On Tuesday of this week, I presented the School Board with a balanced, needs-based budget that provides the personnel and resources that will move our school division forward on our journey to maximize the potential of every learner.  The initiatives outlined in this proposed budget align with our strategic plan and are aimed at maintaining our position as a leader in the Commonwealth.

The full presentation is available here.  However, I wanted to provide you with a summary of the different aspects of the proposal.

Goal 1:  Prepared for Life through Deeper Learning

  • 1 Teacher at Goochland High School to start a computer science program (.5 FTE) and to provide additional instruction to students in geometry and algebra I (.5 FTE)
  • Stipends for 4 additional teachers to work as curriculum innovators in the summer to develop project based lessons for teachers to utilize as a resource in planning engaging and authentic learning experiences for students
  • 1 Instructional Technology Resource Coach for the secondary complex
  • 1 Instructional Technology Resource Coach for Byrd Elementary School
  • 1 Technology Support Technician
  • Re-structure of preschool program to offer more opportunities for students in need
  • Increase in school-based allocations for materials and supplies to schools
  • Funding for the athletic program at Goochland Middle School
  • Funding for increased tuition at Governor’s Schools
  • Funding for continuation of Strategic Innovation Grants
  • Continuation of Veterinary Technician program for the second year
  • iPad leases

Goal 2:  Improved School Climate – Attract and retain quality teachers and staff

The proposed budget includes the funding needed for a total compensation package for our employees that is competitive in our region.  This will help us to retain the incredibly talented professionals we currently have, and to attract exceptional candidates when vacancies occur.  A proposed revision to the teacher salary scale is recommended for next year that allows our salaries to exceed the current median for our market at steps 0-20.  This is a transparent salary scale that has a structure that includes definitive increments in pay from step 0-24.  This structure will allow teachers to be able to easily identify what their salary will be in future years with a year of successful performance.  The proposed salary scale is found on slides 47 and 48. Teachers at steps 25 and above will receive a 1.75% increase to their current salary.

In addition to a revision to the teacher salary scale that is competitive in our labor market, this proposal includes a 1.75% across the board raise for all non-teaching staff.  Additionally, there is no proposed increase in out of pocket health insurance costs to employees who choose our high deductible plan or our $500 deductible plan (slide 51).  As a result, the benefits of the proposed salary increases are not negatively offset by an increase in health insurance premiums.  

One further employee benefit that is outlined in the proposed budget is a reduction in the cost of tuition charged for students of our employees that live outside of our county.  This proposal includes a reduction from $1,250 currently charged to $800 next year, a savings of $450 per year for our employees.  This decrease to our employees is offset by a proposed increase to families of non-resident students who are not employed by Goochland County by $500 per year.

In all, the total cost to the school division for the proposed salary scale revision for teachers, raises for non-teaching staff, health insurance increases, and mandated increases for the Virginia Retirement System is proposed to be $827,718 for next year.

Goal 3 – Safe Schools with Effective Management

  • Stipend for a webmaster at each school to increase accessibility to all viewers
  • Closed captioning of archived School Board meeting video in order to comply with Federal regulations
  • Contracted services to support our special education program
  • Online safety training resources for employees
  • Support for division food service program
  • Process for washing exterior of school buses
  • Preparation for 1:1 implementation at high school with higher summer 2017 technical staffing costs
  • Increase software costs for personnel evaluation and other software subscriptions

In addition to the personnel resources and programs identified for us to accomplish our strategic objectives as outlined above, this proposed budget includes opportunities for us to re-purpose and reallocate current resources by abandoning specific practices and processes, thus allowing us to use the funds previously allocated to these practices to fund our strategic needs.  Some of these are outlined on slide 65.  Other reductions include:

  • Restructuring summer school offerings
  • Abandoning the practice of reimbursing $150 for students who pass dual enrollment classes with the exception of students taking English (we will continue to pay full tuition to all students who demonstrate a financial need).
  • Consolidating 3 current bus routes with minimal ridership without negatively impacting space on routes and travel time
  • Reducing legal budget
  • Savings from utilizing a different process for background checks
  • Utility savings
  • Eliminating specific contracts

In all, the proposed budget for next year includes additional expenditures in the amount of $1,045,712.  Overall, 70% of next year’s budgeted expenditures will be focused on our instructional program with another 8% in Technology, the majority of which are instructional costs (1:1 devices, classroom software, technology resource coaches – slide 76).  These additional expenditures are offset by new revenue from state, Federal, and local sources with a proposed increase in funding from the Goochland County Board of Supervisors in the amount of $670,000 for a total of $21,830,000.  This equates to an increase in local support of 3.2%.

