05/10/2001









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for May 10, 2001

          The following are highlights of the May 10, 2001, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education.
          The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

          Board Recognizes Students and Staff
          • Parkview HS Science Bowl Team placed first at the State Science Bowl in February, capping off the school's third straight state win. At the National Science Bowl competition the team placed in the top 18. Assistant Principal John Fleming, Coaches Ryan Queen and Rebecca Brown, and team members were on hand to receive the Board recognition.
          • Jane Moore of Cedar Hill ES is a Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching. Assistant Principal Sheila McCart shared some of Ms. Moore's accomplishments with the School Board. Each year, three finalists are selected by the state at the elementary level, of which one is chosen as the state's representative. As this year's Georgia representative, Ms. Moore will receive a $7,500 grant to be used to enhance Cedar Hill ES' science program.
          • McConnell MS was recognized for receiving the Excellence in Physical Education Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GAHPERD). Principal John Campbell and teachers Cheryl Deal, Tim Sestak, Dana Fronk, and John Meme were introduced to the Board. Mr. Campbell also was recognized by GAHPERD as its 2000 Health and Physical Education Middle School Advocate of the Year for his support of the physical education program and his modeling of physical activity.
          • The Board honored Jana Mueller-Schobel of Berkmar HS on being named Georgia German Teacher of the Year. An active member of the German teaching community, she has taught in Gwinnett County for 18 years. Her students have won numerous honors and scholarships. Principal Jim Markham highlighted some of Frau Mueller-Schobel's accomplishments.
          • The following GCPS students were top finishers in the Georgia Technology Student Association/Technology Education Program state competition:
            - David Bachtel and Hubert Tsai of Collins Hill HS, 1st place in Computer Construction and Troubleshooting
            - Jeff Pitcher and Neil Gandhi, of Collins Hill HS, 2nd place in Remote Control and Transportation Challenge
            - Bryan Christian, Leland Franks, and Ben Murdock, of Collins Hill HS, 2nd place in Technology Bowl
            - Adam Hatley of Parkview HS, 2nd place in Advanced Architectural Computer Aided Drafting
            - Jason Wallace and Bao To of Parkview HS, 2nd place in Cyberspace Pursuit
            - Eric Lassiter of South Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Transportation Modeling
            Staff members honored for instructing these award-winning students included teachers Barry Gillespie of Collins Hill HS, Terry Cotton of Parkview HS, and Charles Kachmar of South Gwinnett HS. Principals Coley Krug (Collins Hill HS) and Bobby Crowson (South Gwinnett HS) were on hand for the recognition.
            • Collins Hill HS Girls' Basketball Team won the AAAAA state championship. Assistant Principal/Collins Hill HS Athletic Director Joel Manis congratulated Coach Angie Hembree and several of the team members on their win, the first girls' state championship for Collins Hill HS.
            • Berkmar HS' Boys Basketball Team was honored for its second consecutive AAAAA state championship. Principal Jim Markham introduced Coach David Boyd, Assistant Coaches Earl Brown and Travis Young, and team members. According to Mr. Markham, the Berkmar HS team is currently ranked 9th in the nation.
            • The following Maxwell HS of Technology students were recognized for earning state championships at the State Skills Olympics:
              - Tram Nguyen of Central Gwinnett HS, Nail Care
              - Matt Mobley of Collins Hill HS, Collision Repair
              - Greg Miller of Duluth HS, Related Technical Math
              - Leland Thomas of Meadowcreek HS, Electronics
              - Sandra Kosmetatos of South Gwinnett HS, Preschool Teaching
              - Justin Herron of Phoenix HS, Electronics
              - Kim Watson of Shiloh HS, Cosmetology
              In introducing the students, Principal Roy Rucks noted that no school has ever won seven state championships.

              Board of Education Adopts FY2002 Budget
              The School Board approved a motion to adopt the FY2002 budget in the expenditure amount of $972,590,795 as presented by the Superintendent and tentatively adopted by the Board on April 17, 2001. The Board members were given the Superintendent's Recommended Budget in late March and met in work sessions April 14 and 17 to discuss the budget. A public hearing was held May 3 on the proposed budget. This adoption of the FY2002 budget was made without setting the maintenance and operations, and debt service millage rates. These millage rates are anticipated to be set at the June 21st Board of Education meeting. Prior to setting that rate, the Board will hold public hearings on June 14 and 21.

