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School board to consider adopting support materials

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education will be asked today to adopt support materials for the middle and high school advisement program.

The school district piloted the materials in several schools this year. The materials include "Teenagers Preparing for the Real World" for eighth-graders, "Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, Committee for Children" for sixth- through eighth-graders and "HS 101" and "Student Paths" for ninth- through 12th-graders.

The projected budget for the materials is $301,500, according to the school board's agenda.

The board will vote on the materials during its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.

School board members will also be asked to adopt the Gwinnett Educational Management System Oversight Committee's recommended changes to the Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum. The recommendation is based on the committee's review and input from educators and community members.

The business meeting will be preceded by a 3 p.m. work session. School district staff members will make presentations to the board members about the advisement materials and the committee's recommendations.

The agenda for tonight's meeting is available online at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/Board.nsf/.

School board members will also meet Saturday morning at the Instructional Support Center for a work session to discuss Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks' proposed $1.9 billion budget.

The board is expected to adopt the tentative budget Tuesday during a work session before the area board meeting at Peachtree Ridge High School. Two public hearings will take place in early May before the school board adopts the final budget.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Gwinnett County Board of Education's monthly business meeting

· When: 7 p.m. today

· Where: Board room, Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee

· For information: Visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/Board.nsf/