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Experienced and Qualified

As a first time political candidate, I was assured by election workers last July that I had filled out and filed everything necessary to run for the school board. Alas, that was not accurate, as I discovered in March. I'd heard on the radio about politicians racing to 'qualify' and wondered why they had put it off for the last minute, so I didn't worry.

As a result, I am no longer a candidate, and my brief foray into politics comes to a screeching halt. Thank you to everyone I've met and talked with about the state of education in Gwinnett County. I encourage you to vote for the candidate who will advocate for students, all of the students, as they are the people the entire educational system exists for. 

As for myself, I'll continue to focus on literacy, specifically through The Buis Book Foundation (

Dr. Kirk Buis (pronounced 'Bice') has lived in Gwinnett County since 1987 and taught in three different Gwinnett high schools (Meadowcreek, 1987 - 1991; South Gwinnett, 1991 - 2011; Shiloh, 2011 - 2017) for thirty years. 

He has taught or substituted in fifty Gwinnett elementary, middle, and high schools, including eight times as a long-term substitute.  Over the past three years, he has substituted over 400 days (over two school years).

In 2020, he founded The Buis Book Foundation (, a nonprofit which donates at least ten books every year to every student at Kimberly Elementary School (

He has a B.A. in Communication Arts, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, and  a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education.

His educational experience, commitment to raising the literacy level of all students, dedication through volunteering, and desire to do what's best for students make him the most qualified candidate for the Gwinnett County School Board of Education.

The election is scheduled for May 21, 2024.

District Three includes thirty public schools in all or part of the following school clusters:

    Collins Hill

    Duluth, including Berkeley Lake

    Lanier in Sugar Hill

    Norcross, including Peachtree 


    North Gwinnett, including Suwanee

    Peachtree Ridge

Also included are New Life Academy, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, GIVE West, and the Paul Duke STEM High School.

District Three map

Gwinnett schools Dr. Buis has taught at in his career:
Alford ES, Baldwin ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Benefield ES, Berkmar HS*Bethesda ES, the Buice Center, Burnette ES, Cedar Hill ES*, Chattahochee ES*, Chesney ES, Corley ES, Duluth MS, Dyer ES, Freeman's Mill ES, Harris ES*,  Holt ES, Hopkins ES, Hull MS, Jackson ES, Jenkins ES, Kanoheda ES, Lawrenceville ES, Level Creek ES, Lovin ES, Mason ES, McKendree ES, Meadowcreek HS, Minor ES, Mulberry ES, Open Campus/Phoenix HS, Parsons ES*, Patrick ES, Peachtree ES, Richards MS, Riverside ES, Roberts ES, Rock Springs ES, Shiloh HS, Simonton ES*, South Gwinnett HS, Sugar Hill ES, Susan Stripling ES, Suwanee ES, Sycamore ES, Taylor ES*, Twin Rivers MS, Walnut Grove ES*, White Oak ES, Woodward Mill ES
* = long-term substitute

Six high schools, four middle schools, thirty-eight elementary schools

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