GCPS Board Meeting Summary for September 9, 1999

          School Board Approves Leadership Appointments:
          Connie Hoyle Named Executive Director of the Center for Educational Programs
          The Board approved the appointment of Connie Hoyle, principal of Meadowcreek Elementary, as executive director of the Center for Educational Programs, effective January 3, 1999. Ms. Hoyle will succeed Martha Brady, who plans to retire in January. An educator with 27 years' experience, Ms. Hoyle has served Gwinnett County Public Schools in a number of leadership positions: principal of Meadowcreek (1998-present) and Hopkins (1992-98) elementary schools; coordinator of leadership development (1989-92); and coordinator of staff development (1987-89). She also has served as an assistant principal at Five Forks and Shiloh middle schools, and a teacher at Lawrenceville Elementary and Shiloh, Sweetwater, and Lawrenceville middle schools. She holds a bachelor's degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas; and both a master's and specialist degree from Georgia State University.
          Other Leadership Appointments Approved
          • Hull Middle Principal Wanda Yeargin has been named director for middle and high school staffing. Ms. Yeargin has served Gwinnett County Public Schools for 22 of her 25 years as an educator. Her career includes service as a teacher, instructional lead teacher, assistant principal, and principal, primarily at the middle-school level. Ms. Yeargin's appointment is effective October 15.
          • Faye Curlee, currently a coordinator of media and instructional technology, has been named lead coordinator of media and instructional technology. She succeeds Anne Craft, who retired over the summer.
          • Joanne Collins, currently a teacher at Crews Middle, has been appointed as an assistant principal at Richards Middle
          • Carolyn Broucek, currently a teacher at Parkview High, will be an assistant principal at South Gwinnett High.

            Board Recognizes Outstanding Students and Teachers
            • The Board honored the Brookwood High Junior Varsity Scholars Bowl/Academic Team for winning the AAAA state championship. Team representatives in attendance were Brian Berry, Matt McKay, Andrew Moore, and Adam Beauchamp.
            • Jeffrey Boyles, Kelly Huard, and Zeshan Ashfaque represented the Brookwood High Varsity Scholars Bowl/Academic Team, winners of the AAAA state championship. The Brookwood team, coached by Rick Barry, has won the state championship six of the last eight years.
            • McConnell Middle physical education teacher Cheryl Deal was recognized as the 1999 Georgia Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. This is the second time in her career that she has been honored as such. Ms. Deal will now compete for the national title.
            • Charlotte Jackson, a freshman at South Gwinnett High, was honored by the School Board for winning the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Young Writers Award last spring as an eighth-grader at McConnell Middle. McConnell Middle eighth-grade language arts teacher, Jackie Gregory, was recognized by Board members for her work with students. Ms. Gregory has taught two students who have won this award.

              School Board Receives 1998-99 Standardized Assessment Update
              The standardized assessment update provided Board members with data regarding Gwinnett County Public Schools' 1998-99 standardized test results. Student progress, as reported by standardized assessments, is a key indicator of measuring achievement of GCPS' mission and goals. The purpose of the assessment program is to provide needed information about students' achievmeent of the AKS, academic readiness, and potential to achieve. Gwinnett County Public Schools' students continue to surpass national, state, and metro averages whenever those scores are reported. In general, students who have been part of Gwinnett's AKS instruction for a greater proportion of their education appear to be making the most gains on standardized assessments. The 1998-99 report highlighted steady, incremental progress on most indicators of performance.
              The update included reports on the following assessments: Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8), Georgia Writing Assessments (grades 3, 5, and 8), Georgia High School Graduation Tests in writing, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies (grade 11), Scholastic Assessment Test, Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test, Advanced Placement Tests, and the American College Testing Program.

              Student Conduct Policy Revised to Reflect New Limit on Knife Blades
              The Gwinnett County Board of Education revised its Policy JCD, Student Conduct Behavior, to comply with a recent change in the state's "Guns and Weapons Laws" (Georgia Code 16-11-127.1). In the revised Code section, the definition of a weapon extends to any "... knife having a blade of two or more inches... ". Before the law was amended this year by the General Assembly, the Code defined a knife with "... a blade of three or more inches" as a felony weapon. The revision to the School Board's policy makes the language consistent with the new law.

              Board Adopts Calendar for School Year 2000-01
              School Board members adopted the calendar for school year 2000-01 that was recommended at the July 1999 Board meeting.

              FY2001 Budget Development Calendar Approved by School Board
              The Board of Education approved a Budget Development Calendar that calls for the process of adopting the FY2001 budget to start in February 2000 when program managers submit their requests to the Budget Office. The proposed budget development calendar was presented to the Board at its August 12, 1999, meeting. Key dates in the budget calendar include March 17, when the Superintendent's Recommended Budget is scheduled to be completed, budget work sessions for the Board on April 15 and on another date to be announced, a public hearing on May 4, and final adoption of the budget on May 11, 2000.