03/09/2000









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for March 9, 2000

          School Board Recognizes Outstanding Accomplishments
          - North Gwinnett HS cheerleaders were congratulated on winning the state AAA championship. The team outscored all squads in the competition (A through AAAA) in winning the state AAA title. The Board recognized the cheerleaders' coach Brenda Petty (not in attendance), assistant coach Kathy Johnson and several members of the championship squad.
          - Parkview HS Boys' Swim Team was recognized as the state AAAA champions. The team beat out its nearest competitor by 94 points. Coach Rick Creed and two team members were on hand for the Board's recognition. This is the team's third state championship in the past six years.

          Board Approves Leadership Appointment
          • Kevin Tashlein, currently an assistant principal at Phoenix High, was named principal of the school beginning in July 2000. He will fill the position that will be vacated by Principal Marion Campbell when she retires at the end of the school year.

            Grayson HS Unveils Mascot and School Colors
            Grayson High Principal Dr. Michael Moody, a group of McConnell MS eighth-grade PROBE students, and three South Gwinnett High students formally unveiled the new high school's mascot (the Rams), school colors (hunter green, metallic gold, and navy blue), and crest-- which are reminiscent of the county's original Grayson High School. The students, along with alumni of the former Grayson High, were members of the committee that chose the mascot and colors. They elected to "cherish the past while welcoming the future" by keeping the Rams and the green and gold. The committee added navy blue to acknowledge the birth of a new Grayson school community. Grayson High Alumni Association member Edith Kemp represented her fellow Grayson High classmates at the Board meeting. The school motto's will be "First Comes Learning."

            Board Members Thank Teachers for FY2001 Budget Discussion
            During the Board/Superintendent Discussion, School Board members expressed appreciation for the opportunity to discuss budget priorities with members of the Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC). During the afternoon worksession, Board members met with the TAC representatives from the schools in their districts to discuss budgetary issues.

            Proposed Changes to Policy IKB, Controversial Issues Approved
            The Board approved changes to Policy IKB, Controversial Issues. The approved changes included references to school system procedures that should be followed. This policy recognizes the pupil's right to study controversial issues and to form and express his own opinion on such issues. It also outlines criteria for teachers for determining the appropriateness of issues as part of the curriculum. The policy had been tabled at the February meeting for public comment.

            School Board Approves Loan for Duluth High
            The Board approved a loan for Duluth High School out of the local government investment pool. The loan will allow the school to pay off debt associated with stadium improvements at a lower interest rate.