GCPS Board Meeting Summary for February 9, 2006

The following are highlights of the February 9, 2006, 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.

Board recognizes students, teachers, and schools
-- The Gwinnett County Board of Education recognized Mark Collins, a teacher at Freeman's Mill ES, for his seven years of service on the Gwinnett Retirement System Administrative Committee.
-- Glenn Burrows of Mill Creek HS was honored on his receipt of the Georgia Teacher Excellence Award from the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). According to Jody Reeves, director of technical education and computer science, Mr. Burrows was selected for this honor because of his dedication to education, teaching excellence, and his forward-thinking ideas about technology's role in his students' lives. Principal Jim Markham touted Mr. Burrows' accomplishments and the exceptional job he does at Mill Creek. Mr. Burrows will receive the award at the ITEA's 68th annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday, March 24, 2006.
-- School Board members applauded the Mill Creek HS Technology Student Association Team on its 1st place finish in the state's BEST Robotics Competition. The BEST engineering competition brings students together as they work through the design and problem-solving process to solve a simulated problem with real-life considerations. Given limited time and resources, students develop a robotic solution to meet specific needs. The team also won the "Most Robust" award for the robot's durability, as well as the "Most Elegant" award for the robotic design. The Mill Creek team beat out more than 20 other teams to win the gold medal. This is the school's first state championship. Team members include John Beasley, Jeff Burleson, Kevin Dixon, Matthew Giardiana, Sawyer Hubbard, Corbin Klett, Scott Lockwood, Kishan Patel, Robert Sewell, Cameron Skuza, Casey Smock, Daniel Van Beek, Martin Vaughan, and Maurice Williams.
-- The Board honored its teachers who recently earned certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. GCPS’ newest Board-certified teachers are Jenna Abney of Duncan Creek ES, Donna Ahlswede of Collins Hill HS, Amanda Allen of Harbins ES, Cindy Beebe of Brookwood ES, Allison Bishop of Norcross HS, Kimberly Casey of Lanier MS, Shelley Churchill-Boggs of Collins Hill HS, Dr. Connie Davis of Lilburn MS, Carrie Doker of Sugar Hill ES, Suzanne Elder of Alton C. Crews MS, Mark Erb of Central Gwinnett HS, April Gann of Collins Hill HS, Beth Granger of Benefield ES, Lori Guidi of Summerour MS, Barbara Guillory of Duluth MS, Anne Haddox of J.P. McConnell MS, Laura Herbig of Collins Hill HS, Carol Morgan Jordan of Mill Creek HS, Janice Justice of Maxwell HS of Technology, Marisa Kana of Grayson ES, Dr. Susan Kramer of Peachtree Ridge HS, Abby Lockhart of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, Donna Malcom of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, Jill Melancon of Norcross HS, Dotty Moore of Phoenix HS, Susan Oates of Glenn C. Jones MS, Jan Parker of Alton C. Crews MS, Jim Reason of Duluth HS, Kathy Risch of Sugar Hill ES, Dr. Staci Roth of Parkview HS, Donna Rothell of South Gwinnett HS, Evelyn Schneider of Arcado ES, Todd Shultz of Phoenix HS, Kristin Smetzer of Collins Hill HS, Dawn Smith of Centerville ES, Marian Stalvey of Frank N. Osborne MS, Terry Starner of Duncan Creek ES, Sue Tavernier of Dacula ES, Julie Treadwell of Sugar Hill ES, Kristy Verdi of Walnut Grove ES, Kathy Wallace of Frank N. Osborne MS, Doreen Williams of Shiloh MS, Lori Wimmer of J.E. Richards MS, and Sherry Wooten of Duluth MS.

Gwinnett proclaims appreciation to the PTA
In observance of the National PTA's founding 109 years ago this month, the School Board adopted a proclamation stating its appreciation for the PTA as a valued partner in Gwinnett County Public Schools' quest to become a system of world-class schools. In doing so, the Board acknowledged the Gwinnett PTA Council and the local school units for their work as advocates for children, families, and public education in Gwinnett County. The Board of Education officially proclaimed February 17, 2006, as PTA Day in Gwinnett County Public Schools. School Board members thanked Valerie McClendon (State PTA District 12 Director),Jennifer Cook (Gwinnett PTA Council Treasurer), and the PTA membership for their continued support of Gwinnett schoolchildren.

Summer school dates, sites, and administrators set
Annually, Gwinnett County Public Schools holds an academic summer session for students. Dates, sites, and locations for the 2006 summer session include:
Elementary School
Dates: June 20-July 12 (holidays July 3 and 4)
Locations: Gwinnett elementary students on academic contracts have the opportunity to benefit from a summer school program, conducted at each GCPS elementary school, with a few exceptions. Students attending approximately six elementary schools will participate in programs at other schools due to planned summer construction at their regular campus.
Summer School Administrators: Celia Thompson of Jackson ES and Yvette Rodney of Meadowcreek ES
Middle School
Dates: June 20-July 12 (holidays July 3 and 4)
Locations: All middle schools except Shiloh MS and Trickum MS. Shiloh MS students will attend a session at Shiloh ES, while Trickum MS students will attend the session at Five Forks MS.
Summer School Administrator: Donna Scott (GIVE Center)
High School
Dates: June 7-July 12 (holidays July 3 and 4)
Locations: Brookwood, Collins Hill, and Norcross high schools
Summer School Administrator: Dr. Linda Williams (Grayson)

Fine Arts/Technical Education/Computer Science instructional materials adopted
In compliance with county policy and state rules, Gwinnett County Public Schools has conducted a program and instructional materials review in the areas of Fine Arts (grades K-12), and Technical Education, Computer Science, and Apprenticeship (grades 6-12). All of the adopted materials were selected by a teacher review committee, based on support of the grade-level Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum, and the materials were piloted in classrooms during Fall 2005. In the Fine Arts area, the total projected budget for the materials adoption, including professional learning for teachers is $5,104,353. The total for fully implementing the adoption of Technical Education, Computer Science and Apprenticeship programs is $11,807,933.

Board begins steps to establish a systemwide educational foundation
The School Board adopted a resolution and the preliminary Articles of Incorporation associated with the establishment of a systemwide educational foundation for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, Inc., is being organized exclusively for educational purposes that support and/or enhance the instructional programs, services, and opportunities available to students in the school system. These first steps taken by the Board of Education at this meeting will benefit schools and students in every cluster in the organization.

Board continues update of policies
The Board tabled the following policies in order to receive public input on it prior to the March Board meeting.
- Policy DI– Accounting and Reporting and Policy IHF-- Graduation Requirements-- Proposed changes align the policies with improvements in system processes.

Citizens and groups addressing the board
-- Susan Dietz and Dr. Barbara Wilson, Gwinnett County Association of Educators