Thank A Teacher Banner sponsored by Virginia Tourism and Virginia PTA

 

Every day, our school division’s dedicated and talented employees work diligently to prepare our students to make a positive impact and to prepare them for success in an ever-competitive job and college admissions market.  The effort of our amazing team has been recognized by many as we are recognized leaders in the experiences that we are providing for our students.

The Virginia Lottery is teaming up with Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA in support of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 – 12, 2017. The goal? To thank as many Virginia teachers as possible during a week which celebrates those who help shape the future of our children. There may not be enough words to truly express gratitude for all they do, but we challenge you to try!

Please take a moment to celebrate our school division’s talented employees by sending them a note about the impact that they are making by clicking here.

We are now in the last nine weeks of an extremely successful school year!  It’s amazing how fast this year has gone!  As we make plans to conclude this year on a high note, we are already working behind the scenes to prepare for the start of school in the fall.

Our students and staff continue to be very busy and are experiencing ongoing success.  We recently learned that Mr. Joe Beasley, teacher at Goochland Elementary School, was named Virginia’s PBS Digital Innovator.  Mr. Beasley is one of 52 teachers from across the nation who has been recognized for his innovation in the classroom.  Thank you, Mr. Beasley, for your professionalism and for providing our students with deep and enriching learning experiences!  We also want to recognize each of our school’s teacher of the year.  The professionals have been recognized by their peers for the exceptional work in the classroom.

This year, we are also seeking nominations for our division’s Employee of the Year and Team of the Year.  All staff, parents, and citizens can submit nominations by clicking the highlighted links.  The winners will be recognized at an awards reception on May 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.

Our student-athletes who are participating in our spring sports are experiencing a great deal of success on the diamonds, soccer fields, track, and courts.  This past weekend, two of our students at Goochland High School participating in the state forensics competition and our robotics students continue to shine!  We had a great crowd at our talent show last Friday!  Thank you to all of our students, staff, volunteers, and citizens who make these experiences possible for our students!

 Goochland High School Forensics Students   

I’ve recently had the opportunity to spend a lot of time talking to our students with the goal of gaining insight regarding their school experience.  I have spent time talking with students in small group sessions hearing their voice on the issues that have an impact on their school experience and also spent time serving lunch to students at Byrd Elementary.  On Friday March 17, I also spent the day shadowing one of our amazing scholars at Goochland High School.  I gained a perspective regarding a day in the life of our students that will certainly make an impact in our ongoing work as we all strive to prepare our students to be career ready in an ever changing and competitive marketplace.  I continue to be impressed by our students and all of our dedicated staff who are working to make a positive difference for our community’s youth.

Dr. Raley and students at Randolph Elementary Dr. Raley serves lunch to students at Byrd Elementary Dr. Raley spends the day with a student at Goochland High School

There are a lot of events that will be taking place in the coming weeks.  I hope that you are able to join us and support our students and staff.

  • March 31:  Goochland County Fine Arts Festival – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – GHS
  • April 4:  Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – 7 p.m.
  • April 10 -14:  No School for Students – Spring Break
  • April 18:  Board of Supervisors Adopt County Budget – 3 p.m.
  • April 18:  School Board Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Goochland High School
  • April 20:  Preschool/Kindergarten Registration
  • April 28, 29, 30 – Goochland High School Spring Musical
  • May 2:  Celebration of Excellence Award Reception – GHS – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 6:  Goochland Education Foundation Gala – Hermitage Country Club

Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  

It is so hard to believe that is just two short weeks, this school year will be 75% completed.  Spring has sprung!  All of our spring extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are in full swing.  Scrimmages have taken place and the regular season contests will begin next week.  Good luck to all of our students who are participating in a multitude of activities this Spring!

