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Former Altamaha Riverkeeper James Holland addresses the marsh related issues at a town hall meeting last week at the Northside Baptist Church in Brunswick. The meeting was sponsored by the Glynn County Commission to gather input on various items. The primary question was ‘Should Glynn repave the two main beach parking lots on St. Simons Island? And, if so, should a parking fee be instituted to pay for the project? Commissioner Bob Coleman (At Large #2) and Police Chief Matt Doering listen. Islander Staff Photo - Permar
Public turn out light for beach town hall meetings
By Matthew J. Permar

The Glynn County Commission is currently sponsoring a number of town hall meetings to gather input on whether the county should repave and upgrade the two beach parking lots on St. Simons Island and institute a parking fee.
They are also inviting people to ask about anything else they want to talk about.
Attendance was relatively light last week with about 80 people showing up for the Monday, March 23 meeting at the Community Church on Frederica Rd. on St. Simons Island.
Another 20 came to the meeting at Northside Baptist Church on Chapel Crossing Rd. in Brunswick on Thursday, March 27. A handful of people were at both.

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BOE votes down achievement committee
By Pamela Permar Sheirling
Last Tuesday during their regular meeting the Glynn County Board of Education voted down board member Ingrid Metz’s recommendation to create a school board achievement committee.
Ms. Metz told the board that according to the National School Boards Association the most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools.
Metz said the achievement committee’s stated goal would be to raise student achievement and to empower all students to master the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the workplace.

Village Creek changes proposed
By Matthew J. Permar
Austin Catts and Larry Evans, attorney and architect respectively for the owners of Village Creek Landing, P&M Company, spoke to the Glynn County Commission during the March 17 work session and presented some proposed changes to their development plans for Village Creek.
Village Creek Landing is located at the end of South Harrington Rd. on St. Simons, where P&M owns about 14 acres of land.
South Harrington is a public road that accesses a public boat ramp into Village Creek, a popular fishing spot and the only public ramp on St. Simons. P&M owns the land around the ramp.
The lone building at the Landing was once a beer and wine bar that turned into a small restaurant and is now a private special events location.
A year or so ago P&M proposed a development for their Village Creek property that included residential and commercial use.

BOE hears how SLO tests will be scored
By Pamela Permar Shierling
Last week the Glynn County Board of Education heard from Dr. Valerie Whitehead, Director of Testing, on how the school system intends to score the Student Learning Objectives or SLOs.
SLOs are pre- and post- course tests designed to measure student growth. This growth component will be used to determine teacher effectiveness and have an impact on teacher evaluation.
According to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) SLOs are locally developed tests given in subject areas not tested by the state.
State tested subjects include reading, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 4-8 and all high school courses for which there is an End-of-Course Test (EOCT).
Approximately 70-75% of all teachers teach non-tested subjects for at least some portion of the instructional day.
The DOE must approve the SLO tests.

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