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Board of Education holding weekend retreat
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The Bryan County Board of Education and top administrators will spend Friday and part of Saturday on Jekyll Island to discuss what the next decade holds for the district.

“This is the first time we’ve done something this significant and I’m really excited about the commitment the board members have shown to this,” Superintendent Paul Brooksher said. “They are vested in the long term.”

The retreat is being held at The Westin on Jekyll Island and begins at 9 a.m. Friday. It concludes at noon Saturday. All sessions are open to the public. Brooksher said the retreat will cost the district about $3,200.

“That’s not bad for a $60 million organization,” Brooksher said, adding that the retreat is a chance for board members to get away from as many distractions as possible.

“Our major focus will be the 10-year capital needs, including our aging buildings and what needs to be replaced and what can be renovated,” Brooksher said. “As fast as we are growing, we need to have the best information possible.”

The district’s five-year strategic plan will also be discussed. A draft was presented at the March board meeting.

“It’s a working document and can change based on our needs, but it gives us a foundation to build on,” Brooksher said.

The strategic plan includes five main categories: human resources, parent/business partnerships, curriculum, operations and fiscal accountability. The board could approve the plan during its April 28 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at McAllister Elementary School.

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