NORCROSS -- For Keegan Nicodemus, a 2007 Meadowcreek graduate, the high school was a safe haven.
He described his time at the local facility as "a milestone of self-awareness...which gave me an education which rivals the best of them."
The Georgia Tech graduate talked to hundreds of visitors Tuesday evening during the District 5 area board meeting, the fifth and final of the Gwinnett County Public Schools meetings, which aim to bring communities together to discuss important topics with local leaders. Meadowcreek opened its doors for the occasion.
He and fellow speakers Collins Udekigbo and Phiet Do presented District 5 School Board Representative Louise Radloff with a bouquet of flowers thanking her for more than 40 years of service to the school system.
Radloff thanked them for the flowers and the community for being "a truly hardworking group...committed to the success of our children."
Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks talked with the group about, among other things, the district's Academic Knowledge and Skills Curriculum, the eCLASS initiative, the new teacher evaluation system and the budget.
Representatives from each cluster spoke during the meeting as well.
Among them, Michelle Popa, who is a parent of children in the Berkmar Cluster. She bragged on programming at the schools in which her students attend: Sweetwater Middle, Kanoheda Elementary and Minor Elementary.
District 5 includes Beaver Ridge Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Chesney Elementary, Corley Elementary, Ferguson Elementary, GIVE Center West, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, Gwinnett County Online Campus, Hopkins Elementary, Kanoheda Elementary, Maxwell High School of Technology, Meadowcreek Elementary, Meadowcreek High, Minor Elementary, New Life Academy of Excellence-Norcross, Norcross Elementary, Radloff Middle, Rockbridge Elementary, Stripling Elementary, Summerour Middle and Sweetwater Middle.