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- Provide a communication network among the residents
who live in the City of Lawrenceville.
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- Provide a unified voice to the city council of local and
- Focus on QUALITY OF LIFE and sustainability of the city.
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Important upcoming dates:
December 1 - City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall
December 17 - City Council work session, 3 p.m. at City Hall
Central High looking for community partners with move to Academy concept
By Todd Cline
Monday, October 20, 2014
Josh Allen knows not a lot of people are familiar with the College and Career Academy concept that Central Gwinnett High School is currently pursuing. Allen himself didn't know a lot about it until he began researching it about six months ago, visiting different schools around the country in preparation for his job as Central's Academy Coach.
Central is one of five schools — along with Lanier, Shiloh, South Gwinnett and Meadowcreek — in the county to adopt the concept. Though it is new to Gwinnett, it's fairly easy to explain. The idea, Allen said, is to give students practical knowledge and real world experience in different fields, preparing them not only for college but for their eventual immersion into the workforce, whenever that may come.
To that end, Central is now divided into five Academies and students choose one of them, kind of like you would choose a college major. The five Academies are:
— Business and Entrepreneurship
— Medical and Healthcare Sciences
— Law, Education and Public Service
— Fine Arts and Communications professions
“Starting in 10th grade, students will begin taking pathway courses and start down one of these pathways,” Allen said. “They will graduate with a certain seal from their Academy, showing they have a background in that area.
“Teachers will be teaching the same content, but teaching it in a different way. We call it ‘teaching through an Academy lens.' The teacher finds a way to design lesson plans on the theme of their Academy. We want the students to have a skill set when they go out into the real world.”
Part of preparing students for the real world is bringing that world to them and vice versa. Already Central students have gone on field trips and had guest speakers, learning from attending Recorder's Court and from hearing from members of the Lawrenceville Police Department. Allen said Central's community partners include: The Aurora Theater,Gwinnett Medical Center, Rocket IT, Cisco and Brand Bank in addition to the Lawrenceville Police Department.
But Allen is looking for more partners to help provide real life experience. “The hope is to engage students more. Basically, we're trying to show them why what we are learning is important.”
Allen is one of the people providing that real life experience. A former police officer, Allen teaches a public safety class in addition to his duties as the Academy Coach. He also helps oversee the five different Academies, each of which has its own assistant principal, lead teacher and counselor.
With the program in its infancy, there is plenty of work for Allen in addition to his teaching duties. One of his main goals is to find partners to help provide the real world opportunties that make the concept work.
It's a great opportunity, not only for the students, but for the community partners as well.
(Link to Gwinnett Daily Post article here)
Future ‘nothing but bright' for Lawrenceville
By Kristi Reed
Lawrenceville City Councilman Tony Powell addresses the audience at Tuesday night's Lawrenceville Citizens Night at the Aurora Theatre. (Staff photo: Kristi Reed)
Dozens of people gathered Tuesday night in downtown Lawrenceville for Citizens Night. City Councilman Tony Powell described the event, hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance and the Aurora Theatre, as a celebration of what the city and its residents have accomplished.
Those accomplishments, he said, include the partnership with the Aurora Theatre. Powell said the city recently signed an agreement that will keep the organization in Lawrenceville through 2027.
Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing for the Aurora Theatre, said the theater not only improves the quality of life for residents, but generates a significant economic impact as well.
“The future is nothing but bright,” Stilo said.
Making the future bright is also a goal of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority. DDA Chairman David Still works to make the downtown area attractive to businesses, residents and visitors. During his presentation, Still expressed his gratitude to Mayor Judy Johnson and the council for using the DDA as it was intended to be used.
“It's amazing what we've been able to do,” he said.
Lisa Sherman, who serves as director of community and economic development for Lawrenceville, said her group works closely with the DDA to create a “strong core” for the community. Improving the downtown area, she explained, is critical to the overall economic development picture.
According to Sherman, businesses find Lawrenceville attractive because of the city's resources which include the Aurora Theatre, Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Medical Center.
“We are the center of everything for Gwinnett County,” she said.
Other topics covered during the Tuesday's Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance event included quality of life, code enforcement and an update about GGC. For more information, visit www.lawrencevillena.org.
Dozens of people attended the Aug. 26 event hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance.
(Staff photo: Kristi Reed)
A link to the GDP article here.
Neighborhood Gathering Sponsored by LNA
On February 27th, the LNA sponsored its first "neighborhood gathering." The gathering was held for three communities located between GA Highway 20 South and Simonton Road. Fifteen residents from Park Place, St. Lawrence Plantation, and Waverly Woods attended the meeting. Tom Combs, LNA President and Beverly Dryden, LNA Director, assisted with sign-ins, name tags, and introduction of speakers.
Gerald Martin, LNA Board Member, reviewed the Park Place construction project that was approved by the City Council. The project is for $1.6 million for sidewalks, lighting, drainage, curbs and gutters, and traffic calming. Mr. Martin also encouraged residents to get involved with the Neighborhood Watch program.
Tom Combs Keith Roche
Keith Roche, Lawrenceville City Councilman, provided excellent background and insight on the recent Council decision to contract out the commercial code envorcement ordinances. Mr. Roche expects a turn around in code enforcement. The project is to begin immediately.
One of the objectives of the meeting was to assist and encourage the residents to form an "Information Tree" for dissemination of information and also provide a venue to neighborhood concerns.
Gerald Martin Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins, LNA Board Member and fellow Park Place resident, encouraged residents to find a way to keep their neighborhood informed. Many in attendance committed to reach out to their neighbors by collecting contact information. LNA provided the initial communications by mailing flyers and letters to all residents. Follow up meetings will be held at the Ingles store on Grayson Highway. We thank Ingles for using their cafe as a meeting place.
Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance
It's Time to Spring into Action!
According to City of Lawrenceville Councilman Bob Clark , there are a dozen good neighbor practices that promote harmony and pride in our community. These practices keep our neighborhood clean, neat and enhance property values.
Good practices make good neighbors.
1. Smile and wave to other drivers or pedestrians.
2. Keep speed in the neighborhood under the speed limit of 25 mph.
3. Place trash for pick-up at the top of your driveway on the evening before or day of pickup. Pick up newspapers each morning.
4. Retrieve garbage cans the afternoon of pickup and store out of sight.
5. On a weekly basis, mow and trim around trees, driveway edges, and the street curb.
6. Keep your home and mailbox repaired and painted. Place house number so that it is visible from the street.
7. Park only on hard surfaces in the front of your home and on hard or gravel surfaces to the side or rear of your home.
8. Keep your driveway in good repair.
9. Do not park routinely or overnight on neighborhood streets.
10. Park work trucks at work, no in residential driveways.
11. Keep radio, television, or powered music sounds inside your home or very low outside your home.
12. Store household or yard care equipment and material out of sight.
Good practices make neighborhoods shine.
Interested in being appointed to one of the City's boards or commissions?
A number of citizens have expressed interest in being involved with the planning and operations of the City. If you would like to be considered for a seat on one of the City's boards or commissions, fill out the on-line application here.