03/21/2013









GCPS Board Meeting Summary for March 21, 2013

The following are highlights of the March 21, 2013, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Chairman Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman Daniel Seckinger, Dr. Robert McClure, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.


School Board honors students and schools
-- The Gwinnett Board of Education congratulated all 18 of Gwinnett's traditional high schools, as well as two Gwinnett charter schools, on their inclusion on the list of Georgia schools named as 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. In addition to being named an AP Honor School, several Gwinnett high schools earned recognition in more than one category.
Berkmar High and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology made the list in four of the five categories. In addition, GCPS' newest charter school, Gwinnett Online Campus, which opened in the fall of 2011, made the list the first time it qualified for the honor. AP honors reflect student achievement on and participation in college-level AP exams.

The 20 GCPS schools recognized as 2013 AP Honor Schools are:
AP Access and Support Schools:(Schools with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher)
Archer High; Berkmar High; Central Gwinnett High; Dacula High; Gwinnett Online Campus; Lanier High; Norcross High; and Shiloh High.

AP Challenge Schools:(Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies)
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

AP Merit Schools:(Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher)
Berkmar High; Brookwood High; Duluth High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; and Peachtree Ridge High

AP STEM Schools:(Schools with students testing in at least two AP mathematics courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics) and two AP science courses (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Computer Science)
Archer High; Berkmar High; Brookwood High; Central Gwinnett High; Collins Hill High; Dacula High; Duluth High; Grayson High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Lanier High; Meadowcreek High; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; Norcross High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; Peachtree Ridge High; Shiloh High; and South Gwinnett High

AP STEM Achievement Schools:(Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher)
Archer High; Berkmar High; Brookwood High; Central Gwinnett High; Collins Hill High; Dacula High; Duluth High; Grayson High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; Norcross High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; and Peachtree Ridge.

-- Board members saluted Brandon Hou, an orchestra student at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), on his recognition as concertmaster for the Georgia Music Educators Association's 2013 All-State Orchestra. This designation identifies Brandon as the number-one violinist in the state as he competed with 44 of the best high school violinists to earn this designation. Accompanying Brandon for tonight's recognition were Fine Arts Director Robert Andrews; Dr. Jeff Mathews, GSMST principal; and the school's Orchestra Director, Dr. David Richardson. Brandon entertained attendees at the Board meeting, earning a standing ovation for his performance.

-- The Board honored 14 students who earned 1st or 2nd place in the DECA state competition. DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. Through DECA, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ students have the opportunity to participate in leadership development activities and to compete in a variety of events. The students recognized tonight will represent GCPS at the International Career Development Conference, April 24-27, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. Click here for a complete list of these award-winning students.

-- Members of the Board also honored 10 students who placed 1st or 2nd in the Health Occupations Student Organization (HOSA) state competition. HOSA is a student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. At this competition, which was held March 6-8 in Athens, Ga., students in the Healthcare Science Program at Maxwell High School of Technology and at the Grayson High Technical Education Program competed for the opportunity to represent Georgia at the National Conference, June 26-29, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The following award-winning students, all from the Grayson High Technical Education Program, will advance to national competition:

Cristy Crowe, 1st place- National Recognition Project

Amanda Shaw, 1st place- Physical Therapy

Aimee Oyekan, 1st place- Vet Science

Alex Holther and Kayla Harrison, 2nd Place- CPR/First Aid

Asti White, 2nd Place- Physical Therapy

Cameron Arceneaux, Tierra Braddy, Jonathan Jacobs, and Payton Rutledge, 2nd Place- Public Health

-- The Board rounded out its recognition portion of the night, spotlighting the 16 students or groups of students who earned 1st or 2nd place in the state Technology Student Association (TSA) competition. TSA is an organization that provides opportunities for leadership in technology, innovation, design, and engineering through co-curricular activities and competitions. Gwinnett County Public Schools has 14 active TSA chapters in which more than 400 students participate. Students recognized tonight won 1st or 2nd place at the State Competition held on March 1 and 2 in Athens, Ga., and will have the opportunity to compete at the National TSA Conference, June 28–July 2, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Click here for the list of honored students.


Bid approved for new Berkmar/Central Cluster High School
The Board awarded the contract for the new Berkmar/Central Cluster High School to low-bidder Carroll Daniel Construction Company in the amount of $63,499,000. This school, which has not been officially named and does not have an attendance zone set yet, is part of the 2012-2017 building program.

Board approves recommendations of the GEMS Oversight Committee
The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the recommendations of the GEMS Oversight Committee. On March 7, 2013, the GEMS Oversight Committee convened for the 18th time. This committee-- comprised of school leaders, teachers, and community members-- reviewed and modified the school district's curriculum, preparing it for consideration by the CEO/superintendent and Board of Education. The school district's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum is fully aligned to the state's Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS), an alignment that will ensure Gwinnett students continue to be college- and career-ready.

Gwinnett recognizes service of BOE members
March is traditionally the month for acknowledging the service of school board members in Georgia. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks recognized the exemplary governance and public service exhibited by the five members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, presenting each Board member with a certificate in recognition of his or her service on behalf of the students, parents, employees, and citizens of Gwinnett County.

BOE members selected to attend GSBA functions
Board members designated District III Representative Dr. Mary Kay Murphy and District V Representative Louise Radloff to serve on the Governmental Operations Committee of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), representing GCPS at the Committee meetings. In addition, Dr. Murphy was selected to represent the Board at the 2013 GSBA Summer Conference and Delegate Assembly in Savannah. Mrs. Radloff was designated as an alternate delegate and will be attending the summer conference.