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March 3 2009 Parent Council Meeting

Albemarle County Public Schools - Parent Council

March 3, 2009 Meeting Update

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

Noteworthy Dates





BOS Public Hearing re: Budget

(PC hosts light fare for education supporters 5:30pm Room 235 COB)

Lane Auditorium-COB

Wed. April 1

6:00 pm

PC Meeting

Room 320, COB

Tues. April 14

7:00 pm


Request $50 donation from PTO/A.

Request PTO reps attend April 1st BOS public hearing re: budget

Share approved 09-10 school calendar with PTO:


Representatives:   Debbie Chlebnikow (Comm. Rep.), Ellen Climo (Meriwether), Amy Gore (Crozet), Jane Kulow (Murray Elem.),  Sarah Lloyd (Woodbrook), Fay Macko (AHS), Jenny Pickens (Scottsville), MHK Scott (Meriwether),  Ian Sole (Brownsville), Jim Stern (Walton),  Stacy Walker (Monticello HS)

Staff & Guests:  Lisa Ross (Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle), Nancy Paulson (Western Feeder Music Advocacy), LeAnne Brubaker (Monticello HS), Pam Moran, Superintendent, June Jenkins (School Comm. Relations)

                                                                                          Standard Business Procedures

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

2.       Registration of attendance.

3.       Approval and Acceptance of Meeting Update for February 3, 2009 (Motion by Stacy Walker, Second by Debbie Chlebnikow)

                                                                     Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle                                                                       

1.    Lisa Ross from the Public Education Fund of Charlottesville-Albemarle discussed the work of the Public Education Fund to enhance experiences for students and teachers in the public schools by contributing resources for the development of math and science programs that currently are beyond the scope of state/federal funding. 

       a. She presented a short film about the Odyssey:2025, a summer program for middle school students identified by the guidance department as individuals who may benefit from the program.  12 teachers and 48 students from Albemarle County and Charlottesville City public schools participate this past summer.  The program gives both students and teachers an opportunity to create innovative teaching and learning strategies in math and science.  Both teachers and students then share these experiences with the school community.   This summer an additional area of interest is being added.

       b. The fund relies on private donations

       c. Information:  Lisa Ross,

Music Advocacy in Western Feeder Pattern

1.       Nancy Paulson discussed an advocacy group she is currently forming to offer support of performing arts in the Western Feeder pattern schools, with the hope of eventually advocating for a thriving performing arts program in the entire county.

2.       She is asking for more parental and school official support through scheduling and hiring of strong teachers so that the programs in Henley Middle School and Western Albemarle H.S. can become competitive with the other public school programs.

3.       Ms. Paulson is currently developing email lists of parents and supporters.

4.       Information:  Nancy Paulson,

Monticello Scholars

1.   LeAnne Brubaker, Talent Development & Gifted Resources at Monticello H.S. discussed the Monticello Scholars program.  The program was created shortly after the founding of Monticello H.S. in 1998 when the school integrated AP European History in the social studies curriculum for motivated students in the tenth grade.  The program then developed an alliance with UVa and the Monticello Foundation.  The program has expanded to include American government, as well as math and engineering programs.  The program offers services for gifted students whose learning needs may extend beyond the curriculum and provides these students with dual credit for high school graduation and college degree credit. 

2.   Ms. Brubaker noted that one participant of the program recently received an academic scholarship due in part to this program.

3.   Ms. Brubaker is available to discuss this program with other schools that may be interested.

4.  Information: LeAnne Brubaker,

Budget Update

1.       Dr. Moran discussed the status of the budget process.  The BOS will set the tax rate on March 18, and begin advertising that rate on March 25. 

2.       She addressed the additional funding the county will receive from the federal Stimulus package and that the funds will be limited in application to Title One school funding and the Special Education program.

3.     Additionally, Dr. Moran mentioned that there may be opportunities for funding from various grant programs.  No additional funding is available for construction projects.         

Cyber-Bullying Program

1.     June Jenkins, School Community Relations, reminded members of the 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.             Mary Huffard Kegley Scott discussed the school calendar for Y09-10 which was approved by the School Board on Feb. 26 and is available on the Albemarle County Public School website.  Mary Huffard thanked all Parent Council members who attended the February 25th BOS Public Hearing and contacted BOS members and General Assembly members in support of education funding.

2.             The Albemarle County School Board took active steps in communicating with various members of the Virginia General Assembly to ensure that any cuts in the state budget for education are limited to a single year and do not become permanent cuts that would increase the financial burden of the localities.

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 all education funding supporters at 5:30pm.  

                April 8, 2009-BOS adopts tax rate & budget

3.             9:00pm  Adjourn                                               

Next PC Meeting:                Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, 7-9pm, Room 320 COB

AGore, MHKScott 3/8/09