08/09/2001









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for August 9, 2001

          The following are highlights of the August 9, 2001, 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.

          The following citizens addressed the Board:
          Michael Levengood
          Officer Michael Olds

          Gwinnett County Board of Education Approves Resolution Calling for the Renewal of the SPLOST
          Board members unanimously approved a resolution calling for the renewal of the education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST.) The current penny sales tax for schools has been in effect since 1997 and expires in June 2002. The resolution calls for the election to extend the SPLOST to be held on November 6, 2001, and confirms the amount of money expected to be raised as $995 million. With voter approval, the sales tax would be collected for five years beginning July 1, 2002. The revenue would be split between GCPS and Buford City Schools based on each system's enrollment, or FTE count, as of March 2001. Gwinnett County Public Schools serves 98.1% of the county's students and Buford City serves 1.9%.On that basis, GCPS would receive $976.1 million and Buford City Schools would receive $18.9 million. In related action, the Board approved an intergovernmental agreement between the two boards of education specifying how the SPLOST funds would be distributed. It stipulates that Buford would receive most of its share of the revenue at the beginning of the collection period.

          GEMS Oversight Committee Appointments Approved
          The Gwinnett Educational Management System (GEMS) Oversight Committee is the group that annually analyzes data on the Academic Knowledge and Skills
          curriculum and then makes recommendations to the superintendent. The GEMS committee, comprised equally of educators and community members, has been in existence since being appointed by the superintendent in 1996. In an effort to update the group's membership, all charter members were asked to rotate off the committee and/or reapply for membership. The following citizens and educators were approved by the Board as new members of the GEMS Oversight Committee:

          Parent/Community Members: Carl Biemiller, Carol Boyce*, Steven Brown, William Curlette*, Laura Grams, Rosalyn Joseph*, Ronny Just, Sybil Lash*, Cathy
          Levine*, Lori Luders*, Ed McCabe*, Jamie Miner, Yvette Nurse, and Stephen Peet*.
          Educators: Amy Battle-Edwards, Dr. Kay Harvey, Arlene Hawkins, Clay Hunter, Cheryl Laine, Jean Loethen-Payne, Kelli McCain, and Stephen Straughan.
          * Charter members reappointed for 2001-02.

          Dexter's Farms Produce Tapped to Supply GCPS School Nutrition Program
          The School Board designated Dexter's Farms Produce as the single source to supply produce to Gwinnett County Public Schools. The company was selected due to its ability to meet the diverse needs of each school's cafeteria and its technical inventory/accounting systems which meet the School Nutrition Program's customer and business requirements. GCPS will review this single source agreement on an annual basis, evaluating cost and benefit. Costs associated with the purchase of fresh produce are funded by the School Nutrition Fund budget, an enterprise fund which is self sufficient and does not impact the general operating budget.

          Board Continues Focus on Updating Policies
          The following School Board policies were approved after a 30-day input period:
          Policy JAB, Gender Equity in Sports; Policy KB, Public Information; Policy KJ, Advertising in Schools; Policy LDAJA, Police Interrogations and Investigations; Policy JHA, Student Participation in Interscholastic Activity; Policy DFL, Investment Policy; and Policy FC, Facility Impact Statement
          The School Board rescinded the following policies after a 30-day input period:
          Policy KBCC, Board News Coverage; Policy KCA, Public Participation; Policy KJA, Distribution of Flyers; and Policy MDB, Interscholastic Activity

          Board Extends Intergovernmental Agreement with Georgia Board of Education
          Last year, the Board approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Gwinnett County Board of Education and the Georgia Board of Education
          to provide staff support and services to the State Board. Tonight's action will allow former GCPS Governmental Liaison David McCleskey to continue his work
          with the Georgia Board of Education.