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April 2021, Vol. 19, No. 7
GCPS Scenes of... GCPS' 2021 STAR Student and 2021 STAR Teacher
Congratulations to Cindy Huynh! The Brookwood High School senior was named Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2021 STAR Student and one of four county-level STAR honorees in the annual Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. As part of the recognition, Cindy selected David Dimsdale, who taught her for two years in AP Calculus and AP Statistics, as her STAR Teacher.
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District launches search for next superintendent
The Gwinnett County Board of Education officially launched its search for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ next superintendent on April 5 with the posting of the Superintendent Search Announcement and a Community Input Survey. The announcement includes an overview of the school district and the Gwinnett community and outlines the qualifications the Board is seeking in its next leader. The survey, which is open to all in the community—including students, parents, teachers, school and district staff, Gwinnett County residents, and area business owners—will be open through May 16.
Board of Education tentatively adopts FY2022 budget
Prior to the April business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education held its second budget work session. Following this work session, the Board tentatively adopted the fiscal year 2022 budget in the total expenditure amount of $2,352,649,340 as recommended by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. Next steps are two public hearings, scheduled for May 20 at 6 p.m. and June 17 at 6 p.m. Following these hearings, the Board will adopt the budget and set a tentative millage rate. The final millage rate adoption will take place in July. Please click here for an overview of the FY2022 budget.
Board of Education appoints new leaders
At its April meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named the following new leaders:
  • Dr. Sally Lehmann - Principal, Burnette Elementary School (2021-22)
  • Mark Moon - Principal, Chattahoochee Elementary School (2021-22)
  • Dr. Tereka Williams - Executive Director of Continuous Quality Improvement (TBD)
Ride the wave of learning this summer!
This summer’s K-8 learning experience—GCPS’ Summer Enrichment + Acceleration (SEA) programhas been redesigned with the goal of helping all students, while addressing learning losses that occurred during the pandemic. The focus on enrichment and acceleration is intended to help students get a head start on next year’s learning. There is no charge to families to participate.
The four key SEA opportunities are:
  • In-Person SEA Program—In-person program available by invitation for ES and MS students who teachers feel would benefit most. (June 14-July 2)
  • Rising K Academy—In-person program for children registered for kindergarten in the fall at a GCPS school. (June 14-July 2)
  • Digital SEA Program—Self-paced digital format accessed through the Student Portal. (June 14-July 16)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Enrichment Camps—Week-long enrichment camps where HS students earn an industry-recognized certification. (June)

Learn more about SEA in this GCPS Talks SEA Q&A session from GCPS TV. If you have questions or comments about the K-8 Summer Enrichment + Acceleration program, you can send those to
GCPS launches registration for incoming kindergartners and Dual Language Immersion program
For 2021-22, juniors need proof of meningitis booster shot
on or after 16th birthday
Before starting the 2021-22 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th grade will need proof that they received a meningococcal booster vaccine (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. MCV4 vaccines must be documented on Georgia Form 3231 Certificate of Immunization. Note that rising juniors who are not 16 years old should wait to get the vaccine until their 16th birthday. Students can get vaccinations and certificates of immunization from their private physician or at one of the local health department offices.
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Register for GCPS’ HS summer school
Gwinnett high school students can catch up or get ahead with summer classes
  • Online summer classes (June 7-30) will be available through Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC). Register for online classes through May 30.
  • Face-to-face summer classes (June 14-July 7) will be offered at three locations—Collins Hill High School, Duluth High School, and Parkview High SchoolRegister for face-to-face summer classes through June 4.
  • GCPS will pay for up to two summer school classes for high school students needing to retake a class they previously failed. The district is offering this option to students at no cost to address COVID-related learning gaps and to provide students with an additional opportunity to earn credit for courses failed this year.
  • For students taking a course for the first time, the cost per course is $250 for GCPS students and $275 for non-GCPS students. Rising 9th graders may take Health and/or Personal Fitness (PE) at Duluth High School (face-to-face), Gwinnett Online Campus (online), and many Community Schools (face-to-face). Learn about all summer school programs at
GCPS hosts Special Education Virtual Interviews

Other exciting opportunities to join the GCPS team include:
  • Bus Drivers: Competitive salary (from $17.63 to $24.98 per hour), excellent benefits, paid training, summers off, a “flashy” company car, and the opportunity to drive student success! GCPS needs bus drivers and monitors. Interested candidates are invited to attend an upcoming career fair. Apply online (posting #70814).
  • Substitute Teachers: Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring substitute teachers! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format. You get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $108/day to $120/day. Learn more and apply online (posting #68471).
  • GCPS is hiring part- and full-time custodial staff for its schools and facilities. Review positions and apply online.
Time flies... and so do the days
For your calendar...
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting in person on Thurs., May 20. The work session and business meeting are available online for viewing through GCPS TV and links are posted the next day.
  • Mon., May 24 and Tues., May 25 are early release days for high school students' final exams.
  • The last day of school is Wed., May 26
  • Find the 2020-21 calendar and the 2021-22 calendar online.
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