Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will retain his role at the helm of Georgia’s largest school system for an additional two years, following an announcement by the Gwinnett County Board of Education at its monthly meeting Thursday.

Wilbanks’ contract extension will go into effect July 1 and run through June 30, 2020. Wilbanks is in his 55th year as an educator and has been the Superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools since 1996. Currently, he has a base salary of $333,770.35 with a total compensation of $512,160.57. Wilbanks’ base pay will increase by $10,000 per year to bring his salary next year to $343.770.35 with a total compensation of $522,760.57.

The provisions of the new contract remain the same as those of his previous contract. Wilbanks will receive a transportation allowance, an expense allowance, and two monthly supplements (a $3,500 retirement supplement and a $6,250 longevity supplement). In addition, an annual contribution of $29,590.22 will be made to the Teachers Retirement System.

Wilbanks’ two-year extension is the maximum length allowed according to a local statute.

In addition, Brookwood High School language arts teacher Dr. Amber Simmons was recognized during the board meeting for being named a 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes and celebrates excellent high school teachers. Simmons was the only Georgia teacher to receive the award, and one of 15 winners across the country.

Other items approved during the meeting include GCPS five-year Strategic Initiatives and Priorities, Strategic Waivers School System Letter of Intent and Contract, and a total of ten items listed as part of its consent agenda including:

• Purchase orders in a monthly report of purchases greater than $2,000;

• Suwanee Elementary School HVAC and roofing modifications bid awarded to John F. Pennebaker Co. in the amount of $1,569,888;

• Gwin Oaks Elementary School HVAC and roofing modifications bid awarded to Presley Inc. in the amount of $1,680,000;

• Peachtree Elementary School HVAC Replacement bid awarded to Conditioned Air Systems Inc. in the amount of $826,941;

• Mountain View High School Stormwater Utility Easement;

• Peachtree Elementary School Right of Way Deed and Temporary Easement for the Construction of Drives to construct a new sidewalk along Jay Bird Alley to tie into the existing sidewalk;

• Approve a business relationship with Office Depot Inc. through the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Contract No. R141703;

• Certificates of Completion on Pharr Elementary School Roof Replacement and Shiloh High School Roof Replacement;

• Designating Risk Response Team as a Single Source Supplier for the purchase of video surveillance support for the contract term from Jan. 28 to January 1, 2019; and

• Purchases of PCR 1809 — Enterprise Data Governance.

GCPS will also be looking at a General Obligation Bond to help fund future building projects. According to Wilbanks the bond will be in the neighborhood of $325 million to $350 million and would not raise taxes for Gwinnett County residents.

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