05/09/2002









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for May 9, 2002

          The following are highlights of the May 9, 2002, 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.

Gwinnett County Board of Education Adopts FY2003 Budget
The Board unanimously adopted the FY2003 budget in the expenditure amount of $1.2 billion ($1,202,488,875). This represents a 13.4% increase from the FY02 budget. Highlights of the adopted budget include: funding for approximately 900 growth positions, of which 636 are teachers; $8.4 million to fund elementary planning time for all regular classroom teachers in grades 1-5; more than $12 million to purchase new textbooks; continued support of the Reading Recovery Program; and $216.8 million in capital funding to pay for the aggressive classroom construction program currently underway.

The adoption of the FY03 budget comes after Board member budget work sessions (April 13 and 16) and two public hearings on the proposed budget (May 2 and May 9). This adoption of the FY2003 expenditure budget is being made without setting the maintenance and operations and debt service millage rates. School officials expect to set these millage rates on June 4, 2002. The FY03 budget year begins July 1, 2002.

School Board Adopts Instructional Materials
In compliance with GCPS’ Policy IFAA and the Georgia Department of Education Rule 160-4-1.12, the periodic program and instructional materials review was conducted in: Science, grades 3-5, piloted Spring 2002; Advanced Placement Human Geography and Advanced Placement World History, piloted 2001-2002; and high school Health, piloted 2001-2002. Health materials also were reviewed and approved by the Community Health Education Advisory Committee (CHEAC). The adopted materials are:
--Science, grades 3-5-- McGraw-Hill Science published by Macmillan/McGraw Hill
--AP World History-- World Civilizations by Stearns, published by Prentice Hall
--AP Human Geography-- Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space by Blij and Murphy, published by Wiley
--HS Health-- Choosing the Best Life-Abstinence Program materials
The total cost of this instructional materials adoption is $2,218,087.

2003-04 School Calendar Shared with Board
The school system will continue with a similar calendar for the 2003-04 school year with the addition of an optional teacher staff development day at the end of each nine-week grading period. This calendar continues to end first semester before winter break, a schedule that has been associated with gains in student achievement. In August 2003, school will begin Monday, August 11. The 2003-04 school year is scheduled to end on Tuesday, May 25, 2004.
Proposed FY04 Calendar - 5-3-02.lwp

