Appomattox Public Schools, Virginia

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Appomattox County Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • Budget information for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, including federal, state, and local revenue information, is available. No proposed or approved budget for 2010-2011 is available.[1]
  • School board meeting dates and agendas are present, but meeting minutes are not posted.[2]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3][4]
  • Section K: School Community Relations of the Appomattox County Public Schools Policy Manual includes Request for Information procedures in compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes staff evaluation procedures.[5]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website. [6]

The bad

  • Academic performance information is not provided. It can be accessed on the Virginia Department of Education website.[7]
  • Teacher contracts are not available. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[8]
  • The website does not include information on background checks.
  • The website does not include information on audits.

School Board

Appomattox County Public School Board is comprised of five members representing the five districts in the County. [9]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Amy Martin Piney Mountain District
R.W. "Bobby" Mitchell Courthouse District
Stacey C. Garret Appomattox River District
Rev. J. Wesley Williams Wreck Island District
Bobby K. Waddell Falling River District

The current Superintendent is Dr. Dorinda G. Grasty, Ed.D.

The Virginia Public School System is supervised by a Board of Education, comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Members serve staggered four-year terms.

The Board of Education is responsible for dividing the Commonwealth of Virginia into school divisions and reviewing existing divisions to ensure standards of quality are being met. The Board makes annual reports to the General Assembly regarding public education in the Commonwealth and is further charged with certifying to the school board of each division a list of persons for the office of division superintendent of schools, one of whom the school board ultimately selects to fill the position. The Board also approves all educational materials used in the public schools. Supervision of school divisions is conducted by individual school boards. [10]

Current Board of Education Members [11]

Name Term Term Expires
Eleanor B. Saslaw, President 2nd January 29, 2012
Dr. Ella P. Ward, Vice President 2nd January 29, 2011
Elizabeth D. Beamer 1st January 29, 2014
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. 1st June 30, 2011
Isis M. Castro 2nd January 29, 2012
David M. Foster 1st January 29, 2014
David L. Johnson 2nd June 30, 2011
K. Rob Krupicka 1st January 29, 2013
Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin 1st January 29, 2013

Budget

Budgeted expenditures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year totaled $20,209,508, including $1,289,189 in federal revenue, $12,860,810 in state revenue, and $3,741,036 in county revenue. 70.8% of the budget was dedicated to instruction. 2010-2011 proposed or approved budget has not been made available on the website.[1]

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[12]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Appomattox County Public Schools as having a student population of 2,334 and 4 schools in the division.

Appomattox County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Appomattox County High 9 - 12 673 No
Appomattox Elementary 3 - 5 550 Yes
Appomattox Middle 6 - 8 541 No
Appomattox Primary Pre-K - 2 570 Yes

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia. [14] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[15]

External links

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