Through our budget process, there were programmatic and personnel needs that have been identified, but are currently unfunded in this proposal.  These needs were given very careful consideration.  If additional revenue is available in the future, the following needs have risen to the next level of funding priority for future consideration (slide 87):

  • Additional half-time teacher for HS math
  • School testing/ACA/Dual enrollment coordinator for GHS/GMS
  • Secondary gifted resource teacher
  • Administrative Intern stipends
  • Funding for fine arts program (uniforms & instruments) at GHS
  • Funding for flexible furniture options division-wide
  • Compensation increase for all staff not on teacher salary scale from 1.75% to 2%

In summary, this proposed spending plan for next year provides the resources to support our journey toward continued excellence as we ensure that we are providing ALL of our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that are so crucial for students to become successful members of a modern global community.

Several public meetings will be taking place in the coming weeks as the School Board and the Board of Supervisors make final budget decisions for next year.

  • January 31 – Budget Workshop – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7 p.m.
  • February 7- Public Hearing on School Board Budget – Goochland High School Auditorium – 6:30 p.m.
  • February 14 – School Board Budget Approval – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 6:30 p.m.
  • February 21 – Presentation of School Board Budget to Board of Supervisors – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 3:00 p.m.
  • March 21 – District 2 & 3 Town Hall Meeting – Central High School – 2748 Dogtown Road – 7 p.m.
  • March 23 – District 4 & 5 Town Hall Meeting – Hermitage Country Club – 7 p.m.
  • March 30 – District 1 Town Hall – New Fire Station on Hadensville Fife Road – 7 p.m.
  • April 4 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7 p.m.
  • April 18 – Board of Supervisors Adoption of County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250, 3 p.m.  

I hope that you are able to attend.  Thank you for everything that you do to make a positive difference in the lives of our students!



A new calendar year provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and the chance to prepare for new beginnings, growth, and change.  We have had a very successful start to our school year and are excited about the possibilities that exist for us in the spring of the year!  Our students are learning, growing, and shining in many ways!

Goochland County Public Schools is a proud and successful school division that has proven itself as a recognized leader in public education by providing students with innovative, engaging, and authentic learning experiences that will allow them to experience a true depth of understanding of our instructional content.  As we reflect on our past successes, we think about what our school division will need in order to maintain this success, while also identifying opportunities for us to continually grow and improve.  This process will guide us through the upcoming weeks as we work to develop a budget for the next school year that is aligned with our vision, mission, and core values.

Our budget development process began this past fall as we sought input from our principals and other division leaders regarding their identified programmatic, personnel, and other resource needs.  In addition, we asked our leadership team to critically analyze our current processes to determine whether or not there were opportunities to abandon past practices in an effort to re-allocate funding to newly identified needs.  We also sought input from our community regarding their perspective on our future budget needs, which has provided us with valuable feedback.  The results of that survey can be found here.

Over the course of the past two weeks, our School Board has conducted work sessions aimed at identifying the many different personnel, programmatic, and resource needs of our school division.  Information related to these work sessions can be found at these sites (January 10, 2017 & January 17, 2017).  As we make financial decisions in the coming weeks, it will be important that we provide a total compensation package for our employees that is competitive in our region so that we can retain the incredibly talented professionals we have and attract exceptional candidates when vacancies occur.  Additional needs that have been identified include the technology and personnel resources that will enable us to maximize each student’s academic potential as we prepare our students for the challenges of learning and working in the modern global economy.

As we work to develop a spending plan that will enable us to make progress toward accomplishing our strategic goals, it is important to us that we are recognized as a leader in fiscal efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness.  I hope that you are able to join us tomorrow (January 24) at 6:30 p.m. as I present my proposed budget for next year to the School Board.  If you are not able to attend, you can join us via live streaming video.  Please also join us at the many other upcoming public meetings on our budget.

  • January 31 – Budget Workshop – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7 p.m.
  • February 7- Public Hearing on School Board Budget – Goochland High School Auditorium – 6:30 p.m.
  • February 14 – School Board Budget Approval – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 6:30 p.m.
  • February 21 – Presentation of School Board Budget to Board of Supervisors – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 3:00 p.m.
  • March 21 – District 2 & 3 Town Hall Meeting – Central High School – 2748 Dogtown Road – 7 p.m.
  • March 23 – District 4 & 5 Town Hall Meeting – Hermitage Country Club – 7 p.m.
  • March 30 – District 1 Town Hall – New Fire Station on Hadensville Fife Road – 7 p.m.
  • April 4 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7 p.m.
  • April 18 – Board of Supervisors Adoption of County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250, 3 p.m.  

Thank you for the time, effort, and energy that you dedicate to supporting our students in their academic journey!


Jeremy J. Raley, Ed.D.




Goochland High School students James Deloach, Austin Payne, and Jack Williamson have been selected to attend the 2017 SPARK! Hackathon, to take place on January 28 and 29. James, Austin, and Jack were among over 90 applicants from 16 regional schools to apply for places at this year’s Hackathon.

In partnership with Mozilla, St. Anne’s-Belfield School will host the SPARK! Hackathon, a two-day event of learning and making that is open to high school students throughout the region and offers them a unique opportunity to get connected to industry experts and other students who are passionate about changing the world through technology.

A “Hackathon” is described on the SPARK! Website (www.spark.stab.org) as “an event where people come together to collaborate on creating tech that solve real-world problems”. Mozilla, the free-software community and maker of web browser Firefox, is partnering with SPARK! and sending mentors from across the nation to join the event.

James, Austin, and Jack’s interest in coding, computer science, and engineering was nurtured through their work in Programming and CTE courses offered at Goochland High School.   Mrs. Joanne DiTerlizzi work with all three students in the GHS Introduction to Computer Science class, a preparatory class for students brand new to programming. “James, Austin, and Jack are dedicated, hard working students who make special efforts to help other students in class”, says Mrs. DiTerlizzi. “They are great representatives of GHS at the Hackathon”.

Goochland High School was awarded “Blue Star School” status for its exceptional performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification test in 2016. The “Blue Star School” distinction is limited only to schools in which over 75% of students pass the W!SE assessment with an average score of over 80%.

The W!SE assessment is a cumulative test administered to all students as part of the Virginia graduation requirement to successfully complete a course in financial literacy that began with the class of 2015. Only 283 high schools nationwide achieved Blue Star status, with only half of Virginia high schools achieving the distinction. Goochland High Economics and Personal Finance teacher Mr. Joe Fowler has led GHS to Blue Star Status, and has also been recognized as a W!SE Gold Star teacher.

Mr. Fowler displays the Blue Star Banner

“Regardless of the path our graduates take after GHS, they are all going to need to be able to manage checking account, credit, and insurance, as well as budget for future needs and goals”, says Mr. Fowler. “The skills they gain through Economics and Personal Finance will be skills that they use every day as adults”.

The requirement that all Virginia high school graduates pass Economics and Personal Finance was implemented in 2009 by the Virginia General Assembly and Board of Education to enhance student preparation for the realities of the 21st century economy.

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-23-57-pmTHURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

8:00am – 4:00pm

REGISTER @ ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (access full form here)



  • according to Virginia law, a child must be five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year to enroll in Kindergarten


  • a certified birth certificate for the child
  • a completed School Entrance Health Form (obtain a form at your school or visit online)
  • proof of residency (access full form here)


  • GCPS offers preschool programs at each of its three elementary schools
  • all programs are full-day programs and offer free transportation
  • eligibility criteria vary among programs
  • for more information, please call our Office of Exceptional Education at (804) 556-5615


  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP or DTP)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Polio vaccine
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
  • for information on required doses for immunizations, see the School Entrance Health form


Versión en español aquí.

