GCPS Board Meeting Summary for July 9, 2009

The following are highlights of the July 9, 2009, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Chairman Daniel D. Seckinger, Vice Chair Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Carole Boyce, Dr. Robert McClure, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.

Perfect attendance earns students Board recognition
-- The Board saluted Nolan Keatley of Collins Hill HS for his 13 years of perfect attendance during his K-12 academic career. Nolan-- along with 10 who were recognized at the June Board of Education meeting and three other students unable to attend a meeting-- accomplished what few do... attending 2,340 days of school without missing a single day. In addition to honoring Nolan, Board members commended his parents and family for their support.

Adult meal prices to increase 50 cents
The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a 50-cent increase in adult meal prices that will go into effect for the 2009-10 school year. Federal regulations state that adult meals should at least cover the full cost of producing the meal, including the value of USDA commodities. Last year's adult meal price of $2.50 did not cover the annual average full cost of producing a meal. Therefore, an increase in the adult meal price was required in order to remain in compliance with federal regulations. The cost of adult meals for the 2009-10 school year will be $3.

10 new facilities ready to open for 2009-10
Area Superintendent Calvin Watts provided Board members with an update on the opening of new schools for the coming year. The work to open nine new schools and one replacement school was a cross-divisional effort, involving Facilities and Operations, Information Management, Human Resources, Business and Finance, and Teaching and Learning. Mr. Watts also acknowledged the Board of Education and the new school communities for their support which allows for a successful opening of new schools. In his remarks, he explained that the physical completion of a new school facility is not an end, but simply a beginning.

New Facilities Opening August 2009
Archer High School
-- 2255 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville (Archer High School is a new high school opening in August 2009. The school will anchor the Archer Cluster, which includes feeder schools McConnell Middle, Cooper Elementary, Harbins Elementary, and Lovin Elementary.)
Mountain View High School
-- 2351 Sunny Hill Road in Lawrenceville (Mountain View High School is a new high school opening in August 2009. The school will anchor the Mountain View Cluster, which includes feeder schools Twin Rivers Middle, Dyer Elementary, Freeman's Mill Elementary, and Woodward Mill Elementary.)
Bay Creek Middle School
-- 821 Cooper Road in Grayson
Couch Middle School
-- 1777 Grayson Highway in Grayson
North Gwinnett Middle School
-- 170 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill
Twin Rivers Middle School
-- 2300 Braselton Highway in Buford
Starling Elementary School
-- 1725 Grayson Highway in Grayson
White Oak Elementary School
-- 6442 Suwanee Dam Road in Buford
Woodward Mill Elementary School-- 2020 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville
Dyer Elementary Replacement
(replacement school)-- 1707 Hurricane Shoals Road in Dacula.

School Board continues its policy work
As part of its ongoing policy work, the School Board tabled the following proposed policy changes until next month's meeting to allow for public input:
Policy BAA- Board's Theory of Action for Change to Improve Student Achievement-- It is proposed that the title of this policy be changed from "Board's Theory of Action for Student Achievement." Changes also are proposed to align it with improvements in system processes.
Policy BAAB- Academic Accountability-- The descriptor code for this policy is being changed from IA. Changes also have been proposed to this policy to align it with improvements in system processes.
Policy BAAC- Operational Accountability-- This proposed new policy has been created to ensure that a comprehensive operational accountability system is implemented that focuses on the standards, responsibilities, expectations, and consequences that apply to functional divisions in the achievement of district goals.