03/11/1999









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for March 11, 1999

          Foreign Language, Language Arts, Fine Arts, and Social Studies Instructional Materials Adopted
          The Board of Education adopted instructional materials in the areas of language arts, grades 6-12; fine arts, grades k-12; social studies, grades kindergarten, readiness, 2, 3, 6-8, and Advanced Placement American Government and Comparative Government; and Modern Languages French and Spanish, levels IV, V, and Advanced Placement. The recommendation to adopt these core materials is in compliance with Gwinnett School Board policy and state rules. All programs under review followed the same procedure for review, pilot, and selection of materials to assure that the best materials for learning, interventions, and extensions were recommended to support student achievement. The materials review process also includes a period of public review. The total financial impact of the materials adoption is $15,686,086.

          Principals Named for Simpson and Bethesda Elementaries
          As of April 1, Shirley Millicans, currently an assistant principal at Beaver Ridge Elementary, will be the principal of Simpson Elementary. She succeeds Shirley Beard, who is retiring from the GCPS to take a position at the State Department of Education. Prior to joining the GCPS in 1989 as a teacher at Chattahoochee Elementary, Ms. Millicans worked for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. In 1990, she became the gifted program teacher at Bethesda Elementary. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Millicans served as assistant principal at Nesbit Elementary. She joined the staff of Beaver Ridge in 1996.
          Brenda Anderson, an assistant principal at Lilburn Middle since 1990, will be the principal of Bethesda Elementary next school year. Prior to joining the Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ms. Anderson worked for DeKalb County Schools, the St. Tammany Board of Education in Louisiana, and the Richton Separate Municipal School District in Mississippi. Her experience includes teaching elementary, middle school, and adult students.

          Amendment Approved to the GRS Plan Document
          The Board approved an amendment to the restated Gwinnett Retirement System Plan document. The amendment is an inflationary adjustment that will increase the wage base for GRS benefit calculations. The amendment will allow GRS to adjust the earnings of current active employees from years 1983 to 1995 to equal their 1996 earnings. So, if you are an employee who worked here in 1983, GRS will increase the salary base for that year up to what it would have been for 1996.

          Revision to Policy on Advisory Committees Tabled for Further Review
          The proposed revision to Policy BBF- Advisory Committees was tabled by the Board. The proposed revision requires each school to have a decision-making entity comprised of internal and external audiences.

          Board Affirms Committee to Review Standards for Local Boards of Education
          Gwinnett's School Board voted in December to endorse the Georgia School Boards Association's "Standards for Local Boards of Education." A committee to review the standards locally was named by the Board, in accordance with the GSBA guidelines. Board member Dr. Robert McClure will chair the committee, which will include Board member Dan Seckinger, citizens Denise Jones and Woody Woodruff, Executive Director to the Superintendent Steve Spellman, and Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks, who will serve as secretary to the committee.