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Eric Stirgus

Education reporter

Eric Stirgus is a reporter who covers education issues and the Gwinnett County Board of Education.  

Latest from Eric Stirgus

Gwinnett high school seniors help others while exploring potential career paths
 Shiloh High School’s graduation ceremony is set for Sunday, but for a group of seniors, they can also lay claim to being trailblazers on their campus.   The 16 students completed the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme. Shiloh was the first Gwinnett school to implement the program. The students gained experience...

Posted: a day ago

Shiloh High School’s graduation ceremony is set for Sunday, but for a group of seniors, they can also lay claim to being trailblazers on their campus.   The 16 students completed the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme. Shiloh was the first Gwinnett school to implement the program. The students gained experience...
Morehouse Men talk about the college’s present and future
 Morehouse College celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, but it was somewhat overshadowed by the ouster of its president and board leadership. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to three Morehouse graduates about the college’s present, future and the future of historically black colleges and universities. The men said a holistic...

Posted: 2 days ago

Morehouse College celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, but it was somewhat overshadowed by the ouster of its president and board leadership. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to three Morehouse graduates about the college’s present, future and the future of historically black colleges and universities. The men said a holistic...
Colleges’ campus carry rules raise questions for critics and supporters
 Students and faculty at some of Georgia’s largest public colleges raised questions and concerns about guidelines released Wednesday on how the state’s controversial campus carry law will work, particularly a provision that lets people carry firearms while tailgating. House Bill 280, passed by the Georgia Legislature and signed...

Posted: 3 days ago

Students and faculty at some of Georgia’s largest public colleges raised questions and concerns about guidelines released Wednesday on how the state’s controversial campus carry law will work, particularly a provision that lets people carry firearms while tailgating. House Bill 280, passed by the Georgia Legislature and signed...
Campus carry law will allow guns at tailgating
 University System of Georgia officials laid out guidelines Wednesday about how the state’s new controversial “campus carry” law will be implemented. While concealed weapons won’t be allowed inside athletics events, guns will be allowed at tailgating events, according to a two-page memo released by USG Chancellor...

Posted: 3 days ago

University System of Georgia officials laid out guidelines Wednesday about how the state’s new controversial “campus carry” law will be implemented. While concealed weapons won’t be allowed inside athletics events, guns will be allowed at tailgating events, according to a two-page memo released by USG Chancellor...
Gwinnett County student surprises her classmates with cards of kindness
 Gwinnett County student Megan Hawes learned from her family the importance of kindness and wanted to do something special for her fellow seniors at Brookwood High School. Since 2012, the school has encouraged parents and others to write personal notes to their children that they would receive before graduation. Some students, Hawes discovered...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gwinnett County student Megan Hawes learned from her family the importance of kindness and wanted to do something special for her fellow seniors at Brookwood High School. Since 2012, the school has encouraged parents and others to write personal notes to their children that they would receive before graduation. Some students, Hawes discovered...
Gwinnett County school leader relatives on payroll sparks nepotism debate
 Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks has two children and two grandchildren who work in the school district. Wilbanks said he doesn’t see a conflict-of-interest in them working for Gwinnett since he said wasn’t involved in the hiring process and has no oversight over their job duties. Others believe...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks has two children and two grandchildren who work in the school district. Wilbanks said he doesn’t see a conflict-of-interest in them working for Gwinnett since he said wasn’t involved in the hiring process and has no oversight over their job duties. Others believe...
For a Gwinnett County elementary school, it’s not too early to tour a college campus
 A group of Gwinnett County elementary school students experienced something Friday most students don’t do until much later in their academic careers. They toured a college campus. About two dozen Beaver Elementary School students visited Morehouse College near downtown Atlanta, the nation’s only historically black college for...

Posted: 8 days ago

A group of Gwinnett County elementary school students experienced something Friday most students don’t do until much later in their academic careers. They toured a college campus. About two dozen Beaver Elementary School students visited Morehouse College near downtown Atlanta, the nation’s only historically black college for...
Georgia college presidents get pay raises
 The presidents of 23 Georgia public colleges and universities got raises this week, courtesy of the state Board of Regents. The  base pay increases were between 1.5 percent and 4 percent, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the University System of Georgia. Most of the presidents received either a 3 percent or 4 percent raise...

Posted: 8 days ago

The presidents of 23 Georgia public colleges and universities got raises this week, courtesy of the state Board of Regents. The base pay increases were between 1.5 percent and 4 percent, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the University System of Georgia. Most of the presidents received either a 3 percent or 4 percent raise...
Gwinnett County school board agrees to spend $3 million on school buses
 Gwinnett County school board members approved a staff proposal Thursday to spend about $3 million on 34 school buses. Most of the buses seat 72 passengers while some seat 48 passengers, according to invoices from Peach State Freightliner, the company Gwinnett is paying for the buses. The 48-seat buses will be used for special education...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gwinnett County school board members approved a staff proposal Thursday to spend about $3 million on 34 school buses. Most of the buses seat 72 passengers while some seat 48 passengers, according to invoices from Peach State Freightliner, the company Gwinnett is paying for the buses. The 48-seat buses will be used for special education...
Gwinnett County school board adopts $2 billion budget
 Gwinnett County school board members Thursday evening unanimously approved its first $2 billion fiscal year budget, a plan that includes raises for teachers and more money for some maintenance improvements. The budget increased spending by about 1.8 percent. Last year’s budget was $1.988 billion. Much of the increased cost comes from...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gwinnett County school board members Thursday evening unanimously approved its first $2 billion fiscal year budget, a plan that includes raises for teachers and more money for some maintenance improvements. The budget increased spending by about 1.8 percent. Last year’s budget was $1.988 billion. Much of the increased cost comes from...
Gwinnett school leader has relatives on district payroll
 Gwinnett County’s school system has four employees who share a personal bond with its superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks, that some say is troubling. Two are his children. Two are grandchildren. Wilbanks said there’s no conflict-of-interest with those relatives working for Gwinnett, the state’s largest school district with...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gwinnett County’s school system has four employees who share a personal bond with its superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks, that some say is troubling. Two are his children. Two are grandchildren. Wilbanks said there’s no conflict-of-interest with those relatives working for Gwinnett, the state’s largest school district with...