Recently, we have had students compete in district and regional competitions in robotics, with the Technology Student Association (TSA), and Destination Imagination.  Destination Imagination teams from Randolph Elementary, Byrd Elementary, and Goochland Middle School have earned the opportunity to compete at the state level!  Our Goochland High School robotics team, Junkyard Dogs, placed in the top 12 this past weekend and are currently ranked 21st out of 129 teams in the district.  I am very proud of the variety of well-rounded opportunities that we are able to provide to our students.  Congratulations to our students who have demonstrated the initiative and drive to go the extra mile to compete and demonstrate their knowledge and skill in these competitive environments.

Goochland High School Robotics Team - Junk Yard Dogs

Goochland High School Junkyard Dogs Robotics Team

GCPS Designation Imagination Participants

I am also grateful to the time, effort, and energy that our faculty sponsors and parents have dedicated to supporting our students.  There have been many after-school practices and weekends that have been dedicated to ensuring that our students are provided these experiences. Thank you for making this investment in our scholars!

Mark your calendars for some special events taking place this March.  This Tuesday, March 14, we are hosting our annual Career Fair at Goochland High School, and this year is bigger than ever.  We currently have over 70 representatives from a variety of industries and businesses from across the region and state scheduled to engage with our students on Tuesday.  We are very grateful to our corporate and business partners who provide their time and resources to add a special layer of engagement to our learning.  This year we are also inviting community members to attend our Career Fair.  Just come by Goochland High between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, 31 of our talented students enrolled in the Advanced College Academy at Goochland High School were recognized at a pinning ceremony at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College.  These students have successfully completed their first semester of college classes at Reynolds.  In June 2018, they will be the first ever class of seniors from Goochland High School who will receive their Associate’s degree prior to graduating from high school.  I am proud of these students for their leadership, their resilience, and for blazing the trail that will allow other students in our school division to have this opportunity in the future!  Thank you to our staff and to family members who have supported our scholars through this process!

Goochland High School Advanced College Academy Students

This month, I will join eleven other central office administrators who have signed up to take the Shadow a Student Challenge.  We will be spending a day with students in our schools to gain a greater understanding of a day in the life of our students.  Many of us will board the bus with our student in the morning and will end our day with a bus ride home.  It is critical that we, as leaders, understand and gain insight into the experiences that our students are having in our schools so that we can continually working toward providing them with opportunities that will allow them to maximize their potential.  I will shadowing a student at Goochland High School next week.  I can’t wait!

We are now in the midst of our recruiting talented teachers to fill the vacancies that we will have for next year.  It is our goal and our desire to attract the best candidates that we can find to work alongside the talent that we already have in our classrooms.  We will be hosting a job fair at Randolph Elementary School on Saturday March 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Please share this opportunity with your friends, colleagues, and family.  Visit our job fair website to sign up.  It’s definitely worth the drive to have the opportunity to work in an innovative and successful division in a community that supports and values public education!

March 25 GCPS Job Fair Announcement

We continue to march through our budget approval process.  This month, there will be many opportunities for you to participate in this process as the Goochland County Board of Supervisors prepares to make final decisions in the coming weeks.  I hope that you are able to join us at these upcoming public events:

  • 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.  

Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  I look forward to seeing you at GCPS events in the near future.

Goochland High School Graduates

 

College Preparation Workshop

  • For Students in Grades 6 thru 12 & their Parents Presented by CAPUP/Project Discovery-Powhatan & Goochland
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Second Union Baptist Church, 2843 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA
  • 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Topics

  • The Advantages of Attending Community College (JSRCC) and the College’s Transfer Agreement with the Four (4) YearUniversities – Dr. C. Booker, EdS, JSRCC’s Recruitment Coordinator
  • Show Me the Money & More About Financial Aid – Ms. T. Robinson, M.Ed., State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
  • College Admission Basics – Mr. K. Jenkins, Director, The College Place – Richmond
  • College Life … “What I Wish I Knew Then That I Know Now “ – Panel of College Students
To RSVP and For More Information Contact: Deloris Shelton at 804.690.8786 orDShelton@capup.org

With our three day President’s Day weekend upon us and only a little over three months of school remaining in the 2016-2017 school year, this is a great time to reflect on the recent progress and accomplishments of our students and staff.

