Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

July 28, 2009, Vol. 7, No. 1 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Preparations underway
for 2009-10
Custodial staff are preparing every school for students 
Across the county, support staff are working together to prepare the system's 123 facilities for the Aug. 10 opening. Above, an Archer High custodian prepares a classroom for the first day of classes.
Click here to learn more about
back-to-school activities.

"This year, more Gwinnett schools made AYP than ever before. That is a testament to the work of our schools, especially the work of our teachers who ensure that students learn and are prepared for the the future. I am confident that as the achievement bar continues to rise, our schools will rise to the occasion, proving as they have this year that they are up to the challenge."

--J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
State cuts lead to staff furloughs in GCPS
On July 21, Gov. Sonny Perdue called for three furlough days for teachers and an additional 3% cut in education funding as part of his plan to address state budget shortfalls. In developing the furlough plan for Gwinnett, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the district sought to protect classroom days for students while considering the best interests of teachers and staff members. Click here to learn more about the three planned furlough days and click here for the updated staff calendar.

A new school year begins for GCPSGCPS to welcome students Aug. 10
Students will begin a new year in Gwinnett's classrooms on Monday, Aug. 10. What's new in GCPS for 2009-10?

  • Click here to learn more about 10 new facilities.
  • Click here for the 2009-10 student calendar.
  • Click here to meet leaders at new schools and in new locations. Several leaders pictured began leading new schools during the 2008-09 school year and 2009-10 will be their first full year as principal of the school.
  • New to Gwinnett? Click here for important information about school registration.

97% of Gwinnett schools make AYP  
The commitment to quality, continuous improvement, and effective teaching and learning is evident in GCPS. The state's accountability goals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law were met by 105 Gwinnett County schools. More schools are anticipated to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), based on summer results. Click here to learn more.

Last year, GCPS buses drove more than 24 million milesHere comes the bus!
On Friday, Aug. 7, look for GCPS buses during the morning commute and afternoon drive times when bus drivers will make limited practice runs on bus routes. Information about routes and bus stops is available at your student's school during registration activities.
Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors and News - Click here for more on scholars, GCPS' art and science honors, and GCPS' innovative Special Education and Psychological Services department.
  • Board news - Click here for news from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
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    2009 Gwinnett County Board of Education
     Daniel D. Seckinger, Chairman; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Robert McClure; and Louise Radloff. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks