Danville Public Schools, Virginia

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

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • Teacher salary scale is available on the division website.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, agendas and minutes are available.[2]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3]
  • Academic performance information is available via links to the Virginia Department of Education website. The SOL testing schedule is available on the division website.[4]
  • The Danville City Employee Policy Manual includes a Request for Information form, in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, in the School-Community Relations Section. Audit information can be found in the Fiscal Management Section.[5]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[6]

The bad

  • Budget information is not available on the division website, with the exception of 2009-2010 proposed per-pupil expenditures.[7]
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • Teacher contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[8]

School Board

The Danville City School Board is comprised of seven elected members serving staggered four-year term on the board. [9]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
George Wilson, Chairman
Dr. Ed Polhamus, Vice Chairman
Rebecca Bolton
Renee Hughes
Dr. Malcom Huckabee
Millie Dunston
Alonzo Jones

The current division superintendent is Dr. Sue Davis.

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

Proposed per-pupil expenditures for 2009-2010 totaled $12,277.00. Additional budget information is not available.[7]

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 Danville City Public Schools as having a student population of 6,489 and 16 schools in the division.

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

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Edwin A. Gibson Middle 6 - 8 390 No
Forest Hills Elementary K - 5 234 Yes
G.L.H Johnson Elementary K - 5 506 No
Galileo Magnet High 9 - 12 255 Yes
George Washington High 9 - 12 1,609 No
Glenwood Elementary K - 5 203 Yes
Grove Park Preschool Pre-K 252 NA
Irvin W. Taylor Elementary Pre-K 320 Yes
Langston Focus School 6 - 12 105 Yes
O. Trent Bonner Middle 6 - 8 549 No
Park Avenue Elementary K - 5 449 Yes
Schoolfield Elementary K - 5 543 No
W. Townes Lea Elementary K - 5 318 Yes
Westwood Middle 6 - 8 370 No
Woodbury Hills Elementary K - 5 276 No
Woodrow Wilson Elementary K - 5 200 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