Board Meeting Summary for 04/18/2019
The following are highlights of the April 18, 2019, meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE). Board members present included Chairman Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman Louise Radloff, Carole C. Boyce, Steven B. Knudsen, and Everton Blair, Jr. The official minutes of the meeting will be approved by the Board at its next monthly meeting.
Board members honor students and staff
- The School Board congratulated two GCPS students-- McClain Hermes of Gwinnett Online Campus and Amilyn Bess Gurta of Mill Creek HS-- on their receipt of the 2019 Louise Radloff Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2004 by Peach State Federal Credit Union, in partnership with the GCPS Foundation, to honor the decades of service by Gwinnett County Board of Education member Louise Radloff and in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of those most in need. The purpose of the Louise Radloff Scholarship is to provide funds for a GCPS high school senior who has overcome a significant challenge in order to graduate and pursue postsecondary training in preparation for college or career. This year's recipients will each receive $2,000.
- Board members also honored Jaylah Espy of Grayson HS and Ewunet Endalk of Archer HS, the winners of the 2019 Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship. This scholarship, sponsored by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, is a one-time award of $1,000 for one or more college-bound Gwinnett County Public Schools seniors who are planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university. Selection is based on participation in a leadership role in community service activities or volunteer work as well as a commitment to making a difference in the community.
- The Board of Education saluted Maxwell HS of Technology Culinary Arts Teacher Amanda Williams on her selection as the 2019 ProStart Educator of Excellence. The Hospitality Foundation of Georgia held its annual ProStart State Championship on March 8, 2019, where Chef Williams was honored. According to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, recipients of this award demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment, and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help his or her students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers. In introducing Chef Williams, Dr. Jeff Hall, Maxwell principal, said "Chef Williams works tirelessly to ensure our program is a flagship program, not just in Georgia, but in the nation. She is passionate about the curriculum and about her role in helping her students. She is the kind of teacher you want your own children to have and I am fortunate to have her on our team at Maxwell."
- The honors in Career and Technical Education continued with the recognition of six GCPS students who earned 1st or 2nd place at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference. FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses important personal, family, work, and societal issues through family and consumer science education. FCCLA Leadership competitions focus on a variety of youth concerns including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, inter-generational communication, and career education. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential, and develop skills for life planning, goal-setting, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication that are necessary in the home and workplace. The 1st and 2nd place winners at the State Leadership Conference from Gwinnett are Journee Denson of Berkmar HS, 2nd place in Culinary Arts; Tamoya Nelson of Berkmar HS, 2nd place in Culinary Arts; Gustavo Perez Garcia of Berkmar HS, 2nd place in Culinary Arts; Karissa Jackson of Maxwell HS of Technology, 1st place in Interpersonal Communications-Occupational Division; Ansley Faloni of Mountain View HS, 2nd place in Etiquette Online Proficiency Testing; and Madelyn Peta of Mountain View HS, 2nd place in Event Planning-Occupational Division. Many of these students have advanced and will compete at the 2019 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in July.
- Ten additional GCPS Career and Technical Education students took top honors at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference which was held in Atlanta March 14-16, 2019. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. It has a two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. The students recognized tonight will represent GCPS this June at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. The award-winning students include Sandra Bangiyev of Duluth HS, 2nd place in Dental Terminology; Arin Dorsey of Duluth HS, 1st place in Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking; Ariya Desai of North Gwinnett HS, 2nd place in Speaking Skills; Elizabeth McKenzie of North Gwinnett HS, 1st place in Health Career Photography; Lawrence Zhou of Parkview HS, 1st place in Medical Math; Robert Cranston of Shiloh HS, 1st place in Emergency Medical Technician; Rachel Lubula of Shiloh HS, 2nd place in Health Education; Demi Minus of Shiloh HS, 2nd place in Health Education; Sheyenne Reyes of Shiloh HS, 1st place in Emergency Medical Technician; and Ammeyonne Smith of Shiloh HS, 2nd place in Health Education.
- Gwinnett students also did well at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference, with 11 bringing home 1st or 2nd place honors and Dacula MS earning the title of Overall Georgia FBLA Middle Level Chapter of the Year. FBLA is an important partner in business education and student leadership development and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as an integral part of a co-curricular approach to business and leadership education. The FBLA mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The 1st and 2nd place winners honored tonight will represent GCPS this June at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The honored students are Jacob Jenkins of Dacula MS, 2nd place in Microsoft Office Concepts; Jolie Liu, Sydney Nghiem, and Nikita Shah of Brookwood HS, 2nd place in Hospitality Management - Team Event; Reagan Patterson of Brookwood HS, 2nd place in Public Speaking; Mya Swaby of Brookwood HS, 2nd place in Sales Presentation; Timothy Wargo of Brookwood HS, 2nd place in Accounting I; Tia Wren of Collins Hill HS, 1st place in Mobile App Development; Daniella Bustos of Discovery HS, 1st place in Global Business - Individual Event; and Kasfia Kazi and Clinton Nguyen of Parkview HS, 1st place in Management Decision Making - Team Event.
- Kudos also to 32 Gwinnett students who placed 1st or 2nd in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, held in Atlanta March 21-23, 2019. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. The 1st place finishers will compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in Louisville, Ky., in June. Click here for a list of these winning students.
- Hats off to the 43 GCPS student winners and to Parkview HS Teacher Camelia Calvert on the recognitions earned during the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference held March 14-16, 2019. TSA is a national co-curricular organization that provides opportunities for leadership and career development for students engaged in technology, innovation, design, and engineering through curriculum-based activities and competitions. More than 233,000 students are involved with TSA nationwide. Students recognized tonight won 1st or 2nd place and will have the opportunity to compete at the TSA National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. Click here for a list of TSA state student winners. In addition to the student winners, Ms. Calvert received the Inspirational Teacher Award.
- Members of the Board of Education applauded the state championship season of the Lanier High School Girls Basketball Team. In addition to winning the AAAAAA state championship title, the team made history, earning the school's first state title in any sport. Accompanying the team during tonight's recognition were Dr. Christopher Martin, principal; Athletic Director Matt McDonald; and Head Coach Tim Slater. In introducing the team, Dr. Martin said that the girls truly exemplify their school's mission which is to "learn, lead, and succeed." He noted that the team also has a great leader in Coach Slater, who he announced was named USA Today Coach of the Year for the state of Georgia earlier in the day. In his remarks, Coach Slater gave credit for his success to the team, thanking the girls and assistant coaches Ryan Nelson and Bob Gardner.
School Board approves resolution acknowledging The Wallace Foundation
The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a resolution acknowledging the significant resources provided by The Wallace Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropic organization, in support of Gwinnett County Public Schools' Quality-Plus Leader Academy. Specifically, The Wallace Foundation supported GCPS through the Principal Pipeline Initiative and the Principal Supervisor Initiative during the period of 2012 through 2019. These initiatives enhanced the district's efforts to establish rigorous leader standards; develop high-quality pre-service preparation opportunities; improve principal selection and placement; and implement on-the-job support and evaluation. In the resolution, the Gwinnett County Board of Education expressed its deep and lasting appreciation for the contributions The Wallace Foundation has made to our school leaders, our district, and our community.
Policy work continues
The following proposed policy changes were tabled until next month's meeting to allow time for further review:
- Policy EBC- Data Access - Changes are proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
- Policy EBE- Data Classification - This new policy is proposed to provide system guidance.
- Policy JCD- Student Conduct Behavior Code - Changes are proposed in accordance with policy guidance and/or mandates in state and/or federal law.
Citizens addressing the Board
- Josiah Van
- Kendra McKnight