GCPS Board Meeting Summary for September 9, 2004

The following are highlights of the September 9, 2004, 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.

School Board honors Shiloh HS Air Force Junior ROTC
-- The Gwinnett County Board of Education honored Chief Master Sergeant Thomas J. Held of Shiloh HS on his designation as 2003-04 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Outstanding Instructor. Through the years, Chief Held has had a positive impact on the cadets, school, and community. Dr. Bill Kruskamp, Shiloh HS principal, commended the students and staff involved in the JROTC program. Dr. Kruskamp reviewed the program's success since it began in 1989. He applauded Chief Held, saying "He is so much more to Shiloh High than just an ROTC instructor. He serves as a role model for all students."
-- Board members also honored the Shiloh Air Force Junior ROTC Unit GA-871 on winning the state's Distinguished Unit Award for Academic Year 2003-04. The Distinguished Unit Award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the school and community. The award is limited to the top 20% of our nation's 744 Air Force Junior ROTC Units. CMSgt. Thomas Held was accompanied by Major Lourdes Trujillo and Cadet 2nd Lt. Steven Orf.

Board members receive update on JROTC program
Associate Superintendent Emmett Lawson provided an overview of the JROTC programs currently in place in Gwinnett high schools. North Gwinnett HS offers an Air Force Junior ROTC program, serving 90 students. Duluth High offers a Navy Junior ROTC program, serving 106 students. Shiloh HS' award-winning Air Force Junior ROTC program serves 125 students. Parkview HS offers a Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, serving 86 students. The mission of JROTC programs is to build better and more productive citizens. Cadet 2nd Lt. Steven Orf, involved in JROTC since 7th grade, addressed the Board of Education, sharing his experiences. "For me," he said, "Junior ROTC means pride... pride in my school, pride in my community, and pride in the United States of America. It's invaluable... It has inspired many kids."

Protocol for placing AEDs in schools reviewed
School Board members reviewed the protocol approved last spring that allows Gwinnett schools to pursue the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). J.G. Dyer ES and Jackson ES were the first schools to obtain AEDs. To date, the following schools have submitted all the necessary documentation to purchase AED units: Riverside ES, Simpson ES, Mountain Park ES, Camp Creek ES, J.C. Magill ES, Fort Daniel ES, J.P. McConnell MS, Creekland MS, Alton C. Crews MS, Collins Hill HS, Dacula HS, and Brookwood HS. The following schools have submitted purchase orders, but are waiting on training dates for staff to be completed: Alcova ES, R.L. Norton ES, Duncan Creek ES, and Norcross HS.

FY2006 Budget Development Calendar approved
Each year, the School Board reserves critical dates relating to the development of the next year's budget. Key budget dates for FY2006 include:
Feb. 11, 2005-- Central Office budget managers submit proposed budget requests
Feb. 21-23, 2005-- Superintendent and Cabinet meet to discuss FY2006 requests
March 10, 2005-- Meet with Teachers Advisory Committee to hear budget suggestions
March 30-April 1, 2005-- Superintendent's Recommended budget to Board
April 16, 2005-- Board budget work session
April 19, 2005-- Board budget work session and adoption of tentative budget
April 25, 2005-- Copies of tentative budget available for public
May 5, 2005-- First public hearing on budget
May 12, 2005-- Second public hearing and final adoption

School Board continues work to update policies
The following policy revision was approved, having been placed on the table at the August 12, 2004, Board meeting:
-- Policy JDF - School Admission of Suspended or Expelled Students-- The approved changes reflect current legislation.