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Local residents to serve on education advisory committees

Vanessa Gallegos

Vanessa Gallegos

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Lawrenceville residents are serving on advisory committees that will help State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox make decisions about education in Georgia.

Vanessa Gallegos, a senior at Central Gwinnett High, is serving on the Student Advisory Committee, while Richards Middle School parent Tony Scott is serving on the Parent Advisory Committee.

Gallegos applied to be on the committee last year. Her first meeting was in November, and she and other students from around the state met to discuss the state's new math curriculum.

The discussion led to an eye-opening discussion on drop-out rates, Gallegos said.

"I think it's great," Gallegos said of being invited to participate in the council. "It really opens up your eyes to other things."

Scott, a graduate of Gwinnett's Parent Leadership Academy, will attend his first meeting on Thursday.

The Parent Advisory Council will meet two times this year to discuss how to increase parent and family engagement to ensure student success.