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Wilbanks talks furloughs, raises, safety

SUWANEE -- Board members of Gwinnett County Public Schools met Thursday with a group of teacher-representatives from each school to talk about current concerns.

During the annual meeting of the Teachers Advisory Council, board members split from the regularly scheduled work session to meet with the teacher-representatives, many of whom voiced concerns on a number of subjects including furlough days, salary increases and additional security at schools.

Following the individual meetings, the group came together to discuss some of the topics. Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks answered questions about all of the above.

"There won't be any raises," said Wilbanks as a group of more than 100 teachers listened. "There's no money for raises."

GCPS employees have not gotten raises in four years, Wilbanks said, due to a lack of funding.

Regarding furlough days, Wilbanks said he couldn't say "whether the elimination of furlough days is going to happen ... there's been no discussion about having to increase those, and we hope to eliminate the two that are there."

In addition, Wilbanks addressed questions of security at district schools, in light of the tragic events in Newtown, Conn.

"We are hoping to add some SROs (School Resource Officers) that would add more coverage for us," he said. "When the budget comes out the board will try to make sure that's included."

According to district spokesman Jorge Quintana, the board of education meets with the teachers annually "to hear from them about the achievements and challenges of the district."

"The role of each teacher-representative is an essential one as they serve as the liaison between the superintendent, the school board and the rest of the faculty at their school," Quintana said.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

By the way, most of us haven't gotten a raise in 4 yrs either. What makes government, whom we pay for, give them out freely? Many of us can't even find a job much less worry about a raise. Government employees need to be more patient or change jobs, if you can under Obama.

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

I suppose you missed the part where Wilbanks said there would be no raises.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 6 months ago

maybe the BOE should cut back on their building spree so they can afford what they already have.

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Seemsrighttome 1 year, 6 months ago

I bet Wilbanks has received a raise in the last 4 years...

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JohninSuwanee 1 year, 6 months ago

I would like to know if Wilbanks and others at the executive or superintendent level have received raises. I certainly hope not if the teachers aren't getting them. The previous poster is correct, most people haven't gotten much, if any, raises and many have had to take reductions in salary or hours worked. This will probably only get worse when Obamacare fully kicks in. However, in most cases in the private sector, executives are experiencing the same. If Wilbanks is receiving increases, this should be brought out and made public.

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pcjohn 1 year, 6 months ago

If the GCPS system is so low on funds then why is Wilbanks playing Daddy Warbucks to the Chamber of Commerce? Keep those funds for the kids and teachers, no matter how little it may be.

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Flyer 1 year, 6 months ago

Wilbanks has recieved about a 30% raise in the last 4 years.

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SickandTired 1 year, 6 months ago

the shop teacher needs to go. IMHO he's a liar and shifty.

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SickandTired 1 year, 6 months ago

This is from a GDP article Jan.2012: The rest of the BOE needs to go too. Only in Gwinnett can a BOE member have his mugshot on the front page for FAILURE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT!!!!

On Wednesday, the district released a copy of the contract, which details the terms and compensation for his employment with the school system from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.

His base salary is $348,259 per year, the same amount he was paid during the previous contract time period.

The superintendent's total compensation includes his base salary plus a cost of living increase equal to that of the average increase for teachers. Neither teachers nor Wilbanks received a cost of living increase in 2011.

A monthly retirement supplement of $3,500 is included in his base salary as well as a transportation allowance of $1,500 per month.

Wilbanks has been superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996.

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 6 months ago

Having served on the TAC, nothing the teachers say or want is ever valued or implemented. It's a half-hearted attempt to give the teachers a voice but it's a sham. If the school system could produce a list of TAC proposals that have been implemented, that would be a first and of course, false. Because the only people who have any say are Mr. Potter and the the BOE.

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