Message from
Olaf "Bud" Thorsen, Chairman

Brunswick County
Board of Education

It is an honor to to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Education.  There is nothing more important than the safety, health, and education of our children, both in Brunswick County and beyond. I am grateful for the men and women who serve our children every day.  Each of the many roles our employees play contribute to the education and success of our students. 

I am a proud graduate of West Brunswick High School, father of two West Brunswick High School graduates, and husband of a retired Brunswick County teacher.  My roots are deep in our great county and it is with pride that I can serve and support students and staff throughout our school district.

Two of the primary roles of the Board of Education are to establish and enforce policies and to adopt the system's budget.  These are jobs we as a Board take very seriously.  Policies govern the work of staff and student conduct and our budget ensures that resources are in place to support our educational programs and our facilities.

A strong educational system is the bedrock of economic stability for our county and as a Board we are committed to supporting the efforts in place to continue to improve.  This year our system made several noticeable strides forward including a 21% increase in the number of schools meeting or exceeding growth, all middle and high schools meeting or exceeding growth, and an increase in our graduation rate to 83.1%. Our ultimate goal is that 100% of our schools will meet or exceed growth. This will be an indicator that students, from whatever point they enter our schools, will have received one year of educational benefit from their school year with us.  This is the most accurate way to know that our schools are meeting the needs of every student.
 
2016 is a very special year for me as it is the last year I will serve on the Board of Education.  I have been privileged to served for 18 years.  I am excited to have been selected by my fellow Board members to serve as chairman; it is a true honor.  My goal for the year is simple, to have a fantastic year while supporting each other and making decisions in the best interest of our students. 
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. 
Regards,