GCPS Board Meeting Summary for October 9, 2003

          The following are highlights of the October 9, 2003, 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 achievements of students
          -- School Board members congratulated Logan Weaver of J.P. McConnell MS on being named one of two of Georgia's "Promising Young Writers" by the National Council of Teachers of English. A total of 209 student writers were honored nationwide. Principal John Campbell noted that this is the seventh time in eight years that a McConnell MS student has earned this honor. Mr. Campbell introduced Logan, his parents, and teacher Nelie Poucher.
          -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education saluted school system teams for their support of Gwinnett County's Relay for Life effort. This past year's Relay raised a record amount of money for the American Cancer Society... and GCPS staff played a key role in this past year's fight against cancer. The school system fielded 253 teams raising more than $873,000, or 47% of the $1.8 million raised countywide. Special recognition went to employees Alma Thomas, Brenda Riddle, Joyce Smosny, Donna Redfern, and Chuck Fanshaw for their leadership in Relay. In addition, the Board honored the 32 teams listed below that raised more than $10,000.

          Team Name
          Amount Raised
          Berkeley Lake ES
          Bethesda ES
          Brookwood HS
          Brookwood ES
          Camp Creek ES and Mountain Park ES
          Cedar Hill ES
          Chattahoochee ES
          Collins Hill HS
          Creekland MS
          Dacula HS
          Five Forks MS
          Fort Daniel ES
          Freeman’s Mill ES
          Harbins ES
          R.D. Head ES
          Richard Hull MS
          Jackson ES
          Lanier MS
          Rebecca Minor ES
          Nesbit ES
          Norcross HS
          Riverside ES
          Rock Springs ES
          Shiloh MS
          Simpson ES
          Sugar Hill ES
          Suwanee ES
          Sweetwater MS
          K.E. Taylor ES
          Gwinnett Tech
          Transportation Dept.
          Lawrenceville West CDs

          Markham to lead Mill Creek HS
          As part of the monthly personnel report, School Board members approved the appointment of Jim Markham as principal of Mill Creek HS. Mr. Markham, currently the principal of Berkmar HS, will assume his new post in January 2004.

          Redistricting for four new schools set to begin
          Gwinnett County Public Schools has begun the process to set attendance boundaries for the four new schools yet to be redistricted in the current building program. These schools are Alcova, Charles Brant Chesney, Level Creek, and Margaret Winn Holt elementary schools. This redistricting process will not alter cluster lines; only shift the elementary school attendance zone boundaries within a cluster.

          The Board reviewed the draft boundary maps, which are available in schools. Parents of students who attend current Gwinnett schools that will make up the attendance areas of the new schools, employees, and citizens are invited to provide input. In addition to participating in parent and community meetings, interested citizens may provide input in writing or orally through November 10. The School Board also will hold public hearings November 18 and 20. The Board of Education plans to approve the attendance boundaries for the new schools at its December meeting.

          GCPS preparing legislative priorities for upcoming legislative session
          CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that the Board of Education will meet with Gwinnett legislators on November 19 to share the school system's legislative priorities for their consideration during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. The priorities will be finalized and presented to Board members for their approval at the November 13 meeting.

          Duluth HS gymnasium to be named in honor of Joe Marelle
          School Board members approved the request of the Duluth HS basketball booster club, local school council, and school administration that the new gym at Duluth HS be named in honor of Joe Marelle, who has served the Gwinnett community for more than 25 years. Mr. Marelle has served GCPS and Duluth HS as a teacher and the boys varsity basketball head coach for 19 years.

          Board approves delay of J.G. Dyer ES move from Collins Hill to Dacula
          In the 1998 cluster redistricting, it was determined that elementary, middle, and high school students in the J.G. Dyer ES attendance zone would move from the Collins Hill Cluster to the Dacula Cluster. At that time, it was anticipated that this change would take place in the fall of 2004. Based on current enrollment trends, Board members approved a delay of this change until the fall of 2007, when the addition at Dacula HS come online.

          In policy action...
          The following proposed policies were placed on the table for input until the November 13 Board meeting:
          -- Policy JAA - Equal Educational Opportunities-- It is recommended that the code and name of this policy be changed from JCAC-Accommodations for Students with Disabilities to JAA- Equal Educational Opportunities to match GSBA recommended standards. The information contained in JCAC has been incorporated into this policy.
          -- JCAC - Sexual Harassment-- It is proposed that the code JC be changed to JCAC to match GSBA recommended standards. The information from Policy JC-Sexual Harassment has been incorporated into this policy.
          -- JGF - Eye Protection-- Staff is recommending that the code JGFAA be changed to JGF. The information from Policy JGFAA-Eye Protection has been incorporated into this policy.
          Staff has recommended that the following policies be tabled and be rescinded at the November 13 Board Meeting:
          -- JBFB - Work-Based Learning-- Staff is recommending that the information contained in Policy JBFB be changed to a procedure with the same name “Work-Based Learning” and a new code P.JBFA.
          -- JC - Sexual Harassment-- The information contained in this policy has been incorporated into Policy JCAC- Sexual Harassment.
          -- JCAC - Accommodations for Students with Disabilities-- The Descriptor Code has been changed from JCAC to JAA and the name of the policy has been changed from “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities” to “Equal Educational Opportunities.”
          -- JCDAA - Smoking Discipline Policy-- The information from this policy is now contained in Policies JCD-Student Conduct Code and GAMA-Drug Free Workplace.
          -- JGFAA - Eye Protection-- The information contained in this policy has been incorporated into Policy JGF- Eye Protection.

          The School Board approved the following appointments at the Oct. 9 Board Meeting.

          Name-- Current Position
          New Position
          Jim Markham-- Principal, Berkmar HSPrincipal, Mill Creek HS
          Lauri Burton-- Administrative Assistant, Kanoheda ESAssistant Principal, Kanoheda ES
          Stephanie Cortellino-- Administrative Assistant, Pharr ESAssistant Principal, Pharr ES
          Jason Lane-- Administrative Assistant, Brookwood HSAssistant Principal, Brookwood HS
          Jodi Robinson-- Part-time Assistant Principal/Part-time Administrative Assistant, Brookwood HSAssistant Principal, Brookwood HS
          Kimberly M. Smith-- 1st Grade Teacher, Simonton ESAssistant Principal, Rebecca Minor ES
          Sharon Lawrence-- Counselor, J.P. McConnell MS and South Gwinnett HSAdministrative Assistant, J.P. McConnell MS
          Pamela McRae-- Administrative Assistant, Shiloh HSHalf-time Assistant Principal/Half-time Administrative Assistant, Shiloh HS
          Ramasamy Gounder-- ETL Specialist, Information ManagementDatabase Administrator, Information Management
          Wendy Metcalf-- Assistant Principal on Special Assignment, Online CampusDirector for School Technology Solutions, Information Management
          Dr. Sharon Thurman-- Associate Superintendent, Clay County Schools (Hayesville, N.C.)Special Education Coordinator, Early Childhood Program, Organizational Advancement
          Mr. Markham's appointment is effective January 1, 2004.

          In addition, the following organizational changes were presented to Board members for their information:
          Name-- Current Position
          New Position
          Twanitta Harris-- Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek HSAssistant Principal, Sweetwater MS
          Lisa Stueve-- Assistant Principal, South Gwinnett HSAssistant Principal on Special Assignment, Online Campus
          Jane Moser-- Half-time Special Education Teacher, Peachtree Ridge HSHalf-time Administrative Assistant, Peachtree Ridge HS