04/11/2002









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for April 11, 2002

          The following are highlights of the April 11, 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.

          During the Board and Superintendent Discussion period, District I School Board member Dr. Billy Britt expressed on behalf of the Board of Education the school district's sorrow over the loss of Simonton ES Principal Betty Robinson. "This is a great loss to our school system," he said. "Betty was a dear friend who was loved very much." Dr. Britt asked everyone to remember the Robinson family, as well as the teachers and students at Simonton ES during this time.

          School Board Approves Revisions to School System's Strategic Goals
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) approved proposed revisions to the school system's Strategic Goals. The revised goals were shared with the BOE at its meeting on March 14. As is customary, the proposal was tabled for review.

          As background… In 1996, the BOE adopted 10 Strategic Goals to guide the school system's work over the next five to seven years. The goals have served Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) well in moving toward its vision and mission, and the time had come to revise the goals so they could continue to serve the system for the next five to seven years.

          Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks led the process of crafting revisions to the Strategic Goals. In drafting the new goals, it was important that they:
          -- Capture and communicate the school system's direction, which is not changing;
          -- Connect to the work of every employee in the school system, whether they work in an instructional division or an operational support division; and
          -- Clearly align with the school system's vision and mission.

          The seven revised goals were presented for input to various audiences within the school system and out in the community. All groups offered favorable reaction to the proposed revisions. The revised Strategic Goals (listed below) will be the focus of presentations at various meetings this spring, most notably, the Area Board Meetings that will be held later this month.
          Gwinnett County Public Schools' Strategic Goals
          (Adopted 4/11/02)
          Goal 1: Gwinnett County Public Schools will ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.
          Goal 2: Gwinnett County Public Schools will ensure a safe, secure, and orderly environment for all.
          Goal 3: Gwinnett County Public Schools will optimize student achievement through responsible stewardship of its financial resources and the proactive pursuit of all resources necessary to meet current and future demands.
          Goal 4: Gwinnett County Public Schools will recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that achieves the mission and goals of the organization.
          Goal 5: Gwinnett County Public Schools will meet the continuing and changing demand for essential information through technological systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results.
          Goal 6: Gwinnett County Public Schools will provide and manage the system's facilities and operations in an exemplary manner as determined by programmatic needs and best management practices.
          Goal 7: Gwinnett County Public Schools will apply continuous quality improvement strategies and principles as the way the organization does business.

          GEMS Oversight Committee Recommendations Adopted by Board
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted revisions, deletions, and additions to the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum based on recommendations of the GEMS Oversight Committee. The GEMS Oversight Committee meets annually for one to two days for three ongoing purposes:
          - to understand the Board and Superintendent's Goals and Superintendent's direction
          - to analyze data received on the AKS through the annual review process; and
          - to validate, then recommend the AKS to the Superintendent.
          The GEMS Oversight Committee met on February 4 and 5, 2002. The recommended revisions, deletions, and additions to the AKS were based on input received from educators and community members. Details on the revisions may be obtained by contacting Dana McGraw or Joanne Duvall with the Center for Educational Programs at 770-338-4852.

          Students and Staff Honored by School Board
          - GCPS' Coordinator for Federal and Special Programs Carol Grady introduced Maryse Bronk, GCPS' nominee for Title I Distinguished Graduate. Maryse won the Georgia title and was honored at the National Title I conference and also at the recent Georgia Compensatory Education Leaders conference. Lilburn MS principal Berry Simmons applauded Maryse and her efforts to mentor students. A Meadowcreek HS graduate, Maryse currently attends Kennesaw State and serves as a model for struggling students through her volunteer work with Lilburn MS' HOSTS Program.
          - School Board members congratulated Collins Hill HS' Girls Basketball Team on its second consecutive AAAAA state championship. Principal Coley Krug congratulated the team and introduced Coach Angie Hembree. Coach Hembree applauded her student athletes for their athletic and academic accomplishments. She also shared that the team has been invited to play in the Tournament of Champions competition in Phoenix next year. The Collins Hill team is the only Georgia team invited to do so.
          - Parkview HS' Science Bowl Team was recognized for winning the state high school science bowl competition. This is the Parkview team's 4th consecutive state championship in science bowl. In introducing coaches Ryan Queen and Bruce Rountree, Principal Dale Robbins expressed pride in the effort, performance, and accomplishments of the students and coaches.
          - The Board honored Dr. Annette Eger, GCPS' coordinator of gifted education, on winning the Georgia Association of Gifted Children's 2002 Leadership Award. Dr. Eger, who has worked in GCPS since 1985 and has served as the county's gifted coordinator since 1991, was nominated for this award by GCPS teachers and the board of the Georgia Association for Gifted Children for her outstanding contributions to gifted education in Georgia and Gwinnett County.
          - The Facilities & Operations Division was congratulated for being named a recipient of the Georgia Oglethorpe Award. This award mirrors the criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Chief Operations Officer Jim Steele told School Board members that being named a role model for the state is a reflection of F&O's disciplined and relentless pursuit of excellence. At the meeting, Mr. Steele introduced his leadership team: Chuck Fanshaw, Bruce Stuart, Grant Reppert, Craig Woodrow, Brad Coury, Sheldon Glorit, Terry Gladden, Lee Holland, Grant Reppert, John Gayle, and Tom Daymude.

