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Wilbanks named co-chair of consortium

J. Alvin Wilbanks

J. Alvin Wilbanks

SUWANEE — For the second straight year, Gwinnett County Public School’s top executive has been named a co-chair of a consortium of large suburban school districts.

J. Alvin Wilbanks will serve alongside Joshua P. Starr, the superintendent of suburban Washington’s Mountgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, of the new Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium. Wilbanks was co-chair of the corsortium last year. It’s a collaboration of 15 school districts in 10 states, which serve 1.3 million students, that aims to share ideas and resources to find successful policies and practices.

“The districts in the consortium have different educational approaches and philosophies and face different challenges, but we have all had success in providing a high-quality education to a large number of students,” Wilbanks said in a press release. “I look forward to sharing what we have learned through our experiences and using that to inform the national conversation about how we improve education across the country.”

GCPS is the 13th largest school district in the country, and Wilbanks, who has served as superintendent since 1996, is the longest-serving large-district superintendent in the country, according to GCPS.

The Consortium will focus on three areas: Establish a community of practice, collaboration, and shared values; foster success of others through sharing best practices, innovation, and supportive leadership; and draw from effective practices and strategies to inform federal policy.