York County School Division, Virginia

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York County School Division is a school district in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The York County Public Schools approved 2010-2011 budget, including federal, state, and local revenue information, is available. Archived budget information and per pupil expenditure reports are also posted.[1]
  • School Board meeting schedule, minutes and agendas are posted.[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. Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information is also posted.[5]
  • Chapter 11: Communications of the York County School Division Policy Manual includes information regarding Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act requests and Chapter 4: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements.[6]
  • Teacher salary scale and benefits information is posted.[7]
  • The school board’s financial information is included in York County’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.[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 York County School Board is comprised of five elected members representing the county districts. Members are elected to four-year terms; the current term ends in November of 2011.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Mark A. Medford, Chairman District 3 November 2011
Robert W. George D.D.S., Vice Chairman District 5 November 2011
Barbara S. Haywood District 1 November 2011
Linda Meadows District 2 November 2011
R. Page Minter District 4 November 2011

The current division superintendent is Eric Williams, Ed.D.

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

York County School Division published its annual budget on their district website.[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $89,283,022 72.1% $11,201,402 9.1% $10,961,577 8.9% $0 0% $12,325,270 10% $123,771,271
2011-2012 $89,675,025 72.5% $10,920,541 8.8% $11,119,949 9% $0 0% $11,977,669 9.7% $123,693,184
Averages: $89,479,023.5 72% $11,060,971.5 9% $11,040,763 9% $0 0% $12,151,469.5 10% $123,732,227.5

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 York County Public Schools as having a student population of 12,729 and 19 schools in the division.

York County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[15]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Bethel Manor Elementary Pre-K – 5 542 Yes
Bruton High 9 – 12, PG 673 Yes
Coventry Elementary Pre-K – 5 626 Yes
Dare Elementary Pre-K - 5 455 Yes
Grafton Bethel Elementary Pre-K - 5 618 Yes
Grafton High 9 – 12, PG 1,289 Yes
Grafton Middle 6 - 8 875 No
Magruder Elementary Pre-K - 5 621 Yes
Mount Vernon Elementary Pre-K - 5 556 Yes
Queens Lake Middle 6 - 8 489 No
Seaford Elementary Pre-K - 5 523 Yes
Tabb Elementary Pre-K - 5 554 Yes
Tabb High 9 – 12, PG 1,255 Yes
Tabb Middle 6 - 8 830 No
Waller Mill Elementary Pre-K - 5 322 Yes
York High 9 – 12, PG 1,089 Yes
York River Academy 9 – 12 58 Yes
Yorktown Elementary Pre-K - 5 601 Yes
Yorktown Middle 6 - 8 753 No

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]

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