GCPS Board Meeting Summary for June 20, 2002
The following are highlights of the June 20, 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.
Board Approves Central Office and Leadership Positions
-- Dr. Donald Fielder will join GCPS as the new associate superintendent for educational leadership, effective July 1, 2002. Dr. Fielder succeeds Emmett Lawson, who retires from the position on June 30. Dr. Fielder is a veteran of 32 years in public education. His extensive educational experience includes serving as superintendent for two school districts-- Academy School District Twenty in Colorado Springs, Colorado (17,000 students) from July 1996 through August 1999, and Park City (Utah) School District (2,500 students) from July 1993 through June 1996. He currently is president of Geronimo Consulting Group, a private firm specializing in organizational leadership training based in Larkspur, Colorado.
-- Dr. James Kahrs will head the leadership team at Peachtree Ridge HS, a new high school set to open in August 2003. Dr. Kahrs' appointment as principal of the new school is effective January 1, 2003.
-- Bill Kruskamp, currently associate principal of Shiloh HS, will be the new principal of Shiloh HS. He will assume his new duties January 1, 2003.
-- Donna Scott, assistant principal at J.E. Richards MS, will become the principal of the Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center. She will assume the post vacated by Steve Bennett, recently named to a central office post.
Information on other leadership appointments approved by the Board is found below.
School Board Recognizes Outstanding Latin Teacher and Receives Commendation
-- School Board members honored Robert Burgess of Collins Hill HS on being named the Georgia Classical Association's Latin Teacher of the Year. Principal Coley Krug praised Mr. Burgess, who has taught at Collins Hill HS for two years, for his many accomplishments and the accomplishments of his students. Mr. Krug described Mr. Burgess as "an exceptional teacher." Mr. Krug informed the Board that he is sure that as Mr. Burgess moves to an administrative role next year he will have as positive effect on teachers as he has in the past on students.
-- The Gwinnett County Board of Education (GCBOE) received a commendation from the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), the National School Boards Association, and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners for its compliance with GSBA's "Standards for Local Boards of Education." These standards cover the following: measurement and accountability, vision and philosophy, organization, board operations, personnel, board and staff relations, and board development. During his presentation to the Board, Dr. Charles Buchanan, senior executive director to the superintendent, shared the inscription from the plaque presented by GSBA and read a resolution of recognition from the county commission commending the School Board for its efforts.
Citizens and Groups Addressing the Board
Nina and Masha Malikina
Leah dee Kilgore
School Board Approves EMTEC as Single Source Provider for Installation of Hardware and Software
The Board of Education named EMTEC as a "single-source" provider for the installation of the numerous pieces of hardware and software purchased by the school system. EMTEC currently installs most of the computer equipment in Gwinnett schools, possessing a valuable knowledge of the school system, its computer labs and stand-alone computer configurations.
The School Board adopted the following policy revisions, which had been tabled since its May 9, 2002, meeting:
--Policy JBCF - Admission--Gwinnett Technical College-- Adopted changes to this policy included changing the name of the policy from “Admission--Gwinnett Technical Institute” to “Admission--Gwinnett Technical College.”
--Policy JBD - Attendance-- Adopted changes to this policy reflect current practice.
--Policy JBFB - Work-Based Learning-- Changes to this policy comply with current State Board rules and change the name from “Educational Release” to “Work-Based Learning.”
--Policy JCAAA - Title I, Parent Involvement-- Approved changes to this policy comply with current practice and federal and state law.
--Policy JGFAA - Eye Protection-- Changes to this policy change the terminology from “vocational, industrial arts” to “trades/industrials, technology education” as referenced in State Board rules.
--Policy JR - Student Records-- Adopted changes to this policy comply with current practice and include a paragraph concerning “Directory Information.”
The Board voted to rescind the following policies, which had been tabled since its May meeting:
--Policy JAA - Equal Opportunities-- This information is already included in Policy GAAA entitled Equal Opportunity.
--Policy JK - Solicitation-- The information contained in this policy has been incorporated into a procedure, with the title changing from “Solicitation” to “Fund Raising.”
--Policy JKA - Concession Rights-- The information contained in this policy will be incorporated into a procedure.
Board members voted to table the following policies until the July 11 Board Meeting:
-- Policy G - Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities-- Staff is recommending the creation of this new policy under the “Personnel” section to address employees with disabilities.
-- Policy JC - Sexual Harassment/Discrimination (Students)-- Staff is recommending the creation of this new policy to comply with current practice and state law. Some of the information previously contained in Policy JC “Grievance/Appeal Procedures,” which is being rescinded, was incorporated into this new policy.
-- Policy JCAC - Accommodations for Students with Disabilities-- Staff is recommending proposed changes to this policy to comply with current practice and to change the name from “Section 504 Policy” to “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.”
-- Policy KJ - Advertising in Schools-- Staff is recommending minor changes to this policy to comply with current practice and to include information contained in Policy KIA “Distribution of Political Campaign Materials.”
The following policies are recommended to be rescinded:
-- Policy JC - Grievance/Appeal Procedures-- Information contained in this policy will be split into policies and procedures that focus on student complaints and employee complaints separately.
