GCPS Board Meeting Summary for December 13, 2012

The following are highlights of the December 13, 2012, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Board Chairman Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman Carole Boyce, Dr. Robert McClure, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, and Daniel Seckinger. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

Board recognizes students and staff
- Members of the Board of Education congratulated the Archer HS softball team on its recognition as the 2012 GHSA AAAAAA Girls Softball State Champion. This is the school's first state championship. Accompanying team members were Principal Ken Johnson, Activities Director Tim Watkins, and Head Coach Kristopher Daniels. Coach Daniels expressed his pride in his team and the great strides they have made during the four years of the program.
- The School Board saluted Dr. Jackie Ellett of Duncan Creek ES on her designation as 2012 Southeastern Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Dr. Ellett was honored by NAEA for her outstanding service and achievement of regional significance in past years. The award was presented to Dr. Ellett at the 2012 NAEA National Conference in New York City during the Southeastern Region Awards Ceremony earlier this year. In introducing Dr. Ellett, Principal Debbie Chavannes spoke of this art educator's passion and her commitment to helping students. She spoke of Dr. Ellett's dedication to helping her students make connections between the world of art and other subject areas. Dr. Ellett thanked the Board members for keeping the arts in our school district and shared the many reasons why she still loves teaching 27 years into her career.
- Peachtree Ridge HS' Theatre Arts program and students were honored for their 2nd place state finish in the GHSA One-Act Play competition. The students, under the direction of Dean Feldman, performed "Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s." Dr. Kevin Tashlein, Peachtree Ridge principal, expressed his pride in what these students have accomplished, as well as his appreciation for their talents. He commended Mr. Feldman on his leadership, his expertise, and his commitment to students. Dr. Tashlein also thanked the school's parents and community for their support of students and this program.
- Board members recognized Dr. Scott Roberts, the district's social studies program specialist, on his selection by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) as its 2012 Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Education Award winner. Each year, GCSS recognizes outstanding educators who demonstrate significant service and foster the development of democratic values and citizenship in the classroom, school, and community; exhibit professional involvement beyond the normal job requirements; demonstrate efforts toward the improvement of student learning in social studies; use multiple sources to enhance social studies instruction; and participate in professional publications and/or conference/workshop presentations.
- The Gwinnett County Board of Education expressed its appreciation to Don Moore, an assistant director in Transportation, for his service as a member of the Gwinnett Retirement System (GRS) Plan Administrative Committee. The GRS is led by an Administrative Committee that is comprised of teachers, administrators, and other participants in the plan. These dedicated employees volunteer to serve on behalf of their fellow employees and retirees as trustees of our GRS retirement funds. Mr. Moore recently completed a full seven-year term as a member of the committee.

School councils from Collins Hill and Meadowcreek clusters make report to BOE
As part of the recognition portion of the meeting, representatives of local school councils from the Collins Hill and Meadowcreek clusters made a presentation to the Board, sharing how their councils help bring parents, teachers, school administrators, and the business community together to discuss concerns and share ideas for school improvement.

Clark to serve on GRS Plan Administrative Committee
The Gwinnett Retirement System (GRS) is directed by a nine-person committee. The Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Human Resources Officer serve as permanent members of this committee. The other seven members serve seven-year rotating terms. The committee consists of three teachers, one local school administrator, one classified employee, one retiree, and one position of any classification covered by the GRS plan.  The one vacancy to be filled is designated to be a classified employee. The Board of Education appointed Roger Clark, an assistant director in Transportation, to serve on the Committee.

Board approves bid for new middle school in Peachtree Ridge Cluster
The Board of Education awarded the contract for the new middle school in the Peachtree Ridge Cluster to the low bidder on the project, Barton-Malow Company, in the amount of $16,955,545. The new school will be located at 1221 Northbrook Parkway in Suwanee. The attendance zone for the new school has not been drawn yet, nor has the school been officially named. The new school is scheduled to open in August of 2014.

BOE continues updates to policies
Board members approved the following policy which was tabled at last month's meeting to allow for public input:
Policy GBRIB- Sick Leave Bank: Changes to this policy align it with improvements in system processes.

The Board tabled the following policy until its January meeting to allow for public input:
Policy DCKI- Annual Operating Budget: Proposed changes to this policy will align it with improvements in system processes.

Citizens addressing the Board
Larry Darnell Massey