Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

May 19, 2009, Vol. 6, No. 9 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Gwinnett schools host   Broad Prize visit
Mr. Wilbanks speaks with Berkmar High students
The Broad Prize team visited GCPS May 5-7, conducting focus groups, and visiting classrooms with system leaders. Above, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks talks to Berkmar High students about their science
lab-- a shark dissection-- during the Broad visit.

"It is not how you handle the good times that determine the greatness of an organization, but how you respond to the challenges and the tough times... and I think we passed that test with high marks in 2008-2009."

--J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools. Click here to view Mr. Wilbanks' end-of-the-year message from GCPS TV's FOCUS news show.
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We wish all of our students and staff a safe and relaxing summer! GCPS eNews will be published throughout the summer months.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has assets of $2.1 billionGCPS in running for
top urban
district Prize
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is one of five school districts in the nation selected as a finalist for The 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The winner of The Broad Prize will receive $1 million in scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in 2010. The winner will be named Sept. 16. Click here to learn more. 
Best wishes to the Class of 2009!GCPS salutes
the Class of 2009
Congratulations to the more than 9,000 seniors from GCPS' 16 high schools. About 88% of seniors plan to pursue postsecondary studies. To date, the class has been offered $94 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships. Click here to learn more about the Class of 2009 and here and here to meet the 2009 valedictorians. Click here to view the graduation schedule, and here for tips on helping your student make a smooth transition to college.
Board approves FY2010 budget  
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget as recommended by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. The total budget is approximately $2.0 billion, with 74.5% of the budget invested in instructional services. For the fifth straight year, GCPS has balanced the budget without a tax increase. The millage rate will remain 20.55 mills. Click here to learn more.
Flu virus information for parents online
While Gwinnett County has not had a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu virus to date, GCPS has taken the opportunity to fine-tune procedures for how the system would handle a widespread public health emergency. Health officials warn that the flu season next fall and winter could be severe and urge the public to get flu shots and take steps to keep healthy.
Click here for links to the CDC and related information.
Senate Bill 10 Option addresses special needs students
Click here to learn more about Senate Bill 10 Option, giving parents of students who receive special needs services the opportunity to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia, provided that their child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and has been enrolled for a full academic year in a Georgia public school. The deadline for submitting the transfer request form is June 12.
GCPS values your participationGet involved with the 2009-10 GEMS Oversight Committee
Citizens are invited to serve on the GEMS Oversight Committee, which completes an annual review of GCPS' Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Community members serve four-year terms. The application deadline is June 1. Click here for more information.
Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors - Click here for more on a state Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year, talented 7th graders, Gwinnett's top counseling professionals, National Merit Scholars, 56 top custodians, outstanding fine arts students, and more.
  • GCPS News - Click here to see the latest news releases and updates from around the system.
  • Board news - Click here to learn more from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
  • In case you missed the Area Board Meetings this year, click here to view the introductory video, featuring staff members sharing their perspectives on the great impact Gwinnett County schools have on our students and community.
  • Mark your calendar for these dates...Take down these dates...

  • The last day of school for GCPS students is Wednesday, May 20. Click here for the graduation schedule.
  • All GCPS locations will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
  • It's not too late for your high school student to register for summer school! Registration runs through June 5. Click here to learn more.
  • GCPS offers free summer remediation classes for students who must retake one or more sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests and the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSGT/GHSWT) before the summer retest in mid-July. Click here for more information.
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    2009 Gwinnett County Board of Education
     Daniel D. Seckinger, Chairman; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Robert McClure; and Louise Radloff. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks