The start of another school year is just a few hours away!  It is a time of rejuvenation, optimism, and excitement as we will all learn new faces, experience new joys, and tackle new challenges.  All around our community, there is an air of anticipation and excitement for the opportunities and experiences that lie ahead for our students, staff, and parents.  I expect that there are certainly some who are apprehensive about new routines, schedules, friends, and teachers.  There are a multitude of emotions that are swirling amongst us all.

As a school division, we couldn’t be more optimistic about our future!  As a team of professionals working in the best interest of our students, the Goochland County Public Schools has demonstrated that we are leaders in providing students engaging, meaningful, and personalized instructional opportunities.  We are an innovative school division that is committed to maximizing the potential of every learner and, together, we will continue our proud tradition of excellence.

There will be some noticeable changes across our division this year.  In addition to new new leadership at the division level and in our high school, we welcome 35 new teachers to Team Goochland.  A lot of work was done at both Goochland Elementary and Randolph Elementary as we continue to make improvements to our facilities and prepare for an increase in student enrollment.  Our custodial and maintenance teams have done an exceptional job preparing our facilities: classrooms are clean, walls are refreshed, and floors sparkle!  Thank you to these talented professionals for a job well done!

For the past three months, many of our school buses have been absent from our roadways.  As we prepare for the first day of school, there will be an increase in traffic in and around our school campuses.  Please remember to watch out for students standing at bus stops, our school buses and their lights and signs, and pedestrians on our school campuses.

Your children are our top priority and we are committed to working together, at our very best each day, to ensure their experience with us is exceptional.  Ongoing, transparent, two-way communication is critical to our school division’s continued success.  If you do not already do so, please like our facebook page and follow us on twitter (@glndschools) and instagram (@goochlandschools).  Additionally, please stay up to date with all of the great things happening in our schools through our division leadership blog:  I look forward to working together with you to maximize the potential of all of our division’s students!  Let’s have a great year!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent


Fourteen members of the GCPS leadership team spent Tuesday morning engaged in the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings Program.  The program helps to provide families in need with back-to-school supplies and children’s clothing.  We spent the morning with other volunteers from our community, YMCA team members, and Goochland children; the event included breakfast, team building, and a shopping trip to J.C. Penney to purchase school clothes for students.  Bright Beginnings is made possible by direct donations to the YMCA.


Today, our community welcomes 35 teachers to Team Goochland.  You bring a breadth and depth of experiences to our team that will allow our division to continue to shine as a leader in providing students engaging, meaningful, and personalized instructional opportunities.  You are joining a progressive and innovative school division that is committed to maximizing the potential of every learner.  Our division has purposefully chosen you through a rigorous selection process to help Goochland County Public Schools continue its proud tradition of providing students with authentic, deeper learning experiences.  We are excited about the skills and talents that you will share with our students and your colleagues.

The Goochland County Public Schools have received a multitude of state-wide, national, and international recognitions.  Included in our many accomplishments, Goochland Middle School has received acclaim as a National Middle School to Watch and Byrd Elementary School recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the state Board of Education.  Our school division has received acclaim as an Apple Distinguished Program.  Additionally, our professionals continually share their expertise with colleagues at state and national workshops and conferences.  Two of our amazing teachers have been recognized on an international stage for their collaboration with technology.  Our students have been recognized for their success in athletic, academic, and other co-curricular activities.  We are proud of our division’s accomplishments and are welcome you to be a part of our continued success.

Welcome to a school division that values Excellence and is committed to meeting high standards for growth, professionalism, character, and personal responsibility.  Our Team values instructional opportunities that allow students to demonstrate Creativity through the use of imagination, intellectual curiosity, and human ingenuity.  We are an organization that values Courage by creating an environment of advocacy and Honor through an unwavering commitment to the truth, personal integrity, and doing what is right.  In our school division, we also share the core value of Optimism and believe that every student can and will achieve success.

In the three and a half weeks that I have been Superintendent, I have found that these values are deeply ingrained and at the core of who we are and what we do.  We are all beginning our journey as new recruits on Team Goochland.  I am thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our successful team.  I look forward to meeting you and working together to serve our families and our community to make a positive difference in the lives of our students!  Best wishes for a successful year!