The Virginia Department of Education has developed a Web page and flyer with ideas for summer learning that may be shared with parents or students as the school year ends. Research shows that children who read for pleasure and explore new things in the summer do better and forget less when they go back to school in the fall.

Please take a look at all that this resource has to offer.

What an incredible way to bring economics and the study of math and finance to life for young learners! RES students created products to sell in their simulated retail shops, used currency to make transactions and took turns assuming the role of consumer.

RES second grade students learn economics.

Please join me in celebrating the innovative way Mrs. Crowder and this team of exemplary teachers brought out the best in these creative young men and women. A shining example of maximizing each learner’s potential.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time this afternoon with members of the maintenance, transportation, food service and custodian departments. We discussed budgetary decisions that could impact the various positions represented among the attendees and recapped some of the overarching accomplishments of the Board during the recent budget cycle. Among the highlights were:

  1. Ensuring a 2% salary increase for all GCPS employees
  2. Increasing VRS member salaries by 4.66% to fully cover the additional 4% that will go into their VRS accounts next year
  3. Balancing the budget with no personnel reductions in the operations department

We spent considerable time reviewing the changes in next year’s group health program premiums. Our rates were increased by 12.9% and our Board was able to offset that increase by 7% and still offer a 2% raise to all employees. The remaining 6% was distributed among the various contributions amounts that employees pay toward their selected plans.

The slide I referred to during the meeting is available here.

An outstanding group of professionals was represented today and I enjoyed personally interacting with all of you! As I said in the meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact me if have additional questions.

My door is always open.

I’m thankful for Dr. Lane taking time this afternoon to meet personally with members of the operations team to fully explain recent budget decisions and changes to the health care premiums. Despite a 12% increase to our health care rates, almost all employees will see more take-home pay next year due to the Board offsetting the increase by 7% and providing all staff with a 2% raise.

Dr. Lane meets with drivers, cafeteria and maintenance staff at Goochland High School.

I sent this note out to faculty by email last week, but I wanted to share my thanks to our amazing teachers with our entire community.  If you did not get a chance to thank a teacher, please know that we appreciate your thoughts every day of the year!

“Dear GCPS Staff,

Today (May 7) is National Teacher Day, when teachers all over America are recognized and celebrated. Please join me in expressing sincere gratitude and admiration for the inspirational work our teachers do each day to bring education to life in the hearts and minds of our students. The instructional staff of Goochland County is without question the finest with whom I have ever worked. I am honored to live and work in Goochland among such exemplary teachers. Our community is fortunate to have a team of selfless and dedicated professionals moving forward each day to advance the educational experience of every single student.

On behalf of the GCPS leadership and school board, I wish you a very happy National Teacher Day.

Thank you for all you do for this great county.”


At their regular business meeting on May 14, 2013, the Goochland County School Board voted unanimously to appoint Jennifer M. Smith as principal of Goochland Middle School.  She follows Johnette Burdette as principal, who resigned last month.

Ms. Smith is a native of Amherst County, Virginia. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Sweet Briar College, her Master’s in Education at Lynchburg College, and her Education Leadership Post-Master’s Certification at Virginia Commonwealth University. She brings with her sixteen years of experience in education, with five years at the higher education level at three private colleges in the state of Virginia.

She worked for nine years in Henrico County Public Schools as a school counselor and Director of School Counseling at Varina High School. She joined Charlottesville City Schools in 2011 as the Assistant Principal of Student Learning. As an administrator she has supervised various departments including English, Science, CTE, School Counseling, Reading and ESL. At the district level Ms. Smith is the Project Manager for the division Program of Study publication and has assisted the division with implementation of the PVCC Associate’s Degree program at the high school.

Ms. Smith is excited to bring her knowledge and experience in instruction to the middle school level in an effort to ensure future success for the students at Goochland Middle School.  Ms. Smith stated “I am honored to have been selected as the new principal for Goochland Middle School.  GMS has a reputation as one of the best schools in the region and I am proud to lead the phenomenal faculty.  I cannot wait to meet the teachers, students and parents in the near future as we work together to continue on their pathway towards success and excellent teaching and learning.”

Dr. Lane shared “we are ecstatic that Ms. Smith has been selected as our next principal at GMS.   In each round of the interview process, Ms. Smith showed that she was the top candidate for the position and we believe she is going to be an amazing leader for our school.”

Ms. Smith was selected amongst 24 applicants after three rounds of interviews.  The process included a panel of teachers, parents, and administrators in the division along with a full-faculty presentation.

Join us in promoting the work of Jocelyn Dailey and the Goochland Extension Office staff.

On June 8th from 10am-2pm, the Goochland Extension office will be hosting Extension Extravaganza at the J. Sargeant Reynolds  Community College Goochland Campus. Come and learn about the wonderful things that the Extension office staff and volunteers do in our great community.  Enjoy a fun-filled day with activities and programs for all ages that will highlight the four Extension program areas of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Science, 4-H Youth Development and Community Viability.

Throughout the day the public can come visit with the Extension staff, Extension volunteers and 4-H participants while we showcase programs and educational materials through classes, tours, displays and much more.  You can find more details here.

Don’t miss this opportunity!