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"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." ~ Steve Jobs

Message from Mr. Wilbanks

On Saturday, March 26, the Gwinnett County Board of Education held its first work session on the proposed FY2017 Budget. During the meeting, we officially announced that the proposed budget includes a 3% pay increase for all school district employees. The Board and I are pleased to be able to share this good news with our hardworking employees throughout the organization.

Although we see some improvement in the state and local economy this year, these remain challenging economic times. In order to leverage every dollar available to us, I proposed to the Board that the pay increase be handled differently than raises in past years. Therefore, the 3% raise will be distributed in two segments:

- First, every full-time, benefits-eligible active employee on May 20, 2016, will receive a 1% one-time pay adjustment in FY2016. This payment will be included in the June 2016 paycheck.

- Second, all employees will receive a 2% cost-of-living increase in FY2017, which begins on July 1, 2016.

In addition to this 3% increase, the budget includes funding for a longevity-step salary increase for all employees eligible for a step increase. This group includes 95% of current teachers. All told, the average salary increase for teachers will be 3.87%.

With the proposed salary improvements, the Board and I wish to reward our employees for the hard work you do, while also ensuring you have the resources you need and a climate conducive to teaching and learning.

J. Alvin Wilbanks,


Messages from EH

I hope you all have enjoyed Spring Break! It was a much deserved vacation, and I hope you all had the chance to do something fun with friends and family.

I hope you are all ready to stay busy for the next couple weeks. It is going to go quickly!!!

Random Notes...

* Please reserve the visitor parking places for visitors. Staff should not park in those spots.

* Reminder of the testing meetings:

APRIL 12th at 7:30 AM for all teachers and parapros. There will be a make-up meeting on April 13th at 7:30 AM if you cannot attend the 12th. The meeting will be held in the Cafe.

Examiner's Manual Review Sessions will be held during planning times on April 12th and 13th in the testing room. Examiners for grades 3-5 will need to attend one session.


April 18th - LArts Parts 1 and 2

April 19th - LArts Part 3

April 21st - Math Parts 1 and 2

April 25th - Science Parts 1 and 2

April 27th - SStudies Parts 1 and 2

There will be rolling make-ups and all testing will be completed by April 29th!

Thank you for all you have done to support Relay for Life! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

I continue to be impressed with all that you do each and every day for our students and each other.

Have a great week!