The following are highlights of the June 21, 2018, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE). Board members present included Chairman Carole C. Boyce, Vice Chairman Daniel D. Seckinger, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
Board salutes staff, students, and schools on recent honors
- School Board members recognized six graduating seniors on their 13 years of perfect school attendance (grades K-12). The honorees were Christianah Tayo Olukoju of Archer High School, Eric James Steedle of Brookwood High School, Binisha Jitendra Patel of Collins Hill High School, Daniel Libese Wekesa of Mill Creek High School, Danielle Tori Ruland of North Gwinnett High School, and Calvin Carlos Schuren Perdigao of Parkview High School.
- The Board of Education honored Lanier High School, recently named a 2018 National Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The 46 schools selected for this designation were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Dr. Christopher Martin, principal, received the Board's congratulations for the environmental accomplishments of his school community.
- The Gwinnett County Board of Education congratulated the North Gwinnett High School Girls Golf Team as Georgia's 2018 AAAAAAA State Champions. This is the program's first state title. Accompanying the members of the team were Principal Nathan Ballantine, Activities Director Matt Champitto, and Head Coach John Payne.
- Parkview High School's Boys Track and Field Team was honored by the School Board for earning the title of 2018 AAAAAAA State Champions. This is Parkview's second track title for the boys team. Principal David Smith, Activities Director Nick Gast, and Head Coach Matt Henson accompanied the team for its board recognition.
- Board members recognized members of the Gwinnett HEAT Adapted Sports Football Team for their winning season as 2018 State Champions. The Gwinnett HEAT team was undefeated this year in wheelchair football. This is the team's fourth state championship since 2008. This year marks the program's 10th anniversary. In the last decade, the HEAT has participated in 23 championship games in the three program sports-- wheelchair handball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair football. Adapted Sports Coordinator Mike Phillips and the team's coaches-- Head Coach Len Boudreaux and Assistant Coaches Lynnette Swanson and Dain Weigle-- accompanied the team.
GCPS approves renewal for two charter schools
The Board of Education renewed the charter for two existing charter schools:
- The board approved a five-year charter renewal for New Life Academy of Excellence. This was the third renewal for the school, which is located in Duluth. New Life, a charter school in GCPS since 2006, offers grades K-8.
- North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, a GCPS charter school since 2014, is renewing its charter for the first time. The Board approved a one-year charter renewal for the school. The North Metro campus in Norcross serves students in grades K-5.
The current charters for both schools are effective through June 30, 2019. The new charters begin on July 1, 2019.
Policy work continues
The following policy change was approved Staff recommended that normal protocol be set aside and this policy be approved rather than placed on the table for review
- Policy JCD - Student Conduct Behavior Code-- Changes were made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Renee Taylor
- Gabriela Nguena Jones