GCPS Board Meeting Summary for October 14, 2004

The following are highlights of the October 14, 2004, 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.

School Board honors students earning perfect scores on college-admissions exams
-- The Gwinnett County Board of Education honored seven students who earned perfect scores on the SAT I and ACT college-admissions exams. Gwinnett students earning a perfect 1600 on the SAT I included Joseph Song of Brookwood HS, Ginger Tanton of Collins Hill HS, Shuo Zhang of Duluth HS, Lucas Bermudez and Saranya Selvaraj of Parkview HS, and Sarah Richards of South Gwinnett HS. James Ren of Parkview HS was honored for his perfect score of 36 on the ACT. Each student was introduced by his or her school principal who shared the student's academic and personal accomplishments.

Board prepares legislative priorities for the upcoming session
Each year, the Gwinnett County Board of Education communicates with members of the Gwinnett Delegation to the General Assembly those issues that are critical in improving the impact of educational programs. The school system's priorities for the upcoming session have been drafted and will be finalized and presented to School Board members for their approval at the November 11 meeting. Board members will present the approved legislative priorities to Gwinnett legislators at a breakfast meeting on November 30.

School Board continues work to update policies
The following proposed policy revisions were placed on the table for review until the November 11, 2004, Board meeting:
-- Policy BBF - School Councils-- Minor changes are suggested to reflect current legislation.
-- Policy IDDD - Gifted Students-- Minor changes are suggested to comply with current practice.
-- Policy IEDA - Unstructured Break Time-- This proposed new policy complies with new requirements in state law. A major provision of HB1190 provides that by January 1, 2005, each local board of education shall establish written policies allowing or prohibiting unstructured break time for elementary and middle school students. This proposed policy reflects the system's current practice of allowing local school principals to make decisions regarding length, frequency, timing, and location of breaks.

Gwinnett BOE members discuss upcoming Georgia School Boards Association events
Board members appointed District II Representative Dan Seckinger to serve as their representative on GSBA’s Legislative Liaison Network and to attend the Advocacy Workshop in Dublin, Georgia, on December 13, 2004. Additionally, the Board authorized its members to attend the annual statewide conference of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association in Atlanta, Georgia, to be held on December 2-4, 2004.

Citizens and groups addressing the Board
Parent Team (Sweetwater MS)