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Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia

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Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:J. Alvin Wilbanks
Enrollment:162,370[1]
Graduation rate:70.98 percent[2]
Number of schools:134
Budget: $1.7 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dan Seckinger
Board members:5
Term length:4
Gwinnett County Public Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 162,370 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district was listed on The College Board's AP District Honor Roll in 2012 based on performance in Advanced Placement courses. Simpson Elementary was honored as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School based on exemplary academic performance.[3]

About the district

Gwinnett County Public Schools is located in Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Public Schools is located in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The county seat of Gwinnett County is Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County is home to 859,304 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school district in Georgia.

Demographics

Gwinnett County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.5 percent of Gwinnett County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Gwinnett County was $61,944 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Gwinnett County was 13.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Gwinnett County (%) Georgia (%)
White 60.1 62.8
Black or African American 25.5 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 11.1 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent and chief executive officer (CEO) of Gwinnett County Public Schools is J. Alvins Wilbanks as of June 23, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 1996. Wilbanks previously served as the district's assistant superintendent of human resources and president of Gwinnett Technical College.[6]

School board

The Gwinnett County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member serves a specific geographic district.

Gwinnett County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Carole Boyce 1 2016
Dan Seckinger 2 2014
Mary Kay Murphy 3 2016
Bob McClure 4 2014
Louise Radloff 5 2016

School board elections

See also: Gwinnett County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2011:

All official meetings of the Gwinnett County Board of Education shall be open to the press and public. However, the Board reserves the right to meet, and to adjourn or recess a meeting, at any time to discuss such matters as may be properly considered in executive session.

The Board desires citizens of the district to attend its sessions so that they may become better acquainted with the operation and programs of the schools and that the Board may have the opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public. Two time periods are allotted for public comment when the Board meets for its regular monthly sessions: during the public forum that takes place from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and during the 7:00 p.m. Monthly Business Meeting.

Citizens wishing to address the Board with an issue or concern should attempt to resolve the matter through the appropriate district or school administrative levels before bringing it to the Board.

In order to assure that persons who wish to appear before the Board may be heard and, at the same time, allow the Board to conduct its meetings properly and efficiently, the Board adopts as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation in meetings:

  • A citizen wishing to speak in the public forum at 6:15 p.m. shall sign up at the table near the entrance to the Board Room immediately preceding the 6:15 p.m. session. The Chairman will call on each speaker who signed up and, if necessary due to the number of speakers, will designate a time limit for comments.
  • A citizen wishing to appear on the Monthly Business Meeting agenda to speak before the Board, as an individual or representing a group, shall notify the Superintendent in writing by noon on the Monday prior to the Board's Monthly Business Meeting, specifically identifying the subject he/she wishes to address.
  • The speaker's presentation in the Monthly Business Meeting shall be as brief as possible, limited to three-to-five (3-5) minutes maximum, unless an extension of time is granted. The speaker will be expected to conclude his/her remarks promptly when the allotted time has expired.
  • A speaker at either session shall begin his/her comments by stating his/her name and the group, if any, the speaker is representing. The speaker may not yield his/her time to another individual.
  • The speaker's comments shall be directed to the Board as a body and not to an individual Board member. The Board members or Superintendent may ask questions for clarification but will not necessarily engage in discussion with the speaker.
  • Supporting documents or information to be shared with the Board must be provided in hard copy. Eight copies should be provided and should be presented to the Superintendent for distribution to the Board members. Audiovisual presentations are discouraged and may not be accommodated due to time and technical considerations.
  • Speakers may offer objective criticisms of school operations and programs, but in public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints regarding school personnel or against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.
  • Speakers will remain courteous and respectful throughout their presentations, avoiding inappropriate language or behavior at all times.
  • If requested, a speaker will receive a written response from the appropriate district administrator within thirty (30) calendar days.
  • The Board vests in its chairman or other presiding officer the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to the rules established here.

[7]

—Gwinnett County Public Schools website, (2014), [8]

Budget

Gwinnett County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $891,692,076 51.5% $206,436,658 11.9% $458,395,888 26.5% $172,337,664 10% $1,416,073 0.1% $1,730,278,359
Averages: $891,692,076 52% $206,436,658 12% $458,395,888 26% $172,337,664 10% $1,416,073 0% $1,730,278,359

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Gwinnett County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provision certificate + Bachelors 36,315 36,315
Professional certificate + Bachelors 38,383 62,042
Provisional certificate + Masters 39,468 63,110
Professional certificate + Masters 43,193 71,012
Professional certificate + Specialist 48,135 79,935
Professional certificate + Doctorate 53,283 88,484

Schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 162,370 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.7 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 155,018 -
2008-2009 157,219 1.4
2009-2010 159,296 1.3
2010-2011 160,744 0.9
2011-2012 162,370 1.1

District schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools operates 134 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Gwinnett County Public Schools
Alcova Elementary School
Alford Elementary School
Anderson-Livsey Elementary School
Annistown Elementary School
Arcado Elementary School
Archer High School
Bay Creek Middle School
Beaver Ridge Elementary School
Benefield Elementary School
Berkeley Lake Elementary School
Berkmar High School
Berkmar Middle School
Bethesda Elementary School
Britt Elementary School
Brookwood Elementary School
Brookwood High School
Buice School
Burnette Elementary School
Camp Creek Elementary School
Cedar Hill Elementary School
Centerville Elementary School
Central Gwinnett High School
Chattahoochee Elementary School
Chesney Elementary School
Collins Hill High School
Cooper Elementary School
Corley Elementary School
Couch Middle School
Craig Elementary School
Creekland Middle School
Crews Middle School
Dacula Elementary School
Dacula High School
Dacula Middle School
Duluth High School
Duluth Middle School
Duncan Creek Elementary School
Dyer Elementary School
Ferguson Elementary School
Five Forks Middle School
Fort Daniel Elementary School
Freeman's Mill Elementary School
GIVE East High School
GIVE East Middle School
GIVE West High School
GIVE West Middle School
Grace Snell Middle School
Grayson Elementary School
Grayson High School
Gwin Oaks Elementary School
Gwinnett Online Campus
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Harbins Elementary School
Harmony Elementary School
Harris Elementary School
Head Elementary School
Hooper Renwick School
Hopkins Elementary School
Hull Middle School
Ivy Creek Elementary School
Jackson Elementary School
Jenkins Elementary School
Jones Middle School
Kanoheda Elementary School
Knight Elementary School
Lanier High School
Lanier Middle School
Lawrenceville Elementary School
Level Creek Elementary School
Lilburn Elementary School
Lilburn Middle School
Lovin Elementary School
Magill Elementary School
Mason Elementary School
Maxwell High School of Technology
McConnell Middle School
McKendree Elementary School
Meadowcreek Elementary School
Meadowcreek High School
Mill Creek High School
Minor Elementary School
Monarch School
Moore Middle School
Mountain Park Elementary School
Mountain View High School
Mulberry Elementary School
Nesbit Elementary School
New Life Academy of Excellence Inc.
Norcross Elementary School
Norcross High School
North Gwinnett High School
North Gwinnett Middle School
Norton Elementary School
Oakland Meadow School
Osborne Middle School
Parkview High School
Parsons Elementary School
Partee Elementary School
Patrick Elementary School
Peachtree Elementary School
Peachtree Ridge High School
Pharr Elementary School
Phoenix High School
Pinckneyville Middle School
Puckett's Mill Elementary School
Radloff Middle School
Richards Middle School
Riverside Elementary School
Roberts Elementary School
Rock Springs Elementary School
Rockbridge Elementary School
Rosebud Elementary School
Shiloh Elementary School
Shiloh High School
Shiloh Middle School
Simonton Elementary School
Simpson Elementary School
Snellville Middle School
South Gwinnett High School
Starling Elementary School
Stripling Elementary School
Sugar Hill Elementary School
Summerour Middle School
Suwanee Elementary School
Sweetwater Middle School
Sycamore Elementary School
Taylor Elementary School
Trickum Middle School
Trip Elementary School
Twin Rivers Middle School
Walnut Grove Elementary School
White Oak Elementary School
Winn Holt Elementary School
Woodward Mill Elementary School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[12][13]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 95.1
3 ELA 92.2
3 Math 85.1
3 Science 85.4
3 Social Science 89.6
4 Reading 96.3
4 ELA 95.5
4 Math 92.8
4 Science 90.8
4 Social Science 91.6
5 Reading 96.0
5 ELA 97.1
5 Math 93.6
5 Science 77.2
5 Social Science 82.0

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.5
6 ELA 95.1
6 Math 89.7
6 Science 86.0
6 Social Science 91.1
7 Reading 97.5
7 ELA 97.1
7 Math 91.9
7 Science 91.4
7 Social Science 82.8
8 Reading 98.0
8 ELA 96.2
8 Math 80.7
8 Science 64.4
8 Social Science 68.0

Issues

Federal investigation of discrimination charges

The district faces an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education into claims that some schools are using discriminatory academic performance targets. Officials with the department's Office of Civil Rights are reviewing academic targets established under the district's Investing in Educational Excellence contract with the Georgia Department of Education.[14] This initiative created by the Georgia State Legislature in 2008 allows districts to sign contracts with the state Department of Education that provide more flexibility with academic achievement goals at individual schools.[15] Investigators are reviewing whether district or school officials have subjected students to different academic standards based on race, ethnicity and disabilities. The claim was first filed in 2011 and the district received a request for additional information from the Office of Civil Rights in May 2014.[14]

Contact information

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Gwinnett County Public Schools
437 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
Phone: (678) 301-6000

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