Students and Staff Honored by School Board
--Board members commended sophomore Brian McKie of Brookwood HS who was recognized as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution State Special Olympian of the Year. Brian was on the gold medal Special Olympics basketball team and also played softball and soccer in the games. In his comments to the Board, Brian thanked his paraprofessional, Delinda Coffey, who also serves as his coach.
--Sarah Chasins, a 6th grader at Pinckneyville MS, was honored by the School Board for winning the American Mathematics Competitions Award. Sarah was the top-scoring student in the "6th grade and below category" of the competition, which identifies students with exceptional mathematical talent. She also has been named as a Georgia Merit Roll student. Assistant Principal Georgann Eaton introduced Claire Ellis, Sarah's math teacher, and commended her on her work to challenge students.
--The Gwinnett County Board of Education recognized Bryan Christian, a junior at Collins Hill HS, on his being named grand prize winner in Physical Science at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. As such, Bryan receives an all-expense-paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Louisville, Ky. Principal Coley Krug and CHHS Instructional Coordinator Gayle Adkinson praised Bryan on his project and described him as a "tremendous student."
--Senior Brokk Toggerson of Collins Hill HS was honored for his first-place finish in the 2002 Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in February. At the symposium, students present their research to a panel of judges comprised of scientists and peers. As the first place winner, Brokk received a $4,000 undergraduate tuition scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the National Symposium in San Diego. Ms. Adkinson described Brokk as a "treasure," and informed the Board that Brokk was headed to the University of Arizona.
--School Board members recognized Shinjinee Pathak, a sophomore at Meadowcreek HS, on being a state finalist for a study trip to Germany, planned by the American Association of Teachers of German. To be designated as a finalist, she had to achieve the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam, complete an application that included essays in both English and German, and attend an interview conducted in German. This year, more than 22,000 students nationwide took the National German Exam. Nineteen students from across Georgia were interviewed for the award.
--The Board recognized the Brookwood HS Academic Team and Coach Rick Barry for winning the Academic Team state championship. This is the school's seventh consecutive state championship in this event. Mr. Barry and seniors Andrew Moore, Lulu Zhao, and Anish Ghodadra accepted the recognition on behalf of the team's team members. Mr. Barry also introduced and thanked co-coach Nancy Neace and Booster Club President Fran Moore for their support.
--Carol Call, a health and physical education teacher at Collins Hill HS, was commended for the role she played in GCPS winning a Project Adventure 2002 Award for Program Excellence. Project Adventure is a ropes-course curriculum used in Gwinnett middle schools that promotes cooperation, communication, and problem-solving skills. Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of demonstrated excellence in program implementation and results, and for innovation that has helped advance the field of "Adventure Learning." Ms. Call offers her expertise and time to help the school system's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program manage the Adventure Programs.
--School Board members honored Donna Ahlswede of Collins Hill HS, who was named Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Science Teachers Association. Principal Coley Krug worked with Ms. Ahlswede at South Gwinnett and brought her with him to Collins Hill because he knew she could enhance the school's science program. Ms. Ahlswede was selected for this honor based on an application, examples of a teaching unit, and letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, parents of students, and students. As the state winner, she received a $1,200 cash prize.
--The Board of Education recognized teachers Anjela Bowers and Margaret Morris of Meadowcreek ES, on their school's HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) program selection as a National Exemplary HOSTS Site. Assistant Principal Barbara Ergle applauded the efforts of these teachers for the phenomenal job they do with students. Data from the program documents the positive effect the program is having on students-- increased attendance and fewer behavior issues.
--Also recognized for its nationally recognized HOSTS program was Lilburn MS. The Board commended Pam Webb, the school's reading specialist and HOSTS teacher, for the school's receipt of a National Exemplary Award for its HOSTS Mentoring Program. Principal Berry Simmons tipped his hat to Ms. Webb and gave her credit for the success of the program.
--Fifty-three GCPS students were recognized by the Board of Education for first and second place finishes in statewide technical education program competitions:
Shruti Desai of Brookwood HS, 1st place in Accounting II Advanced
Joshua Neidich of Norcross HS, 1st place in Marketing
Chris Davis of South Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Network Concepts & Cisco Network Academy (also received a special recognition from Cisco Systems)
Heather DeSimpelaere of South Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Insurance
Rena Patel and Lisa Jones of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Chapter Community Service Project Team Event
Kyle Jones and Ashley Williamson of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Financial Services Marketing Team Event
Lauren Anderson and Elizabeth Hanft of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Hospitality Marketing Team Event
Jason Coleman and Joseph Moralishvilli of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Sport and Entertainment Marketing Team
Katherine Fisher and Amber Noland of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Advertising Campaign Team
Maggie Hunter of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Fashion Merchandising
Chris Mitas of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Culinary Arts
Sergio Guerreiro of Collins Hill HS, 1st place in 3-D Computer Graphics
Chris Huber of Collins Hill HS, 1st place in Transportation Modeling
Bao To of Parkview HS, 1st place in 2003 Georgia TSA Pin Design
Jason Wallace, Bobby Thompson, and Zahir Patel of Parkview HS, 1st place in Cyberspace Pursuit Team
Phillip Whatley of Parkview HS, 1st place in Technical Sketching and Applications
Geoff Sosebee of South Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Architectural AutoCAD
Michael Christie of South Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Mechanical AutoCAD
Crystal Dickerson of Maxwell HS of Technology, 1st place in Criminal Justice
Josh Billo of Maxwell HS of Technology, 1st place in Advertising Design
Amanda Poss of Maxwell HS of Technology, 1st place in Preschool Teaching Assistant
Summer Chilton of Maxwell HS of Technology, 1st place in Basic Health Care Skills
Shayan Fazal of Berkmar HS, 2nd place in Future Business Leader
Komal Parikh of Collins Hill HS, 2nd place in Public Speaking
Jason Yancy and Derek Goodyear of South Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Network Design Team
Dana Russell, Andy Ball, and Sam Miller of South Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Multimedia Team
Michael Fischer of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Vehicles and Petroleum Marketing
Joseph Esteban of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Marketing Math
Trevor Howard of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Technical Sales Representative
David Ranney of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Marketing Decision Making
Leslie Kelsey and Ansley Bennett of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Travel and Tourism Marketing Team Event
Tushar Sampat and Justin Busby of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in E-Commerce Team Event
Hubert Tsai and Philip Wong of Collins Hill HS, 2nd place in Structural Engineering Team
Dirk Carey of Collins Hill HS, 2nd place in Technology Bowl Written Test
Phillip Whatley of Parkview HS, 2nd place in CAD Engineering
Phillip Whatley and Jimmy Hawkins of Parkview HS, 2nd place in Technology Problem Solving Team
Cole Dobson of South Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in 3-D Modeling CAD
Tyler Graf of South Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Systems Control Technology
Isabel Soto Negro of Maxwell HS of Technology, 2nd place in Nail Care.
--School Board members recognized the outstanding achievements of South Gwinnett HS teacher Charles Kachmar. This year, Mr. Kachmar has earned the following honors: National Technology Education Teacher of Excellence, Georgia Technology Education Teacher of Excellence and RadioShack Technology Teacher of the Year. In addition, he has developed a technical education program at his school that has been named both Georgia and a National Technology Education Program of Excellence.
-- Love Kimbrough, interim director of Special Education and Psychological Services, announced that GCPS' Office of Psychological Services earned the Georgia Association of School Psychologists' 2002 Innovative Practices Award. Gwinnett was cited for a number of outstanding practices including: the ability to meet the challenges of a large, diverse student body with training and expertise in the use of an extensive assessment battery which enables the staff to provide interventions for teachers; locally developed staff development sessions that provide special training to psychologists; the provision of more than 100 inservices to GCPS teachers; and the development of a comprehensive report format that has served as a model of other school systems.Coordinator Dale Carter introduced the following school psychologists who were in attendance: Karen Hodges, Laura Ryan, Dr. Claudia Dickerson, Dr. Leslie Talbot, Amy Davis, Chuck Cancilla, Rita Kelly, and Joe Serafin.

