Dinwiddie Public Schools, Virginia

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Dinwiddie 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 and the proposed 2010-2011 budgets are available, including federal, state, and local revenue information.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, agendas and minutes are available.[2]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[3][4]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the Virginia Department of Education website.[5]
  • The Dinwiddie County School Board Policies Manual includes a Request for Public Records form in Section K-School-Community Relations. Audit information can be found in Section D – Fiscal Management. Hiring procedures and staff evaluation information can be found in Section G – Personnel.[6]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[7]

The bad

  • 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 Dinwiddie County School Board is comprised of five elected members representing the county's five districts. Members serve four-year terms.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Gregory K. McCammon, Chairman District 5
James E. Harrison, Sr., Vice Chairman District 3
Legert Hamilton District 4
William R. Haney District 2
James C. Maitland District 1

The current division superintendent is W. David Clark.

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.[9]

Current Board of Education Members[10]

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

The Dinwiddie County schools proposed 2010-2011 budget totals $38,517,348.00, a decrease from 2009-2010’s approved budget of $40,875,124.00.[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.[11]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Dinwiddie County Public Schools as having a student population of 4,717 and 8 schools in the division.

Dinwiddie County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[12]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Dinwiddie Elementary K - 5 425 No
Dinwiddie Junior High 8 - 9 754 No
Dinwiddie Middle 6 - 8 690 No
Dinwiddie Senior High 9 - 12 1,184 Yes
Midway Elementary K - 5 387 Yes
Southside Elementary K - 5 429 Yes
Sunnyside Elementary K - 5 284 No
Sutherland Elementary K - 5 564 Yes

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[13] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[14]

External links

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