This past Tuesday’s School Board meeting featured several recognitions of the great work of our division.  Our students continue to amaze me!  At Goochland Middle School, Caroline Webb was recognized for earning the  Prudential Spirit of Community Award and Ashley Thompson was designated the Be Strong representative for bullying prevention for Virginia.  Also making an appearance from GMS were the Tiger Trackers robotics team, who competed at the state Lego Robotics competition and have incorporated environmental awareness and cross-curricular connections into their collaboration this year.  Mr. Frago’s students from his Modern Smarts after school club even brought in the “augmented reality sandbox” to give our School Board an up close, hands-on experience with this incredible example of deeper learning, collaboration, and student-led work.

School Board Members view the A R Sandbox

Also recognized at the February School Board meeting were two of our outstanding staff members, Goochland Middle School teacher Anne Moore, whose partnership with VCU in environmental education was cited in the VCU annual report, and Goochland High School teacher and head football coach Joe Fowler, who was recognized for his work in the classroom with the W!SE Blue Star distinction for success on the financial literacy assessment and for his work on the field, which earned him the Division 1A, 2A, and Private School Coach of the Year.  Thank you Mrs. Moore and Mr. Fowler for your dedication to our students!  

February is a month of important recognitions in schools nationwide.  We recognized our school counselors earlier this month for National School Counselor’s Week for their tireless work with all of our students.  Our school counselors connect with every child, every year and cover everything from scheduling and course requests to crisis situations to college applications and much more.  We also recognized our School Board and Diane Bennett, our School Board Clerk, as part of the Virginia School Board Association School Board and Board Clerk Appreciation activities.  The five members of our School Board are deeply committed to ensuring that GCPS continues to distinguish itself as an innovative and responsible division.  Their thoughtful support of our work in teaching and learning confirms that.  Thank you Goochland County School Board!

February is also Career and Technical Education month.  The highlight of our CTE recognition took place last Saturday at our annual Conundrum Day, where students and teachers from across the district spent their weekend morning working to solve complex problems with limited resources with teamwork.  Students at Goochland High School will be celebrating National FFA Week next week and will be visited by the leadership of the Virginia FFA.

With spring sports tryouts just around the corner we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our winter teams who had another banner season.  GHS swim sent several individuals and teams to the state finals this week in Christiansburg.  Both boys and girls basketball teams had a successful year and Bryan Herrera was our first wrestler to advance to the state finals.  In a GHS sports moment more important than results, senior basketball player Jack Twombly, with the support of Coach A.J. Nash and his teammates, raised over $3,100 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of his mother, Joan, who passed away last November.  Jack’s work makes us all proud here in Goochland!

In fine arts, I had a chance to attend the sold out production of Willy Wonka at Goochland Middle School and was beyond impressed with the skills of our cast and crew and the professional, first-rate job of GHS student director Tevin Davis.  Congratulations to all of our student athletes and performers for a great winter.

Please take a look at my latest blog entries at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org/ for details about our 2017-2018 operating budget and 2017-2018 school calendar.  You can also find details about the many events taking place this month to celebrate Black History Month in all of our schools.  Don’t forget that Monday, February 20 is a student holiday and professional day with parent conferences beginning at 4 p.m.  Students should not report to school.

Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  We are looking forward to seeing you at GCPS events in the near future. Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

There has been a lot taking place over the past several weeks as we have been working to develop our proposed budget for next year.  Much of this work concluded with action taken by the School Board at their meeting last night.  I wanted to provide you with a summary of their action.

Budget

I am excited to inform you that last night our School Board approved the 2017-2018 Operating Budget for Goochland County Public Schools.  This operating budget is a culmination of months of collaboration and dialogue among staff, community members, and our School Board.  I am excited for what it will allow us to do to continue the great work of our division as we continually work to inspire our next generation to make a positive impact and maximize the potential of every learner.  

