Community packs Parkview for area meeting

LILBURN -- During the third installment of the Gwinnett County Public Schools area board meetings, hundreds came together to learn what's going on outside the walls of their schools and beyond the boundaries of their communities.

Christine Ramsey, for one, appreciated the annual gathering at Parkview High School, which offered those in District 4 of GCPS a chance to hear from public officials like her school board representative Robert McClure.

"It gives me a chance to get the 10,000 foot view," Ramsey said. "It's nice to know what's going on at my daughter's school, but it's much nicer even to learn what's going on with the whole school system."

As he's done at the previous two area board meetings this month, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks gave attendees like Ramsey a glimpse of the district's Fiscal Year 2014 budget -- a projected total of $1.7 billion overall, with $1.2 billion earmarked for the general fund or the operations budget.

He also took the opportunity to congratulate District 4 on a job well done.

"Good communities don't just make good schools, they demand good schools," Wilbanks said.

District 4 includes Anderson-Livsey Elementary, Annistown Elementary, Arcado Elementary, Berkmar High, Berkmar Middle, Britt Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Brookwood High, Camp Creek Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Craig Elementary, Five Forks Middle, Gwin Oaks Elementary, Head Elementary, Knight Elementary, Lilburn Elementary, Lilburn Middle, Mountain Park Elementary, Nesbit Elementary, Parkview High, Partee Elementary, Pharr Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Shiloh High, Shiloh Middle, Snellville Middle, South Gwinnett High and Trickum Middle.

On Thursday, a 7 p.m. meeting hosted by District 1's Carole Boyce will be held at Archer High.

A final area board meeting will be hosted by District 5's Louise Radloff at 7 p.m. April 16 at Meadowcreek High.