Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

May 22, 2008, Vol. 5, No. 12 
GCPS Seen & Heard
The Monarch School's Relay For Life fundraiser is a sweet success
Dr. Martin gets a sweet topping
Dr. Barbara Martin, principal of Monarch School, experiences the sweet reward of supporting a worthy cause as she becomes a Human Sundae for the school's Relay For Life fundraising effort. Click here to see more delicious scenes from the event.

"Gwinnett's Theory of Action is called Managed
Performance/Empowerment. At its heart is the Board's belief that Gwinnett County Public Schools must manage for performance... within flexible parameters that balance accountability with empowerment, according to the needs and performance of individual schools."

--J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the Theory of Action in Mr. Wilbanks' Area Board Meeting presentation.
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Cap and diplomaSystem celebrates
the Class of 2008 
Congratulations to nearly 8,500 students on track to graduate from Gwinnett's 16 high schools in graduation ceremonies this week. Check out the following statistics about GCPS' largest class yet:
  • 89% of expected 2008 graduates report plans to attend college or postsecondary school.
  • Graduating seniors have been offered more than $88 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships, not including HOPE.
  • A record 27 military academy appointments account for more than $7.4 million in scholarships.

    Click here to learn more about the Class of 2008, here to meet the top students from each school, and here for tips to help your graduate make a smooth transition to college.

  • GCPS earns top bond rating
    GCPS has received the highest possible bond rating (AAA) from the nation's two leading rating agencies, evidence of the district's stellar financial stewardship. Gwinnett was the first system in Georgia to earn this financial distinction, and remains the only large system in the nation to have a triple-A rating. Additionally, it is one of only five districts nationwide to hold the triple-A rating from both Moody's Investment Services and Standard & Poor's. Click here to learn more.
    Board approves budget, bonds
  • The Board of Education adopted the Fiscal Year 2009 budget on May 8. At $1.859 billion, the budget reflects an increase of 5.5% over the previous year's budget, with nearly 76% of the operating budget devoted to instruction. Click here for the adopted budget.
  •  In the next step in the budget process, the Board tentatively approved a millage rate of 19.25 mills for maintenance and operations and 1.30 mils for debt service. The millage will be finalized on June 9, following three public hearings, set for 7 p.m. on June 2, and 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 9. The three meetings will be held in the Board Room at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. Click here to learn more.
  • The good news about GCPS' bond ratings translates into more money available to build classrooms. In February, voters authorized the Board to issue bonds to cover school construction, technology, and land purchases. At the May 8 meeting, the Board approved the pricing and issuance of Series 2008 bonds. The favorable bond ratings mean the lowest possible interest rates for the bonds issued.
  • Helping hands working together GCPS partnerships  strengthen learning  communities
     Community support makes a huge  difference in Gwinnett County Public  Schools. From the Principal For a Day  event to the work of the PTA and contributions of community leaders, our school district and its students benefit from key community relationships. In the most recent community newsletter, we highlighted some of these partnerships. Click here for a PDF of the spring issue of Communiqué , here for the main Communiqué Connection page, and here for related online resources.
    GCPS makes learning online easyIt's time... Summer school registration  
    GCPS offers high school students two ways to learn for credit during the summer... with one easy way to register. Students can register online for both face-to-face summer school classes and the summer session of Gwinnett County Online Campus. Click here for more on high school summer school classes, including information for rising 9th graders, and here for online high school summer school registration.
    Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors - Click here for more on award-winning student teams, the system's top custodians and drivers, scholarship winners, rising leaders, teaching honors, STARs, and more.
  • News You Can Use - Click here to see a weekly wrap-up of activities and learning activities happening around the system.
  • Board news - Click here to learn more from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
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    2008 Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Carole Boyce, Chairman; Daniel D. Seckinger, Vice Chairman;
    Dr. Robert McClure; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Louise Radloff. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks