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Keith Farner

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Gwinnett Tech receives $5,000 grant to support at-risk youth, dropout prevention

The grant funds will be used to pay for books, credit recovery, training, graduation fees, college application fees and other necessary expenses for students.

Gas prices falling entering busy holiday weekend

Georgia’s state average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, $2.66, is five cents cheaper than last week; 91 cents lower than the price on July 4, 2014.

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Hundreds turn out for Coolray Field home run derby fundraiser for cancer research | PHOTOS

The event was put on by the P4 Foundation and was organized by 17-year-old Mill Creek High School baseball player Gino Vizzi and his father, Dave, to raise money for childhood cancer research. Gino has made strides in recent months following a September diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia.

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Ham radio operators participate in Field Day at Harbins Park

The operators had a range of radio communication forms, from morse code, to emergency operations and digital. The event also had a “Get-On-The-Air” station with a ham coach who helped novices make radio contacts.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: BOE honors retiring Georgia School Boards Association executive director

Henry is retiring after 44 years of service to public education. She came to the GSBA, which is located in Lawrenceville, after 22 years with the South Carolina School Boards Association.

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Greater Gwinnett Championship names Volunteers of the Year

The tournament announced this week that Juli Jackson-Perrigan was named this year’s Leadership Volunteer of the Year, while Dave Scofield was named the Volunteer of the Year.

Gwinnett Online Campus receives award for engagement, communication

The school was given a Brightspace Excellence award to be recognized for using the Brightspace platform to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative, or have made an extraordinary impact on learning outcomes.

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New types of schools, education formats coming to Gwinnett County Schools

School officials discussed theme-based and magnet schools across the district, along with the offerings for five new or re-located schools opening in August.

Gwinnett School Board approves millage rate, 3.24 percent tax increase

The millage rate, 21.85 mills, is the same as last year, but because property values have risen in the last year, local revenue is expected to increase by $13.3 million. The difference from fiscal 2009 equates to more than $100 million a year less in operating revenue, Chief Financial Officer Rick Cost said.

Gwinnett School Board denies two charter school applications

Purpose International Academy would have served sixth grade through high school, or students ages 11 to 18, while Crimson International Academy would have served students from kindergarten through middle school and ages five through 13.

Gwinnett School Board to consider millage rate, charter school applications

Board of Education to also recognize 14 students with perfect K-12 attendance

Purpose International Academy would serve sixth grade through high school, or students ages 11 to 18, while Crimson International Academy would serve students from kindergarten through middle school and ages five through 13.

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High-end sportscar maker moving operations from Lawrenceville

British automaker Group Lotus plc announced on Wednesday that the move to Ann Arbor coincides with the launch of the 2017 Evora 400 in North America.

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Duluth native, UGA grad student wins $30,000 scholarship for business idea

He will participate in a 10-week graduate studies program at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley ideas incubator that seeks to solve the world’s most pressing challenges using advanced technologies.

Construction education group accepts Gwinnett Tech

The ASC promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge, and aims to inspire, guide and promote excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: South Gwinnett grad named Bank of America Student Leader

The Bank of America Summer Youth Employment initiative recognizes community-minded high school students across the country. The program connects them to employment, skills development and service.

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Gwinnett teachers discuss project-based learning at STEM workshop

During a four-day workshop this week that ended on Thursday, more than 100 Gwinnett teachers learned the how. As in, how do we teach this to students in a way that engages them.

BOE holds first public hearing on millage rate

The difference from fiscal 2009 equates to more than $100 million a year less in operating revenue

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Gwinnett School Board approves new principal for Harbins Elementary

Cindy Truett, who has led the school since 2004, has announced she will retire at the end of the month.

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Ga. Supreme Court sides with mayor in Snellville attorney case

Kelly Kautz immediately terminates city attorney Tony Powell

The unanimous decision was written by Justin Harold Melton, and it reversed decisions by the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Gwinnett County Superior Court, which both ruled that only the Snellville City Council has the authority under the city charter to fire the city attorney.

