APPA, the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities, and the Goochland County Public Schools are proud to announce that Robert Lawrence, Assistant Maintenance Supervisor and HVAC Technician, has received the prestigious Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential. The CEFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

“Very few K-12 facilities management professional possess this credential,” explained Dr. Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations. “In pursuing and passing this extremely rigorous program and examination, Rob has demonstrated a truly exemplary knowledge base and committment to ongoing professional development that will assure GCPS maintains cutting edge relevancy the world of energy and building management and educational stewardship.”

Mr. Lawrence has been instrumental in the development of the division’s capital improvement plan through his active participation in the school board’s facilities and energy conservation committees.

For eligibility requirements and more information visit or contact Christina Hills at

For the first time in over six years, the Goochland County Public Schools will be breaking ground on capital improvement projects this year. Having been approved as part of the school board’s long range Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), projects for the current and coming fiscal year were discussed by the Board of Supervisors on January 3rd during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. The supervisors voted unanimously to fund the projects and get construction underway.

The projects to begin immediately include:

  • Additions to the Goochland High School Field House, which will house the Marine Corps JROTC program and allow for the relocation of a weight room that is currently in what was originally designed to be a CTE production lab.
  • Renovation of the Goochland Specialty Center to expand CTE course options and sustain current programs, including Culinary Arts, Health and Medical Sciences, Robotics and Engineering, Building and Construction, and potentially Utility and Heavy Equipment Operation.
  • Renovation of the entryways to Byrd and Randolph elementary schools to address the security of the buildings and limit unfiltered access to classrooms.
  • Installation of internal security cameras throughout the secondary complex.

The design and architectural engineering for these projects has begun and the school division anticipates completion of these projects in August of 2014. The CIP includes significant renovation to Goochland Elementary School the forthcoming year and funding for a new school in 2021, the location of which will be determined by the development of the county and dynamics of student enrollment.