GCPS eNews

Apr. 29, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 10
GCPS Seen & Heard
Minor Elementary
students serve and create Earth Day memories
Minor ES Earth Day planting
Minor Elementary's 4th and 5th grade Student Council members took service to the "grassroots" level for Earth Day. The Japanese Maple tree (shown above) and two Azalea bushes, planted on the school's circular bus loop, will be dedicated to the memory of a Minor Elementary
teacher and two students
who passed away.
"In acquiring the sites for new schools, I believe our staff went about the people's business with the appropriate objectives in mind-- our commitment to obtain the best site at the best possible price and to compensate the property owners fairly, as the law requires.
However, it is important that not only are we confident internally of the propriety of our actions, but also that Gwinnett residents feel the same level of assurance
and trust."



J. Alvin Wilbanks,

in recent remarks about the recommendation to hire a third party to review land acquisitions by GCPS. 

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Superintendent's Recommended Budget for FY2012 available for review
Following two budget-related work sessions, the Gwinnett County Board of Education tentatively adopted the Superintendent's Recommended Budget for FY2012. The $1.7 billion budget, about Dollars$111 million less than the current budget, will accommodate a growing student population of more than 162,450 students. Budget hearings are scheduled for May 12 and May 19, with the final adoption on May 19 and adoption of the millage rate in June.
Gwinnett School Board requests independent review of land deals   

At the recommendation of CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, the School Board hired former U.S. Attorney Joe D. Whitley to conduct an independent review into school district land transactions since 1999. The review was recommended by Mr. Wilbanks to demonstrate the purchases were handled appropriately after a newspaper series on the land deals raised questions that "may have left misleading perceptions," he said. The results of the independent review will be made public upon its completion.

GCPS to consider policy change
related to land purchases    

At its April 21 meeting, system officials presented the School Board with revisions to the Board policy dealing with land purchases. While CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks has said the current policy is sound, the revisions would eliminate any ambiguity in the policy. The revised policy was tabled for review until a vote by the Board on May 19.

Attendance lines set for Duluth and Peachtree Ridge clusters

Since early March, the Board of Education has gathered feedback on proposed attendance lines for the Duluth and Peachtree Ridge clusters. Based on the input gathered, the Planning Department proposed several changes to the original maps. The final map was adopted by the Gwinnett County Board of Education at its April 21 meeting. These attendance lines will go into effect in the fall of 2011.

Review the latest on Strategic Priorities  Strategic Priorities logo
Each month, visit the GCPS website as we roll out new videos and other resources about GCPS' Strategic Priorities for 2010-20. This month, take a look at the Priorities for Financial Stewardship and Facilities and Operations.
Spring Communiqué - headed to homes all over Gwinnett
shows students' steps on 'the road to college' 
The Spring 2011 issue of Communiqué  features GCPS' efforts to encourage students and families to get an early start on college planning, continued coverage of the Strategic Priorities for 2010-2020, and summer learning opportunities for students. For expanded content about these topics and the great things happening in GCPS, check out Communiqué Connection.
Working together for successful schoolsParticipate in the 2011-12 GEMS Oversight Committee 

Now that the 2010-11 GEMS recommendations have been presented, it's time to pull together the 2011-12 GEMS Oversight Committee, which completes an annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Community members serve four-year terms, and GCPS educators serve two-year terms. The application deadline is June 1, 2011.

Hall of Fame proceeds Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame logo
support GCPS Foundation
The 2nd annual Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for May 1. Event proceeds benefit the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. You still can purchase raffle tickets and tickets for the ceremony and Gwinnett Braves game at the Coolray Stadium's main gate. Game tickets are $12, raffle tickets are $10 each or $25 for three.
Board appoints new leaders  
A year-end retirement and transfers have prompted three leadership appointments in April. The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new principal appointments for 2011-12: 
  • Ruth Tomlinson - Corley Elementary
  • Tyese Scott-Oates - Patrick Elementary
  • Alfred "Al" Taylor - Radloff Middle
  • Don't forget these upcoming dates...Don't forget!     
  • Kindergarten registration is May 5 at local schools. Families of rising kindergartners can learn more on the system's website about what to bring for registration and what to expect in kindergarten.
  • Summer School 2011 registration begins May 9.
  • The Class of 2010 graduates in May. The graduation schedule includes dates, times, and locations of ceremonies for Gwinnett's 20 high schools.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about
    scholarship-winning students, nationally recognized science and music teachers, Georgia's high school principal of the year, seven honored school counseling programs, award-winning student artists and web designers, top transportation staff, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's April meeting.

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