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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Brunswick Board of Education to meet Sept. 11, followed by memorial service

Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the media center on the campus of Shallotte Middle School.

The board meeting will be immediately followed by a Sept. 11 memorial celebration at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the school.

Shallotte Middle School Principal Paul Price said students have been participating in a Sept. 11 memorial event at the school since 2009.

“As principal, I believe that public schools are the ‘temples of democracy.’ They are a place where individuals of all heritages and faiths come together to learn what it means to be Americans. September is a great time to pause and think about who we are as Americans and to remember those Americans who have died defending these beliefs,” Price said.

The event’s featured speaker will be Lt. Gen. Joseph Kinzer, who retired from the U.S. Army after 39 years of service.

Members of local law enforcement, fire and rescue squads and military units will also participate in Tuesday’s ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

Superintendent evaluation

Board members recently extended Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden’s contract for another two years during his annual evaluation.

Brunswick County Schools Spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said board members gave Pruden an “A minus” on his evaluation.  Board members based their evaluations on 21 competency goals established by the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.

“I am humbled by the board’s support and vote of confidence. They are great partners in our work,” Pruden said.

Board Chairwoman Shirley Babson applauded Pruden’s accomplishments.

“Our schools have grown significantly. Graduation rates have never been higher, and the dropout rate is steadily decreasing. We have a new website, and are sharing more information. People are responding,” Babson said.

Anyone interested can watch Tuesday’s board meeting via a live stream on the school district’s website at


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