Surry County Public Schools, Virginia

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Surry County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Surry County Public Schools 2009-2010 and proposed 2010-2011 budgets, including federal, state, and local revenue information, are available.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas for upcoming meetings are available.[2][3]
  • Administrative contact information is available for respective departments; superintendent contact information is not posted.[4]
  • Academic performance information is available. Standards of Learning pass rates are posted but are not up-to-date.[5]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations Goals of the Surry 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 information.[6]
  • The school board’s financial information can be found in Surry County’s 2009 Annual Financial Report.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • School board contact information is not available.
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • Current teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[9]

School Board

The Surry County School Board is comprised of five members representing the county districts.[10]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Elsie Dennis, Chairperson Bacon's Castle District 2nd 2011
Laura Sheffield, Vice Chairperson Carsley District 2nd 2011
Gladys Harris Claremont District 3rd 2011
Audrey Byrd Dendron District 1st 2011
Harold Jones Surry District 2nd 2011

The current interim division superintendent is Mr. Lloyd Hamlin.

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 Surry County Public Schools 2009-2010 operating expenditures totaled $16,992,791. The proposed budget for 2010-2011 totals $16,286,253, a 4.16% decrease from the previous year’s budget. 65.09% of the proposed 2010-2011 budget is dedicated to Instruction costs. Federal revenue accounts for 5.83% of the projected revenue sources, county funds total 71.80%, other local funds total 1.84%, and state revenue totals 20.53%.[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 Surry County Public Schools as having a student population of 1,017 and 3 schools in the division.

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

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Luther P. Jackson Middle 5 - 8 293 Yes
Surry County High 9 - 12 319 Yes
Surry Elementary Pre-K – 4 405 No


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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