Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The last day of school for Gwinnett County students is May 22. See what fun activities you can get your child involved with over the summer.
The last day of school is upon us. May 22 is the last day of school for Gwinnett County Public Schools students. The following days, May 23 and May 24, are the last teacher planning days for the school year. Teachers return for the 2013-2014 school year on July 31, and students return August 7. Here are a few things to get your children through the summer months:
John Green, who previously served in Gwinnett County Public Schools, has stepped down as Jackson County Schools superintendent. He has agreed to help with the transition until June 30.
With just one year in as superintendent of Jackson County School, a former Gwinnett County educator is leaving. Veteran educator John Green announced late last week that he would be resigning, effective May 16, from his superintendent's post, according to the Jackson Herald Today. He agreed to assist in the transition through June 30. Media reports indicate that his resignation was related to retirement benefits. This the latest in recent job switches for the Green, who retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2011. He had worked in the district for 24 years, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. His GCPS posts included: assistant superintendent, principal at North Gwinnett High School, assistant (or associate) principal at Brookwood…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Duncan Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Mountain Park Elementary and Trip Elementary schools will all get new leaders.
The Gwinnett County school board has appointed four veteran educators to lead elementary schools in the coming school year. School board leaders approved the changes at its monthly meeting May 17. The new school principals are:
Gwinnett County Public Schools salutes fine arts programs in its latest issue of Communique.
As the school year comes to a close, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are taking the time to commend the district's arts programs and the students who bring them to life. More than 147,000 Gwinnett County students were enrolled in fine arts classes this year, officials said in the latest issue of Communique, an online magazine for the district's school community. That's more than 88 percent of the district's student enrollment. "At a time when shrinking budgets have squeezed out electives in some school districts, we feel both fortunate and resolute in ensuring that fine arts remain an important part of quality and effective education for Gwinnett County schoolchildren," Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in Communique. "If you …
Gwinnett County Board of Education adopts $1.763 billion FY2014 budget and tentatively adopts 1.30 mills increase in tax millage rate.
After holding the line in the face of declining revenue in recent years, the Gwinnett County Board of Education anticipates having to raise the tax millage rate to fund the FY2014 budget. The school board adopted a FY2014 balanced budget totaling $1.76 billion, a decrease of $12.8 million or .7 percent from the FY2013 budget at its meeting Thursday (May 16) at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. The board also tentatively adopted an increase of 1.30 mills in the tax rate. Despite “a tremendous downturn in the economy we’ve been able to have the millage rate unchanged for some time,” Rick Cost, chief financial officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said. This increase includes .55 mills for maintenance and operations (General …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Graduations for Gwinnett County Public Schools students take place May 20-25. Brookwood High School in Snellville has the largest graduating class at 810 students.
Thousands of students will graduate from a Gwinnett County high school next week. Twenty-one graduation ceremonies will take place, as the district sends of its largest graduating class ever -- 10,556 high school seniors. Brookwood High will graduate the largest class this year with 810 students, followed by Mill Creek High with 782, and Peachtree Ridge High with 769. "We are very proud of this year’s senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers, said J. Alvin Wilbanks, GCPS superintendent and chief executive officer. "On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives." He added: "As the members of the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Valerie Robinett becomes the new principal at Camp Creek Elementary, and Marci Sledge becomes the new principal at Pinckneyville Middle School.
In a special called meeting May 9, Gwinnett County school board appointed two veteran educators to take over for retiring principals. In a special called meeting May 9, board members approved the transfer of Valerie Robinett to Camp Creek Elementary School, and Marci Sledge to Pinckneyville Middle School. Robinett is currently the principal at Mountain Park Elementary in Lilburn, where she has been since 2008. Effective June 3, she takes over for Kathy Jones. Sledge is currently principal at Trip Elementary in Grayson, where she has been since 2008. Effective July 1, she takes over for Wanda Yeargin. ----- Robinett's Employment History: Robinett's Education: ----- Sledge's Employment History: Sledge's Education:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The state Department of Education released the first results from the new Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index on May 7. Among high schools, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology scored the highest at 99.8.
Gwinnett County Public Schools scored above the state average in a new performance rating system that assesses whether schools are producing students ready for college. The state Department of Education released the first results, which are based on 2011-2012 data, from the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) on May 7. It considers achievement, progress, and the achievement gap using a 100-point scale, and replaces Adequate Yearly Progress used in No Child Left Behind. In Gwinnett County, the elementary score is 93.5, middle school is 94.3 percent and high school is 76.4 percent. That's compared to the state averages of: 83.4 for elementary schools, 81.4 for middle schools, and 72.6 for high schools. (See Chart B for …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Ten local high schools made the list. This includes Parkview High in Lilburn that ranked the highest among Gwinnett County schools.
Ten high schools in Gwinnett County have made Newsweek's 2013 list of the nation's top schools. Newsweek released the rankings May 6. The Gwinnett County schools making the list are: The rankings are based, in part, on graduation rates, college acceptance and SAT scores. To see the full methodology, click here. -- Want to know how Gwinnett County schools ranked in the recent U.S. News & World Report? Click here for that list. --
The seniors will each receive a scholarship to cover his or her entire college tuition.
Gwinnett County school officials announced Monday that 12 students will have their college tuition paid in full through the Gates Millennium Scholars program. To date, it is the district's largest class of Gates Millennium Scholars. The 12 students are among just 1,000 chosen across the country. Representatives from the Gates Millennium Scholars Program will visit Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) this week to congratulate students and school counselors. The schools represented and seniors receiving scholarships are: