A busy start to the year for Gwinnett schools

Students board a bus at Burnette Elementary School in Suwanee on Aug. 13. Gwinnett County Public Schools run 1,980 buses daily. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
Students board a bus at Burnette Elementary School in Suwanee on Aug. 13. Gwinnett County Public Schools run 1,980 buses daily. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

With about two weeks of school in the rearview mirror, Gwinnett County officials presented an update on enrollment, transportation and facilities maintenance as well as a rundown of summer school activities at a recent Board of Education work session.

Enrollment

By the end of last school year, Gwinnett projected 180,204 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The district does several counts the first month of school before its official count on Sept. 3.

On Aug. 13, there were 177,553. The district will take two more counts on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.

“Students come from other states and even other countries where school start dates are different,” said Steve Flynt, assistant superintendent for school improvement and operations.

Those students may not be aware of Gwinnett’s August school start date or may not have gotten to that part of the relocation process, officials said. That’s why the gradual count gives officials opportunties to adjust resources, such as teachers, bus routes and classrooms.

Transportation

On the first day of school, the buses were ready to roll. The transportation department has:

  • 1,980 school buses on the road daily
  • 131,000 miles traveled per day
  • 8,100 school bus runs daily
  • 45,000 stops in the morning and afternoon
  • 133,660 students transported last school year

Facilities maintenance

Gwinnett has 141 school facilities (80 elementary, 29 middle, 23 high schools and 9 other educational facilities). Here is some of the summer facility projects:

HVAC replacement projects: six schools

Roofing replacement projects: 10 schools

Building additions: three schools

New carpeting: 14 schools

Painting : 18 schools

On top of all those projects, the sports fields at South Gwinnett High School and Duluth High School received artifical turf in time for football season.

Summer school

Elementary Summer School had 3,372 students in reading and math.

Middle Summer School had 2,539 students in language arts, math, science and social studies.

High Summer School was offerd online and face-to-face for credit recovery and rising 9th graders.

Locations for face-to-face: Dacula, Norcross and Shiloh

Students: 1,955

Courses offered: 320

Classes taken: 3,151

Online Summer School

Students: 1,826

Courses offered: 60

Classes taken: 2,820

There were 306 graduates after summer school on July 3.

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