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BCS forms North Bryan Task Force ahead of school takeover vote
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Bryan County Schools has formed an education task force to promote more effective communication between the schools and community in North Bryan County.

“The commitment and investment of time by each member of the North Bryan Task Force is impressive,” said Superintendent Paul Brooksher. “Each of the members is taking time out of a busy work schedule to collaborate with our school system on how to improve our schools and community.”

The announcement came the day after the Board of Education voted unanimously to pass a resolution against Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, which if approved would give Gov. Nathan Deal the ability to create an Opportunity School District that could intervene in what the state terms “chronically failing” schools.

Schools that score below a 60 for three consecutive years on the College and Career Readiness Performance Index. While Bryan County Schools’ districtwide CCRPI for 2014-2015 — the last year for which data is available — was 78.8, Bryan County Middle School earned an “F” at 59.2, while Bryan County High School earned a “D” at 63.8. No other schools in the district were below 75.

Members of the task force include: Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook, Angel Curry, Billy Conley, Carrie Davis, Dave Williams, Jim Sullivan, Kim Kroymann, Lisa Poythress, Matthew Ferreira, County Commissioner Noah Covington and Wendy Sims.

The task force will meet monthly at one of the four schools in North Bryan County, but their meetings will not be open to the public, Brooksher said.

“They are committed to making North Bryan County a better place to live, work and go to school, and they should be applauded for their efforts,” he said.

Brooksher added that the board members have agreed to be “available and open” to the public and serve as community liaisons between North Bryan County and the school system.

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