GCPS Board Meeting Summary for July 15, 2010

The following are highlights of the July 15, 2010, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Chairman Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman Dr. Robert McClure, Carole Boyce, Louise Radloff, and Daniel D. Seckinger. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

Board honors award-winning students and staff
-- Board members congratulated Priscilla Millette of Norcross HS on her 1st place finish in The Laws of Life essay contest, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Georgia. Each year, this essay contest selects student winners based on topics related to themes of honesty and integrity. In promoting “the core values we take with us wherever we go and guide whatever we do," the essay contest challenges students to discover and reflect on the values that will direct them throughout life. A total of 44,000 essays were entered in the state contest. Accompanying Miss Millette were Debbie Sutton, executive director of the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club; and Norcross HS Principal Jonathan Patterson. Her teacher is Patty Buschman.

Gwinnett readies for the new school year
August 9, 2010, marks the beginning of the new school year, a year in which Gwinnett County Public Schools will welcome approximately 1,600 new students and open eight new facilities. Of those new facilities, five are elementary schools, one is a new middle school, and one is a new high school. The remaining new facility will serve as the permanent home for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. However, the physical completion of the construction of a new school is not an end, but merely a beginning. The district works-- cross-divisionally (Facilities and Operations, Information Management, Human Resources, Business and Finance, Teaching and Learning Support, and School Leadership and Operational Support) and with the Board of Education-- to create an environment that fosters teaching and learning. New schools opening this coming August are:
Burnette Elementary School--3221 Burnette Road in Suwanee
Ferguson Elementary School
-- 1755 Centerview Drive in Duluth
Jenkins Elementary School
--12 Village Way in Lawrenceville
Roberts Elementary School
-- 251 Buford Highway in Suwanee
Anderson-Livsey Elementary School
--4521 Centerville Highway in Snellville
Grace Snell Middle School
-- 3800 Brushy Fork Road in Loganville
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
-- 970 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville
Lanier High School-- 918 Buford Highway in Buford

Report indicates award-winning School Nutrition Program in sound financial shape
The Gwinnett County Board of Education reviewed an end-of-year report for the School Nutrition Program. In sharing the report, Chief Financial Officer Rick Cost thanked Director Ken Yant and his staff, along with all local school staff members who have made the school district's program so successful. On average, the program served over 54,000 breakfasts and 124,000 lunches per day. This calculates to more than 9.2 million breakfasts and 22 million lunches served in Gwinnett cafeterias in 2009-10. The program's aggressive menu planning has resulted in high levels of participation in both programs. At the elementary school level, lunch participation reached 85%. Approximately 82% of middle schoolers participated in the lunch program. Breakfast participation increased slightly at both levels. Most impressive was the 4% increase in lunch participation at the high school level. All of this contributed to Gwinnett's stellar School Nutrition Program, one that has won numerous awards and is in a sound financial position.

Board continues updates to policies
The Board approved the following policy which had been tabled at its June meeting to allow for public input:
Policy IDCH- Dual Enrollment-- Staff recommended the title of this policy be changed from "Dual and Joint Enrollment Program." In addition, other changes approved align this policy with improvements in system processes and with mandates in state and/or federal law.