GCPS Board Meeting Summary for August 8, 2002

          The following are highlights of the August 8, 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.

          Special education staff share classroom and Gateway successes
          Gwinnett County Public Schools' special education staff work closely with regular education teachers throughout the year in an effort to better serve their students. In both the afternoon worksession and the regular meeting, Dr. Gordon Riffel, director of Special Education, provided the School Board with an overview of this relationship, as well as the work of special education staff in scoring and implementing teaching and learning strategies to help students learn the AKS. Special education teachers participate in the scoring of the Gateway assessment and have been an integral part of the Gateway leadership team of trainers and raters. Teachers Linda Bell of Grayson HS and Elaine Gouge of Dacula HS shared details on their involvement in the assessment process and how they employ Gateway learning strategies in their classroom and Individualized Education Plan development on an ongoing and consistent basis. Ms. Bell addressed the role of special education teachers and the critical role they play in their local schools and in the school system. Ms. Gouge outlined a number of the benefits special education students derive from the Gateway assessment. She reported that the Gateway test is a diagnostic tool that helps students develop their writing skills, provides feedback on student writing, and exposes students to additional critical thinking tasks. She also outlined some of the interventions available to students who are not initially successful on the Gateway or on Gateway-like assessments. In addition, Ms. Gouge shared assessment data, highlighting the success of Gwinnett's high school special education students on the Gateway test. The data showed that the vast majority of Gwinnett's special education students passed all portions of the Gateway on the first attempt.

          Board approves architect and accepts bids for new construction projects
          School Board members approved Stevens & Wilkinson of Georgia, Inc. as the architectural firm for the Trickum MS replacement facility. Bids also were accepted for the construction of the following projects: Grayson HS addition, Glenn C. Jones MS, Berkmar Cluster MS, South Gwinnett HS LAN cabling, Peachtree Ridge HS athletic facility, and Gwinnett Technical College ATC/Horticultural LAN cabling.

          Work continues on updating school system policies
          Executive Director of School Operations Alexis Kirijan provided Board of Education members with a report on the school system's progress in updating its policies. The school system continuously reviews it policies and procedures to ensure they comply with federal and state law and Georgia Board of Education rules. Ms. Kirijan commended School Board members for their constant attention to Board policy and the high standards they have set. Over the past two years, the Gwinnett County Board of Education has taken action on 134 policies due to changes in state law, changes in state Board of Education rules, and as part of the system's general maintenance procedure.

          The following policies, having been tabled since the School Board's July 11 meeting, were approved by the Board of Education:
          --Policy EBC - Data Access and Security-- Changes to this policy include the review of Data Access and Security procedures annually with staff.
          --Policy IFB - Acceptable Use of Electronic Media-- The name of this policy was changed from “Use of Electronic Media” to “Acceptable Use of Electronic Media.”
          --Policy JCD - Student Conduct Behavior Code-- The name of this policy was changed from “Student Discipline and Conduct Behavior Code” to “Student Conduct Behavior Code.” The revised policy also incorporates information contained in policies that were rescinded at the July 11 Board meeting.

          Citizens addressing the Board:
          Lee Goodwin
          Brian Spencer
          Joel Taylor

          The Board of Education also approved the following appointments:

          Name-- Current Position
          Dr. Judith Riffel
          Education to Careers Specialist for Illinois State University, Illinois State Department of Education
          Teacher on Special Assignment,
          Center for Educational Programs
          Phillip Davidson
          Administrative Assistant, South Gwinnett High
          Assistant Principal,
          South Gwinnett High
          James Rayford
          Manager, Georgia Industrial Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) Program, Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), Georgia Tech
          Assistant Principal,
          Lilburn Middle
          Lisa Vieira
          Teacher, Richard Hull Middle
          Assistant Principal,
          J.E. Richards Middle
          Michael Ashmore
          Assistant Principal, Clarke County Schools
          Administrative Assistant,
          Lilburn Middle
          Teresa Hagelthorn
          Teacher, Central Gwinnett High
          Administrative Assistant,
          Central Gwinnett High
          Angela Pacholke
          Teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary
          Administrative Assistant,
          Riverside Elementary
          Lisa Stueve
          Local School Technology Coordinator (LSTC), South Gwinnett High
          Half-time Assistant Principal/ Half-time LSTC,
          South Gwinnett High
          Dan Whitmire, Jr.
          Half-time Administrative Assistant/Half-time Teacher, Duluth High
          Half-time Assistant Principal/ Half-time Administrative Assistant,
          Duluth High
          Alain Schoeder
          Team Leader/IT Specialist, IBM
          Assistant Director,
          Application & Web Development, Information Management Division