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Gwinnett PTAs to be split into 3 groups

LILBURN - When Holly Melton and Angela Monetta were elected co-presidents of the Gwinnett County Council of PTAs in May, one of their goals was to split the organization into three smaller groups.

At a council meeting at Berkmar High School on Tuesday evening, Melton and Monetta said the process is on track. Three PTA councils should exist in Gwinnett County by June 1, and the Gwinnett Council, which currently manages 102 active school PTAs, will be dissolved.

"This will allow the Gwinnett County schools and PTAs to have more effective management from the council level," Monetta said.

Mary Helen Harris, the council's chairwoman for the Georgia PTA, said the split will provide more support to the local school units, strengthen the advocacy for children in Gwinnett County and provide more opportunities for students to be recognized.

The council is splitting along area lines established by Gwinnett County Public Schools. Members of the groups voted Tuesday to approve the following names:

n Area I Gwinnett County Council of PTAs, which includes schools in the Brookwood, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett clusters.

n Area II Gwinnett County Council of PTAs, which includes schools in the Collins Hill, Duluth, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters. The school district will add the new Lanier cluster to this area as well.

n Area III Gwinnett County Council of PTAs, which includes schools in the Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson and Mill Creek clusters. The school district will add the new Archer and Mountain View clusters to this area.

Members of the new councils can decide to vote to change the name of their organization at a later time.