The following are highlights of the December 15, 2016, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE). Board members present included Chairman Dr. Robert McClure, Vice Chairman Louise Radloff, Carole Boyce, Daniel Seckinger, and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
Board members recognize Parkview students and teacher for Foreign Language honors
- The Board saluted Sergio Haab of Parkview High School for winning a pedagogical exchange service study trip from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). For more than 50 years, the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Foreign Office and its Pedagogical Exchange Service, has provided the study trip awards. During the three- to four-week trip to Germany, students attend classes at an academic high school, stay in homestays, and participate in various excursions to places of cultural significance. Students must score in the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam and have a minimum of a B average to be eligible to receive the award. Sergio was accompanied tonight by Principal David Smith and his teacher, Sanja Knezovic.
- Parkview High School Student Isabella Hernandez and Ms. Knezovic, her teacher, were honored by the Board of Education on their 1st place finishes in the Kennesaw State University German Poetry Contest. This contest is for learners of German, both students and adults, across the state. The topic of the poetry contest was "German in the U.S." Isabella took top honors in the Level 2 competition in which approximately 200 poems were submitted from high school and college students. Ms. Knezovic, a teacher at Parkview, won the Professional Level division of the contest which includes adult professionals and German teachers.
School Board approves partnership with county government to provide firefighter training tower
The Board of Education approved an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County for a firefighter training tower to be built at Maxwell High School of Technology. The school system and county have agreed to this joint venture to provide the tower on the Maxwell campus for use by both Gwinnett County Fire Services and the Fire and Emergency Services program at the school. Gwinnett County and GCPS will coordinate the design, construction, use, and maintenance of this training tower. The total project cost for the design, purchase, and construction of the tower is $600,000. Gwinnett County will be responsible for all costs up to $530,000, and the school system will be responsible for any remaining costs over that amount up to the total project cost. The school district’s portion of the costs will be funded from the 2012-2017 Building Program budget.
BOE approves Strategic Initiatives and Priorities
Each year, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks presents for Board approval the GCPS Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for the next five-year period. The list of Initiatives and Priorities is compiled based on the strategic direction for the school district established by the Board of Education and CEO/Superintendent, as well as input from a number of staff and community stakeholders. The list is updated every year and extended for another year forward. It is the basis for the annual evaluation of the CEO/Superintendent. Tonight's action addressed the GCPS Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for FY2017-FY2021. The initiatives are Leadership Development, Compensation and Evaluation Systems, Transforming Teaching and Learning for Increased Student Achievement, and Raising Achievement... Closing the Achievement Gap. The district's priorities focus on Student Achievement, Communication and Civic Engagement, Accountability-- Academic and Operational, and Governance and Leadership.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Patrick Houlihan
- Sarah Welch