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Board Meeting Summary for 08/17/2017

Board Meeting Summary for 08/17/2017


The following are highlights of the August 17, 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.

 
Gwinnett honors student and staff
- The Board saluted students and teams that placed 1st and 2nd in competitions sponsored by the Georgia Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) and Future Problem Solving Program, International, Inc.  FPSP provides multiple opportunities to engage students in problem-solving, including global issues problem-solving, community problem-solving, scenario writing, and action-based problem-solving. Students or teams compete in one of three divisions: junior division, grades 4-6; middle division, grades 7-9; and senior division, grades 10-12. Each year, FPSP topics are selected from three strands: business and economics, science and technology, and social and political issues. Using both primary and secondary resources, students conduct research on selected topics and then use the six-step problem-solving model to address the problem or need area. Norcross HS' Angela Lau and a team from Norcross HS comprised of students Jessica Cmiel, Chloe Pak, Lindsay Rogers, and Milla Skocik placed 1st in the international competition. Click here for a list of all 1st and 2nd place winners at both the state and international levels.

- Board members honored nine GCPS high school students (representing GSMST, Collins Hill, and Mountain View high schools) who were recognized as "Best in Category" and "Grand Award Winners" at the 2017 Georgia Science and Engineering State Fair. The Georgia Science and Engineering Fair is an annual competition featuring the research of middle and high school students in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Students qualify for the state competition by placing at the Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair. Click here for a listing of these top award winners and the events in which they were honored.

- The Board of Education recognized Meadowcreek HS and its principal, Dr. Tommy Welch, on receipt of an "Outstanding High Schools That Work Site Award" and "Outstanding High Schools That Work Administrator Award" from the Southern Regional Education Board. High Schools That Work is the nation’s largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers. Led by Dr. Welch, Meadowcreek has increased focus on career and technical education by redesigning assignments around projects that often involve both academic and career pathway classes.

Board approves amendment to construction contract for new high school in the Meadowcreek Cluster
At its April 20, 2017, meeting School Board members approved a contract for the construction of the new Meadowcreek Cluster Theme High School, which is slated to open in 2019. The construction manager, Evergreen Construction, competitively bid the foundation package, which includes building footings, slabs, walls, sidewalks, and concrete pavement. At tonight's meeting, that bid, in the amount of $2,825,178, was submitted to and approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Education as Amendment #2 to the construction contract. With the approval of this amendment, the total approved construction cost of the Meadowcreek Cluster Theme High School project to date is $7,431,118.00, which is within the GCPS project budget.

BOE authorizes sale of 52 Gwinnett Drive property
The Gwinnett School Board authorized the CEO/Superintendent to sell the building and property located at 52 Gwinnett Drive in Lawrenceville to the City of Lawrenceville for $1,600,000.

Policies tabled for review
The following proposed policy changes have been placed on the table until the September 14, 2017, to provide an opportunity for further review.
- Policy EGAC- Employee Benefits-- Proposed changes have been made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRI- Personal Leave-- Changes have been made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRIG-- Family and Medical Leave Act-- Changes have been made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRIA-- Judicial, Military Duty, and Religious Leave-- This policy is proposed to be rescinded due to incorporation into an existing policy.
- Policy GBRIC-- Leave of Absence-- This new policy has been created to develop system guidance.
- Policy GBRID- Extended Leave of Absence-- This new policy has been created to develop system guidance.

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