06/10/1999









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for June 10, 1999

          Board Adopts Millage Rate to Support FY2000 Budget
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted its FY2000 budget last month without setting the millage rate. With the county's property value update still in process, the Board was unable to establish the millage rate needed to support the $885.5 million total budget. Now that the property tax digest for the county has been set, the Board is able to establish its millage rate. Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks recommended a rate for FY2000 that is a one-mill reduction from the FY99 school tax rate. The recommended millage rates of 17.45 mills for maintenance and operations, and 2.30 mills for bond debt service, bring the Board's total property tax rate to 19.75 mills for FY2000.

          Dr. Cindy Loe Named New Associate Superintendent
          Dr. Cindy Loe will move from her current position as executive director of the Center for Educational Programs to the role of Associate Superintendent for Organizational Advancement, effective July 1. Dr. Loe's appointment fills a leadership position left vacant when David Crews retired in February as associate superintendent for management services and operations. Dr. Loe's appointment is part of an overall reorganization of the school system's central office, which is in the final stages of development. The new organizational structure will be announced in late June.

          Board Recognitions
          The following schools and individuals were presented for the Board's recognition of their significant accomplishments.
          • Lawrenceville Elementary School was honored for being named a 1998-99 National School of Excellence, a "Blue Ribbon School." Accompanying principal Jane Robertson at the meeting were several teachers, students and parents.
          • Parkview High principal Dr. Bob Clark received the Board's congratulations on winning the "Quality Educational Leadership Award" presented by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
          • Members of the Employee Rewards and Recognition Cross-Functional Action Team presented their team's report for the Board's information, and were presented with "Quality Matters" awards in appreciation for their service to the school system.
          • The Board applauded the two decades of service provided the GCPS by Bob Gann, who is retiring on June 30 as executive director of supply management.
          • Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks was recognized by the Board for his selection as a member of Governor Roy Barnes' Education Reform Commission, and for being invited to speak to IBM's Premier Client Class about the technology needs and expectations of school system clients.

            Leadership Appointments Approved
            The following leadership appointments were approved by the Board:
            • Sheryl Crum, Berkmar Community School Director
            • Cecelia Landress, administrative assistant, Central Gwinnett High
            • Sheila Sudderth, assistant principal, Central Gwinnett High
            • Antonio Aguirre, assistant principal, Collins Hill High
            • David Todd Sims, administrative assistant, Collins Hill High
            • Juan Harris, assistant principal, Creekland Middle
            • Keith Chaney, assistant principal (0.5), Dacula High
            • Donald Mason, administrative assistant, Lilburn Middle
            • Wendy Powell, administrative assistant, Lilburn Middle
            • Daniel Schuster, assistant principal, Lilburn Middle
            • Jacqueline Ransom, assistant principal, Meadowcreek High
            • Dianne Didio, assistant principal, Norcross High
            • Drew Madajewski, administrative assistant, Norcross High
            • Coleen Roberts, assistant principal, Peachtree Elementary
            • Sherri Black, administrative assistant, Suwanee Elementary

              Approval of Consent Agenda Okays Construction Bids at Several Schools
              A number of construction projects included in the consent agenda were approved by the Board. Construction bids were awarded for the following projects:
              • Gym floor renovation at North Gwinnett High
              • New driveway and parking lot for Meadowcreek High
              • Kitchen additions and renovations at Snellville and Five Forks middle schools
              • Physical education building at Minor Elementary
              • Miscellaneous renovations to bring Arcado, Lilburn and Shiloh elementary schools up to current educational specifications
              • Gymnasium (phase II) at Dacula High School.

                Policy Changes Approved by Board
                The Board adopted two policy revisions, approved changing one policy to a procedure, adopted one new policy, and tabled one policy recommended for deletion.
                • The Board adopted a revision to Policy JRA on Textbooks/Library Books that prohibits schools from withholding student records if a student fails to pay for lost or damaged books or media materials. Grades, diplomas, or certificates of progress may be withheld, however, until restitution is made.
                • Policy IHB (Homework) was deleted as a policy and reclassified as a procedure.
                • Revisions to Policy JCD (Student Conduct Behavior) were approved, including new language that prohibits bullying.
                • New Policy IHC was approved by the Board to officially adopt the Gateway Assessment Program for the purpose of measuring and reporting student progress on the AKS.
                • Policy JGCB (Required Health Certificates) is recommended for deletion since the requirements are included in existing Procedure JBC. The Board tabled the recommendation until its July meeting.

                  In Other Business...
                  The Board approved the sale of a small parcel of land (less than .7 acres) on the Gwinnett Tech campus to the adjacent Georgia School Boards Association. In a routine matter, the Board approved the FY2000 Special Education Comprehensive Plan for Title VI-B flow-through and federal and state preschool grants. Also approved was the State's Capital Outlay Application required to receive state funds for construction.