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Brunswick High back in business
Standing at the bottom of a staircase, Brunswick High School seniors Briana Henderson, Christina Stambaugh and Brandon Northcutt chatted eagerly away about the building that surrounded them - the new Brunswick High on Altama Avenue.

The three were helping others get around during a packed parent-student orientation Tuesday at the 354,000-square-foot building as they discussed their new school.

"It's just wonderful. I like how they've grouped the subjects together - science is in one wing, math in another, and they've tried to keep the grades together as much as possible," Christina said.

Briana was happy that the wide hallways will help ease congestion, as was evident with the significant number of adults and children roaming the halls Tuesday, the final day of Christmas break for all Glynn County public school students. The organization and proximity of features within and outside the school's walls were also pluses for her.

"We have dual-enrollment classes at the college (of Coastal Georgia), and now it's just across the street. On top of that, I'm happy the band room is next to the auditorium, so we don't have to lug all of our stuff across the school for our performances," she said.

For all three seniors, however, the most exciting part as they begin spring semester today is being a part of the first class to graduate from the $57 million facility.

Howard Mann, schools superintendent, says students, teachers and the community feel the system did a good job with that money.

"The school speaks for itself. The students deserve this, the teachers deserve it and the community deserves it," Mann said as he toured the school's gym. "We're eternally grateful to the community that was willing to support an ESPLOST (sales tax), for them to trust us with this money."

Standing next to Mann was Brunswick High School Principal Toriano Gilbert, who stressed his hope that students and teachers will enter the school today with a great sense of pride.

"It's an amazing place to learn. But I've already told my teachers at our last staff meeting that, yes, we've moved into a new facility, but not to lose focus on the reason why we are here - to educate these students. It's back to business today," Gilbert said.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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