Cumberland Public Schools, Virginia

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Cumberland Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated Feb. 8, 2012.

The good

  • The 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 budgets, including federal, state, and local revenue information, are available.[1]
  • Teacher salary scales are available on the division website.[2]
  • School board meeting schedule, minutes and agendas are available.[3]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3][4]
  • Academic performance information, as well as SOL testing information, is available on the division website and via links to the Virginia Department of Education website.[5][6]
  • The Cumberland County School Board Policy Manual includes a Request for Public Records form in Section K. The manual also includes hiring and teacher evaluation information in Section G. Audit information can be found in Section D.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include information regarding audits.
  • 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 Cumberland County School Board is comprised of seven members elected from the county’s seven magisterial districts. Members serve four-year term on the board.[3]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Ginger Sanderson District 1
George Lee Dowdy III, Vice Chairman District 2
Doris Seal District 3
George Reid, Jr. District 4
Rusty Jenkins District 5
Bob Houck District 6
Christine Ross, Chairman District 7

The current division superintendent is Dr. James Thornton.

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


Budgeted expenditures for 2010-2011 total $13,582,357.89, a 17.30% decrease from the 2009-2010 actual expenditures of $15,810,009.00. The 2010-2011 general school fund includes $1,995,508.89 in federal revenue, $8,482,144.00 in state funds, and $3,104,705.00 in county funds.[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 Cumberland County Public Schools as having a student population of 1,531 and 3 schools in the division.

Cumberland County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Cumberland Elementary Pre-K - 5 724 Yes
Cumberland High 9 - 12 466 Yes
Cumberland Middle 6 - 8 341 Yes


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]

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