              Board Receives Update on the Naming of New Schools
              As the school system formulates its next five-year building program, the school naming process has begun for 11 of the schools that will be constructed, as well as the new clusters that will be formed. Principals whose schools will be affected by the changes were asked to nominate a parent and an educator to serve on a naming committee. This committee has reviewed policy and procedure, learned about the history of various areas where new schools will be located, and is collecting input from their prospective areas. By June 8, the committee will propose two possible names for each school. The names are expected to come to the Board for consideration this summer. The new schools and clusters that will be included in the first phase of naming are:
              New Duluth Area Cluster (sometimes referred to as the Sugarloaf Area Cluster)
              - Duluth Area HS
              - Duluth Area ES
              New Hamilton Mill Area Cluster
              - Hamilton Mill Area HS
              - Hamilton Mill Area MS
              - Harmony Area MS
              - Hamilton Mill Area ES
              - Harmony Area ES
              Other ES:
              - Benefield/Bethesda Relief ES
              - Grayson Area ES
              - Minor/Kanoheda Relief ES
              - Sugar Hill Area ES

              Georgia High School Graduation Test Results Shared
              Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement, presented the Georgia High School Graduation Test results to School Board members. This year's juniors continued a trend of topping state and metro results on all five subtests. In addition, Gwinnett's passing rate in mathematics remained at an all-time high. Gwinnett 11th graders also outdistanced their peers in Georgia in the percentage who earned the "Pass Plus" distinction for far exceeding the minimum passing score.

              Subtest
              Percent of Gwinnett Regular Program Students Taking the Test for the First Time Who Passed
              Percent of Georgia Regular Program Students Taking the Test for the First Time Who Passed
              Language Arts
              97%
              96%
              Mathematics
              97%
              93%
              Social Studies
              89%
              82%
              Science
              80%
              71%
              Writing
              97%
              97%

              Facilities and Operations Division Outlines Summer Work Plans
              Chief Operations Officer Jim Steele shared a report outlining his division's plans for 2001 summer work. Approximately 86 percent of the summer work is outsourced. When classes resume in August 2001, GCPS will have increased by 258 classrooms. Also, the system will have 247 new trailer classrooms. The division's summer work will focus on readying these new classrooms; doing a wide array of preventive maintenance services on current facilities and grounds; continuing design work and construction on other construction projects, and maintaining the system's fleet of 1,156 school buses. Other highlights include conducting annual training for all bus drivers and conducting a safety inspection on each of the 40,000 bus stops in the system.

              SNP Quarterly Financial Report Shows Program in Sound Financial Shape
              Three times each year the School Nutrition Program provides the Board members information on participation and financial status of the program at each school. The report showing information from the month ending February 2001 showed an increase in participation at all school levels. Systemwide, participation increased 3 percent from 67 percent in FY2000 to 70 percent in FY2001.

              Three Policies Tabled for Further Input
              The following proposed policy changes were tabled for 30 days to allow for public input:
              Policy EBC, Data Access and Security-- Proposed changes bring this policy into compliance with current practice.
              Policy JCD, Student Conduct Behavior-- The proposed policy revisions are minor, addressing possession of a pocket pager or electronic communication device by students at school.
              Policy IFB, Use of Electronic Media-- The proposed revisions to this policy include changes that will bring it into compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

              May Leadership Appointments
              The School Board approved the following appointments at its meeting on May 10.

                  Name, Current Position
                  Appointment
                  Lynda Luckie, currently an assistant principal at Harbins ES
                  GCPS Mathematics Instructional Coordinator
                  Lorna Gallimore, currently a special education teacher at Sweetwater MS
                  Assistant Principal at Berkmar HS
                  Ladeadrick (Bob) M. Jackson, currently a part-time administrative assistant and teacher at Central Gwinnett HS
                  Assistant Principal at Berkmar HS
                  Deborah Fusi, currently an administrative assistant at Duluth MS
                  Assistant Principal at Duluth MS
                  John Newman, currently a principal in Walker County, GA
                  Assistant Principal at Duluth MS
                  Hope Hawkins, currently a teacher and substitute community school director at Grayson HS
                  Community School Director at Grayson HS
                  Mona Roberts, currently an administrative assistant and special education teacher at Cedar Hill ES
                  Assistant Principal at Gwin Oaks ES
                  Michelle Farmer, currently a teacher at Arcado ES
                  Assistant Principal at R.D. Head ES
                  John Power, currently a teacher leader at Norcross HS
                  Administrative Assistant at Norcross HS
                  Stephanie Powell, currently teacher at Riverside ES
                  Assistant Principal at Riverside ES
                  Julia Caballero, currently an ESOL and Spanish teacher for the Marietta City Schools
                  Assistant Principal at Simonton ES
                  Kimberly Odom, currently an administrative assistant at Snellville MS
                  Assistant Principal at Snellville MS
                  Tina Parker, currently a teacher leader at Shiloh HS and Sweetwater MS
                  Administrative Assistant at Sweetwater MS