Gwinnett Tech, HR firm to partner on leadership event

The Leadership Essentials program is based upon the teachings of leadership and business experts David Keirsey, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell and Stephen Covey.

Gas prices continue to rise as forecast calls for year-end dropoff

The Energy Information Administration’s latest forecast expects monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Captain Planet salutes Summerour for agriculture program

The new 17-acre campus includes a Teaching and Demonstration Garden where students and their families can learn a variety of techniques for growing, harvesting and even cooking fresh vegetables.

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Summer camps make for busy time at Environmental and Heritage Center | PHOTOS

Some of the camps gave kids the chance to explore “Creatures that Creep, Crawl and Slither,” an art and theatre camp that covers Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, and how to build Legos of varying skill levels.

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Snellville holds ceremony to celebrate Flag Day | PHOTOS

Elected officials, military veterans and residents gathered in front of Snellville City Hall on Friday morning to celebrate Flag Day with a fourth annual celebration.

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Digital learning event gives nearly 800 Gwinnett teachers classroom tips

The all-day conference was dedicated to digital learning and how to integrate it in classrooms and included more than 115 presentations in front of teachers, media specialists, principals and vendors.

North Fulton Hospital wins award for working with Gwinnett Tech

Gwinnett Tech’s partnership with North Fulton Hospital began five years ago, with the hospital serving as a clinical site for students in Gwinnett Tech’s programs in Radiologic Technology, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography and Cardiac Catheterization.

Ga. DOE to receive $4.5 million after Georgia Milestones glitches

CTB/McGraw-Hill will provide $4.5 million in services at no cost to the state following content errors and disruptions during Georgia Milestones testing. That also includes safeguards to ensure future administrations of the test take place with no similar issues.

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Stone Mountain grandmother wins $1.5 million lottery prize

Stinnett, 63, won after she played the instant game, “Fast Bucks,” at the store at 612 Rockbridge Road S.W. in Lilburn.

National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm warning for Gwinnett

Radar images marked a cell of severe weather that moved east across the metro Atlanta area before 4 p.m.

Gwinnett Tech, Ga. Tech set for quarterly education manufacturing luncheon

The event is designed to learn how to interpret the new high level structure, begin working on a project plan to implement new strategies into existing systems and discover what changes you need to make to retain your company’s ISO certification.

Libraries launch summer reading program tied to 529 sweepstakes

Parents, grandparents and legal guardians can enter children born in 1999 or after and who are participating in the Georgia Public Library 2015 Summer Reading Program for a chance to win. Path2College 529 will randomly select four regional winners and the grand prize winner.

Gas prices remain in the $2.60s, 88 cents cheaper than last year

Most gas prices in Gwinnett on Monday morning were in the mid-$2.60s, while the cheapest, according to, was $2.54 at a Valero in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Tech invites new, prospective students to photography open house

Program director Judith Pishnery will offer information sessions while other faculty members will answer questions and give tours.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Harris Elementary named top urban school

The Duluth school was named a Silver Level winner as one of the nation’s highest performing schools by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.

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Walton EMC releases pricing, availability details for new solar electricity project

The project consists of a one-megawatt solar electricity generation site in northeastern Walton County. The six-acre facility will use 4,280 individual solar panels and is expected to produce about two million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity per year

GCPS projects tax revenue to rise $13.3M, enrollment up to 176,000

A projected net growth is expected to be three percent in the local property tax digest. Because the millage rate is projected to remain the same, taxpayers whose property has not been reassessed will see no change in their school tax bill.

GGC’s Women in Information Technology group receives gift

WIT@GGC will use the grant to host a fall kick-off and spring celebration to allow students to familiarize themselves with opportunities in the GGC community of IT majors.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Brookwood reaches $100K fundraising goal

Nearly every organization at Brookwood supported the effort. Clubs, teams, and staff created fundraising events and activities, classrooms participated in contests, and several groups donated money.

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Redflex school bus stop-arm violations top 12,000

Dozens of motorists have received more than three citations. At $300, $750 and $1,000 per occurrence, the violations quickly become expensive.

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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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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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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.