GCPS Board Meeting Summary for November 13, 2008

The following are highlights of the November 13, 2008, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Chairman Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman Daniel D. Seckinger, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Dr. Robert McClure, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

Students and staff members earn Board recognition
-- The Board honored Parkview HS on receiving the Regional Governor's Trophy Award as part of the Governor's Cup Challenge. Parkview HS is one of eight Class AAAAA schools in Georgia to win the Regional Governor’s Trophy Award and a $1,000 grant. The school has shown significant three-year average gains in combined critical reading and math SAT scores (2006 – 1590; 2007 – 1575; and 2008 – 1602). Dr. Charles "Buck" Buchanan, principal, accepted the recognition on behalf of Parkview HS. He credits a team effort by staff, students, and parents for the school's gains, along with high expectations and strong community support. Strategies included increased Advanced Placement participation, guided study for academic support, and PSAT data review. Dr. Buchanan was accompanied by Parkview HS administrators and department chairs.
-- Gwinnett County Public Schools takes pride in its involvement in Gwinnett County's successful Relay For Life event. Among the 108 school system teams participating in May of 2008, 41 school teams and three Central Office teams raised $10,000 or more. Board members recognized the following teams on this accomplishment: J.A. Alford ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Brookwood ES, Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, Collins Hill HS, W.J. Cooper ES, Craig ES, Creekland MS, Alton C. Crews MS, Duncan Creek ES, Five Forks MS, Fort Daniel ES, Grayson ES, Grayson HS, Harbins ES, R.D. Head ES, Richard Hull MS, Ivy Creek ES, Jackson ES, Glenn C. Jones MS, Lanier MS, Level Creek ES, Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, J.P. McConnell MS, Mill Creek HS, Nesbit ES, Norcross HS, North Gwinnett HS, Parkview HS, Peachtree Ridge HS, Pharr ES, Riverside ES, Rock Springs ES, Shiloh MS, Simpson ES, Snellville MS, Sugar Hill ES, K.E. Taylor ES, Trickum MS, and Margaret Winn Holt ES; and teams from the Central Office-- IMD CDs, ISC Relay Team, and Transportation. Accompanying the Relay For Life teams were Linda Story, senior income manager with the American Cancer Society; Kirsten Baker, assistant principal at North Gwinnett HS and ACS steering committee representative; and Dana Lupuloff, Norcross HS graduate. GCPS raised $1,180,775.46 for the American Cancer Society, almost half of the total raised by the Gwinnett Relay For Life event ($2,517,000). Gwinnett's Relay is the largest in the world.

Legislative Program adopted by Board of Education
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted its 2009 Legislative Program, which previously had been reviewed at its October 9, 2008, meeting. Each year, Gwinnett School Board members take the opportunity to communicate with the Gwinnett Delegation to the General Assembly those issues of critical importance to the funding and effective operation of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The legislative program under consideration summarizes the continuing positions and state funding improvement requests that the Board wishes to bring to the delegation for consideration in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. This year's adopted legislative program will be posted on the GCPS web site.

School Board continues its policy work
School Board members approved the following policies that were tabled last month to allow for further input:
Policy DFL- Investment Earnings-- Changes to this policy align it with improvements in system processes.
Policy IA- Academic Accountability-- Changes to this policy align it with improvements in system processes.

Citizens addressing the Board
-- Nicholas Gupta