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BOE meeting time earlier due to scheduling conflict

SUWANEE — For this month only, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be taking care of business at an earlier time.

Following its regularly scheduled 3 p.m. work session, the school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Instructional Support Center to vote on the consent agenda for its business meeting and hear the superintendent’s reports. Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said the meeting is being altered this month because of a scheduling conflict later in the evening.

At 6 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing on its budget, which will be up for adoption later in the evening.

If You Go

• What: Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting

• When: 3 p.m. work session, 5:30 and 7 p.m. business meeting, 6 p.m. public hearing, 6:30 p.m. open session

• Where: Board room, Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee

An open forum for residents to address the board will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The rest of the business meeting will be held at 7 p.m., which includes the vote on the adoption of the $1.7 billion budget and the tentative adoption of the millage rate, which the board plans to maintain at 20.55 total mills for the seventh consecutive year.

Also on the agenda, the board will consider two charter school proposals submitted by Ivy Preparatory Academy founder Nina Gilbert. Gilbert has submitted petitions to open a charter school for girls, as well as one for boys.

Ivy Prep, the state’s first all-girls charter school, currently serves students in sixth through eighth grades in Norcross. The school’s funding is threatened because the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which approved and funds Ivy Prep, was illegally created.

Also on Thursday evening, the school board will honor the 51 recipients of Broad Prize scholarship money with a reception. The graduating seniors will share in the $1 million prize, which Gwinnett County Public Schools won for having the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.

The Instructional Support Center is located at 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee.

To view the complete agenda, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/board.nsf/public.