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Board Meeting Summary for 12/20/2018

Board Meeting Summary for 12/20/2018


 

The following are highlights of the December 20, 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 celebrates service of outgoing members and welcomes new members

Prior to the evening meeting, members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education joined educators, staff, and community members in a celebration of service recognizing outgoing Board of Education members Daniel D. Seckinger and Dr. Robert McClure. The two public servants did not seek re-election this year, wrapping up 24 years of service as School Board members. During the program and reception honoring them, both Mr. Seckinger, who represents District II, and Dr. McClure, who represents District IV, shared their pride in having been a part of this successful school system and thanked the teachers and others who give of themselves each and every day to serve the children of Gwinnett.

Following the reception and before the start of the 7 p.m. meeting, Judge Christopher Ballar delivered the oath of office to incoming School Board members Everton Blair, Jr. and Steven B. Knudsen, who will represent districts IV and II, respectively. Mr. Knudsen and Mr. Blair will officially take on their duties beginning in January. 

BOE approves names for two new high schools
Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted names for two new high schools, giving a nod to a pair of long-serving School Board members. The new theme high school opening in the Meadowcreek Cluster in August of 2019 will be called McClure Health Science High School in honor of Dr. Robert McClure. Dr. McClure, who has served patients through his dermatology practice in Lilburn since 1980, has served as the School Board representative for District IV from 1995 until his retirement from the Board in December of 2018. The new high school bearing his name is located at 3921 Club Drive in Duluth. The new theme high school opening in the Mill Creek Cluster will carry the name of the School Board member who has served that area for the past 24 years. Seckinger High School, named after Daniel D. Seckinger, will be located at 3621 Sardis Church Road in Buford.

Gwinnett to request revisions to Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) exhibits
A Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) is a local school district that operates under the terms of a SWSS contract between the State Board of Education and the local Board of Education. The system receives flexibility in the form of waivers of certain state laws, rules, and guidelines in exchange for greater accountability for increased student performance. SWSS contracts are intended to provide local school districts with the flexibility they need to increase student achievement. The district's partnership contracts are based on a strategic plan that district leaders developed in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).  Gwinnett’s SWSS Partnership Contract required revisions to four exhibits to reflect the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement's new baseline target data, the result of changes implemented in 2017-18 to the way scores are calculated for the state's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the revisions proposed by staff and will submit the changes to the GaDOE for approval by the State Board of Education.

Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for 2019-2023 approved
Each year, the CEO/Superintendent presents the GCPS Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for the next five-year period for Board approval. The list of Initiatives and Priorities is compiled based on the strategic direction for the school district established by the Board of Education and CEO/Superintendent, as well as input from a number of staff and community stakeholders. The list is updated every year and extended for another year forward. It is the basis for the annual evaluation of the CEO/Superintendent. At this meeting, the Board of Education approved the GCPS Strategic Initiatives and Priorities for 2019-2023 as presented by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.

Policy work continues
The following policy changes were approved after being tabled for review at the November 15, 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.

The following policy changes were tabled for further review and will be brought before the Board at its January 24, 2019, Monthly Business Meeting:
- Policy GAG- Staff Conflict of Interest  - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GAK- Fingerprinting/Criminal Background Check -  Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GAM- Mandatory Reporting of Employee Crimes  - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GANA - Communicable Diseases - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRC - Employee Work Day - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GCRA - Drug and Alcohol Testing - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy JCAC - Sexual Harassment - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy JGFGB - Concussion Management and Return to Play - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRIC - Leave of Absence - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy GBRIG - Family and Medical - Changes have been proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.

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