Radford City Schools, Virginia

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Radford City Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Radford City Public Schools 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 budgets, including federal, state, and local revenue, are available.[1]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[2][3]
  • School board meeting agendas are available.[3]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the Virginia Department of Education School Report Card.[4]
  • Salary scales are posted on the division website.[5]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Radford City School Board Policy Manual includes a Request for Public Records form. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes hiring and evaluation procedures.[6]
  • Vendor contract information is also available on the Virginia state website.[7]

The bad

  • Meeting schedule and minutes are not posted.
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • Teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[8]

School Board

The Radford City School Board is comprised of five members.[3]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Lynn Burris
Alvin Alexander
William Flora
Karen Gerlach
Steve Cox

The current acting division superintendent is Rob Graham.

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 Radford City Public Schools operating budget for 2010-2011 totals $12,815,917, $9,645,693 of which is dedicated to Instruction. The budget included $5,343,932 in city revenue, $6,352,235 in state revenue, $1,050,000 in sales tax funds, and $69,500 in other funds. No federal funds are anticipated.[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 Radford City Public Schools as having a student population of 1,540 and 4 schools in the division.

Radford City Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[12]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Belle Heth Elementary 4 - 6 487 Yes
John N. Dalton Intermediate 7 - 8 239 Yes
McHarg Elementary Pre-K - 3 376 Yes
Radford High 9 – 12 438 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]

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