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Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

ATLANTA -- The nominees for the 2012-13 Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points and was hosted by past Suzi winners Ingrid Cole and Glenn Rainey.

RELATED | See last year's Suzi nominees
RELATED | See last year's Suzi winners

The Suzi Awards are named for Suzi Bass, a well-loved Atlanta actress who died of cancer in 2002. Every year, they honor some of the best theater productions in metro Atlanta.

Rep. Sheldon of Dacula announces bid for Congress

Rep. Sheldon of Dacula announces bid for Congress

ATLANTA -- Republican state Rep. Donna Sheldon says she'll be running for Congress in the 10th District.

Sheldon, who is part of the leadership team in the Georgia House of Representatives, announced her bid Tuesday.

In a statement, Sheldon touted her experience working in the General Assembly and fighting for "principled conservative programs that allow people the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families."

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who currently represents the 10th Congressional District, has announced he'll be leaving to run for U.S. Senate. The upcoming retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Moultrie, could create quite a few openings in Georgia's congressional delegation as officials consider running for the seat.

Sheldon, chair of the House Majority Caucus, represents Dacula and parts of Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Charles "Chip" Moore has been appointed manager of Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police Chief Charles Walters chose Moore for the job after conducting two nationwide searches. Moore's first day in his new role was Mar. 30.

The job won't be too difficult for Moore to fill -- prior to his appointment, he was serving as interim manager.

"Over the last 13 months, Chip has exhibited the highest quality leadership and concern for the needs of Gwinnett County citizens and employees of the shelter," Walters said in a statement. "His appointment is a key factor in the continual improvement of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section."

Under Moore's temporary leadership, the county's animal volunteer program grew, and Gwinnett saw an increase in adoption rates and decrease in euthanasia rates.

Ga. Gwinnett College names interim president

Ga. Gwinnett College names interim president

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Dr. Stanley "Stas" Preczewski has been named interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College.

Preczewski is currently the college's VP for Academic and Student Affairs. He will replace Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, who is leaving the school to be president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

"I look forward to working with the (University System of Georgia) and the Board of Regents," Preczewski said in a statement. "As we transition our growth model to complement the USG's strategic direction, there is great opportunity to build upon the countless achievements of President Kaufman and consolidate our strengths to leverage further success for our entire community in the years ahead."

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.