Capital One is proud to offer the 13th annualFuture Leaders Forum for Young Women on Saturday, March 18 at their West Creek Commons facility.  The Forum strives to help young women begin their personal leadership discovery journey by teaching them how to tap into their inner strengths and by challenging them to make positive changes in their lives and their communities. Participants will also have access to our Capital One associate mentors who offer guidance and advice, serve as role models for leadership, and facilitate small group discussions.

This year, Capital One has transitioned to an online process to make registration fast and easy.  The registration form is available here:  Future Leaders Forum for Young Women Registration Form

Complete the form and have your parent/guardian sign the Registration Permission / Emergency Medical Release Form by Friday, March 3, 2017.  

This Year’s Theme: “Let Your Light Shine”

Consider registering for this year’s event and inviting other young women who are interested in actively building their futures.  Remember that seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so register early.

If you have any questions, please contact Capital One by sending a message to futureleadersforumforyoungwomen@capitalone.com.


For the fifth year in a row, we would like to recognize and thank our STEM Advisory Committee for making Conundrum Day happen for our students.  This year’s event promises to be the best yet!

Students will participate in a morning full of exciting hands-on experiences focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and engineering.

Grades K-2 & 3-5, The Chocolate Touch: A Cardboard Challenge

Teams will reflect on this year’s “Goochland Reads” community-wide book (Patrick Catling’s The Chocolate Touch) and use cardboard, teamwork, and their creativity as the primary means for meeting a unique design challenge.

Grades 6-8 & 9-12, Build a Better Mousetrapscreen-shot-2017-01-10-at-5-48-08-pm

Teams will design and build a Rube Goldberg machine to attempt to conquer an interesting set of circumstances.  A Rube Goldberg machine is “a contraption, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion.”

Registration is available through this form or via our schools’ websites.

5th Annual Conundrum Day

Saturday, February 4


Goochland Middle School

– FREE –

School Bus Transportation Available on Abbreviated Routes

Preregistration is Required  |  Deadline is Friday, January 20

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) recently announced Group 2A All-State Teams for the fall 2016 season, and Goochland High School was represented in both the football and girls volleyball selections. Individual performances were also recognized at the state level in theatre and cross country.

The Goochland High girls volleyball team, the undefeated 2015 Group 2A state champion, advanced to the regional semifinals in 2016. Alexis Wiggins, junior, and Casey Spencer, senior, were named to the second team all-state.

The VHSL State Theatre Festival recognized Tevin Davis, senior, as the Group 2A Outstanding Actor for his performance as Captain Hollis in Kaleidoscope. The Goochland theatre ensemble finished fourth in the state festival.

Austin Bruce, senior, placed among the top 10 individual finishers at the VHSL 2A state cross country meet with a time of 16:55.

The Goochland High football team advanced to the state semifinals in 2016. Of the 32 players selected from the state for each of the first and second teams, Goochland High was represented on the first team by senior running back Marcus Burton, junior defensive lineman Ricky Mayfield, senior defensive end Clay Brooks, senior defensive back Calvin Martin, senior offensive lineman Josh Clarke, and senior defender Cordell Mattox.

The excellence recognized across diverse sports and activities is exceptional, said Goochland High Athletic Director Bryan Gordon. “Very few schools do such excellent work in different activities. We are proud to provide quality opportunities for our students to shine on the field, on the stage, and on the floor”.

Goochland County Public Schools have distinguished themselves with a variety of extracurricular and athletic offerings at both the middle and high school levels, where traditional sports such as football, basketball, and baseball compete each year at the same level as swimming, cross country, theatre, scholastic bowl, and tennis, where students and teams have also achieved at the district, region, and state level.

“It is no secret that deeper learning requires more than only what happens in the classroom. Our students learn the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and collaboration with the guidance of our dedicated coaches and sponsors”, said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools.

Winter activities and sports continue with wrestling, basketball, indoor track, debate, forensics, swimming, band, and chorus.