Happy New Year to all! I hope that you had a restful and relaxing Winter break. We have spent much of the break focused on our proposed budget. Please take note that the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget will be presented to the school board tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8) at 7pm at GHS during our regular board meeting. I will write a blog post later this week with specific budget details, but please join us if you want to hear the update in person. After each public meeting, we will post our budget details on the school division website HERE. Please check back either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to see a copy of my presentation and the budget detail documents. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time!
Also, last month, we introduced the idea of moving our board meetings to 6:30pm and to the County Administration building. The school board will vote on that measure tomorrow night and if approved, we will have our first meeting in the new location at the new time on January 22.
For clarification, budget meetings this month will be:
- January 8 – 7pm – GHS – Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
- January 16 – 6:30pm – GHS – Budget Workshop
- January 22 – 6:30pm – County Admin Bldg – Budget Public Hearing
- January 29 – 6:30pm – County Admin Bldg – Budget Workshop
- February 5 – 6:30pm – GHS*** – Final Budget Approval by the School Board (***County Admin Bldg was not available)
Governor McDonnell visits Goochland Middle School!
The other major news from the break was the visit by Governor Bob McDonnell. The Governor chose Goochland Middle School to release his education-related legislative agenda. The full press release from the Governor’s Office is located HERE. Mrs. Burdette and I were honored to have been asked to speak at the press conference, a copy of the comments that I gave are posted HERE. Thank you so much to the numerous parents and citizens that attended to support us! Also, all five of our school board members and numerous other local officials (including four members of our Board of Supervisors) were in attendance and we thank them for taking the time out of their schedules.
Governor McDonnell, we would like to thank you, Secretary Fornash, and Deputy Secretary Siddiqi for choosing our county for this announcement!
Here is the full-length video of the press conference. We posted the full un-edited stream, please jump to 9:22 to see the beginning with the Governor’s entrance and Secretary Fornash’s introduction of Mrs. Burdette. Mrs. Burdette begins speaking at 11:22. Governor McDonnell begins at 13:33. My speech begins at 35:08. Thanks to Mr. Hendron for many of the pictures and for posting this video!
The Governor Arrives at GMS/GHS.
The Governor Meets Our Impressive Students.
Mrs. Burdette Introduces the Governor.
Thank you so much to everyone from Goochland that joined us in the audience!
Look at all of our proud parents!
Finally, it has been a couple weeks now, but I just have to highlight a few activities from before the holidays. At Goochland Elementary School, Mrs. McCay shared with me that we had books donated by the Delta Kappa Gamma Chapter of Alpha Epsilon to our Headstart Program. The students were so happy to receive their books and we thank you so much for your donation!
I was also impressed to see this post about brain-based learning from Amie Potter, one of our GIST facilitators.
Lastly, many of you know that our Goochland Bulldogs won their State Football Championship, but we are also proud to announce that the Touchdown Club of Richmond named Coach Fowler as his group’s Coach of the Year!! He will be honored at a reception later this month, please wish him congratulations!
Have a great new year and an amazing 2nd semester!