GCPS Board Meeting Summary for November 18, 2010

The following are highlights of the November 18, 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.

Community joins Gwinnett County Public Schools in celebrating Broad Prize win
As part of this month's meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education hosted a community celebration of the school district's recent recognition as the 2010 winner of The Broad Prize for Urban Education. Representatives from every school-- teachers, students, parents, and administrators-- attended the gathering, along with members of the business community and local and state leaders. The agenda featured Bay Creek MS Teacher Dr. Tim Mullen, Parkview HS Teacher and Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Steve Kuninsky, and Shiloh HS Principal Dr. Gwen Tatum. Among those congratulating the school system on this achievement were State Representative Tom Rice, Georgia's School Superintendent-Elect Dr. John Barge, and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. In addition, Governor Sonny Perdue issued a commendation to the school system on its Broad Prize win. Gwinnett County Public Schools expresses its appreciation to The Broad Foundation for fully funding this community celebration.

BOE acknowledged as exemplary in Digital School Districts Survey
The Gwinnett County Board of Education shared a certificate it received acknowledging Gwinnett County Public Schools' ranking among the top 10 large districts in the 2010 Digital School Districts Survey. The Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association, and Converge Online conduct this annual "Digital School Districts Survey." The survey showcases exemplary school boards and districts and their use of technology to govern the district; to communicate with students, parents, and the community; and to improve district operations. In the category for large school districts (15,000 students or more), Gwinnett County Public Schools was ranked sixth in the nation on the 2010 survey. Districts ranking in the top 10 in each size category are the ones judged to have demonstrated the fullest implementation of technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as presented in the survey questions.

Board member to attend NSBA conference
School Board members approved for District V Board member Louise Radloff to attend the National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network Conference in Washington, D.C., on February 6-8. Mrs. Radloff clarified that she is attending one day of the conference at the request of a recently elected official.

Board continues updates to policies
The Board approved the following policies which had been tabled at the October meeting to allow for public input:
Policy GBBA- Use of Force-- This new policy reflects improvements in system processes.
Policy LEC- Volunteer Organizations (Booster Clubs, PTAs and Foundations)-- This new policy reflects improvements in system processes.

Citizens addressing the Board
Cheryl Larsen
Patty Spurlin
Karen Etheridge
Ernie Johnston
Penny Poole
Chris Medcalf