Charlottesville Public Schools, Virginia

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Charlottesville Public Schools is one of 40 school districts in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The 2009-2010 budget and the approved 2010-2011 budget, including information regarding federal, state, and local revenue, are available.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[2]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3][4]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the School Report Cards on the Virginia Department of Education website. Academic statistics are also posted on the division website.[5]
  • The division website includes a Policies and Regulations Manual with a Request for Information form, in compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, in Section K - Community Relations. The manual also includes general information regarding professional staff hiring and evaluations, and conducting audits.[6]
  • The division’s financial statements are included in the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which can be found on the city website.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • Teacher contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[9]

School Board

The Charlottesville City School Board is comprised of seven members elected from the seven county districts.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Ms. Colette Blount
Ms. Llezelle A. Dugger, Vice Chair
Dr. Alvin Edwards
Ms. Kathleen Galvin
Mr. Ned Michie
Ms. Leah Puryear, Chair
Mr. Juandiego R. Wade

The current division superintendent is Dr. Rosa S. Atkins.

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

For 2010-2011, the approved expenditures budget totals $68,358,106, a decrease from 2009-2010’s $70,418,746 expenditures budget. Total city revenue for 2010-2011 is $40,080,523, a 0.32% decrease from the previous year; state revenue totals $17,386,332, a 7.52% decrease; and federal revenue totals $8,285,446, a 7.54% decrease. Per pupil expenses for fiscal year 2009 totaled $16,669.[1][5]

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 Charlottesville City Public Schools as having a student population of 4,019 and 9 schools in the division.

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

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Buford Middle 7 - 8 495 No
Burnley-Moran Elementary Pre-K – 4 322 Yes
Charlottesville High 9 – 12, PG 1,226 No
Clark Elementary Pre-K – 4 257 No
Greenbrier Elementary Pre-K – 4 310 Yes
Jackson-Via Elementary Pre-K – 4 298 Yes
Johnson Elementary Pre-K – 4 264 Yes
Venable Elementary Pre-K – 4 298 Yes
Walker Upper Elementary 5 - 6 549 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

References