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Teams compete in last weekend’s SAISA Open Regatta in the Brunswick River. As serene as this sport appears from the dock, these are competitive kids who are working hard to master the art and sport of competitive team sailing. Islander staff photo - Permar

Local high schools host SAISA regatta
By Matthew J. Permar
“Good kids just don’t happen, they need guidance and something to do.”
This is the world according to Commander Bob Spencer, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who, after a 26 year stint in the service, spent 17 years coaching the Glynn Academy (GA) and Brunswick High School (BHS) sailing teams.
“Not everyone can play football,” Cdr. Spencer told The Islander last weekend, “Not everyone is Jameis Winston. But kids need something to do, they need mentors to help them learn what they need to succeed in life and competitive sailing is  a learning experience. It teaches these kids teamwork and how to work together no matter how you feel about the person in the boat with you.”
After retiring from coaching last year, Cdr. Spencer is back as a volunteer advisor assisting new GA-BHS sailing coach Jeff Betts.
The two, along with the GA and BHS sailing teams and the Golden Isles Community Sailing Center (GICSC), hosted the SAISA Brunswick Open Regatta last Saturday in the Brunswick River between the City Docks at Mary Ross Park and the Brunswick Landing Marina.
SAISA is the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association. It is part of the ISSA, the Interscholastic Sailing Association, which is the governing body for both high school and collegiate competitive sailing programs.

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JWSC holds day long retreat By Matthew J. Permar

On Thursday last week the Brunswick Glynn Joint Water Sewer Commission (JWSC) held a day-long retreat at a St. Simons Island restaurant.
The reason the JWSC chose  the local restaurant, according to JWSC Director Steve Swan, was to be able to get away from the distractions of the group’s regular meeting place in their downtown office building.
In recent years the Glynn County Commission has been holding one retreat a year, usually in the  large meeting room in the Casino on St. Simons. Swan said the JWSC plans to hold them quarterly. This was the second JWSC retreat for this year, both in local restaurants.
While decisions are generally not made during these retreats, the JWSC discussed a wide range of topics including a review of their on-going project list, a City Works integration update, a discussion of the REU (Residential Equivalency Unit) issue, the Capital Tap Fee calculations and the Carl Vinson Institute Study.
The project list contained a total of 40 projects going back to 2012 and ranging from various stages of completion to being finished.
The 2012 list contained 10 projects, with one complete, and two being done by the JWSC’s  in-house crew.

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SAT scores released • System and state scores lag behind nation by Pamela Permar Shierling

Based on the 2014 SAT scores reported during the Tuesday, September 23, Glynn County Board of Education meeting, Georgia and Glynn County continue to lag behind the nation in average SAT scores in all three categories: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.
Except for a 19 point drop in the 2011 writing scores from 2010, the national average in all three areas has remained constant since 2006.
While Georgia’s math and reading scores have remained constant since 2006, the writing scores dropped to a nine year low of 472 in 2014.
This year Glynn County’s writing scores also dropped to a nine year low of 459.
Total average scores for all three tests:
• Nation - 1497
• Georgia - 1445
• Glynn County - 1420 (up from 1416 in 2013)
• Glynn Academy - 1443 (up from 1425 in 2013)
• Brunswick High - 1389 (down from 1402 in 2013).
Glynn Academy scores gained in all three testing areas. Brunswick High average scores dropped in reading (5 points) and writing (11 points) and the average math score increased 3 points.

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