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

I had the tremendous pleasure this morning of joining our leadership team in welcoming 23 new teachers to Goochland County. We began in the new Community Room of JSRCC. After we all introduced ourselves, we engaged in an interactive discussion about our newly defined core values.

New GCPS teachers discuss the division’s core values during New Teacher Academy at JSRCC.

New Teacher Academy continues through the week, providing folks new to our division with an opportunity to meet colleagues, establish a great relationship with a veteran mentor, and develop their role with the organization. Wednesday the group meets at the Science Museum to do continue the orientation and enjoy some creativity.

I’m thrilled to partner with these new colleagues to look forward to a year of maximizing the potential of every learner.

New teachers, welcome to Goochland!

I’m so thankful for Dr. Swaim’s generosity in allowing our Leadership Team to hold a full-day retreat in JSRCC’s new Community Room. The staff was extremely professional and helpful and we had a productive day.

We have continued our partnership with former CarMax executive strategist, Joe Kunkel, as we pursue a revitalized vision, mission, goals and comprehensive strategic plan for the school division. During this most recent retreat, we worked to reach consensus on the general target for our vision and mission. We also agreed upon some shared core values we believe drive our organization.

Leadership team engages in strategic planning discussion in JSRCC new community room.

We look forward to working with our board soon to share the work we’ve done and seek direction in finalizing the plan that will support our advancement toward an even more excellent, personalized educational experience for all of our learners.