Local school board members were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced some tough decisions in selecting the 2014 winners of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Southside Regional Art Contest on April 9, 2014 at Goochland High School. The contest was part of the regional forum hosted by Goochland County Public Schools. Student art from the elementary, middle, and high school levels represented each school division in the competition, which was judged at the regional forum for area school board members.
Sabine Rucker from Randolph Elementary School was the Elementary winner. Sabine’s piece will be framed and displayed in the regional offices in Charlottesville and State Department of Education in Richmond.
In addition to the art contest, attendees were treated to an extraordinary meal prepared by GHS Culinary Arts students in cooperation with the school nutrition staff. Comments were offered by the superintendent and regional VSBA representatives, including GCPS board member, Beth Hardy, also Vice Chair of the Southside Region.
After the meal, participants enjoyed a professional learning seminar in the newly established forum space in Goochland High School. Following an introduction by Dr. James Lane, division superintendent, Dr. John Hendron, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, and Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, offered a keynote and learning activity designed to give the audience a snapshot of how Goochland is embracing a focus on student engagement in its new strategic plan.
“The event was stellar,” remarked Michael Payne, Chairman of the GCPS School Board. “Several members indicated that this was the best learning event they had attended. I was extremely proud of our school division and the tremendous work that went into planning the event.”