The following are highlights of the September 14, 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 students and staff
- The Board saluted the South Gwinnett High School JROTC Comet Battalion which recently earned the highest commendation level that an Army JROTC unit can receive. The unit was named an "Honor Unit with Distinction" after inspectors from the Sixth Brigade of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah gave it an overall score of 95.8 out of 100. This inspection and honor assesses and validates the growth and compliance of the program. The accreditation consists of a cadet continuous improvement briefing, cadet service learning project, drill ceremony, and portfolio interviews by cadets and instructors. Accompanying cadets for the School Board recognition were Principal Monique Lee, Assistant Principal Stanley Burney, Senior JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler, Jr., and JROTC Instructor SFC LaKentra Smith.
- The School Board congratulated four Parkview High School students on their 2nd place finish at the 2017 National Technology Student Association Conference. The conference, held June 21-25, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, gave students the opportunity to participate in competitions related to engineering and technology and to share new skills and ideas that can be used in future learning competitions. Parkview's winning students and the events in which they were honored are Thuy Pham who finished 2nd in Photographic Technology and the team comprised of students Emily Nguyen, Frank Tang, and Daniel Webb who placed 2nd in VEX Robotics. The students were accompanied by their TSA Advisor and Teacher Terry Cotton, and Principal David Smith.
- Board members honored seven Gwinnett high schools with programs that recently earned industry certification. An “Industry Certified” program represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction. Industry certification provides many benefits for the students, the school, and the community. Most importantly, certification shows that a program is contributing to the development of a highly skilled future workforce. Schools that pursue industry certification receive a special grant provided by the Georgia Legislature and are certified for a five-year period. Gwinnett's newest industry-certified programs and the teachers who lead them are:
- Brookwood High School earned Marketing Industry Certification, Teacher Cindy Quinlan
- Duluth High School earned Engineering Industry Certification, Teacher Jonathan Roy
- Meadowcreek High School earned Audio, Video, Technology, and Film (AVTF) Industry Certification, Teacher Nancy Khashan
- Mill Creek High School earned Marketing Industry Certification, Teacher Faith Davenport
- North Gwinnett High School earned Marketing Industry Certification, Teachers Dr. Jacqueline Huffman and Lauren Kucera
- Peachtree Ridge High School earned Marketing Industry Certification, Teachers Nicole Lassiter and Byron Mulkey
- Shiloh High School earned Engineering Industry Certification, Teacher Camelia Calvert
Vulcan Materials presents check to Meadowcreek Cluster schools
For the second year in a row, Vulcan Materials Company hosted its Quarry Crusher Run and has donated the proceeds to three schools in the Meadowcreek Cluster-- Meadowcreek High School, Radloff Middle School, and Meadowcreek Elementary School. This year's race was held on May 6, 2017. The event drew 704 runners who participated in the race, with volunteer support from Meadowcreek students. Vulcan Materials and Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) presented the proceeds--$17,673.40-- to the three schools. Attendees for the check presentation included Shawn Greenway, Plant Manager, Norcross Quarry, Vulcan; Carol Landrum, HR Manager, Vulcan; Nate Peters, Operations Trainee, Norcross Quarry, Vulcan; Marsha Bomar, Executive Director, Gwinnett Village CID; Kelly Herndon, Executive Director, GCPS Foundation Fund; Dr. Tommy Welch, Principal, Meadowcreek High School; Lynnette Aponte, Community Outreach Specialist, Meadowcreek High School; Dr. Sarah Skinner, Principal, Radloff Middle School; and Laurie Gardner, Principal, Meadowcreek Elementary School.
Board reviews FY2019 Budget Calendar
The Gwinnett County Board of Education reviewed the proposed calendar of activities and dates associated with the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) budget. Key dates include:
- March 24, 2018- Budget Work Session;
- April 12, 2018- Board Budget Work Session and Adoption of Tentative Budget;
- May 10, 2018- First Public Budget Hearing; and
- May 17, 2018- Second Public Budget Hearing/Final Budget Adoption/Adoption of Tentative Millage Rate.
The budget development calendar will be presented for approval at the October 19, 2017, Board Meeting.
Policy work continues
The following policy changes were approved having been placed on the table at last month's meeting to provide an opportunity for further review.
- Policy EGAC-- Employee Benefits-- 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 was 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.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Gabriela Maduro Salvareey
- Kallebe Gerais
- Jesse Chen