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September 8, 2009 Parent Council Meeting

Albemarle County Public Schools - Parent Council

September 8, 2009 Meeting Update

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

Noteworthy Dates





ACPS Strategic Planning Focus Groups


Tue. Sept. 15, 2009

7:00 pm

ACPS Strategic Planning Focus Group

Monticello HS, Aud.

Mon. Sept. 21, 2009

7:00 pm

ACPS Strategic Planning Focus Group

Sutherland MS. Caf.

Thurs. Oct. 1, 2009

7:00 pm

PC Meeting

Room 320, COB

Tues. Oct. 6

7:00 pm


Request $50 donation from PTO/A.


Request PTO reps and school communities attend Strategic Planning Focus Group


Representatives:   Debbie Chlebnikow (Comm. Rep.), Mary Huffard Kegley Scott (Meriwether), Amy Gore (Crozet), Michele Howe (Crozet), Jane Kulow (Murray Elem.),  Jim Stern (Walton),  Stacy Walker (Monticello HS), Carrie Eisenberg (Broadus Wood), Tara Mincer (Burley MS),  Karen Green (Burley MS), Monica Pawinski (Jack Jouett MS), Jason Buyaki (Stoney Point), Aubrey Phillips (Stoney Point),  Kim Pecaut (Cale), Rhonda Angel (Stone-Robinson), Robin LeGallo (Henley), Jay James, (Comm. Rep.), Matt Kessler (Murray HS), John Lewis (Greer), LeAnn Mitchell (Sutherland MS), Cathy von Storch (Red Hill), Jenny Pickens (Scottsville), Tom Hecmanczuk (Albemarle HS), Cindy Baber (Woodbrook)

Staff & Guests:  Pam Moran, Superintendent, Bruce Benson, Assist. Superintendent, Diantha McKeel, ACPS School Board, Debbie Collins (ACPS Dir. Of Elementary Ed.), Luvell Brown (ACPS Chief Information Officer), Matt Haas (ACPS Dir. Of Secondary Ed.)

                                                                                         Standard Business Procedures

1.       Call to Order 7:05 PM by Jane Kulow

2.       Registration and introduction of representatives.

3.       Approval of Meeting Update for May 5, 2009 (Motion by Mary Huffard Kegley Scott, Second by Aubrey Phillips).

4.       Introduction and Approval of Executive Committee (Motion by Mary Huffard Kegley Scott, Second by unanimous call)

5.       Review of Bylaws and examination of goals of PC

6.       Request of $50 dues from each school

                                                                                                PC Website and Listserv                                                                       

1.    John Lewis, PC Webmaster, reviewed the Parent Council website, which includes announcements, contact information and meeting updates.

2.    Lewis also runs the two Parent Council listservs: PC News (public can subscribe) and PC Mailing List (for PC representatives only).  Lewis will enroll all PC representatives onto the Mailing List. 

       For information, contact John Lewis: or visit

Parent Council Outreach

1.       Kulow discussed the possibility of scheduling monthly PC meetings at various schools/locations during this school year in an effort to make meetings more accessible to the public, as well as to familiarize PC representatives with different school facilities.

2.       PC representatives indicated interest in this suggestion, and Kulow will coordinate options.

ACPS Strategic Focus Groups

1.   Dr. Bruce Benson, Assist. Superintendent for Operations and System Planning discussed the upcoming Strategic Planning Focus Groups. Information was provided to share with school communities.  The Focus Group schedule is: WAHS, Sept. 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm, Monticello HS Sept. 21, 2009 at 7:00pm, and Sutherland MS on Oct. 1, 2009 at 7:00pm.

2.   The Focus Groups are co-hosted by Parent Council and the Superintendent’s Office to solicit community and parent feedback about how best the division can achieve its stated goals and missions of 1) preparing students to succeed as members of global community, 2)  eliminate the achievement gap, 3) retain and recruit high quality staff,  4) achieve a world class education system, and 5) establish efficient allocation of resources.

3.   PC Reps are to encourage attendance and participation at the Focus Groups by sharing the flyer and all information with school communities.

4.  For information, contact Dr. Benson:

State of Schools

1.       Dr. Luvelle Brown, ACPS Chief Information Officer presented information concerning the state of the division schools. A timeline was presented to review developments implemented by the division from 1998 to present and how each program inter-related with one another, such as Framework for Quality Learning, CAI Institute, and Professional Learning Communities. Brown explained the division implements a “hedgehog” approach to focus staff working together, assess progress, develop strategies and reassess methods for achieving the division goals.    

2.       Brown’s presentation included data showing the remarkable gains made across the boards in SOL scores in reading and math, particularly in the last three years, with some groups making more than 10% gain in scores.  However, an examination of the data revealed the need to continue efforts to eliminate the achievement gap in certain groups, such as the economically disadvantaged.

3.       In the future a Balanced Scorecard will be available to the public to allow access by quarters to school performance results.  The scorecard would include much of the data and information Brown discussed. 

4.       Brown requested feedback from PC Reps. on the clarity of the presentation and suggestions or questions they may have.

5.    For information, contact Dr. Brown:

Superintendent’s Report

1.       Dr. Pam Moran, Superintendent, discussed different developments in the division. The spring assessment scores were good, but she reminded the Reps. that the assessment scores were only a portion of the goals set by the division.

2.       Dr. Benson addressed the HINI Flu Update. The schools are reporting absences to the health department but do not anticipate closing for health reasons. The focus at the school level is on prevention. The schools may consider participating in vaccination programs, should one be developed.

3.       Enrollment in the division was up, and exceeded the projections made last spring. Now that the tenth day of the school year has passed, steps will be made to adjust staffing in overcrowded classes.

4.       Budgetary pressures are being reviewed. Gov. Kaine announced some cuts in education funding, and revenues from the localities are below projections. It is anticipated that some cuts will be required in this school year’s budget. 

5.       The Southern Feeder Pattern Study, which reviewed efficiency of the small schools, was completed. The Long Range Planning Committee presented its recommendation to Dr. Moran to close the three small elementary schools of Red Hill, Yancey and Scottsville and build one large elementary school. Dr. Moran will make her recommendations to the School Board on Sept. 18th.  Public hearings will be held to permit the community to voice their concerns and opinions before the School Board makes a final decision.

6.       On Sept. 16th the School Board will make a bus tour to the Southern Feeder elementary schools. The tour bus will also visit Brownsville Elementary to examine how the additions were integrated into an existing building, and then finally arrive at Baker-Butler to examine a newer, larger elementary school. 

7.       Dr. Moran discussed the recent speech by President Obama and the impact the charged political atmosphere has had on the public school staff. She noted that a few members of the public, on both ends of the political spectrum, were verbally abusive to staff members and requested that PC Reps. take the time to thank our educators for an orderly presentation.   

Discussion For The Good And Welfare Of All

1.       Kulow discussed her attendance at the EduStat Conference held this summer and the keynote by Tony Wagner. She and Dr. Moran encouraged all to read his book, The Global Achievement Gap.  Dr. Moran also recommended Robert Quinn’s book, Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation.

2.       Adjourned. 9:10pm                                                   

Next PC Meeting:                Tuesday, October 6 2009, 7-9pm, Room 320 COB    

AGore 9 Sept 09

Lisa Medders,
Sep 14, 2009, 7:50 PM
Lisa Medders,
Sep 14, 2009, 7:50 PM