Wise County Public Schools, Virginia

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Wise County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Wise County Public Schools 2009-2010 budget, including federal, state, and local revenue information, is available.[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]
  • Teacher salary scale and benefits information is available.[6]
  • Section K: School Community Relations of the Wise County School Policy Manual includes Requests for Information procedures in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes information regarding hiring and evaluation procedures.[7]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[8]

The bad

  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • 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 Wise County School Board is comprised of eight members representing the county districts.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Ted Thompson, Chairman Voting District 3
Nolan L. Kilgore, Vice-Chairman Voting District 4
Mark Hutchinson Voting District 1
Rocky Cantrell Voting District 1
Phillip Bates Voting District 2
Mike Mullins Voting District 2
Betty Cornett Voting District 3
Vanessa Perry Voting District 4

The current division superintendent is Dr. Jeff Perry.

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.[10]

Current Board of Education Members[11]

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 Wise County Public Schools 2009-2010 operating budget totaled $78,074,200. The budget included $12,446,700 in federal revenue, $40,506,400 in state revenue, $13,891,600 in local funds, $5,897,200 in sales tax funds, $500,000 in appropriated funds balance, and $4,832,300 in other 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.[12]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Wise County Public Schools as having a student population of 6,784 and 15 schools in the division.

Wise County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Appalachia Elementary Pre-K - 7 337 No
Appalachia High 8 - 12 270 No
Coeburn High 9 - 12 419 Yes
Coeburn Middle 5 - 8 412 No
Coeburn Primary Pre-K - 4 579 Yes
J.J. Kelly High 9 - 12 471 Yes
J.W. Adams Combined Pre-K - 8 595 Yes
L.F. Addington Middle 5 - 8 475 Yes
Pound High 9 - 12 242 Yes
Powell Valley High 9 - 12 542 Yes
Powell Valley Middle 5 - 8 520 No
Powell Valley Primary Pre-K - 4 733 Yes
St. Paul Elementary Pre-K – 7 277 Yes
St. Paul High 8 - 12 195 Yes
Wise Primary Pre-K - 4 717 Yes


The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[14] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[15]

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