Sunday, March 3, 2013
Check out our interactive map to find where, when and why local roads will be closed for construction.
The weekly Gwinnett road closure report from the Gwinnett DOT (for March 2-8). The latest (sent via email): "Intermittent lane closures and up to three lanes of traffic shifts will take place on I-85 at Pleasant Hill Road from March 1 to approximately March 22, weather permitting. Pleasant Hill Road from Breckinridge Boulevard/Shackleford Road to Venture Parkway will continue to require intermittent lane closures and traffic shifts through September 2013. "Lane closures on I-85 will take place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. PleasantHill Road lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. "Gwinnett County is …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The incident happened at Lanier High in Sugar Hill. Gwinnett Police are investigating.
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Wednesday, February 13
The injured GCPS officer has been identified as Ronaldo Jiminez. Gwinnett Police plan an update later. --- A Gwinnett County Schools police resource officer was struck and injured by a vehicle about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday (February 13) near Lanier High in Sugar Hill, Gwinnett Police said. The GCPS officer "suffered serious injuries" from the accident, which happened while he was directing traffic at the school, which is located on Buford Highway near Suwanee, police said. The GCPS officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Charges are pending for the driver of the vehicle that struck the officer, police said. -- Patch will have updates on this situation.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Also, some parts of No Child Left Behind waiver take effect immediately.
Updated 9:07 a.m., Feb. 10, 2012 Gwinnett public school leaders formally unveiled and discussed Thursday the new districts that the five board members have as a result of changes approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Because of figures in the 2010 U.S. Census, he Georgia General Assembly redid the old districts to reflect population changes. The changes are now in effect (see attached map). Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks, speaking at the monthly board meeting in Suwanee, noted that it's "not an educational map, it's a political map. If the Democrats are in power, it's the Democrats who do the drawing." Board member Mary Kay Murphy, whose district now includes many Suwanee schools, noted that it is "not redistricting." No students in the …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Special meeting will be Thursday in Suwanee.
The Gwinnett school board has called a special meeting for Thursday (6:15 p.m.) at its Suwanee headquarters with issuing revenue bonds in mind. The bonds are related to last year's passing of the E-SPLOST by county voters. According to GCPS spokesperson Sloan Roach, the bond issues are in two categories: Voters overwhelmingly OKed a 1-cent sales tax in November that will run from July 2012 through June 2017. The SPLOST funds are expected to bring in an anticipated $876 million, according the GCPS. The projects tapped for SPLOST funds include five new schools, air conditioning for gyms and technology upgrades.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Boyce is named board vice chairman. Superintendent's contract extended
Updated Jan. 20, 2012 Louise Radloff, a Gwinnett school board member since 1973, was elected chairman for 2012 by board members Thursday. Also, board members elected District I representative Carole Boyce of Dacula as vice chairman. It is the ninth time as board chairman for Radloff, who lives in Norcross and represents District V. She replaces Dr. Robert McClure of Lilburn. "It was a pleasure and a privilege to see public education work the way it is supposed to," McClure said at the December board meeting after being congratulated by fellow board members. However, 2011 also was a stressful year for the state's largest school system. Controversies broke out over a redistricting involving the Peachtree Ridge and Duluth school clusters, …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Board can vote on $9M deal Thursday that begins process of phasing out textbooks.
The Gwinnett County school system is ramping up its eCLASS digital teaching/classroom system, and a related multimillion-dollar purchase is on the school board agenda for Thursday's meeting in Suwanee. A recommended deal involves a $9.5 million contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers for a software application called Pinpoint, according to the agenda. This would provide the district with an "integrated enterprise solution to enhance student engagement and the learning process," the agenda said. This would be for a one-year contract with four annual renewals. eCLASS is an acronym for Content, Learning and Assessment Support System. It will begin a pilot program in the fall of 2012 in five Gwinnett clusters, according to the GCPS …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Board OKs new procedure after internal probe is completed.
The Gwinnett County school board has passed a new land-deals policy that was undertaken after an internal probe and some public controversy. At the August meeting, the board voted in a new policy that requires all site acquisitions to be brought before the board and opened to public comment. A series of articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that the system paid inflated prices for land in four deals since 2004. Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks called the articles "misleading." After the reports, the system authorized former federal prosecutor Joe Whitley to conduct an internal audit of all system land purchases since 1999. That report, completed and released in July, showed some internal policy violations but no …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Public comments now held after regular business on the board agenda.
The Gwinnett County school board has adopted a new procedure that will affect when the public can speak during board meetings. Effective with the August meeting Thursday at Suwanee headquarters, people will not be able to address the board members until after regular business has been completed. As a matter of policy, the board allows members of the public to be on the official agenda to address board members. This change means comments that could pertain to items on that agenda will not be heard until after the board deals with agenda items. The school board also holds a public comments session before board meetings officially begin. These sessions now will be held 6:15-6:45 p.m. on board meeting days. Also at the August meeting, the …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Where will the teachers exposed from the APS Cheating Scandal end up next?
With Atlanta only about 40 minutes away from Lawrenceville, a parent must ask, where will the teachers who participated in the APS Cheating Scandal end up? More than likely their teaching certificates will not be taken from them. They probably will not be able to teach in Atlanta again... so where will they go? Within Gwinnett County, there are 21 new principals and 116 classrooms starting next week. Out of the 116 classrooms, four Lawrenceville schools will receive a large portion of them, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Hooper Renwick School, Maxwell High School of Technology and of course Moore Middle School. In regards to the cheating scandal, I really believe these teachers were trying to do the right thing, but in the wrong way. …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
eCLASS to begin pilot program in the fall in the state's largest system.
Next on the technology hit list: school textbooks. Just ask the Gwinnett County school system. It's "pretty much the goal" for textbooks to become a thing of the past, according to GCPS Chief Information Officer Scott Futrell, who briefed school board members on the eCLASS initiative at a recent work session. Not only does the system want to keep student instruction from falling behind, but the technology initiative would be cost-effective, board members were told. The current textbook model "is not working," school system Chief Financial Officer Rick Cost said. He noted that the system has not funded texbook adoption in the past three years for budget reasons; it normally would run $25-30 million annually. "Technology is not inexpensive…