School Governance

  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education serves as the governing body of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). Board members are elected on a staggered basis. Gwinnett’s School Board consists of five members, each of whom represent a different geographic district. They serve four-year terms. Gwinnett School Board district boundaries and school cluster lines are not the same. Board members represent all or part of the school populations in the following clusters:

    District I— Archer, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Discovery, Grayson, Mill Creek, Mountain View, and South Gwinnett as well as Oakland Meadow School
    District II— Central Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Discovery, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View, and North Gwinnett in addition to GIVE Center East, Phoenix High School, and the offices of the International Transition Center
    District III— Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge as well as GIVE Center West, New Life Academy of Excellence, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, and the Buice Center
    District IV— Berkmar, Brookwood, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett
    District V—Berkmar, Discovery, Duluth, Meadowcreek, and Norcross in addition to Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology and Maxwell High School of Technology

    Meet the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

    Typically, Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The School Board meets at the school system’s Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. Citizens wishing to address the Board must submit to the superintendent a written request to be placed on the Board’s agenda. The request must be received by noon on the Monday preceding the meeting. A 30-minute public forum for persons not on the agenda begins at 6:15 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m. All meetings, except executive sessions, are open to the public and the news media. View the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting schedule.

    One responsibility of Board members is to appoint the superintendent.  J. Alvin Wilbanks has served as superintendent of Gwinnett’s schools since March 1996. In his more than 40 years as an educator, Superintendent Wilbanks has served in many capacities. He came to Gwinnett County in 1983 to launch Gwinnett Technical Institute, now Gwinnett Technical College, the largest technical school in the state. He served as president of Gwinnett Tech for more than 10 years before he was appointed assistant superintendent of human resources and continuous improvement for GCPS. Superintendent Wilbanks holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and he earned an educational specialist’s degree from Georgia State University. He is a leader in numerous civic, community, and professional organizations. In December of 2004, Mr. Wilbanks was selected as Georgia Superintendent of the Year and was named one of four finalists in the national Superintendent of the Year contest.

    The Superintendent and his administrative cabinet— made up of division leaders and senior leadership staff— lead the school system. The primary function of the central office is to support local schools. The school system is organized in such a way to respond to the needs and expectations of local schools and community members most effectively and efficiently. View the school system's Organizational Structure.