Warren County Public Schools, Virginia

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Warren County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Warren County Public Schools 2009-2010 budget, including federal, state, and local revenue information, is available. 2010-2011 budget information has not yet been posted.[1]
  • School Board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas 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 School Report Card.[5]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Warren 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.[6]
  • Salary and benefits information is available.[7]
  • The School Board’s financial information is included in Warren County’s 2009 County Audit.[8]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[9]

The bad

  • 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.[10]

School Board

The Warren County School Board is comprised of five members representing the county districts.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Boyles, Roy K., Chairman North River December 31, 2011
Joanne F. Cherefko, Vice Chairman South River December 31, 2011
Catherine R. Bower Fork December 31, 2013
Kimberly M. Athey Shenandoah December 31, 2011
James S. Wells Happy Creek December 31, 2013

The current division superintendent is Pamela M. McInnis.

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 Warren County Public Schools 2009-2010 budget totaled $48,451,695, 56% of which was dedicated to instruction costs. The budget included $2,214,089 in federal revenue (5% of the revenue source), $19,479,119 in county appropriation (40%), $26,483,539 in state revenue (55%), and $72,941,384 in miscellaneous revenue (less than 1%).[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 Warren County Public Schools as having a student population of 5,442 and 8 schools in the division.

Warren County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[14]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

A.S. Rhodes Elementary K - 5 297 Yes
E. Wilson Morrison Elementary Pre-K - 5 442 No
Hilda J. Barbour Elementary Pre-K - 5 541 No
Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary Pre-K - 5 561 No
Ressie Jeffries Elementary Pre-K - 5 652 No
Skyline High 8 - 12 1,185 No
Warren County High 8 - 12 976 Yes
Warren County Middle 6 - 7 788 Yes

School Choice

Virginia passed its initial charter school law in 1998, revising it in 2002, 2004, and 2010 to ensure fair and accurate review of charter school applications. In 2009, Governor Kaine removed caps on the number of charter schools permitted in the state. The most recent changes were approved under HB 1390 and SB 736B, the latter of which incorporates a new type of charter schools called the College Partnership, which will include teacher education programs

Currently, Virginia has three charter schools in operation. Located in Albemarle County, the Community Public Charter School, which opened in 2008, offers an art-based curriculum for struggling sixth-grade students. The Murray High School charter school, also located in Albermarle County, serves at-risk students in grade 9-12. The York River Academy, which focuses on educating students for careers in computers and technology, is located in York County.

A third charter school, the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, is scheduled to open in Richmond County in summer 2010.

Charter schools meet the public school choice option required of school districts by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, offered to parents of students attending underperforming schools.

E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School in Warren County failed to achieve AYP for two consecutive years and was in Year 1 of School Improvement in the 2009-2010 academic year. The school was required to offer public schools choice and students had the option of attending another elementary school in the county, including Rhodes, Jeffries, Barbour, and Keyser elementary schools. 440 students were eligible for public schools choice and 31 students participated.[15]

The Commonwealth of Virginia created the Virginia Charter School Resource Center to assist in encouraging the charter school movement in the State.[16][17][18]

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[19] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[20]

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