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Alum speaks to record GA-PCOM graduating class| PHOTOS

The largest graduating class of the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine held graduation ceremonies at the Gwinnett Center.

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Redistricting fallout: GCPS receives just 85 permissive transfer requests

Now that the school year has wrapped up and plans are well underway for the upcoming school year, district officials reported this week that 85 students made requests for permissive transfers.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools revamps substitute teacher policies

The Gwinnett County Board of Education members told leaders in human resources offices that substitutes would opt out of an assignment in order to move to another school or another district.

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Gwinnett Schools approves employee raises; J. Alvin Wilbanks raise pending contract renewal

Academy schools to have block scheduling

The School Board adopted the $1.858 billion budget at its regular monthly meeting, which was highlighted by a 4.38 percent raise for the average teacher. Within the 4.38 raise is a 2.5 percent cost-of-living-adjustment

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Crews Middle School principal Stacey Schepens finds joy in racing cars on the weekend | PHOTOS

Everyone has a weekend hobby, and for Stacey Schepens spending time racing at the track has always been in her family's blood.

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Academy model coming to two more Gwinnett high schools

The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday will hear about plans to extend the model to Berkmar High and Discovery High for the upcoming school year. The regular monthly meeting of the School Board is also expected to include the final public hearing and adoption of the 2016 budget.

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Donated instruments translate into Barry Manilow tickets

The dropoff location at the Arena is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 4. Manilow himself has already donated a new Yamaha keyboard.

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Mill Creek grad reunites with American soldier who helped her escape Iraq | PHOTOS

A Mill Creek High School graduate this week was reunited with an American soldier who help her escape Iraq in 1996 when Kurds fled the country ruled by Saddam Hussein. A classroom assignment caused her to tell the story to many for the first time.

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Providence Christian breaks ground on new athletics complex

Lussi is a long-time staff member at Providence and the new complex will be named for him. It will have new venues for football, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field. Plans for the new facilities signal the end of Providence athletes traveling off-campus to play because the school’s property lacked adequate facilities.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Grayson, Mountain View student councils receive national awards

Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

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Buford High School celebrates Class of 2015

Valedictorian Mackenzie Rene Epps and Salutatorian Rodrigo Vincenzo Moretti led a class of 247 graduates including 33 honor graduates.

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Original principal closes Mulberry Elementary for last time | PHOTOS

The only principal Mulberry Elementary has ever known waved goodbye to students for the last time on Thursday, a day that caused her to “savor every single moment” the last few weeks.

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School Board approves new principal at Suwanee Elementary

Keag was previously an assistant principal at Harmony Elementary and Loganville High, but began her career as a special education lead teacher at Crews Middle.

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Gwinnett County Schools counts 515 retirees

It’s an experienced group as 49 percent of the retirees worked their entire career in GCPS. They are support staff, administrators, classroom teachers, counselors and media specialists. One hundred and forty four have 30 or more years of service in education, and 29 have 40 or more years in education.

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As graduation ceremonies begin, Collins Hill graduates encouraged to build relationships | PHOTOS

That sentiment was shared in speeches from Principal Kerensa Wing and School Board member Dan Seckinger, and from Class President Margo Bridgers, who added that while some dreams have been accomplished, “the time to excel has not stopped here.”

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