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School district names new COO

School district names new COO

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Daniel Jardine has been named the Gwinnett County School District's new Chief Operations Officer.

Jardine's appointment was announced at the Gwinnett County Board of Education's February meeting.

In his new position, he will oversee construction, building maintenance, risk management and transportation, among other divisions in the district.

Jardine's experience includes facility planning and service work in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Carter and Associates, a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta.

Jardine earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

He replaces longtime Gwinnett County School District COO Jim Steele, who retired in November.

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

DACULA, Ga. -- Authorities say 10 students at a high school northeast of Atlanta have been disciplined after school officials say one of them brought marijuana brownies to school and shared them.

Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana says an 11th-grade student brought the brownies to Dacula High School on Feb. 20. 

According to Quintana, the school began in investigation into the incident after receiving information that the brownies contained marijuana. 

Quintana said a total of 10 students were disciplined because he said the students received the brownies knowing marijuana was in them.

Duluth MS teacher named Ga. Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

Duluth MS teacher named Ga. Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

DULUTH, Ga. -- Jennifer Burley, a science teacher at Duluth Middle School, is the 2013 Georgia Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.

The Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) presented Burley with her award during its annual banquet last weekend.

Burley has taught seventh grade science at Duluth Middle since 2004. She was the school's Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 school year.

Burley has a bachelor's degree in geology and environmental science and policy from Clemson University, a master's degree in science education from Georgia State University and a specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College.

Learn more about the GSTA at georgiascienceteacher.org.

9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Nine Gwinnett County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Gwinnett's AP Merit Schools are Berkmar; Brookwood; Duluth; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology; Mill Creek; Mountain View; North Gwinnett; Parkview and Peachtree Ridge.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Peach State Federal Credit Union has given $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation scholarship fund.

The money will go to four scholarships awarded to exceptional Gwinnett high school seniors.

"I applaud Peach State Federal Credit Union for this effort," GCPS Foundation President David Seago said in a statement. "Gwinnett depends on the quality of the workforce, and it is a smart investment to help students achieve post-secondary success."

The GCPS Foundation is a non-profit that helps Gwinnett County students succeed in both school and life. Learn more at gcps-foundation.org.

Formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union now serves Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. It awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarship money and educational grants in 2012.

Big interest draws lottery for GSMST admission

Big interest draws lottery for GSMST admission

GWINNETT COUNTY -- The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology will hold a lottery to decide which students are admitted into the next freshman class in fall of 2013. 

A spokesman for GSMST said the school had a great number of students interested in attending, as almost 850 eighth graders had turned in registration for admission as of the February 1 deadline. Only 350 students can be admitted. 

The lottery is set for Monday, February 11, and will begin at 7:30 a.m. The drawing will be held in the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. 

Those students who will be a part of the lottery were assigned a number, and notified of that number by email. They will also find out if their name was selected shortly after the drawing, wither by email or mail. The lottery is open to the public, but parents and students are not required to be there. 

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include: