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CoastLine: Brunswick County Schools Face Unique Challenges, Despite Improving Dropout Rates

Communities In Schools, Brunswick County
Students from Communities In Schools and Brunswick County School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center hosts an exhibition to display STEM projects at Shallotte Middle School.";

In the Brunswick County School System, there are 19 schools.  Two academic years ago, in 2014-15, 158 kids dropped out of school.  The following year, 21 fewer kids – 137 -- dropped out.  That lowers the dropout rate less than a half a percentage point, but on a practical level, it means there are twenty-one more students that have a shot at getting their high school diploma. 

The positive trend is attributable to a pretty broad range of factors, say officials.  And on this edition of CoastLine, we explore some of those factors and what those charged with keeping local children on the right path are learning about how to do that. 


Deanne Meadows is the Assistant Superintendent and the Chief Academic Officer for Brunswick County Public Schools.

Bonnie Jordan is the Executive Director of Communities In Schools, Brunswick County, launched in 1995.




Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.