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District 3 talks eCLASS initiative, budget at area board meeting

Mary Kay Murphy

Mary Kay Murphy

SUWANEE -- District 3 School Board Member Mary Kay Murphy welcomed a group of hundreds to the school system's first area board meeting of the year Tuesday night.

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.

Released on Tuesday, the district's projected Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $1.7 billion mirrors the 2007 budget, Wilbanks said.

"We have just now gotten back to the 2007 numbers," Wilbanks said. "We've tried to make sure our budget continues to provide the best education for our students."

School board member Louise Radloff said the group of parents, teachers and administrators at Tuesday's meeting was "an amazing group. A school is only as good as the people want it to be, and you are amazing. We couldn't do it without your support."

District Representative Mary Kay Murphy thanked the crowd for coming out Tuesday.

"It's been a remarkable meeting," Murphy said. "I know you'll join me in celebration of the great things going on in our district in Gwinnett County Public Schools."

The district includes: Berkeley Lake Elementary, Buice School, Burnette Elementary, Chattahoochee Elementary, Duluth High, Duluth Middle, Harris Elementary, Hull Middle. Jackson Elementary, Lanier Middle, Level Creek Elementary, Mason Elementary, McKendree Elementary, Monarch School, New Life Academy of Excellence -- Duluth, Norcross High, North Gwinnett High, North Gwinnett Middle, Parsons Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, Peachtree Ridge High, Pinckneyville Middle, Riverside Elementary, Simpson Elementary, Sycamore Elementary and White Oak Elementary.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, a second session is slated at Mill Creek High for District 2 residents. The sessions will continue the following week, with a 7 p.m. meeting April 2 at Parkview High. On April 4, 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 Radloff at 7 p.m. April 16 at Meadowcreek High.