The following are highlights of the October 15, 2015, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Board members present included Chairman Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman Dr. Robert McClure, Carole Boyce, Daniel Seckinger, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
Board of Education honors students and staff
-- Three Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers were honored for their recent recognition as “Art Educators of the Year” by the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA). Amber Arnold of Level Creek Elementary School is the 2015 Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Linn Zamora of Summerour Middle School is the 2015 Middle Level Art Educator of the Year. And Kathleen Jackson of Central Gwinnett High School was awarded the overall state title of 2015 Art Educator of the Year. The principals of the three award-winning teachers shared highlights of the teachers' individual careers, including the many contributions they each make to their schools and to educating young people in the visual arts.
-- The Board of Education recognized the 123 GCPS teams that participated in the American Cancer Society's 2015 Relay for Life fundraiser. School system teams have been a major contributor to this cause, with the total amount raised by Gwinnett County Public Schools this past year coming in at $1,155,832.28. This represents 63% of the total amount ($1,836,581.09) raised in Gwinnett County. Representatives from the American Cancer Society joined School Board members in saluting the 31 school teams and three central office teams that raised $10,000 or more. Those teams and the amount they collected include the following: North Gwinnett HS- $141,746.64, GCPS Transportation- $68,073.33, Norcross HS- $67,601.48, Mill Creek HS- $40,067.35, Riverside ES- $40,000.01, Peachtree Ridge HS- $32,930.51, GCPS ISC- $25,655, Brookwood HS- $21,990.49, Berkmar HS- $16,816.68, Puckett's Mill ES- $16,101.21, Shiloh MS- $15,034.03, Collins Hill HS- $14,965.18, McConnell MS- $14,814.67, Jackson ES- $14,417.70, Couch MS- $13,502.70, Nesbit ES- $13,467.82, Brookwood ES- $13,211.98, Dacula ES- $13,082.13, Pinckneyville MS- $12,523.43, Mason ES- $12,508.59, Creekland MS- $12,205.57, GCPS IMD CD's- $12,095, Snellville MS- $12,094.82, Osborne MS- $11,831.63, McKendree ES- $11,733.75, Taylor ES- $11,399.96, Bay Creek MS- $11,187.47, Trickum MS- $11,140.96, Duncan Creek ES- $11,105.37, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology- $10,969.80, Lanier HS- $10,502.76, Crews MS- $10,295.89, Twin Rivers MS- $10,123.85, and Oakland Meadow-Winn Holt ES- $10,000.09.
-- As part of the Relay for Life portion of the night, the American Cancer Society made a special presentation, naming CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks as its South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society Superintendent of the Year. This award recognizes Mr. Wilbanks for his commitment, leadership, and support in the fight against cancer.
BOE adopts FY2017 Budget Calendar
The Board of Education (BOE) adopted the FY2017 Budget Calendar, reserving certain critical dates relating to the FY2017 budget process. This adoption of the budget calendar will allow ample time to lock in those dates. The state requires a new budget be adopted each year prior to July 1. However, for operational purposes, GCPS adopts a new budget by the regular Board meeting date in May. Key dates in the process include:
- March 26, 2016 - Board budget work session (Saturday)
- April 12, 2016 - Board budget work session; adoption of tentative budget; (Area Board Meeting – District III – Duluth HS)
- May 5 and May 8, 2016 - Publish budget advertisement in newspaper
- May 12, 2016 - First Public Hearing on Budget
- May 19, 2016 - Second Public Budget Hearing; Final Budget Adoption; and Adoption of Tentative millage rate
- June TBD, 2016 – Final Adoption of millage rate
School Board authorizes members to represent Gwinnett at Georgia School Boards Association conference
The annual conference of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) is attended by school board members statewide. This conference provides learning opportunities for Board members on topics including student achievement, strategic waivers school systems, and education law. During tonight's meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education authorized Board members to attend the 2015 GSBA/GSSA annual conference in Atlanta, set for December 3-5, 2015.