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Ga. Gwinnett College food court fails health inspection

Ga. Gwinnett College food court fails health inspection

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Health officials say a food court at Georgia Gwinnett College has failed a recent inspection.

Authorities say the Feb. 21 report gave the site a score of 64 out of a possible 100, resulting in an unsatisfactory report.

GGC spokeswoman Sally Ramey says the school uses a food management service firm for its food services. She told the Gwinnett Daily Post that GGC contracts with that company, "so this is their issue."

Violations found include equipment collecting dust and debris, parasite destruction documentation for raw sushi was inadequate, and vegetables were stored below raw chicken in a walk-in cooler.

Before the Feb. 21 inspection, the location scored a 100 on Nov. 28, 2012, and a 90 on Apr. 20, 2012.

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.

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Twenty Southeast schools will compete later this month for a chance to attend the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl.

The regional bowl will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Eighteen schools from Georgia and two from Florida will battle for a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national bowl in late April.

Teams from Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., and these Georgia schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, will compete in the regional event:

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. 

New principals named to 3 Gwinnett schools

New principals named to 3 Gwinnett schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education has chosen new principals for three public elementary schools.

Ruth Westbrooks is now the principal of Puckett's Mill Elementary in Dacula. She most recently served as assistant principal at Partee Elementary in Snellville, a position she'd held since 2008.

Westbrooks has also worked as a teacher and a literacy coach. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Georgia State University and a master's degree in reading and literacy from Walden University. Westbrooks also earned certification in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia.

She replaces Michelle Farmer, who is now director of leadership development in the Division of Human Resources.

Clifton Alexander is the new principal at Simonton Elementary in Lawrenceville. He comes to the school from Meadowcreek Elementary in Norcross, where he had been an assistant principal since 2009.

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: