January Parent Council Updates

posted Jan 20, 2009, 5:19 PM by John Lewis   [ updated Jan 20, 2009, 5:24 PM by Lisa Medders ]

Parent Council members and education supporters:

 Several important, and even exciting, press releases have been issued by ACPS.  The headlines are outlined here, and you may view the entire text of the press releases on the ACPS website, www.k12albemarle.org


January 21, 2009, Wednesday, 7:00pm:   School Board to host Telephone Town Hall:

The Albemarle County School Board will host a 90-minute Telephone Town Hall on Wed., January 21, 2009 at 7 p.m. to garner citizen feedback on the Superintendentʼs Funding Request, presented to the School Board by Superintendent Pamela Moran on December 17, 2008.  The $149.1 million request is $2.2 million less than the current yearʼs budget and calls for frozen salaries across the board and an overall reduction in positions in order to deal with significant revenue shortfalls at both the state and local level.

January 27, 2009, Tuesday, 6:30pm:  Public Hearing

The Albemarle County School Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., in the Burley Middle School Auditorium. Sign-up begins at 5 p.m. Speakers are allotted three minutes to address the board. The hearing is being held in order to receive the views of the citizens concerning the FY 2009-2010 School Division Funding Request. Comments on the proposed budget will be taken at the hearing and may also be directed to the board at schoolboard@k12albemarle.org

Albemarle Schools Earn Performance Awards from Governor, Board of Education:   January 15, 2009

Governor Tim Kaine announced the schools that received his Virginia Index of Performance Award for Educational Excellence. Three Albemarle County Schools topped his list of the 162 highest performing schools in the state. In addition, another 14 Albemarle County Schools were commended by the Board of Education, receiving either the VIP Excellence Award or VIP Competence to Excellence Award. The following Albemarle County schools earned the Governorʼs Award for Educational Excellence:   Hollymead Elementary,  Meriwether Lewis Elementary,  Murray Elementary.

The following 12 Albemarle County schools earned the Board of Educationʼs Excellence Award:   Albemarle High,  Baker-Butler Elementary,  Broadus Wood Elementary,  Brownsville Elementary,  Cale Elementary,  Crozet Elementary,  Monticello High,  Scottsville Elementary,  Stone-Robinson Elementary,  Stony Point Elementary,  Western Albemarle High,  Woodbrook Elementary.

The Board of Educationʼs Excellence Award, is awarded when a school has met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and has made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by Governor Kaine and the board. The following Albemarle County schools earned the Board of Educationʼs Competence to Excellence Award:   Red Hill Elementary,  Murray High. 

January 15, 2009:  Albemarle County Schools Unaffected by Peanut Butter Recall No Schools Received Any Peanut Butter Involved

 The Albemarle County Child Nutrition Department would like to assure parents and the community that they have not received any peanut butter involved in the recall from Peanut Corporation of America.  As a precaution, Albemarle County Schools have suspended sales of all peanut butter crackers in its cafeterias. The peanut butter crackers are not currently involved in the recall, but the school division is taking this proactive step until the crackersʼ safety can be confirmed.  Please contact Director of Child Nutrition Christina Pitsenberger  at 295-0566 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time and commitment on behalf of our students and schools!