GCPS Board Meeting Summary for February 11, 1999

          PTA and GCPS Employees Earn Board Recognition
          • In appreciation of the Parent-Teacher Association's support of Gwinnett County Public Schools and the organization's work as an advocate for children, the Board of Education proclaimed February 17, 1999, the 102nd anniversary of the National PTA's founding, as PTA Day in Gwinnett County Public Schools. PTA Council Co-Presidents Marilyn Walker and Karen Throckmorton were on hand to accept the proclamation and address the Board.
          • The Board honored Central Gwinnett High teacher Lila Adair for being named by the American Physical Society as its Distinguished Physics Teacher for Georgia. In addition, Ms. Adair was recognized for being named to the executive board of the American Association of Physics Teachers and for being chosen by the group as one of 50 educators nationwide to serve as a Physics Teaching Resource Agent.
          • Board members presented retiring Associate Superintendent David Crews with a "Resolution of Distinguished Service" in commemoration of his exemplary service to the school system. Mr. Crews joined the school system in 1978 and has dedicated most of his professional career to the citizens and students of the school system. Mr. Crews saluted the Board and his colleagues in the school system, commenting that "when you are a winning team, a team that excels, it isn't hard to look good!" He leaves the school system at the end of the month and will join the Georgia Baptist Convention as its chief financial officer.

            Contract with MRESA Renewed
            The Board approved a motion to renew its annual contract with the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (MRESA). Membership in MRESA is consistent with the state plan for school systems to work through a regional network on issues. The cost of membership in the coming year will be $19,136. MRESA serves as a regional advocate and coordinator for state educational programs; funds salaries for the majority of the staff at our two North Metro Centers-- Hooper Renwick and Bethesda; is the sole source for staff development training for the GLEI and GTEP; is affiliated with the Georgia Learning Resources System and provides access to teacher resources; facilitates administrative function groups at the regional level (finance directors, legislative liaisons, technology directors, etc.); and offers staff development courses for ESOL and foreign language certification that are not always offered by GCPS.

            Revision to Policy IHF- Graduation Requirements Approved, Policy on Advisory Committees Tabled
            The proposed revision to the Graduation Requirements policy was approved by the Board. The revision reflects recent revisions in the State Board of Education's policy. It specifically adds fine arts courses as acceptable state electives. In new business, the Board tabled a proposed revision to Policy BBF- Advisory Committees. The proposed revision requires each school to have a decision-making entity comprised of internal and external audiences.

            Recap of NSBA Session in the Nation's Capital
            Board member Louise Radloff represented the Gwinnett County Board of Education at the National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network in Washington, DC. She briefed the Board on her visits with Georgia's Congressmen and Senators and the discussions they had on critical legislative issues such as vouchers, school construction, and special education. Mrs. Radloff said she sensed an openness on the part of the lawmakers to hear about the issues from the perspective of local school systems.

            Read Across America Day Promoted by GCAE
            On behalf of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, Diane Lockwood addressed the Board during the public forum about a Read Across America Program that encourages adults to read aloud to children. She invited the Board to join in celebrating "Read Across America" on March 2.