GCPS Board Meeting Summary for September 11, 2003

          The following are highlights of the September 11, 2003, 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 achievements of students
          -- Social Studies Coordinator Debbie Daniell joined Duluth HS Assistant Principal Brook Whitmire in saluting Geography Teacher Geri Flanary and her students. Duluth HS students Lauren Lei, Brett Vigil, Erin Winter, Emily Zavodny, Caitlin Burns, Sarah Kervin, Martin Minschwaner, Ashley Farmer, Aravind Krishnan, Wen Lin, James McGehee, Donald Southerland, and David Wu were honored for their top-scoring performances in the National Geography Challenge. This team of students had the highest combined score in the state and the third highest score in the nation. This is the third year Duluth HS students have participated in the competition. Sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education, the Challenge requires students to take an exam that tests their knowledge of world geography. The honored students, 9th graders last year, were top scorers at their school. Their results were compiled to make a team score to represent Duluth HS.
          -- Dr. Frances Davis, chief human resources officer, introduced Gwinnett Federal Credit Union (GFCU) President Marshall Boutwell. Mr. Boutwell spoke of the credit union's support of GCPS and its students. Last year, GFCU awarded $20,000 in scholarships, and this year, the amount totaled $22,500. Human Resources Director Kelly Herndon provided School Board members with background on this year's Louise Radloff Scholarship winner, Jean Lee, a Duluth HS graduate who now attends Emory University. Ms. Lee, the first recipient of this $1,500 scholarship, was recognized for overcoming cultural and language obstacles and for her burning desire to continue her education.
          In addition to honoring Ms. Lee, Mr. Boutwell made a presentation to School Board members on behalf of GFCU, honoring their service, achievements, and many contributions to society. Longtime Board Member Louise Radloff, for whom the scholarship was named, was given special recognition for her commitment to the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools.

          FY2005 budget development calendar approved
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted its Fiscal Year 2005 budget development calendar. Among the key dates included in the calendar are:
            December 15, 2003-February 13, 2004-- Program managers begin development of department budgets.
            February 4, March 3, April 14, and May 5, 2004-- Brief principals and receive input.
            February 25-27, 2004-- Superintendent and Cabinet review budget requests.
            March 11, 2004-- Meet with teacher organizations and Teachers Advisory Committee to hear budget development suggestions.
            April 17, 2004-- Board holds budget work session.
            April 20, 2004-- Board holds budget work session and adoption of tentative budget.
            April 21, 2004-- Copies of Superintendent's Recommended budget available to public.
            April 25 & May 2, 2004-- Recommended budget published in the newspaper.
            May 6, 2004-- First public hearing on budget scheduled.
            May 13, 2004-- Second public hearing and final adoption of the budget.
          Redistricting for four new schools set to begin
          Gwinnett County Public Schools soon will begin the process to set attendance boundaries for the four new schools yet to be redistricted in the current building program. These schools are Alcova, Charles Brant Chesney, Level Creek, and Margaret Winn Holt elementary schools. This redistricting process will not alter cluster lines; only shift the elementary school attendance zone boundaries within a cluster.

          The redistricting timeline calls for draft boundary maps to arrive in schools on October 3. At that time, parents of students who attend current Gwinnett schools that will make up the attendance areas of the new schools will get information about how to provide input in the redistricting process. Parents, employees, and citizens may participate in parent and community meetings, provide written and oral input, and attend School Board public hearings on the issue. The Board of Education plans to approve the attendance boundaries for the new schools at its December meeting.

          Gwinnett Technical College lease amended to provide additional classroom space
          The School Board approved an amendment to its current lease, allowing the lease of an additional 19,320 square-feet of space from Gwinnett Industries and 223 parking spaces for use by the Adult Education Program. The space will include 17 classrooms for the instruction of English as a Second Language. There will be no financial impact to the Gwinnett County Board of Education as the costs for this lease will be funded through supplementary appropriations from the state Department of Technical and Adult Education.

          Board approves recertification of compliance with GSBA standards
          The Gwinnett County Board of Education recertified its compliance with the Standards for a Local Board of Education, as developed and recommended by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). The standards address six areas: Vision/Philosophy/Goals, Board Organization, Board Operations, Board's Role in Personnel Operations, Board/Staff/Community Relations, and Board Continuous Improvement Development. GSBA developed the standards as a tool for local Boards of Education to use in documenting accountability, short-term and long-term planning, and a focus on student achievement.

          Shiloh field named in honor of former coach/athletic director
          The Gwinnett School Board approved the request of Shiloh High’s School Council and school administrators to name the field in the Shiloh Community Stadium in honor of former Shiloh football coach and athletic director Charlie Jordan. School and community leaders felt this was an appropriate way to recognize Mr. Jordan and his efforts to organize the volunteer effort that built the stadium. Shiloh High will formally dedicate the field as part of its homecoming and 20th year celebration on October 17.

          In policy action...
          The following policy revisions, tabled at the August School Board meeting, were adopted:
          Policy IDCB - Community School Program-- The name and code of this policy was changed from IDD-Private Instruction to IDCB -Community School Program to match GSBA suggested standards.
          Policy IDFA - Gender Equity in Sports-- The code of this policy changed from JAB to IDFA to match GSBA suggested standards.
          Policy IGB - Student Support Team-- The code of this policy changed from IEIA to IGB to match GSBA suggested standards. Information contained in the policy remains the same.
          The following policies were rescinded, having been tabled since the August meeting:
          Policy IA - Philosophy-- The information in Policy IB is reflective of current instructional goals.
          Policy IDD - Private Instruction-- Information is contained in Policy IDCB - Community School Program.
          Policy IEIA - Student Support Team-- Information is contained in Policy IGB - Student Support Team.
          Policy JAB - Gender Equity in Sports-- Information is contained in Policy IDFA - Gender Equity in Sports.

          Citizens and groups addressing the Board
          Sheri Russo
          Jeff Little

          The School Board approved the following appointments at the Sept. 11 Board Meeting.
          Name-- Current Position
          New Position
          Margaret Coulter-- EIP Reading Intervention Teacher, Duncan Creek ESAssistant Principal, Duncan Creek ES
          Mary Richardson-Blackwell-- Administrative Assistant, Pinckneyville MSAssistant Principal, Pinckneyville MS
          Pam Valrie-- Assistant Principal, Akron (Ohio) Public School DistrictAssistant Principal, Lilburn MS
          Priscilla McHam-- Second Grade Teacher, Shiloh ESAdministrative Assistant, Simonton ES
          Clenda Scales-- Sixth Grade Teacher, Summerour MSAdministrative Assistant, Trickum MS
          Kathleen Pourchier-- Assistant Principal on Special Assignment, Department of Student Accountability, Assessment, and AdvisementDirector of Assessment, Division of Organizational Advancement
          Charles Truett-- Physical Education and Health Teacher and Basketball Coach, Creekland MSCoordinator of Health and Physical Education, Division of Organizational Advancement
          Dr. Dianne Moore-- Lead Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Adaptive PE programsSpecial Education Coordinator, Division of Organizational Advancement
          Mary Butts-- Accountant, Department of School Nutrition ProgramsAdministrative Coordinator, Department of School Nutrition Programs
          Peter Wilson-- Business Development Manager, Gilbert Southern Corporation, Peachtree CityContracts Engineer, Division of Facilities and Operations