Local schools may take Decatur's alternative students

SUWANEE -- A newly forged partnership between Gwinnett County Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur could open the door for students in need of an alternative school to attend one of Gwinnett's facilities.

City Schools of Decatur has not operated its own alternative education program since 2009. The district has instead created partnerships with other school systems to serve students placed on long-term suspension.

The district has most recently used DeKalb County Public Schools to serve their students in alternative education, but CSD is seeking additional options for students.

Department of Academic Support Director Jim Taylor pitched the idea to the Gwinnett County Board of Education during Thursday's work session. Taylor said that the local district would be reimbursed at about $44 per day per student.

He said there would be a screening process to determine which students would be allowed to attend GCPS.

"We reserve the right to review all students, and if we decide it's not in our best interest for a student to attend a GIVE Center, we have the right to refuse," Taylor said.

Students that come over from Decatur would attend either GIVE Center West or East -- both are GCPS alternative schools.

During its regular business meeting later in the evening, the board of education unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with CSD. Taylor said GCPS has a similar agreement with Buford City Schools.

He said that a "Litmus test with this situation is what we're currently doing with Buford City. We have a strict screening process for those students. Through that process, we will not jeopardize the safety and security of our students under any circumstances."


gwinnettresident1 2 years, 11 months ago

The 44 dollars would not even pay for transportation...I bet we have to go get them and take them home.


Kat 2 years, 11 months ago

Why would we need to import delinquent students? Are we running low in Gwinnett?


kevin 2 years, 11 months ago

Why have these types of schools in Gwinnett being so secretive? What is their names and how many do we have lying around here that we are paying for?


mcparent 2 years, 11 months ago

They are listed in the article... there are 2 - GIVE Center East and West. One is on Hi-Hope Rd across from Police Dept and 1 is is the old Norcross High School bldg. These schools are far from "empty" and they have full-time GCPS teachers.


NewsReader 2 years, 11 months ago

GIVE Center East (Gwinnett InterVention & Education) is located at 723 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville, GA. Give Center West is located at 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. There is no secret about these schools Kevin. They have been in Gwinnett since 1994. These aren't, and never have been, "empty schools" in Gwinnett. I'm quite certain they are run by the teacher's unions you speak of so frequently that are non-existent here in Georgia.


TOWG 2 years, 11 months ago

At 44 dollars a day we are not even breaking even on this deal! Why should my tax dollars be used to underwrite a bunch of loser kids from Decatur? If we could make some money on this and only accept Decaturs AP students it would be one thing, but this is not going to end well.


kevin 2 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if Gwinnett will be using its regular teachers for this or private teachers? Does anyone know? I didn't know these "empty" schools existed in Gwinnett.


news2me 2 years, 11 months ago

GCPS is likely getting money from the state and / or fed to take on these additional students. An overcrowded regular classroom is bad enough, but this spells Trouble!

I really am sick and tired of GCPS taking on students that don't belong here. Period!


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