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Wythe County Public Schools, Virginia

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Wythe County Public Schools is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The Wythe County Public Schools 2009-2010 revenue and expenditures budgets are available.[1]
  • School Board meeting schedule is posted.[2]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the Virginia Department of Education School Report Card. A Student Assessment Report is also posted on the division website, as well as Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) information.[3][4]
  • Section K: School Community Relations of the Wythe County School Board 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.[5]
  • The school board’s financial information is included in Wythe County’s 2009 Annual Financial Report.[6]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[7]

The bad

  • Complete administrative contact information is not available; a general school address and phone number is provided and the Superintendent’s email address is posted.[8]
  • School Board contact information is not available for individual board members; a general office address and phone number is provided.[2]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are not posted.
  • 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 Wythe County School Board is comprised of seven members, six representing the county districts and one at-large. The school board functions on behalf of the county to provide a safe and quality education for all students.[2]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Chalmer L. Frye, Chairman Speedwell, District 6
William S. Kidd, Vice-Chairman East Wytheville, District 3
Patricia S. Hines Lead Mines, District 5
Walter C. White Fort Chiswell, District 4
Deborah M. Crigger At Large
Alan C. Wilder West Wytheville, District 2
Stephen R. Sage Blacklick, District 1

The current division superintendent is Dr. W. Lee Brannon.

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 Wythe County Public Schools 2009-2010 expenditures budget totaled $53,645,376.00. The budget included $7,129,368.00 in federal revenue, $20,947,462.00 in state revenue, $19,072,723.00 in county appropriation funds, $667,300.00 in other local funds, $3,806,833.00in sales tax funds, $862,440.00 in cafeteria collections, and $1,159,250.00 in other revenue. The required local match totaled $7,643,154.00.[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 Wythe County Public Schools as having a student population of 4,336 and 12 schools in the division.

Wythe County Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Fort Chiswell High 9 - 12 501 Yes
Fort Chiswell Middle 6 - 8 337 No
George Wythe High 9 - 12 474 Yes
Jackson Memorial Elementary Pre-K - 5 246 No
Max Meadows Elementary Pre-K - 5 283 Yes
Rural Retreat Elementary Pre-K - 5 390 Yes
Rural Retreat High 9 - 12 361 No
Rural Retreat Middle 6 - 8 238 No
Scott Memorial Middle 6 - 8 331 No
Sheffey Elementary Pre-K - 5 297 Yes
Speedwell Elementary Pre-K - 5 162 Yes
Spiller Elementary Pre-K - 5 716 No


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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