Friday, May 17, 2013
The school board adopts $1.763 billion FY 2014 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 fiscal year 2014 budget. The school board adopted a FY 2014 balanced budget totaling $1.76 billion, a decrease of $12.8 million or 0.7 percent from the 2013, 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,” said Rick Cost, chief financial officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools. -- How do you feel about the new Gwinnett Schools budget? The millage …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All types of references available for students are online for all to use.
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Wednesday, May 8
Updated February 7, 2013 Everyone knows that education has joined the digital era, and the Gwinnett County school system is no exception. In 2012-13, the system has implemented eCLASS, a program that will emphasize digital learning in classrooms. And online instruction already is common in some areas. Also, the Gwinnett County Pubic Schools website offers a fascinating resource. It's aimed at students, but as a public feature, it also can be useful for the taxpayers that foot the bill for the system. New Georgia Encyclopedia? Science In Context? World Book Advanced? Federal government info? Online newspaper websites? Those and more references are there. So hang onto this Patch feature, and share it with others. Let us know in the comments …
Newsweek ranks the nation's top 2,000 high schools. Share your thoughts.
Wednesday, May 8
Suwanee high schools have made Newsweek's 2013 list of the nation's top 2,000 high schools. Newsweek released the rankings May 6. The 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. Also, an interactive map of all the Gwinnett schools on the list is attached. -- Do you agree with the Newsweek rankings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
About 150 participated in the event on April 27 in Suwanee.
In its annual "I See a Cure" event, Gwinnett County Public Schools participants raised about $4,000 for cancer awareness and research, according to organizers. The event was held April 27 at the Gwinnett County Public Schools district offices in Suwanee. Some 150 people attended. Funds from the event are forwarded to Gwinnett Relay for Life, and go to support the American Cancer Society. "Despite a few sprinkles in the beginning, the race went very well and we all had a great time running/walking to support Relay for Life," said Patrice Pendergast, GCPS recruitment coordinator and an event committee member. "We honored cancer survivors, those who are currently battling and those who have lost the battle," Pendergast added. Besides GCPS …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
If your children attend high school in Gwinnett County, they may attend one of the best schools in the nation. There are nine such high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools, according to the recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. They include Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. The data was released April 23. The Gwinnett County schools ranked are: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology: Norcross High School: Duluth High School: Parkview High School: Peachtree Ridge High School: Berkmar High School: Meadowcreek High School: Shiloh High School: South Gwinnett High School: Want more information? Learn how U.S. News calculated the Best High Schools rankings by clicking here.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have until May 3 to register for the upcoming school year.
(From Gwinnett County Public Schools) Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have additional time this spring to register for the 2013-14 school year. A spring registration period for Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) began Monday, April 15, and closes on May 3. Gwinnett County's full-time, online learning option will expand next school year and serve students in grades 4-12. Because Gwinnett Online Campus is a system charter school, enrollment is open to all current school-aged children who reside in Gwinnett County. The school opened in 2011 as a full-time high school (Grades 9-12) and extended its reach in 2012 to offer middle school students (Grades 6-8) the opportunity to attend the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Leaders met at Meadowcreek High, where they tentatively approved the $1.8 billion budget for next school year.
The Gwinnett County Board of Education "tentatively" adopted a $1.8 billion budget for the 2013-14 school year during a special called meeting Tuesday. Board member Louise Radloff made the motion to adopt the superintendent's recommended budget, which totals $1.76 billion. Board members then voted unanimously to approve it. The budget is a decrease of $12.8 million, or 0.7 percent, over the current year. Among the budget highlights are: There will now be two public hearings before the final adoption. The first public hearing is 7 p.m., May 9; the second public hearing is 6 p.m., May 16. Both meetings take place at the district headquarters in Suwanee. Final adoption of the budget is planned May 16, as well. The new millage rate will also …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jimenez is rehabilitating from injuries suffered in an accident outside Lanier High in February.
Rolando Jimenez, the Gwinnett County Schools' resource officer who was injured in a traffic accident in February, appears to be recovering well. In a recent Facebook post, his wife Melissa said: Officer Jimenez is doing so good in therapy. In PT they've worked on how to use the walker and wheelchair while out in the community-automatic doors, carpet, uneven surfaces, elevator safety, etc. Officer Jimenez has also practiced using the walker to get up and down a curb or sidewalk. They also introduced him to crutches and how to properly use them. This will help tremendously once Officer Jimenez is released. It will allow him to go ip and down 2-3 steps which is not possible with a walker and only using 1 leg. He will now be able to visit my …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Gwinnett County public school students officially have spring break April 8 - 12, but the CRCT is just around the corner.
Gwinnett County Public Schools will be on 2013 spring break beginning April 8, with students and teachers returning on April 15. But, don't let all that fun go to your children's heads. One week after returning from vacation, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are administered to Gwinnett County students. Those tests run April 22-26. Advanced Placement tests, as well as course final exams are not too far behind in May. And, you know what that means: Graduation is just around the corner. If you want to help your children sprint toward the finish line, yes, by all means, have fun on spring break. (You can let us know what fun things you have planned in the comment section.) However, be ready to get them immediately back into …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A bench and other objects are in memory of the Lake Lanier accident victims.
As spring 2013 dawns, a memorial has been placed near two Gwinnett schools in honor of a couple of Lake Lanier accident victims. A bench has been situated near White Oak Elementary and Lanier Middle schools in memory of Griffin and Jake Prince, according to a Facebook post. The posting read: The memorial bench, white oak tree and plaque that have been placed on the walkway between White Oak Elementary and Lanier Middle School in memory of Jake Prince and Griffin Prince. We are so grateful to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the faculty and staff of the schools, and all those who donated their time and resources to this wonderful project. Love, the Prince family. The brothers were killed in June 2012 in a boating accident on Lake Lanier. …