GCPS Board Meeting Summary for January 10, 2002

          The following are highlights of the January 10, 2002, 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 Attends to Annual Business at Start of New Year
January is the month for the School Board to adopt its officers for the new calendar year. Dan Seckinger, 2001 vice chairman of the Board, was elected chairman for 2002 as the first order of business. Mr. Seckinger, who represents District II, presided over the remainder of the January meeting. Dr. Bob McClure, who represents District IV, was elected vice chairman of the Board for 2002. In accordance with Board policy, the School Board reaffirmed its policies and bylaws, designated the Gwinnett Daily Post as the official media organ for the school system, and approved retaining the services of Thompson & Sweeny as its legal counsel.

Board of Education Honors Award-Winning Staff
          • The Gwinnett County Board of Education honored Geri Lynn Flanary, a Duluth HS teacher, for her recognition as a regional semifinalist in the NASDAQ National Teaching Awards competition. As one of 20 regional semifinalists, she received a check for $1,000. In introducing Ms. Flanary, Dr. Ted Neuman, principal of Duluth HS, informed the School Board of Ms. Flanary's efforts as the school's Interact Club sponsor. In response to September 11, Ms. Flanary and her students raised $50,000. Dr. Marie Wilson, associate director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, presented Ms. Flanary with this prestigious award on behalf of NASDAQ and the National Council on Economics Education. This national recognition program honors outstanding high school teachers, in any subject area, who advance economic literacy in our nation's schools.
          • The School Board recognized the school system's Division of Facilities & Operations for earning the Public Sector Owner Annual Project Leadership Award from the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA). The award was presented in recognition of excellence in project management, design, cost management and user/customer satisfaction, related to the new Norcross HS. Chief Operations Officer Jim Steele introduced team members Executive Director of Facility Planning and Construction Sheldon Glorit, Director of Construction Chuck Fanshaw, and Director of Facility Planning Terry Gladden. In addition to honoring his team, Mr. Steele thanked the Board of Education for its continued support and leadership.

          Board Meeting Schedule for 2002 Adopted
          The School Board adopted its 2002 meeting schedule. The regular meetings of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates: January 10, February 21, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 20, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12. All of these meetings will be held at the school system's Lawrenceville East facility, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville. Preceding each regular meeting is an open forum which begins at 6:30 p.m.

          Board Issues Short-Term Construction Notes
          The Board authorized the issuance and sale of $195,000,000 in construction sales tax notes for the 2002 calendar year. These notes are issued as a temporary loan while waiting to receive revenue from the sales tax in 2002. Note proceeds will be used to pay expenses related to the 1997 capital projects program and the 2002 capital projects program, both of which are funded by the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The notes will be retired on December 31, 2002. Similar notes were issued in 2000 and 2001 and provided constant cash flow for capital projects and allowed the school system to maximize its investment opportunities.

          School Nutrition Program Financial Report Reflects Sound Financial Position
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education received its regular report from the School Nutrition Program. This report provides Board members with information on participation rates and the financial status of each school's program. Through November, participation in the program was up at all levels-- elementary, middle, and high. Systemwide, the participation rate was at 70 percent. Overall, the report reflects a sound financial position for the system's School Nutrition Program.

          Policy Changes Tabled for Input
          Recommended changes to Policy GBRIB Leave (Sick, Personal, Adoption, Vacation) have been placed on the table for input until the February 21 Board meeting. The proposed changes to this policy include wording changes that reflect current practice.

          Board Selects Architects for School Additions
          The School Board approved the selection of several architectural firms to work on five school addition projects. These projects will begin in the first quarter of 2002 and are included in the 2002 Educational SPLOST Building Program.
          Richards MS addition Cooper Carry, Inc. Architects
          Dacula MS addition Lindsay, Pope, Brayfield & Associates, Inc.
          Rock Springs ES addition Stevens & Wilkinson of GA Inc.
          North Gwinnett HS addition Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews & Moore
          Snellville MS addition Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews & Moore

          Board/Superintendent Discussion
          • Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks updated School Board members on sales tax collections from the 1997 SPLOST program. The sales tax collection reports from the state run two months behind. From May to October, the receipts were running approximately 15 percent below projections. However, the October receipts were closer to projection. Mr. Wilbanks expressed a hope that this begins an upward trend. At this time, GCPS is on schedule to collect approximately 98.5% of the projected amount of $560 million.
          • District V School Board Member Louise Radloff asked Superintendent Wilbanks to share the Board's support for keeping the Mall of Georgia in the county with the Gwinnett County Board of Commission. At the December Board of Education meeting, School Board members discussed concerns that had been raised by constituents regarding the possible annexation of the Mall of Georgia by Buford.
          • Mr. Wilbanks informed Board members that the Board of Education's meeting agendas will no longer be available in the public libraries prior to meetings. This is in response to problems library personnel have encountered with some citizens who have requested this information. The superintendent reminded citizens that they may view the agenda in its entirety at the school system's 52 Gwinnett and Lawrenceville East locations.

          The School Board approved the following appointments at its meeting on January 10, 2002.

          Name, Current Position
          Dr. Sidney Camp- Human Resources Administrator- Elementary Employment, DeKalb County Public SchoolsDirector of Elementary Staffing, Human Resources
          Connie Corley- principal of Brookwood HSDirector of High School Staffing, Human Resources
          Kelly Herndon- Director of Marketing and Community Development, Gwinnett Chamber of CommerceDirector of Recruitment and Retention, Human Resources
          Mary-Helen Horne- Southeast Region Consulting Manager, Vitria TechnologyCoordinator of Application Programming, Information Management