Board Approves Certificate of Completion for Richard Hull MS and Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES Additions
School Board members approved resolutions certifying that all bills have been paid on the Hull MS and Mason ES additions. This action is necessary to close the projects with the state, allowing GCPS to receive the final reimbursement check. Both of these projects were completed within budget.

Local Plan for Improving Vocational and Technical Education
The Board of Education approved this annual compliance document, which is used for budgetary information, assurances of compliance, and use of federal funds as allocated by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.

Board Works with Georgia Power to Prepare Site for Central Gwinnett Cluster Elementary School
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted a motion to grant an easement to Georgia Power Company for the construction and maintenance of power lines for the new Central Gwinnett Cluster elementary school. Georgia Power Company is quit-claiming 0.019 +/- acres to the Gwinnett County Board of Education in exchange for a power easement, consisting of 0.501 +/- acres, required to modify the existing power lines.

The following policies are recommended to be tabled until the June 20 Board Meeting:
--Policy JBCF - Admission--Gwinnett Technical College-- Staff is recommending minor changes to this policy including changing the name of the policy from “Admission--Gwinnett Technical Institute” to “Admission--Gwinnett Technical College.”
--Policy JBD - Attendance-- Staff is recommending changes to this policy to reflect current practice.
--Policy JBFB - Work-Based Learning-- Staff is recommending changes to this policy to comply with current State Board rules and to change the name from “Educational Release” to “Work-Based Learning.”
--Policy JCAAA - Title I, Parent Involvement-- Staff is recommending changes to this policy to comply with current practice and federal and state law.
--Policy JGFAA - Eye Protection-- Staff is recommending changes to this policy to change the terminology from “vocational, industrial arts” to “trades/industrials, technology education” as referenced in State Board rules.
--Policy JR - Student Records-- Staff is recommending changes to this policy to comply with current practice and to include a paragraph concerning “Directory Information.”
The following policies are recommended to be rescinded:
--Policy JAA - Equal Opportunities-- This information is already included in Policy GAAA entitled Equal Opportunity.
--Policy JK - Solicitation-- Staff is recommending the information contained in this policy be incorporated into a procedure and that the title be changed from “Solicitation” to “Fund Raising.”
--Policy JKA - Concession Rights-- Staff is recommending the information contained in this policy be incorporated into a procedure.

Information on leadership appointments approved by the Board will be sent in a subsequent e-mail at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10.