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Schools appoint new CFO

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County School Board has named a new school district chief financial officer and a new principal at Meadowcreek High School.

The board unanimously approved the personnel action at its Thursday evening meeting.

Rick Cost, formerly the CFO/treasurer with DeKalb County Schools, has been named the new Gwinnett County Public Schools CFO.

Ladeadrick "Bob" Jackson, former assistant principal at Berkmar High School, is the new principal at Meadowcreek High.

Cost succeeds Jeffrey Weiler, who has accepted a job in Las Vegas. Cost holds a bachelor's degree from David Lipscomb University.

He formerly held the position of CFO, finance director and cash and investment manager with GCPS from 1990 to 2000, before taking the position in DeKalb six years ago.

Jackson, who has been an educator since 1987, holds a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State College, two master's degrees from Piedmont College and Georgia State University respectively and a specialist's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He will succeed principal Dr. Angela Pringle, who has been appointed as director of elementary staffing in Gwinnett County.

Jackson starts the new job on Monday, and Pringle will be on hand to help Jackson's transition into a head principal's capacity.

Also discussed in the meeting was the Lanier cluster timeline, which will see district lines reset in Fall 2007; the relocation of Lanier Middle School to 6482 Suwanee Dam Road and the use of the new Lanier cluster elementary school for sixth grade, both in fall 2008; the opening of North Gwinnett cluster middle school, with middle school students split based on cluster lines determined in 2007; the new Lanier Cluster Elementary School will open under its new name in fall 2009; and the opening of Lanier High School in 2010, completing the cluster redistricting.

Also, the Gwinnett School of Advanced Mathematics, Science and Technology will begin in 2007 with a temporary location at Duluth High School in 2007.

Also discussed were the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools poll, which revealed that five out of 10 parents give public schools a grade of A or B.

The district's Achievement Update showed that ACT scores in 2006 for GCPS were at an average of 21.6 out of a possible 36, while its graduation rate in 2006 was 81.4 among white students, 46.1 among Hispanic students, 78.9 among Asian students, and 61.9 among black students.

Other items approved by the board include the district's monthly financial report; a district purchasing policy, a proposed drug and alcohol testing policy; a data access and security policy and an e-mail data archiving policy; the Georgia School Boards Association Legislative Liason Network; and the Gwinnett Retirement System claim review.