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Board Meeting Summary for 11/15/2018

Board Meeting Summary for 11/15/2018


 

The following are highlights of the November 15, 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, Dr. Robert McClure, and Louise Radloff. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
 

Board honors award-winning staff and students

- Board members congratulated Alex Robson of GIVE Center West on his recent recognition as the Georgia Association of Alternative Education's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. This honor is given to a teacher who represents the highest standards of the organization in teaching and service. In introducing Mr. Robson, Dr. Steve Flynt, associate superintendent for School Improvement and Operations, praised Mr. Robson, describing him as an exceptional teacher who inspires students and who plays an active role in the community, as well as his school. Mr. Robson has earned a number of professional honors, including previously being named Gwinnett's 2017 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Dr. Donna M. Bishop, principal of GIVE Center West, accompanied Mr. Robson to tonight's recognition.

- School Board members saluted the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) unit at Parkview HS on its recent recognition and tenth consecutive year being recognized as a Naval Honor School by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va. JROTC units are selected by the Area Commander for attaining the highest overall rating during the school year. Subsequently, these units earn the Naval Honor School designation. This designation is given to the top 20% of JROTC units in the nation in recognition of a unit’s exemplary performance during the area Commander’s inspection. The unit shows exemplary performance in drill competitions, community service, and marksmanship competitions. They also must demonstrate exemplary performance in unit administration, training, supply, facilities, armory management, cadet citizenship, school and community involvement, scholastic achievement, and extracurricular events according to Training and Education Command guidelines. Accompanying the cadets to tonight's meeting were Lt. Col. Sean Wilson, and Gunnery Sgt. and Marine Instructor David Erwin, USMC retired.

- The Gwinnett County Board of Education honored 38 schools named as 2018 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Operational Schools. Each year, the Georgia Department of Education recognizes schools and programs that have created and maintained a positive school climate through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavior support. Tonight's recognition acknowledges these schools' hard work and commitment to supporting students through the implementation of PBIS. Click here for a list of this year's PBIS Operational Schools.
 
- The Board joined CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and Gwinnett County Public Schools in honoring educators who had perfect attendance for 2017-18. During the November meeting, GCPS recognized the high school teachers with perfect attendance. Elementary and middle school teachers who did not miss a day of work last year were honored at last month's meeting. As part of the Teacher Attendance Recognition Program, the school system also honors the elementary, middle, and high schools with the highest teacher attendance rate, with the school with the highest overall teacher attendance rate awarded the Superintendent's Cup. Those honors go to Gwin Oaks ES, Dacula MS, and Mill Creek HS, with Gwin Oaks ES winning the Superintendent's Cup for the second consecutive year. The attached document includes the names of high school teachers recognized in the attendance recognition program tonight.

BOE approves GEMS recommendations
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted changes to the district's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum as recommended by the Gwinnett Educational Management System (GEMS) Oversight Committee. The GEMS Oversight Committee, which is comprised of educators, parents, and community members, met on November 1 to conduct its annual review of the AKS.

Brookwood HS Theatre to bear names of longtime program directors
School Board members accepted the request of the Brookwood HS Local School Council to name the school's theatre the Ken and Patty Lindahl Performing Arts Center in honor of the Lindahls, who served as the school's theatre directors for 30 years prior to their retirement. The duo produced and directed more than 200 plays and musicals and continue to serve the program and the students of Brookwood as volunteers. Examples of the Lindahls' accomplishments include founding Brookwood Summerstage, developing the Brookwood Performing Arts Camp in the 1980s (still serving the community today), teaching and mentoring numerous students who went on to pursue performing arts careers, being inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame, and directing and producing numerous award-winning productions.

Board of Education approves 2019 Legislative Program
Each year, the Gwinnett County Board of Education communicates with the Gwinnett Delegation of the General Assembly about those issues of critical importance to the funding and effective operation of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 2019 Legislative Program summarizes the continuing positions and state funding improvement requests the Board wishes to bring to the delegation for consideration in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. The Board adopted the 2019 Legislative Program as presented by the CEO/Superintendent.

Policy work continues
The following policy change was approved after being tabled for review at the October 2018 Monthly Business Meeting:
- Policy IDBA - Comprehensive School Health and P.E. Program Plan - Changes were made in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law. 
The following policy changes were tabled for further review and will be brought before the Board at its December 2018 Monthly Business Meeting:
- Policy DFL - Investment Earnings - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy DO - Property Disposal -  Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy FC - Facility Impact Statement Notification  - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy FGB - Site Acquisition (Disposal) - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy IDDD - Gifted Students - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy IHC - Gateway Assessment Policy - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy BAB - District Key Performance Indicators - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy BBABG - Business Systems Oversight - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy KC - Constituent Services - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy BAAC - Operational Accountability - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy BAAB - Academic Accountability - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GADB - Leadership Development - This new policy is proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
 
Citizens addressing the Board

- Jason Johnson
- Craig Lownes


 

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