Mecklenburg Public Schools, Virginia

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

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Mecklenburg County Public Schools proposed 2010-2011 budget is available, including federal, state, and local revenue.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas for upcoming meetings are available.[2][3]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[4][5]
  • Links are provided to Standards of Learning and educational resources information on the Virginia Department of Education website.[6]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Mecklenburg County School Board Policy Manual includes Request for Information procedures in compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes hiring and evaluation procedures.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • Division academic performance information is not available. The information can be found on the Virginia Department of Education School Report Cards website.[9]
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • 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.[10]

School Board

The Mecklenburg County School Board is comprised of nine members representing the county districts.[5]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Robert Puryear, Chairman District 1
Thomas Bullock, Vice-Chairman District 5
Carol Bowman District 7
Thomas Coleman District 2
Glenn Edwards District 9
Mary Hicks District 4
Debra Smiley District 6
Sandra Tanner District 3
Joan Wagstaff District 8

The current division superintendent is 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.[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


The Mecklenburg County Public Schools proposed 2010-2011 budget totals $43,514,250.00, a decrease from the previous year’s budget of $49,047,155.59. The budget includes $11,360,000.00 in local and miscellaneous revenue, $3,896,774.00 in federal revenue, and $25,896,776.00 in state revenue.[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 Mecklenburg County Public Schools as having a student population of 4,821 and 9 schools in the division.

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

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Bluestone High 9 - 12 667 Yes
Bluestone Middle 6 - 8 513 Yes
Buckhorn Elementary Pre-K - 5 270 Yes
Chase City Elementary Pre-K - 5 505 Yes
Clarksville Elementary Pre-K - 5 474 Yes
LaCrosse Elementary Pre-K - 5 341 Yes
Park View High 9 - 12 767 Yes
Park View Middle 6 - 8 585 Yes
South Hill Elementary Pre-K - 5 699 Yes


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

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