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February 3 2009 Parent Council Meeting

posted Feb 10, 2009, 6:03 PM by John Lewis   [ updated Mar 9, 2009, 6:55 AM by Lisa Medders ]

Albemarle County Public Schools - Parent Council

February 3, 2009 Meeting Update - DRAFT

“Sharing information and resources in support of better education for our students.”

Noteworthy Dates





Public Hearing-Board of Supervisors (Budget)



Wed, Feb. 25, ‘09


Parent Council Meeting

Rm 320 COB

Tues., Mar. 3, ‘09


Public Hearing-Board of Supervisors (Budget)



Wed., April 1, “o9



        ·         Request $50 donation from PTO/A.

·         Request input for 09/10 school calendar: (Deadline 2/11/09)

·         Request input for proposed budget:

·         Request emails to BOS members with message “please support funding for education!”


Representatives:   Anita Karadia (Baker-Butler), Dawn Greco (Broadus Wood), Ian Sole (Brownsville), Amy Gore (Crozet), John Lewis (Greer), Ceann Wombacher(Hollymead), Mary Huffard Kegley Scott (Meriwether Lewis), Linda Hahn (Meriwether Lewis), Jane Kulow (Murray Elementary), Cathy von Storch (Red Hill), Jenny Pickens (Scottsville), Rhonda Angel (Stone-Robinson), Teresa Hashisaki (Henley and Western Albemarle), Liz Sutphen (Albemarle), Stacy Walker (Monticello), Debbie Chlebnikow (Community Rep), Pat Severson (Community Rep).

Staff & Guests:  Sarah Blech (Parent Resource Center), Jenny Greyson (Book Baskets), June Jenkins (School Comm. Relations), Debbie Collins (Director of Elementary Education)

Standard Business Procedures

1.        Call to Order 7:00 PM by Mary Huffard Kegley Scott.

2.        Registration of attendance.

3.        Approval and Acceptance of Updates for Nov 11th 2008, Dec. 2nd 2008 and Jan 6th 2009 (Motion by Ian Sole, Second by Debbie Chlebnikow)

Sprout Film Festival

1.    Sarah Blech from the Parent Resource Center presented information concerning the upcoming Sprout Film Festival and the services available, generally from the Parent Resource Center for those students being served by Special Education programs in public schools in the area.

       a. The Sprout Film Festival “Making the Invisible Visible” will be held Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  10:30 to 12:00 p.m. showing is FREE, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. showing with suggested donation of $10.00.  The festival will showcase individuals with developmental disabilities in several genres and will include films by and about such individuals.  The films are geared for fifth grade and up. She provided a flyer.

       b. All proceeds stay in the community

       c. On March 28, 2009 a FREE “Parent Conference and Resource Fair” will be held at PREP/Parent Resource Center (Ivy Creek School) from        
8:30 -1:30.  This will have a focus on elementary school-age resources. 

       d. Information:  Sarah Blech, PREP/Parent Resource Center (434) 975-9400 ext. 2342

Book Baskets

1.        Jenny Greyson reviewed the Book Baskets program. It is a campaign to recycle gently used children’s books as a means to encourage reading through book ownership.  The organization does some modest fundraising to purchase some new books, but most books come from direct donations.  She is asking for more donations and ideas concerning where the need for further distribution may exist. Currently all 16 elementary schools participate.

2.        Information:  Jenny Greyson (434) 977-5886 or

School Calendar 2009-2010

1.   Mary Huffard Kegley Scott reviewed work of joint Albemarle and Charlottesville City committee to develop school calendar 09/10.  The public may still make comments and offer feedback until Feb 11.  On Feb. 12 the Committee will present the draft calendar the School Board, who will make a decision by Feb. 26.  The draft calendar is currently available on the ACPS website,  and feedback is requested.

Budget Update

1.        Debbie Collins, Director of Elementary Education for the Albemarle County Public Schools, addressed Supt. Moran’s proposed budget for FY09-10, and the decision-making process that led to the recommended Instructional Coaching Model.  She indicated that the leadership team has identified the functions of the Instructional Coaches, the positions needed to re-organize, and advertise the available positions.  These positions are expected to be filled by March 1 to permit principals to engage in staff planning for next year.  The re-organization will result in a $1 million savings, primarily from the elimination of ten positions.  The instructional Coaching Model will offer field-based support for teachers and will resemble the current system being used to mentor new teachers. 

2.        Discussions followed raising the concern of eliminating the Literacy Specialist positions which directly supported the most at-risk students.  Additional discussions focus on the re-structuring of Curriculum Coordinator’s positions and who, within the staff, would be assuming those responsibilities.

3.        The nest step in the re-structuring process is to establish benchmark goals, which is being done by the Design team. 

4.        Informational “Frequently Asked Questions” were distributed, and were subsequently provided electronically to PC members 2/6/09.

Cyber-Bullying Program

1.     June Jenkins, School Community Relations, presented a video on a Cyber-Bullying Program.  The Program will be presented March 16, 2009 in Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building at 6:30p.m.  The speaker will be John Halligan, whose son Ryan committed suicide after being bullied by classmates both at school and online.  The program will present tips for parents and share the lessons his family learned on how to deal with bullying, cyber bullying and teen depression. 

2.     The Program will also be presented in the Murray, Monticello and Albemarle High Schools on March 17th and 18th.

3.     Information: June Jenkins at (434) 293-0288

Discussion For The Good And Welfare Of All

1.             PC Members encouraged to attend the Board of Supervisor’s Public Hearing on Wed. Feb 25, 2009 at Lane Auditorium, County Office                
                Building.  PC has reserved Room 246, of the COB, to offer hospitality for education funding supporters 5:45-6:30pm.

2.             March 18, 2009-deadline for BOS to set tax rate.

                April 1, 2009 BOS Public Hearing at Lane Auditorium of COB.  PC has reserved Room 235 of COB to host hospitality for education                

                funding supporters 5:45-6:30pm.  

                April 8, 2009-BOS adopts tax rate & budget

3.             PC Members are encouraged to contact Virginia State Legislators to voice concerns over permanent budget cuts to education, and views       

                on mandated assessments.  (Additional information to follow.)

       - website for information on legislation

       - website for Virginia General Assembly           

4.             9:10pm    Adjourn                                                 

Next PC Meeting:    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 7-9pm, Room 320 COB











AGore, MHKS 2/9/09

Lisa Medders,
Mar 9, 2009, 6:50 AM