-- Policies JCB - Safe Schools Discipline Policy, JCDAB - First Offenders--Rule 7 Discipline Policy, JCDB - Student Dress Code Discipline Policy, JCDBA - Electronic Pagers, JD - Student Discipline, JDA - Corporal Punishment, and JH - Student Activities--
Information contained in these policies is being incorporated into Policy JCD “Student Discipline and Conduct Behavior Code.”
-- Policy KEBA - Concession Rights-- This policy is a duplicate of Policy JKA “Concession Rights,” which is recommended to be rescinded at the June 20 Board meeting.
-- Policy KIA - Distribution of Political Campaign Materials-- Staff is recommending the information contained in this policy be incorporated into Policy KJ “Advertising in Schools.”
Radloff to Attend Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Meeting
The Board approved a travel request for District V School Board Representative Louise Radloff to attend a meeting of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's board of directors. The meeting, which will address environmental education, will be held in Amicalola Falls, GA.
A complete listing of leadership appointments approved at the meeting on June 20, 2002, include:
Name-- Current Position
Dr. Donald Fielder-- President, Geronimo Consulting Group, Larkspur, Colo.
Associate Superintendent, Educational Leadership
Dr. James (Jim) Kahrs-- Principal, Shiloh HS
Principal, Peachtree Ridge HS
William (Bill) Kruskamp-- Assistant Principal, Shiloh HS
Principal, Shiloh HS
Donna Scott-- Assistant Principal, J.E. Richards MS
Principal, Gwinnett InterVention Educational (GIVE) Center
Mike Watkins-- Assistant Principal, Duluth HS
Community School Director, Dacula HS
Georgann Eaton-- Assistant Principal, Pinckneyville MS
Assistant Principal on Special Assignment for Data Reporting, Organizational Advancement
Paul Johnson-- Counselor, Phoenix HS
Teacher on Special Assignment for Organizational Advancement
Dr. Lea Arnau-- Community School Director, Shiloh HS
Coordinator of Teacher and Staff Development, Organizational Advancement
Dr. Larry Ziegler-- Assistant Director of Student Services and Intervention
Director, Student Services and Intervention, Educational Leadership
Denise Forbes-- Teacher, Jackson ES
Assistant Principal, Susan Stripling ES
Betty Ann Schoeneck-- Administrative Assistant, W.C. Britt ES
Assistant Principal, W.C. Britt ES
Debbie Bush-- Teacher, Chattahoochee ES
Assistant Principal, Chattahoochee ES
Elsie Lewis-- Support Teacher, Department of Special Education and Psychological Services
Assistant Principal, Nesbit ES
Eric Carlyle-- Assistant Principal, Moore ES, Griffin-Spalding County Schools
Assistant Principal, Simonton ES
Phillip Meadors-- Administrative Assistant, J.E. Richards MS
Assistant Principal, J.E. Richards MS
Veronica Lawrence Johnson-- Principal, Jasper County MS, Jasper County Schools
Assistant Principal, J.E. Richards MS
Staughton Jennings-- Administrative Assistant, Garrett MS, Cobb County Schools
Assistant Principal, Pinckneyville MS
John Power-- Administrative Assistant, Norcross HS
Assistant Principal, Norcross HS
Terri Adkins-- Administrative Assistant, Collins Hill HS
Assistant Principal, Collins Hill HS
Loretta Denmark-- Teacher, J.C. Magill ES
Administrative Assistant, Fort Daniel ES
Julie Peyton-- Counselor, Shiloh ES
Administrative Assistant, Jackson ES
Stephanie Stewart-- Teacher, Simonton ES
Administrative Assistant, Rebecca Minor ES
Debra Giles-- Teacher, Rebecca Minor ES
Administrative Assistant, Susan Stripling ES
Florence Huard-- Teacher, Craig ES
Administrative Assistant, Camp Creek ES
Steven Frandsen-- Teacher, South Gwinnett HS
Administrative Assistant, Nesbit ES
Kerensa Wing-- Teacher, Collins Hill HS
Administrative Assistant, Collins Hill HS
Robert Burgess-- Teacher, Collins Hill HS
Administrative Assistant, Collins Hill HS
Kay Sands-- Teacher, Five Forks MS
Administrative Assistant, Trickum MS
Tom Trippany-- Assistant Principal, Midvale ES, DeKalb County Schools
Administrative Assistant (half-time), Centerville ES
Rachel Mariano-- Independent Diversity Management Facilitator
Student Activities Coordinator, Gwinnett Technical College
John Schmeelk-- Instructor, Gwinnett College of Business
Director of Human Resources, Organization and Customer Development, Gwinnett Technical College
Kenneth Volkmer-- Manufacturing Manager, Southern Packaging Machinery (Lawrenceville)
Field Engineer, Facilities and Operations
William Harris-- Technical Services Manager, Support Services Dept., Fleet Management Div., Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners,
Assistant Director of Fleet and Grounds Maintenance, Facilities and Operations
Thomas Daymude-- Field Engineer, Facilities and Operations
Director of Administrative Information Systems Project Team, Business and Finance