The following are highlights of the October 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.
Gwinnett honors student and staff
- The Board saluted Fran Overdyke, a county school nurse, on her recognition as the Georgia Association of School Nurses 2017 School Nurse of the Year. Ms. Overdyke, a school nurse for 17 years, is the second Gwinnett County school nurse to win this honor in the last three years. In introducing her to the members of the School Board, Eric Thigpen, executive director of academic support, commended Ms. Overdyke on her commitment to children and her service to the schools that she serves. Ms. Overdyke was accompanied by Dr. Kimberly Bennett, GCPS director of health and social services; Jennifer Poole-Ross, GCPS' lead nurse; Pamela Jemerson, lead social worker; and members of the district's county nursing staff.
- Among the 125 school system teams participating in this year's Relay For Life, 24 school teams and three Central Office teams each raised $10,000 or more. The total amount raised by Gwinnett County Public Schools for the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life campaign was $888,769.91, more than 60% of the total funds ($1,500,537.41) raised in the Gwinnett Relay effort.
The following local school teams and Central Office teams were recognized:
North Gwinnett HS- $73,682.09, Norcross HS- $50,715.88, GCPS Transportation Department- $40,793, Riverside ES- $31,787.33, Peachtree Ridge HS- $22,061.75, J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center- $20,765, Puckett’s Mill ES- $20,087.24, Brookwood HS- $19,940.72, Mountain View HS- $19,191.33, Jackson ES- $18,854.85, Brookwood ES- $16,974.82, Bay Creek MS- $16,706.04, Division of Information Management and Technology CD's- $16,233, Couch MS- $14,555.42, Duncan Creek ES- $13,848.11, McConnell MS- $13,821.94, North Gwinnett MS- $13,395.32, Winn Holt ES and Oakland Meadow School- $ 13,394.93, Duluth HS- $ 13,229, Mill Creek HS- $13,088.48, Dacula ES- $12,866.31, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology- $12,309.02, Osborne MS- $12,150, Taylor ES- $11,004.45, Trickum MS- $10,747.70, Cooper ES- $10,060.03, and Twin Rivers MS- $10,024.83.
Board adopts FY2019 Budget Calendar
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted the calendar of activities and dates associated with the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) budget. This calendar was presented at last month's meeting to allow time for review. 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.
GCPS recognizes Constitution Week
Throughout the year, schools reflect on the Board's core beliefs through curriculum-embedded lessons that embrace civic engagement. During September, that emphasis centers around Constitution Week and Citizenship Day. Debbie Daniell, GCPS director of social studies, reviewed with the Board and its audience a number of the activities conducted by local schools during Constitution Week.
Policy work continues
The following policy changes were placed on the table to allow an opportunity for further review.
- Policy EBC-- Data Access and Security-- Changes have been made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Phyllis Blake