07/08/1999









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for July 8, 1999

          Dr. Wendell Jackson to Become Chief Human Resources Officer
          As of August 1, Dr. Wendell Jackson will be the school system's new Chief Human Resources Officer. He succeeds Dr. Glenn Pethel, who is retiring from the GCPS to take a position with the St. Johns County school system in St. Augustine, Florida.
          Dr. Jackson, currently GCPS' director of middle and high school staffing, has worked in education in Gwinnett County for 31 years. He has served as a teacher at North Gwinnett High (1968-83), an assistant principal at Berkmar High (1983-85), a principal at Lawrenceville Middle (1985-87) and at Central Gwinnett High (1987-94), and in his current position (1994-present).

          Principal Jean Walker to Join School Improvement Team
          Jean Walker, principal of Norcross Elementary since 1994, has been appointed as an Executive Director for School Improvement, effective August 1. A vacancy was created on the School Improvement Team when Executive Director Martha Brady was appointed to lead the Center for Educational Programs. Ms. Brady will serve as Executive Director of the Center, the post formerly held by Associate Superintendent for Organizational Advancement Dr. Cindy Loe, until her retirement at the end of the year.
          Ms. Walker joined the GCPS in 1991 as an assistant principal at Norcross Elementary. In 1994, she became principal of the school. Prior to joining GCPS, Ms. Walker worked as a teacher in the Warren City Schools in Ohio and at Pleasantdale Elementary in DeKalb County Schools. She also worked as a counselor at Pleasantdale Elementary.

          Other Leadership Appointments Approved
          The following leadership appointments were approved by the Board:
          • David Jahner of Brookwood High will be the system's new Foreign Language Coordinator, beginning July 12.
          • Linda Boyd, currently a teacher at Duluth Middle, was named assistant principal at Dacula Middle.
          • Karen Rockey, a teacher at Parkview High, was appointed assistant principal at Duluth Middle.
          • Kari McIntyre, a teacher at Dacula High, will become administrative assistant at the school.
          • Bradley Siegfried, a teacher at North Gwinnett High, was named administrative assistant at the school.
          • Christopher Culpepper, a North Gwinnett High teacher, will become an administrative assistant at North Gwinnett.

            School Calendar for 2000-2001 Shared
            The calendar for school year 2000-01 was shared with the Board as an information item. The schools will operate on a calendar for the 2000-01 school year that is similar to the school calendar of the past two years. The calendar continues a trend of ending first semester before winter break-- a change which has enhanced student achievement. Link to the 2000-01 school calendar.

            Student Information System Software Bid Approved
            The Board of Education approved a contract authorizing the purchase of a "student information system" that is essential to improving teaching and learning in Gwinnett schools. The contract with National Computer Systems, Inc. is significant to the school system's commitment for raising academic achievement and demonstrating accountability.
            The student information system will provide reliable student data in an easily accessible format. The information that will be compiled is not new information, but student data that has been collected for years by the school system. The difference is that up to now, the information has been stored in separate files. Using the new student information software, all information on each student will be stored in one file, where it can accessed more easily and used more effectively. Access to the student information will be protected, in accordance with the laws that govern student and family privacy rights.
            Examples of what will be included in the file are the student's directory information, attendance record, health information (health concerns, medications taken, medical services needed at school), academic history, current year's grades, standardized test scores, discipline record, class schedule, and extracurricular activities.
            The contract in the amount of $1,483,308 is a five-year agreement that covers the initial cost of the SASIxp software, plus all maintenance and support during that period. The system has the option to purchase additional services if desired in the future. Five schools will pilot the student information system during first semester of 1999-2000. The schools are Collins Hill High, Crews and McConnell middle schools, and Britt and Meadowcreek elementary schools. All schools are expected to be up and running with the student information system by the beginning of school year 2000-01.

            Board Recognizes PTA Council Leaders
            Board members congratulated 1998-99 Gwinnett PTA Council Co-Presidents Marilyn Walker and Karen Throckmorton on a prestigious award won by the Council recently. In May, the Georgia PTA recognized Gwinnett's PTA Council as its "Outstanding PTA Council" for 1998-99.

            School Nutrition Program Participation Rose in FY99
            Board members received an update on the School Nutrition Program. Three times a year this report is given to keep the School Board informed of participation and financial status of the program at each school. This report reflects a sound financial position for the SNP, as well as showing an increase in participation at all school levels. Systemwide participation rose from 64 percent in FY98 to 66 percent in FY99.