          FY2003 Local Plan for Technical Education/Application for Perkins Grant
          This is an annual compliance document for budgetary information, assurances of compliance, and utilization of Federal funds as allocated by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act.

          School Board Approves Marching Band Matching Funds
          Each year the high schools have an opportunity to apply for matching funds for band uniforms. The current rotation calls for three schools to access these funds at this time. As approved, Berkmar, Duluth, and Meadowcreek high schools each will receive $12,000 for this purpose. The funding source is the 25-cent surcharge per football ticket sold at the regular varsity games.

          Architect Recommendations Approved
          The Board of Education approved the following architect appointments:
          Craig ES addition-- Stevens & Wilkinson of Georgia, Inc.
          Hopkins ES addition-- Lindsay, Pope, Brayfield & Associates, Inc.

          Capital Outlay Contract and Exceptional Growth Contractual Agreement for FY 2003
          The Georgia General Assembly has approved funding for FY2003 and “exceptional growth” capital outlay projects. GCPS will receive a total of $17,403,579 in regular capital outlay funds for two school projects. The projects to be funded are the Duluth MS replacement school and Duncan Creek ES. This contractual agreement reflects the FY2003 Capital Outlay Application, approved by the School Board at its September 13, 2001 meeting.

          Board Approves Policy Revisions Tabled Last Month
          The following policy revisions were approved by the Board. They were tabled at the March meeting to allow for public input.
          Policy JGJ - Crisis Intervention Plan/Required Drills-- Changes to this policy comply with current practice and include information previously contained in policies EBB (Emergency Preparedness), EBBC (Emergency Drills), and JGFA (Emergency Drills). In light of the approval of this policy, policies EBB, EBBC, and JGFA have been rescinded.
          Policy EE - Food Services Management-- Changes to this policy comply with current practice.
          Policy EGAC - Employee Benefits-- Changes to this policy comply with current practice and includ a change in name from “Health Insurance, Employee” to“Employee Benefits.”

          Radloff to Represent School Board at Georgia School Board Association Assembly
          Louise Radloff, District V representative, was elected to represent the Gwinnett County Board of Education at the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) annual Delegate Assembly. At the meeting, Mrs. Radloff will share the Gwinnett County School Board's stand on GSBA's proposed legislative positions.

          School Board Votes to Allow Release Time for Religious Education
          The Board voted to allow release time from school for students to attend religious education off campus at the request of a parent. Participation will be handled through an administrative procedure.

          Citizens Addressing the Board
          - Fabiola Armitage
          - Connie Wiggins, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful

          Leadership Appointments Approved by the Board of Education
          The School Board approved the following appointments at its meeting on April 11, 2002.


          Name-- Current Position

          Appointment

          Carol Quinn-- Instructional Lead Teacher for the Moderate and Severely Intellectually Disabled Program, Special Education Department

          Principal, Oakland Center

          John Shaw-- Attorney in private practice

          Due Process and Compliance Officer, Department of Special Education and Psychological Services

          Dr. Susan Bearse-- Teacher, Peachtree ES

          Assistant Principal, Norcross ES

          Steven Flynt-- Teacher, Dacula HS

          Assistant Principal, Dacula HS

          Twanitta Harris-- Assistant Principal, George Washington HS in Danville, Va.

          Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek HS

          Natalie Perry-- Administrative Assistant, Dacula MS

          Assistant Principal, Lanier MS

          Charlotte Sadler-- Teacher, Kanoheda ES

          Assistant Principal, Grayson ES

          Stephanie Twitty-- Teacher, Kanoheda ES

          Assistant Principal, Bethesda ES

          Teresa White-- Teacher, Snellville MS

          Assistant Principal, Shiloh MS

          Penny Young-- Teacher, Grayson ES

          Assistant Principal, Walnut Grove ES

          Lesley Pendleton-- Lead Teacher for Speech Language Program, Special Education Department

          Half-time Assistant Principal,
          T. Carl Buice Center

          Janice Collier-- Teacher, Meadowcreek HS

          Administrative Assistant, Duluth HS

          Sebastian Davis-- Teacher, Sweetwater MS

          Administrative Assistant, Sweetwater MS

          Rhonda Dermer-- Teacher, Berkeley Lake ES

          Administrative Assistant, Dr. M.H. Mason, Jr. ES

          Doris Jones-- Teacher, J.P. McConnell MS

          Administrative Assistant, Dacula MS

          Devon Williams-- Teacher, J.P. McConnell MS

          Administrative Assistant, J.P. McConnell MS

          Charles York-- Teacher, North Gwinnett HS

          Administrative Assistant, North Gwinnett HS