Harrisonburg Public Schools, Virginia

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Harrisonburg Public Schools is one of 40 school districts in Virginia (Sunshine Review).

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • Harrisonburg City Public Schools 2009-2010 budget, including federal, state, and local revenue information, is available. The 2010-2011 budget has not yet been posted to the division website.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, agendas for upcoming meetings, and meeting highlights 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.[5]
  • Section 5: Community Relations of the Harrisonburg City Public Schools Policy Manual includes Request for Information procedures in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Section 6: Human Resources includes information regarding staff evaluation procedures.[6]
  • The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report on the Harrisonburg City website includes the school board’s finances.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • The budget summary does not include revenue information.
  • Meeting minutes and archived agendas are not available on the division website. Official meeting minutes can be requested from the school board office.[9]
  • 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.[10]

School Board

The Harrisonburg City School Board is comprised of six members.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Sallie Strickler, Chairman
Nick Swayne, Vice Chairman
Greg Coffman
Tim Lacey
Tom Mendez
Kerri Wilson

The current division superintendent is Donald Ford.

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.[11]

Current Board of Education Members[12]

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 Harrisonburg City Public Schools 2009-2010 operating budget totaled $52,026,238, with 77% of the budget was dedicated to instruction costs.[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.[13]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Harrisonburg City Public Schools as having a student population of 4,594 and 8 schools in the division.

Harrisonburg City Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[14]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Harrisonburg High 9 - 12 1,276 Yes
Keister Elementary Pre-K - 5 476 No
Skyline Middle 5 - 8 514 No
Smithland Elementary Pre-K - 4 415 No
Spotswood Elementary Pre-K – 5 396 Yes
Stone Spring Elementary Pre-K - 5 349 Yes
Thomas Harrison Middle 5 - 8 743 No
Waterman Elementary Pre-K - 5 425 No

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[15] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (Sunshine Review) (NEA).[16]

External links

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