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Gwinnett Chamber fetes J. Alvin Wilbanks ahead of his last day as superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools

07/30/2021

When outgoing Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks wakes up Monday morning, it will be the first time in decades that he hasn't had to think about how his decisions will impact the education of students.

But, that doesn't mean Wilbanks — whose last day as the superintendent of Georgia's largest school system is this weekend — will be able to sleep in and relax when next week rolls around and GCPS is preparing for the start of a new school year without him at the helm.

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Four recent Gwinnett County grads among newly named College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners

07/30/2021

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named four more members of Gwinnett County Public Schools Class of 2021 as recipients of 2021 National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

That brings the total number of GCPS students awarded NMSC College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships to 10. The newly announced winners are...

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Grayson High grad selected by Bank of America for Student Leaders program

07/27/2021

Recent Grayson High School graduate Jamal Sayid is one of five metro area students recently selected by Bank of America to serve as Student Leaders.

As part of the Student Leaders Program, these students have started paid summer internships with two local Atlanta nonprofits— East Lake Foundation and Grove Park Foundation. There they are gaining workforce, leadership, and civic engagement skills, Bank of America officials said.

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Outgoing Gwinnett Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks reflects on tenure after last regular school board meeting

07/19/2021

J. Alvin Wilbanks has participated in a staggering number of school board meetings in his 25-year career as Gwinnett County Public Schools superintendent.

The number adds up — by Wilbanks’ estimate — to 307 monthly meetings.

But, Thursday was a milestone for Wilbanks, who will turn 79 and leave his position at the end of this month. It was his last regularly scheduled board meeting as superintendent.

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Gwinnett school board names Kent School District chief Calvin Watts as sole finalist for GCPS superintendent position

07/19/2021

The Gwinnett County Board of Education has named Calvin Watts as the sole finalist to replace outgoing Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, putting the district on the cusp of a history-making leadership appointment.

The vote to name Watts as the finalist came during the board’s monthly meeting Thursday night at the Instructional Support Center named for Wilbanks.

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Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office will hand out free book bags, school supplies at July 24 Back-to-School event

07/19/2021

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is planning to invite families to enjoy some pre-Back-to-School fun, and to get some free school supplies, later this month.

The sheriff’s office is planning to hold a Back-to-School celebration from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on July 24 at Rhodes Jordan Park Pavilions 1, 2 and 3 in Lawrenceville. The event will feature several activities for families to enjoy, but its main attraction will likely be a free book bag and school supply giveaway at the Sheriff’s Office’s community relations table.

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