03/09/2006









GCPS Board Meeting Agenda for March 9, 2006

GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
MARCH 9, 2006


The regular Board meeting held in the Board Room at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, will begin with the open forum at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. Preceding the regular meeting, the Board will meet at 3:00 p.m. in a work/executive session in the Executive Board Room at the Instructional Support Center.

3:00 p.m. – Board meets with Teachers’ Advisory Council (TAC) members by Board Districts
3:50 p.m. – Board meets with all TAC members in Board Room
WORK SESSION AGENDA
I. Meadowcreek Cluster Math/Science Partnership
II. Pedagogical Instructional Strategies
III. Staff Reports
IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Executive session will be held to discuss pending or threatened litigation with the Board attorney; the acquisition of real estate; the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action, or periodic evaluation of personnel; and student discipline appeals.
NOTE TO CITIZENS
Board Agendas with supporting documentation are given to the Board of Education for their review seven (7) days prior to the meeting date. Staff is available during this time to answer questions or provide additional materials to Board members. The Board will meet at 3:00 p.m. for a work session the afternoon of the Board meeting; therefore, time to discuss agenda items is provided prior to the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

MEETING AGENDA
March 9, 2006

I. CALL TO ORDER, INVOCATION, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

II. ADOPTION OF AGENDA

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 9 AND 27, 2006

IV. BOARD RECOGNITION
4.1) Lilburn MS, HOSTS Learning National Exemplary Award in Language Arts, and HOSTS Learning National Exemplary
Award in Math, HOSTS
4.2) Terry McGonigle, Grayson HS, 2006 Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame, Georgia Thespian Society
4.3) Parkview HS Boys Swim Team, 2005-2006 AAAAA State Champions
4.4) Parkview HS Wrestling Team, 2005-2006 AAAAA State Champions, Traditional Wrestling, and 2005-06 AAAAA
State Champions, Team Dual Wrestling

CITIZENS AND GROUPS ADDRESSING THE BOARD

V. CONSENT AGENDA
The Consent Agenda allows the Board of Education to act on routine items of business as a series. If a Board member needs additional information or clarification, an item can remain on the Consent Agenda. If a Board member wants to discuss or debate an item, the item should be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed at the proper place on the agenda.
5.l) Purchase Orders
This is a monthly report that lists all purchase orders of $2,000 or more. The vendor, the item(s) purchased, the destination of the item(s), the budget account, the dollar amount and the method of purchase are all identified.
5.2) Bids
Sealed bids have been taken for various services and products. The dollar volume of purchases requires Board approval before obtaining the services or products with budgeted funds.
5.21) Bid B-6010 – Physical Education Equipment
5.22) Bid B-6021 – Outdated Instructional Material Disposal Contract
5.23) Bid B-6022 – Automotive Shop Equipment
5.24) Bid B-6023 – Physical Education Equipment
5.3) Lilburn MS HVAC Modifications Bid
Staff is recommending that the Board adopt a motion to award the contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder.
5.4) Peachtree ES HVAC Modifications Bid
Staff is recommending that the Board adopt a motion to award the contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder.

VI. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS
6.1) Personnel
This monthly report lists all employees being hired, taking a leave of absence, and terminating employment. Board members will receive an updated list at the meeting.
6.2) Monthly Financial Report
A consolidated comparison of all budgeted funds to actual expenditures and a balance sheet are provided in this monthly report. Also provided are budget amendments and a detailed schedule of investments and sales tax receipts.
6.3) 2002 Building Program/Construction Report
A listing of construction projects, with revisions, funded by the sales tax approved by voters in November 2001 is shown with the current status and schedule indicated. A separate listing is provided of all major construction contracts that are in progress with the project name, contractor, contract price and progress toward completion indicated.
6.4) Legislative Update
The Board will receive a report on the status of education-related legislation in the current session of the Georgia General Assembly.
6.5) Update on Non-Traditional Educational Programs
The Board will receive an update on the development of non-traditional educational programs and/or schools that are geared toward the particular interests, capabilities, or needs of Gwinnett’s students.

VII. BOARD/SUPERINTENDENT DISCUSSION
Time designated for the Board and Superintendent to enter into discussion regarding issues of interest or timeliness.

VIII. OLD BUSINESS
Staff is recommending that the following proposed policy revisions be adopted:
8.1) Policy DI – Accounting and Reporting
Changes have been made to this policy to align it with improvements in system processes.
8.2) Policy IHF – Graduation Requirements
Changes have been made to this policy to align it with improvements in system processes.

IX. NEW BUSINESS
9.1) School Board Appreciation Week
Georgia School Boards Association has asked Governor Sonny Perdue to proclaim March 13-17, 2006 as School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. In conjunction with the statewide observance, members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be recognized for their service on behalf of the students, employees, and citizen stakeholders of Gwinnett County Public Schools.
9.2) Short-Term Tax Anticipation Financing
Staff is recommending that the Board adopt a resolution authorizing the distribution of a Preliminary Official Statement and Notice of Sale and Solicitation of Offers for Short-Term Tax Anticipation Notes.
9.3) Approval of Board Member Travel for Statewide Meeting
Approval will be requested for Board member Dr. Mary Kay Murphy to attend the Georgia School Boards Association’s Board of Directors meeting on St. Simons Island, Georgia, on March 24 and 25, 2006.