Backpack Drive Underway; Collection Dates: Aug. 1-7

Back to School Bash 2022

The Back to School Bash Committee is soliciting donations of solid color backpacks for elementary students and brightly decorated backpacks for preschool students. Donated backpacks will be distributed to students from Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties on August 20 at the Back to School Bash at Ting Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville.

Backpacks can be dropped off from August 1-7 at either the Charlottesville City Schools Division Annex or Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. For more information about donating or purchasing a backpack online for delivery to the committee, please see the event flyer: Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Back to School Bash

Back to School Bash 2022

Each year, Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools join forces with several community organizations to offer free school supplies and backpacks to families in need. This year’s Back to School Bash will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ting Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville. In addition to free school supplies, the event will feature music, games, local vendors, and more!

In order to make this special event a success for our families, we need volunteers! Continue reading

Tom Sox Will Now Host Educator Appreciation Day on July 24

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Sunday, July 24, 2022 | 1 p.m. | Charlottesville High School

Due to inclement weather on July 14, Charlottesville’s collegiate summer baseball team, the Tom Sox, has rescheduled their Educator Appreciation Day for Sunday, July 24, and they’ve extended a special invitation to all Albemarle County Public Schools employees. They’ll face the Waynesboro Generals at Charlottesville High School at 1 p.m. Free admission and parking! Come join the fun!

Pay Increases for Fiscal Year 2023

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As shared in a May 13 Compass post, the Albemarle County School Board approved a budget for the 2022-23 school year that includes a 6% compensation increase for all employees and a step increase for employees on the teacher pay scale. The adopted budget for fiscal year 2023 takes effect on Friday, July 1.

For 12-month employees, the increase will appear beginning with the July 8 paycheck. Ten- and 11-month employees will see the increase as described in our June 9 Compass post. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Human Resources at with any questions.

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunities

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The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation annually presents ACPS staff with the opportunity to apply for grants supporting innovative and community-oriented programs in our school division. If you have been hoping to start such a program in your school, please contact Helen Dunn, ACPS Legislative & Public Affairs Officer, with some information about what you would like to propose, and she will give you guidance on next steps.

We encourage all of our creative staff members to apply for these grants, which have historically led to some very special opportunities for our educators and students! Continue reading

ACPS Is Looking for a School Board Deputy Clerk!

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If you are interested in public education, have a keen eye for detail, and want to play a meaningful role in an active and engaged community, please consider checking out this exciting job opportunity: School Board Deputy Clerk.

The Deputy Clerk will assist the Clerk of the School Board in managing all activities related to school board meetings, maintaining all official records of the school board, and performing a variety of technical and/or difficult clerical and administrative duties in a team environment. Continue reading

Recruitment Cards: Come Join the ACPS Team!

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Do you know someone who would make a great addition to the ACPS team—someone who believes in our vision, mission and values; has a positive attitude; and wants to make a difference? Be on the lookout for recruitment cards available to share with future ACPS team members! (Check the front office of your school or department.) Consider leaving a few at the barber shop, nail salon, waiting room, or corner store during your next visit. Employee participation is completely voluntary.