on the Board agenda in accordance with Board Policy 2330.
1326.2 Discussions regarding particular individual employees, litigation, student records, or other matters which may be required to be kept confidential may not be discussed in the open forum setting. The Chairman will have the responsibility to determine matters of discussion that may be inappropriate and rule the speaker out of order, if necessary.
1326.3 Most matters of concern will not be able to be responded to completely and capably by the Board at the time they are addressed. They may be referred to a Board committee, the administration, or held over for further discussion at a subsequent meeting, as appropriate.
1326.4 Any individual who desires to speak on a school-related problem must notify the executive assistant to the Superintendent’s Office, chairman and/or Superintendent by 12:00 noon on the working day prior to the Board of Education meeting. Individuals desiring to speak should include their name, address, telephone number, and topic for speaking so that information will be available after the Board meeting for follow-up, if appropriate. If the matter is presently under review by the administration, then the Chairman may defer the individual’s appearance to the next Board meeting.
1326.5 If there is a matter to be considered that is of an urgent nature or other circumstances are present which prevent compliance with the above requirements, the Board may, in its discretion, waive the requirement of notice; but, ordinarily, this will not be done unless a valid reason exists for failure to give proper notice.

Presentations will be limited to five minutes per person or five minutes per organization. An organization or delegation representing the same concern shall select one individual to make a presentation on its behalf.[8]

—Brunswick County Schools website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Brunswick County Schools:[10][11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $80,251,582 69.5% $10,635,592 9.2% $17,122,220 14.8% $484,505 0.4% $6,959,800 6% $115,453,699
2011-2012 $79,085,953 66.2% $10,092,428 8.4% $17,109,022 14.3% $3,379,979 2.8% $5,786,317 4.8% $119,440,923
2014-2015 $91,884,822 75.3% $16,670,434 13.7% $12,356,590 10.1% $0 0% $1,163,182 1% $122,075,028
Averages: $83,740,785.67 70% $12,466,151.33 10% $15,529,277.33 13% $1,288,161.33 1% $4,636,433 4% $118,989,883.33

Teacher salaries

Brunswick County Schools employed 753 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[12][13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Brunswick County


Brunswick County Schools served 11,945 students in 19 schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly provide archived enrollment statistics.[14]

District schools

Brunswick County Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Brunswick County Schools
Belville Elementary School
Bolivia Elementary School
Brunswick County Academy
Cedar Grove Middle School
Early College High School
Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School
Leland Middle School
Lincoln Elementary School
North Brunswick High School
Shallotte Middle School
South Brunswick High School
South Brunswick Middle School
Southport Elementary School
Supply Elementary School
Town Creek Elementary School
Union Elementary School
Virginia Williamson Elementary School
Waccamaw School
West Brunswick High School

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[15] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Brunswick County Schools who took all tests:[16]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 2,522 3,059 82.4%
2012-2013 1,290 2,919 44.2%

Contact information

Brunswick County Schools.jpg
Brunswick County Schools
35 Referendum Drive
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone: 910-253-2900
Fax: 910-253-2983

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Brunswick County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Brunswick County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Brunswick County, North Carolina," accessed April 28, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed April 28, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Star News Online, "Brunswick school board offers interim superintendent job to Les Tubb," November 20, 2014
  7. Brunswick County Schools, "Brunswick County school board members," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Brunswick County Board of Education Policy Manual, "Section 2000 - Board Operations," accessed November 26, 2014
  10. Brunswick County Schools, "Brunswick County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 4, 2013
  11. Brunswick County Schools, " BCS Budget Book FY 14-15," accessed December 17, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Brunswick County Schools, "District Profile-Fast Facts," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014