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==Website evaluation==
 
==Website evaluation==

Revision as of 14:07, 18 January 2014

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Transparency grading process
Washington County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Washington County Public Schools 2009-2010 budget is available. The 2010-2011 budget calendar is also available.[1][2]
  • School Board meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[3]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[4][5]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the Virginia Department of Education School Report Card.[6]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Washington 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]
  • Salary scale and benefits information is available.[8]
  • The School Board’s financial information is included in Washington County’s 2009 Audit Report.[9]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[10]

The bad

  • Revenue details regarding federal, state, and local funds are not included in the budget document.
  • 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.[11]

School Board

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

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Elizabeth P. Lowe, Chair A-01 "Harrison" District
Billy W. Brooks, Vice Chair F-01 "Tyler" District
J. Sanders Henderson III B-01 "Jefferson" District
Buckey Boone C-01 "Madison" District
Dayton Owens D-01 "Monroe" District
Tom Musick E-01 "Taylor" District
Herschel Stevens G-01 "Wilson" District

The current interim division superintendent is Mr. Jim Sullivan.

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.[12]

Current Board of Education Members[13]

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 Washington County Public Schools 2009-2010 expenditures budget totaled $80,312,539.[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.[14]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Washington County Public Schools as having a student population of 7,486 and 15 schools in the division.

Washington County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[15]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Abingdon Elementary Pre-K - 5 464 Yes
Abingdon High 9 - 12 968 Yes
Damascus Middle 6 - 8 218 Yes
E.B. Stanley Middle 6 - 8 685 No
Glade Spring Middle 6 - 8 295 No
Greendale Elementary Pre-K – 5 367 Yes
High Point Elementary Pre-K – 5 586 Yes
Holston High 9 - 12 300 Yes
John S. Battle High 9 - 12 630 Yes
Meadowview Elementary Pre-K - 5 676 No
Patrick Henry High 9 – 12 446 Yes
Rhea Valley Elementary Pre-K - 5 478 Yes
Valley Institute Elementary Pre-K - 5 319 Yes
Wallace Middle 6 – 8 460 Yes
Watauga Elementary Pre-K - 5 594 Yes

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[16] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[17]

External links

References