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Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7pm (Room 320 COB)

Albemarle County Public Schools - Parent Council

Nov. 10, 2009 Meeting Update

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

Noteworthy Dates





Parent Council Meeting



Tues. Dec. 1, ‘09

7:00 pm


Request $50 donation from PTO/A.




Representatives: Ian Sole (Brownsville), Kim Pecaut (Cale), Amy Gore (Crozet), Mary Huffard Kegley Scott (Meriwether Lewis),  Jane Kulow (Murray & WAHS), Tara Mincer (Stone-Robinson & Burley), Stacy Walker (Monticello), Debbie Chlebnikow (Community Rep.) Tom Hecmanczuk (Albemarle),  Carrie Eisenberg (Broadus Wood), John Lewis (Greer), Jay James (Community Rep.), Monica Pawinski (Jouett), Jason Buyaki (Stony Point), Cindy Baber (Woodbrook), Jenny Pickens (Scottsville), Rhonda Angel (Stone-Robinson), Jim Stern (Walton), Robin LeGallo (Henley), Matt Kessler (Murray High).

Staff & Guests: Pam Moran, Superintendent, Sarah Blech (PREP/PRC), Amy Lankford (ACPS SEAC), Gerald Terrell (Core Knowledge Foundation), Matt Haas (ACPS Dir. of Secondary Education)

                                                                                             Standard Business Procedures

1.        Call to Order 7:00 PM by Jane Kulow

2.        Registration of attendance.

3.        Approval of Meeting Update for October 6, 2009 (Motion by A. Gore/ second by T. Hecmanczuk)

4.        Cindy Baber from Woodbrook Elementary School shared a flyer her school uses to encourage each family to volunteer a minimum of two hours at the school.

5.        Representatives were reminded that the next meeting would be held at Brownsville Elementary School for a tour of the renovations recently completed.

Sarah Blech (PREP)

1.        Sarah Blech, the coordinator for the Parent Resource Center, discussed the resources available to schools and the families they serve at no cost, to help students with special education or developmental challenges.  Blech stated that she currently works with 11 school divisions and advises parents about the laborious process many face in trying to get the needed help to the students. She was grateful to the PC for helping her spread the work about the Resource Center.

2.        Information:  Sarah Blech at (434) 975-9400 ext. 68032 or or


Amy Lankford (SEAC)

1.   Amy Lankford, Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee for the ACPS, discussed the role of the Advisory Committee to work with the School Board about unmet needs of the students in the division.  She shared that in the near future, the county would be changing the procedure for identifying those eligible for special education services. SEAC was responsible for completing the ADA compliance survey in the county buildings.  Lankford stated that the two biggest needs facing the county was training of teaching assistants and finding effective means of communicating with the school communities.

2.  Information: Amy Lankford or (434)984-5082

Gerald Terrell (Core Knowledge Foundation)

1.        Gerald Terrell, Executive VP of Core Knowledge Foundation gave a presentation, not on behalf of Core Knowledge, but from the perspective of an experienced educator on the issue of parent involvement in the parent-teacher conference. 

2.        See accompanying attachment for details.

3.        Terrell is willing to address PTO groups concerning the importance of parent involvement in the parent-teacher conference, and to suggest different strategies to make communication between educators and parents more productive for all.

4.        Information:

Superintendent’s Report

1.     Dr. Pam Moran, Superintendent, discussed the start of this school year throughout the division.  Matt Haas reported that the division has received District Exemplar Status (one of five in the country), by  All Things PLC, giving recognition for exemplary professional learning community implementation. Both Albemarle High School and ACPS are listed as examples of schools that have built successful professional learning communities. This can be seen at

2.     The division is locating different ways of utilizing technology to identify areas that can become more efficient, such as the use of GPS on buses.  The division is also trying to eliminate the use of paper whenever possible, to aid in efficiency and to promote recycling initiatives. 

3      Budget shortfalls were described as a “perfect storm”. State revenues are considerably less than predicted, local revenues generated primarily from real estate assessments continue to decline with a $4 million dollar shortfall this year.  Additionally, the new composite index, which is the mechanism used by the state to determine the amount of money different localities receive has been released. The new composite index is determined by the 2007 and 2008 property values in the county; Albemarle County’s index (ability to pay) has gone up. Consequently, 14% of state funding will be lost. The new BOS members have indicated a reluctance to increase the tax rate. To keep the same effective tax rate, the rate would be set at 77 cents/100 dollars. If the effective tax rate is adopted, the School Division will face a deficit of 8 million dollars.  If no effective tax rate, the division will face a deficit of 11 million.

4.     Dr. Moran will propose a funding request to the School Board on December 16th.  Dr. Moran requests parent, teacher, principal, student input as soon as possible to indicate what you consider important programs/initiatives in your school which you don’t want to see eliminated.  Additional information will be developed by Dr. Moran’s office to indicate how feedback should be shared in anticipation of her budget considerations.  Parent Council will distribute this information as soon as it is available.

5.     9:15 pm  Adjourn.


Next PC Meeting:    Tuesday, December 1 at Brownsville Elementary School


AG/JBK 17 Nov 09

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