Radloff Elected GCPS Board Chairman for 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, news reports over questionable land deals, and inclusion of a Peachtree Corners charter school into the Gwinnett system.

Plus, there are ongoing budget problems: GCPS has said that it is facing a revenue shortfall of $89 million as it prepares the 2013 budget.

Also, 2012 is an election year for school board members. Terms end in 2012 for Dr. Mary Kay Murphy (District III), Boyce (District I), and Radloff, and so those spots will be on the November ballot. Already, . Boyce has said she will seek re-election.

However, , and that will eventually phase out textbooks in the classroom.

WILBANKS CONTRACT EXTENDED: At Thursday's meeting, the board approved a two-year contract extension for Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. The new deal runs through June 2014. Wilbanks joined the Gwinnett system in 1996. "We've been very blessed to have your leadership," board member Mary Kay Murphy of Duluth said. "We thank you very much."

North Georgia Weather January 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Ann, you make conflicting statements. You first say Gwinnett is great and then you say don't send your kids there??? Which one is it? And what proof do you have of massive cheating? What proof do you have that show the teachers and administrators aren't qualified? Just curious...
Robert Thomas. Sr. January 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Ann Henry, if you expect your accusations to have any weight they need to be supported by facts, if any.
John Cook September 27, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Two of three schools in this article have below average scores. http://lilburn.patch.com/articles/parkview-third-among-gwinnett-cluster-high-schools-in-sat-scores?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001 These are not the students that dropped out. Taking the SAT usually indicates a desire for college. It's sad that some students are merely written off and dismissed. What is the plan to get these students' education up to par? Such scores are addressed with the attitude that "it is what it is," which is unacceptable.
Robert Thomas. Sr. September 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Ms. Henry, your comment about your son and Parkview is by necessity anecdotal, so logically can't mean much. Nor can my conversations with many Parkview students who are more than pleased with the school,. but they do constitute a larger sample. Also, the test scores don't support your allegations and you cite no authority for your serious allegations of cheating in the system.
Robert Thomas. Sr. September 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Mr. Cook, I agree with you that all children should be educated to an acceptable level unless it's just impossible, which it may be with some students. The question is: what is the acceptable level? In some Atlanta high schools, if they could all read and do arithmetic before they graduate this might be it - certainly better than the functional illiterates/innumerates they turn loose on society and the criminal justice system. In my view the only solution is streaming at an early enough age to help the above, as well as let the better students fly intellectually. It might also defuse some of the push towards charter schools, which will essentially ultimately do the same thing, but would also remove the problem children from their campuses (since they'd never be admitted), all of which will just exacerbate any current failure of the public schools, and ultimately lead to an exodus of the better teachers into charter schools. That's one plan, but in this society where every child is a potential Einstein it's unlikely ever to happen as the public schools are essentially destroyed by charter schools. If that happens, what will be the effect on society of losing the best means historically of making Americans out of newcomers?


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