Glynn County Schools’ leaders are optimistic that 2018 will be a year of continuous improvement for the school system.
Virgil Cole, Glynn County Schools superintendent, said he hopes to see the school system continually look for ways to improve results by providing a culture that supports relationships, community, collaboration and improves accountability.
“Since joining the Glynn County Schools’ team this past summer, my focus was primarily on listening, learning and developing relationships,” Cole said. “My goals for the system, which are the same as mine as the superintendent, are to build on this foundation and to continue to move the district forward as one of the best, not only in our region, but in the state.”
Cole said he is looking forward to what 2018 will hold for the school system and for the community.
“I firmly believe that in working as a team we can do great things,” he said.
Hank Yeargan, who represents District 4 on the Glynn County Board of Education, said his goals for 2018 include continuing to see student achievement progress in all schools and helping each school reach its full potential.
“The initiatives that were implemented a few years ago should begin to show great strides have been made in reading and math,” he said.
Yeargan said he also hopes to continue to recognize and retain quality teachers and staff, as well as to partner with the city, county and community organizations.
Construction is also a priority for 2018, and Yeargan said he hopes to see the completions of Glynn Academy’s Prep Building, the new Burroughs-Molette Elementary and new athletic facilities at both high schools.
He would also like to see work begin on the new Altama Elementary and the Glynn County Stadium locker room.
School board member Linda Bobbitt, who represents District 5, said she would like to see increased diversity in school system administration and staff next year.
“I would love to see us hire more African American teachers,” Bobbitt said. “That is so important. I would love for our students, the black students, to be able to see someone of their color in their classrooms.”
Bobbitt said she also plans to provide a special focus on Burroughs-Molette Elementary School next year.
“As we all know, Burroughs-Molette is a failing school,” she said. “I’ve talked to my team, and the Bobbitt Foundation is going to start volunteering there and helping the students with reading and math.”
Her other priorities include the completion of the new Burroughs-Molette Elementary and increased partnerships with community leaders, businesses and parents.
Marcus Edgy, school board member representing District 1, said he would like to see an increase in the school system’s graduation rate and a decrease in student discipline problems in the new year.
“We are definitely on that track,” Edgy said. “From visiting many of the schools over the first half of this school year, I can tell you the overall climate of our school district is up. We have amazing students, teachers and administration district-wide.”
School board member Millard Allen, District 2, said his focus since his first day on the school board has been on continued improvement of Glynn County Schools.
It’s crucial, he said, that the school system continues to offer enhanced professional development to teachers and staff and to provide a good work environment.
“I think we’ve made some nice steps the last couple of years, and we need to continue to focus on that,” he said.
The school board worked well as a team this year, Allen said, and that needs to continue.
“We need to continue to work as a team,” he said. “The board and the system are seamless in that we hope to achieve the highest results possible.”
The school system’s leaders all voiced a hope that Glynn County Schools will continue to provide its students with quality education.
“We all would like to see each and every student succeed and reach his/her greatest potential,” Yeargan said.