This proposed budget will be presented to the Goochland County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting on February 21.  It reinforces our commitment to quality instruction and efficient operations within our division.  Among the highlights are raises for all employees, including a revised teacher salary scale, that will place Goochland County at or above the median salary at all pay levels for teachers in the central Virginia region.  These raises are not offset by an increase in health care costs, as we were able to maintain our competitive benefits without any premium increase for this year. We are very happy to take care of our great teachers and staff in this manner.

Our budget also provides funding to add several instructional positions, including additional support in mathematics, added computer science classes, and an instructional technology coach, who will serve students and teachers in modeling deeper, engaged learning as we move into our first year of our one to one laptop initiative at the high school.  Our budget will also add preschool instructors and a gifted resource teacher at the secondary complex to meet the needs of our middle and high students.  

We are able to accomplish these and several other goals in our balanced 2017-2018 operating budget with thoughtful work in evaluating current programming, abandoning practices that have outlived their usefulness, and gathering feedback from all stakeholders.  Links to an executive summary of the approved budget and additional detail can be found on the School Board’s February 14 meeting agenda.

School Board Streaming Update

Recently, school divisions across the nation have been cited by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights for a failure to provide adequate accessibility to individuals with disabilities on school and school division websites.  Our staff, led by Dr. John Hendron, has worked to make our website a model in accessibility so that all of our viewers can easily access the information we make available.  We have been working with the Office for Civil Rights for feedback as we continue to monitor our online presence and ensure accessibility.

Unfortunately, the requirements for accessibility to bring our current live streaming application of our Goochland County School Board meetings into compliance are cost and labor prohibitive.  The ongoing, annual cost of streaming and archiving video that is accessible using closed captioning was over $10,000.  Viewership statistics also indicate that the live stream has dwindled in usage in the past few years.  The Board has decided that these funds can be better used in support of our instructional initiatives.  Our School Board and staff have discussed several alternatives to the current streaming service that will accomplish the goals of maintaining transparency while still meeting the accessibility requirements of the Office for Civil Rights.

We will continue to make all of our meeting agendas available at our website, which includes links to all available presentations and documents.  Meetings are, of course, open to the public.  Citizens and staff are welcome to attend.  In lieu of our live streaming, which ended with yesterday evening’s live stream, we will post detailed minutes of each School Board meeting online once they are approved by the Board.  We regret to have to end the live stream but the usage data clearly indicated that the cost could not be justified, and we are confident that our meetings will continue to operate in the same spirit of transparency that has defined the work of our School Board for the past five years.  

Calendar

Our School Board approved the 2017-2018 GCPS School Calendar at yesterday evening’s meeting.  Our calendar has been developed and reviewed by instructional staff, parents, and division staff in cooperation with the School Board, and I am excited that our calendar will provide our staff with the much-needed time to collaborate, plan, and grow through more frequent staff development and planning time.  The approved calendar is reflective of our division’s leadership as an innovative school division as we capitalize upon our instructional time for learning by reducing the frequency of assessments delivered to students.  In December and June, there are no designated days for midterm and final exams. The days at the end of the semester and the end of the year are full days, not early dismissals. Instructional staff will continue to have the autonomy and flexibility to assess students and their knowledge during these times and throughout the school year.  Additionally, the approved calendar will maintain many of the traditional timelines for starting school, holiday breaks, and the last day of school that have been a part of past calendars.  The approved 2017-2018 calendar can be found here.  Highlights are below:

  • August 7 – New Teachers Report
  • August 14 – All Teacher Report
  • August 21 – First Day of School
  • October 23 – Parent Conferences
  • November 22 to 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 20 to January 1 – Winter Break
  • April 2 to April 6 – Spring Break
  • June 5 – Last day of School

Thank you for everything that you do to support and make a difference in our community’s future, our students.  I am thankful and grateful for your investment of time, effort, and energy!

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.

Superintendent