The following are highlights of the January 19, 2017, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE). Board members present included Chairman Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman Carole Boyce, Daniel Seckinger, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, and Dr. Robert McClure. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
Board attends to annual business at first meeting of 2017
January is the month for the Gwinnett County Board of Education to elect its officers for the new calendar year. As the first order of business, Louise Radloff, who represents District V, was elected chairman for 2017. Carole Boyce, District I representative, was elected vice chairman for 2017. In accordance with policy, the School Board reaffirmed its policies, designated the Gwinnett Daily Post as the official media organ for the school system, and approved retaining the services of Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira, P.C. as its legal counsel. In addition, Board members approved the meeting schedule for 2017. Adopted School Board meeting dates remaining in 2017 include February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 27, August 17, September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 21. The proposed date for the first meeting in 2018 would be January 18.
Board members join Walton EMC in saluting innovative school projects
Greg Brooks of Walton EMC attended this month's meeting to salute Gwinnett teachers who received grants through the company's School Empowerment Grant Program. In December, the utility company awarded 62 grants to teachers at 30 schools in its service area. Georgia law allows EMCs to distribute unclaimed refunds to educational or community development entities after all attempts to locate the owners of the refunds have been exhausted. In its inaugural year, the program distributed $302,015 to area schools, nine of which are part of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The nine Gwinnett schools, receiving 13 grants totaling $98,526.60, are:
- Anderson-Livsey ES - $2,325, "Creating an ALES Makerspace"
- Brookwood HS - $17,500, "Integrated Entrepreneurship Program"
- Brookwood ES - $15,309.65, "Success with iPad Engagement"
- Five Forks MS - $10,593.95, "Enhancing STEM Through Google Expeditions"; $5,800, "Collaborative, Project-Based Learning 1:1 Google Chromebooks"; and $3,200, "Full STEAM Ahead"
- Norton ES - $9,138, "STEM/Robotics Room"
- McConnell MS - $3,750, "Georgia Connect and Beyond"
- Mountain Park ES - $21,500, "1-to-1"
- Parkview HS - $410, "Special Education Life Skill Training Equipment"; $3,500, "Chromebooks for Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students"; and $3,500, "Chromebooks for Special Education Students with Special Needs"
- Shiloh HS - $2,000, "Shiloh Life Skill Lab Remodeling"
School Board approves participation in the Georgia 3Rs Project
The Georgia Rights, Responsibility, and Respect Project (Georgia 3Rs) was launched in June 2016 by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. The intent of the project is to create demonstration models of religious literacy and religious liberty in three Georgia public school districts, representing urban, suburban, and rural communities. The project is grounded in the nation's constitutional commitment to religious liberty as an inalienable right guaranteed by the First Amendment; the civic responsibility of citizens to guard that right for all others, including those with whom they disagree; and the respect necessary for civil discourse across differences in religion and belief. Gwinnett County Public Schools was invited to participate as the urban school district representative and at tonight's meeting the Board of Education approved the district's participation in the Georgia 3Rs Project.
School Board honors Dr. Robert McClure for service as 2016 Chairman
The Board annually recognizes and thanks the outgoing chairman for his or her leadership and service during the year. Dr. Robert McClure was acknowledged during the meeting for his service as the 2016 chairman. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that each of the high schools in Dr. McClure's Board district will receive books for their media center in honor of Dr. McClure's service.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Jason Bass
- Kevin Cates
- Gregg Kennard
- Sarah Welch
- Sandi Wilbourn