11/08/2001









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for November 8, 2001

          The following are highlights of the November 8, 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.

          Board of Education Honors Efforts of Students and Staff
          - Central Gwinnett HS students Brian Johnson & Andy Tran were recognized for achieving first place in the state for Technology Problem Solving. Principal Dr. Valerie Clark introduced teacher Keith Kelly who explained that the competition asked the students to solve a previously unknown problem. Mr. Kelly commended the students for their ability to demonstrate their knowledge and work together in this challenging competition.
          - Central Gwinnett HS Girls’ Softball Team was recognized for winning first place in the state. Dr. Clark introduced coaches Wayne Pierce, Jack Woodard, and Tedd Sims. Coach Pierce said that this is the greatest group of girls he has coached and expressed pride in their performance both on the field and in the classroom.
          - School Board members recognized Brookwood HS art teacher Barbara Willis for being named Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association. Principal Connie Corley informed Board members that this is the second time Ms. Willis has received this honor. Ms. Corley said of Ms. Willis, "Anyone who knows her knows what high standards she has and what a great program she runs." Ms. Corley feels that one of the best measures of Ms. Willis' success is her students' success. Twenty-four of them have participated in Governor's Honors Program and 12 have gone on to become art teachers themselves. Ms. Willis took the opportunity to share the spotlight with three of her former students, one of which is a Gwinnett County Public Schools art teacher who was recently named Teacher of the Year for her school.

          Bids Approved for Construction of Six New Elementary Schools
          The passage of the 2002 education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on November 6 paved the way for the School Board to begin work on a number of projects in the new building program. Board members approved bids for the construction of the following schools: Ivy Creek ES, W. J. Cooper ES, Corley ES, Sycamore ES, Parsons ES, and Duncan Creek ES. In addition, the School Board approved the bid for the site work that will be done for Frank N. Osborne MS and Mill Creek HS.

          Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Presented for Board Information
          Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to the Board members. Each year, the school system produces the CAFR in accordance with standards set by the Government Accounting Standards Board and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). The CAFR includes detailed financial information for the most recently completed fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2001. This annual report has been audited by the school system's external auditors, KPMG. The school system takes pride in the fact that the CAFR has been honored as an outstanding financial publication by ASBO for 14 consecutive years.

          Superintendent Provides Board with Update on 2002 Education SPLOST
          In reporting election results to the School Board, Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks thanked the citizens of Gwinnett County for supporting the extension of the penny sales tax for schools. He pointed out that the extension will allow the school system to embark on what is the largest building program in the history of the state. "This building program will allow us to address approximately 70 to 75 percent of our known building needs," he said. "Certainly this program will allow us to make some quantum leaps in addressing our facilities shortage."

          During the Board/Superintendent Discussion, District III Board member Dr. Mary Kay Murphy spoke of the great benefits the school system has received from the current SPLOST. She reminded the audience that Norcross HS, the last new school of the 1997 SPLOST building program, will hold the dedication for its new facility on Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m.

          Board Approves Changes to Tabled Policies
          Tabled since the October Board meeting, the following policy revisions were approved by the School Board:
          Policy IB - Instructional Goals and Objectives, Policy IC -Curriculum Development, Policy ICC - Educational Research, Policy IDB - School Health and PE, Policy IDCA - Summer School, Policy IDE - Extracurricular Activities, Policy IFCB - Field Trip Policy, Policy IHC - Gateway Assessment Policy, Policy IHE - Promotion and Retention, Policy IHF - Graduation Requirements, Policy II - Systemwide Standardized Testing

          Proposed Changes to Policies Tabled to Allow for Public Input
          • A number of proposed policy revisions were placed on the table for 30 days to allow for further input. In most cases, minor changes in language are proposed to reflect current practice. The policies are: Policy GAAA - Equal Opportunity, Policy GAD - Professional Development, Policy GAE - Complaints by Personnel, Policy GAK - Personnel Records, Policy GAL - Salary Deductions, Policy GAM - Mandatory Reporting of Employee Crimes, Policy GBC - Employment and Recruitment, Policy GBD - Fingerprinting/Criminal Record Check, Policy GBO - Personnel Resignations & Re-employment, Policy GBR - Personnel Attire and Safety, Policy GBRG - Non-school Employment/Personnel Tutoring for Pay/Endorsements, Policy GBRI - Family and Medical Leave, and Policy GBRIA - Judicial, Military Duty and Religious Leave.
          • Staff also has recommended that the following policies be rescinded: Policy GBP - Personnel Re-employment, Policy GBCC - Employment and Recruitment, Policy GBD - Personnel -- Hiring, Policy GBRGB - Personnel Tutoring for Pay, Policy GBRIE - Religious Leave, Policy GCDA - Hiring--Certified Personnel, Policy GCDB - Hiring - Classified Personnel, and Policy GGE - Administrative Assignment.

          GEMA Approves Local School Safety Plans
          Steve Harris of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) presented the School Board with certificates approving the local school safety plans for all Gwinnett County public schools. In doing so, Mr. Harris commended the school system for being ahead of the curve when it came to developing school safety plans. He also honored Gwinnett County GEMA Director Frank Daniell for his assistance in the local effort. Mr. Daniell acknowledged the school system's outstanding work in developing its comprehensive crisis management plan. He noted the broad participation of public safety agencies in the development process.

          School Board Applauds Transportation Department's Selection as Georgia's "Great Fleet"
          School Bus Fleet, a national transportation magazine, recently recognized Gwinnett County Public Schools' Transportation Department as Georgia's "great fleet." The magazine highlighted the school system's quality of service, training program, and recruitment efforts. Transportation Director Grant Reppert introduced some key members of the transportation management team-- Assistant Director Don Moore, Transportation Manager Randy Samples, Transportation Manager Roger Clark, Coordinator of Safety and Training Bonnie Pinson, and Bus Manager Gilbert Bowles-- and acknowledged the work and professionalism of the school system's more than 1,000 bus managers.

          Citizens Addressing the Board
          • Jim Dumond
          • Bob Hawkins

          Board Members Appoint Delegate to Georgia School Boards Association
          The Board designated Board Chair Louise Radloff as its legislative delegate to the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). In doing so, they approved her attendance at a GSBA legislative meeting in Dublin, Georgia. In addition, the Board voted to allow Ms. Radloff to attend the National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network meeting in Washington, DC.