Friday, December 14, 2012
In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT, Gwinnett County Police announced Friday they will be stepping up patrols at schools in Peachtree Corners and throughout the county.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
On Friday afternoon, Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Edwin Ritter released the following statement in response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT: "In light of the horrific mass shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut, the Gwinnett County Police Department will be conducting increased police patrols in and around the schools within Gwinnett County. These increased patrols will a joint effort with the Gwinnett County School Police and Uniformed Officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department. Officers will be assigned to every school within Gwinnett County Police Jurisdiction and these patrols will last for the next several days. The Gwinnett County Police Department takes the safety and welfare of all of the …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friends and family of Hannah Rinehart make a case for creating a sick leave pool during the Gwinnett County School Board meeting, but left with no promises.
Family and friends filled the room as the Rineharts spoke before the Gwinnett County School Board Thursday night, pleading with the board to change the district’s sick leave policy. Mark Rinehart, Hannah's husband, is a math teacher at South Gwinnett High School. He now has a little over 20 days of sick leave left before he loses his pay and his insurance. According to family, that’s not nearly enough time, and so they are asking that the school board allow fellow teachers to donate their paid time off (PTO). Mark's hope is that people will be able to donate their unused PTO to him. According to Mark, Gwinnett County policy doesn't allow that. “I would like to speak to you simply as a dad,” said Doug Johnson, Hannah's father, to the …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Pro Publica analyzes federal data to offer a snapshot of public schools. Data on Peachtree Corners schools are included.
How good a job does the State of Georgia do in giving students equal access in public education? Access to advanced placement courses, advanced math courses and gifted programs? The team at Pro Publica, decided to find out, using information collected by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Pro Publica is a non-profit, independent news organization that does “investigative journalism in the public interest,” according to their website. Released last week, this particular project finds that in many states, there’s a negative correlation between high-poverty public schools and the percentage of students enrolled in more rigorous courses. Many in education call the disparity between richer and poorer districts and access …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Nearly 9,000 students to graduate from Gwinnett public schools in May, over 500 from Norcross HS.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Later this month, nearly 9,000 Gwinnett County Public School (GCPS) students will don caps and gowns as they conclude their K-12 academic careers. According to GCPS, 8,921 students are expected to graduate from Gwinnett’s 20 high schools. “As a district, we take pride in the Class of 2011 and all that they have accomplished,” said CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks in a released statement. “In addition to recognizing our graduates, I also want to congratulate the parents and teachers who helped support these students throughout their academic careers. And as they move on to achieve their dreams, we all realize that graduation is not the end for these students … only the beginning.” GCPS reports that 88 percent of students graduating this…
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Duluth and Peachtree Ridge Cluster of schools affected.
The Gwinnett Board of Education quickly and unanimously voted Thursday (April 21) night to approve the April 15 Duluth Cluster/Peachtree Ridge Cluster school redistricting map posted on the Gwinnett County Public Schools website with two exceptions recommended by Supt. J. Alvin Wilbanks. North Cardinal Lake Estates off Ga. Hwy. 120/Bunten Road and the Cresswell subdivision off Buford Highway will be allowed to remain in the Peachtree Ridge Cluster. Wilbanks announced his recommendation prior to the start of the 7 p.m. meeting. The Woodbridge subdivision off Davenport Road will be redistricted into the Duluth Cluster. “The decision will not be what everyone wants,” said Wilbanks, “but whatever school they (students) attend, they will be …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
GCPS leaders re-evaluating the process used to judge teacher performance.
Officials in the school system say they will change the way they look at teacher performance as part of the Race to the Top program. “There’s a great deal of work that being done at the state and county level,” says Glenn Pethel, Executive Director of Leadership Development for GCPS. He said it is all about finding a way to measure teachers by student performance. “It will be a significant change from the current system,” according to the official. He says they are considering taking a wider view of what makes a teacher effective. “We know we want to a more balanced system in terms of scope,” says Pethel. He said among the considerations are parent and student perception surveys and “teacher portfolios.” The portfolios could let a teacher…