Board appoints new principal for Brookwood Elem.

LAWRENCEVILLE - At a called meeting on Nov. 30, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the appointment of Karen Head as principal of Brookwood Elementary.

Head's appointment is effective today as the school's current principal, Maxine Rithmire, is retiring.

Head's previous GCPS employment includes:

•2001-present - Assistant principal, Brookwood Elementary

•1988-2001 - Third-grade teacher, Brookwood Elementary

•1987-88 - Third-grade teacher, Centerville Elementary

•1984-86 - Readiness/first/third-grade teacher, Berkeley Lake Elementary

•1983-84 - Kindergarten teacher, Annistown Elementary

She's also been a teacher in Cobb and Douglas counties. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at West Georgia College and certificates in educational leadership, instructional supervision and as a teacher support specialist as well as her specialist's degree in early childhood education) at Georgia State University.

Braselton selected for cities' showcase

BRASELTON - Braselton was chosen from among dozens of candidates to participate in the 2005 "City Showcase" at the National League of Cities' annual congress in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 6 through 10.

The showcase is an annual display and celebration of innovative city programs from around the country, offering city leaders a chance to share ideas and valuable experiences with the more than 3,000 delegates who are expected to attend.

Issues such as downtown revitalization, youth activities, stormwater management and emergency preparedness are focused in this year's agenda, which will also feature a variety of other creative programs.

Braselton is one of four Georgia cities to get the coveted nod for a conference display. The town's reuse water system gained national attention for its innovation, operational standards and efficiency.

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization for American cities. It serves as a resource and advocate for 18,000 cities, towns and villages in which 225 million people live.

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