|Celebrating the success of Gwinnett public schools
J. Alvin Wilbanks
November 14-20 is American Education Week, a time to celebrate all that is right about our public schools. I am pleased that in Gwinnett, there is much to celebrate.
Our teachers and students are focused on teaching and learning. At a time when schools are faced with a number of challenges and distractions, we are sticking to our main business— delivering a quality and effective education for every student. That’s our obligation, and we readily accept it. There are many important services schools can and do provide— but first comes academic learning.
As a result, Gwinnett students are achieving at higher and higher levels. We’ve never enrolled more students or served a more diverse community of learners than our current 136,000 students. Yet academic achievement in GCPS keeps climbing. What we’re doing is working and we intend to get even better!
Additionally, our schools are safe and inviting places to learn. School safety and security are never taken for granted. Parents and students can be assured our eye is always on the ball when it comes to keeping schools safe and orderly.
Other reasons to celebrate include effective leadership and stellar management practices that support teaching and learning. A prime example… Gwinnett County Public Schools opened 10 new schools this year on-time and within-budget. On top of that, the school system transports more children each day than MARTA and serves more meals than many restaurant chains. We strive to provide quality, cost-effective service in these areas, never losing sight of our main business— teaching and learning.
This year’s American Education Week theme is “Celebrating the American Dream.” Thank you for supporting your local public school, our school system, and our students’ dreams. We share a joint commitment to help our students be the very best they can be. Working together, teachers, parents, and community members are making great public schools for every child. Great public schools and a world-class education—that’s our promise to you, and that’s our promise to every child.