GCPS to hold information meeting at Sycamore ES

GCPS to hold information meeting at Sycamore ES

          Gwinnett County Public Schools will hold an information meeting for residents of the North Gwinnett Cluster on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sycamore Elementary School cafeteria and is open to any citizen. The school building will open at 6 p.m. to allow interested parents and citizens to tour the new facility.

          Sycamore ES will open in August 2003, to relieve overcrowding at Riverside and Sugar Hill elementary schools. It is one of eight new Gwinnett schools opening in the fall. The school’s proximity to two landfills has been the subject of recent news media coverage. The school system is holding the meeting to provide accurate information to citizens and to address misconceptions about this matter.

          At the March 11 meeting, a panel of experts in the fields of engineering, health safety, and environmental protection, along with a representative of the Georgia Department of Education, will address the audience. The panel of speakers will include:
          • Mark Smith, branch chief, Land Protection Branch and Ron Methier, branch chief, Air Protection Branch-- both of the Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
          • Dr. Jerry Rochelle, director of facility services, Georgia Department of Education
          • Charles Ferry, chief environmental engineer, MACTEC Engineering (formerly called Law Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.)
          • Dr. Lloyd Hofer, health director, East Metro Health District.

          School system officials and District II School Board Member Dan Seckinger will be in attendance as well.

          Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions on index cards at the meeting. The cards will be collected and grouped by topic for the panelists to address. In the interest of time, the panelists will answer those questions most frequently asked. Citizens also may submit questions in advance of the meeting by sending a fax to 770-513-6650.

          “Gwinnett County Public Schools and the Gwinnett County Board of Education would never put children or staff members in a harmful situation,” says Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “Through this meeting, we will provide parents with factual information about Sycamore Elementary and the process the school system has used to ensure the site is safe. The input from this meeting will be helpful in determining what additional steps need to be taken to reassure parents about the site’s safety and to ensure the success of Sycamore Elementary.”

          Sycamore Elementary is located at 5695 Sycamore Road in Buford.