GCPS Board Meeting Summary for November 9, 2006

The following are highlights of the November 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 and staff members
-- The School Board honored Maya Moore of Collins Hill HS on being named the 2006 Naismith Trophy for National Female High School Basketball Player of the Year. The Naismith Prep Player of the Year award was established in 1987 to honor the nation's best male and female high school players for basketball. A nationwide poll of prep basketball analysts, key members of the media, college and high school coaches assist the Atlanta Tipoff Club in selecting a winner. It is the most prestigious national award presented annually to a female high school basketball player and this marks only the second time a junior has earned this national honor. In introducing Maya, Coach Tracey Tipton said, "As great a player and athlete she is... she's a greater person."
-- Board members saluted McConnell MS 6th grade teachers Celisa Edwards and Jayne Lawson on a recent national recognition. They are one of three teaching teams from across the United States that the National Middle School Association (NMSA) named as “Teams That Make A Difference." The unique "Star Trek" teaching style of these teachers both amazes and interests middle school students. These teachers are masters at keeping the students actively involved in the AKS-based lessons. Ms. Edwards and Ms. Lawson will present a session "To Boldly Go" at the NMSA conference in Nashville on November 3.
-- The Governor's Office of Student Achievement, in collaboration with the Governor's Office and the Georgia Department of Education, recognized 269 Georgia schools for improving and promoting excellence in student achievement. Award-winning schools received banners and certificates based on the following two categories: "Greatest Gain" in meeting and exceeding academic standards, or "Highest Percentage" of students meeting and exceeding academic standards. The four area levels include: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The 2006 Single Statewide Accountability System School Awards were awarded to the 26 GCPS schools named below.
Greatest Gain:
Beaver Ridge ES (Bronze), Creekland MS (Platinum), Dacula MS (Platinum), Richard Hull MS (Platinum), Lanier MS (Platinum) and J. P. McConnell MS (Platinum)
Highest Percentage:
Brookwood ES (Gold), Brookwood HS (Bronze), Camp Creek ES (Silver), Craig ES (Gold), Alton C. Crews MS (Silver), Dacula ES (Bronze), Duncan Creek ES (Silver), Fort Daniel ES (Bronze), Freeman's Mill ES (Bronze), R.D. Head ES (Gold), Knight ES (Silver), Level Creek ES (Bronze), North Gwinnett HS (Silver), Frank N. Osborne MS (Bronze), Parkview HS (Bronze), Parsons ES (Gold), Riverside ES (Gold), Simpson ES (Platinum), Suwanee ES (Silver), and Walnut Grove ES (Bronze).

Principal Steve Flynt to serve on Gwinnett Retirement System Administrative Committee
The Board of Education appointed Dr. Steve Flynt, principal at Peachtree Ridge HS, to serve on the Gwinnett Retirement System Plan Administrative Committee. The Gwinnett Retirement System (GRS) is directed by a nine-person committee. The Chief Financial Officer and the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources serve as permanent members of this committee. The other seven members serve seven-year rotating terms. The committee consists of three teachers, one local school administrator, one classified employee, one retiree, and one position of any classification covered by the GRS plan.

Redistricting process begins for three new elementary schools set to open in August 2007
In August 2007, Gwinnett County Public Schools will open three new elementary schools. During the Board's workshop, staff members reviewed the system's redistricting process which has begun in the areas that will make up these new elementary school communities. The new schools and the existing schools involved in the redistricting include:
Mulberry ES-- to be formed from areas of Dacula ES
Lovin ES-- to be formed from areas of Cooper ES and Grayson ES
Patrick ES-- to be formed from areas of Harmony ES and Ivy Creek ES
The system's redistricting process is an inclusive one that allows GCPS to gather input from educators, parents, and community members on the proposed district line revisions. The draft Boundary recommendations, which will be available in the affected schools on Friday, November 10, were drawn using information about current enrollment, enrollment forecasts, enrollment history, existing identifiable boundaries, the locations of the schools, and student transportation.

Charter school application denied
The Encore Arts and Leadership Academy (EALA) submitted a start-up charter school application to Gwinnett County Public Schools on Monday, October 2, 2006. The Board of Education unanimously voted to deny this application due to several points of the application that conflict with charter school law. These points included:
- The application stated that audition is required for all students which conflicts with the charter school law.
- Student achievement goals are lower than those required by the state in terms of adequate yearly progress.
- The application allows ten percent of students to reside outside of Gwinnett County Public Schools, another conflict with charter school law.
- The location for the school had not been determined at the time the application was submitted.

Gwinnett County Board of Education adopts legislative priorities
Each year the Gwinnett County Board of Education communicates with the Gwinnett Delegation to the General Assembly those issues of critical importance to the funding and effective operation of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 2007 Legislative Program summarizes the continuing positions and state funding improvement requests that Board wishes to bring to the delegation for consideration in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. A copy of the legislative priorities will be posted on the school system's Web site and will be shared with the Gwinnett Delegation later this month.

Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Agreement approved
The Board of Education approved an agreement regarding the system's foundation. The agreement outlined that the Foundation will support programs approved by the Board, as well as how the Foundation will spend its funds.

Board approves resolution regarding a property assemblage
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted a resolution making official the settlement on the price of a parcel of land the Board had previously agreed to purchase.

Board members to attend Federal Relations Network Conference
The Board of Education authorized District III Board Representative Dr. Mary Kay Murphy and District V Board Representative Louise Radloff to represent Board members at the 2007 National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network Conference in Washington, DC, from January 28-30, 2007.

Board continues work revising policies
The following policy revision was approved having been on the table for review since the October Board meeting:
- Policy IFB Acceptable Use of Electronic Media-- Changes have been made to this policy to align it with improvement in system processes.