Reminder: Donate to Our Employee Fundraiser by Tomorrow!

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As of yesterday afternoon, ACPS employees have donated $1,200 in support of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. We will continue collecting donations through tomorrow, Friday, May 19. We hope you will show your ACPS spirit and donate $1 or more to our 2023 fundraiser! Continue reading

Join Us: Friday Is ACPS Spirit & Jeans Day!

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This Friday, May 12, you’re invited to show your ACPS spirit by wearing jeans to work and donating $1 or more to our 2023 employee fundraiser!

All monies raised through Friday, May 19, will benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Watch our video to learn more about our 2023 beneficiary: Continue reading

Employee Fundraiser: You Can Now Donate Through May 19!

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ACPS has extended the donation deadline for our 2023 Employee Fundraiser to Friday, May 19! As was shared in the April 28 Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in and a May 5 Compass post, the beneficiary of this year’s employee fundraiser is Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Check out this video on the many ways that Loaves & Fishes serves our Albemarle community:

How to Donate

You can donate using a debit or credit card, or with PayPal, by clicking on the link below: (After you enter your gift amount, please also provide the name of your school or department.)

Interested in Driving a Bus to Earn Additional Pay?

Are you interested in earning some extra money? Have you ever considered taking on a bus route outside of your regular workday? That’s now a possibility… come drive a school bus! Worried that you don’t have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? That’s not a problem! Our Transportation Services Department has a training program that will allow you to earn your CDL in time to drive for the 2023-24 school year! If you already have a CDL, you may be able to start driving sooner!

Superintendent Haas recently shared this brief video celebrating the work of Lakeside Middle School teacher Jeff Matriccino, who has taken on additional duties driving a school bus in the afternoon.
Our bus drivers make such a big impact in our community! This recruiting commercial featuring bus driver Michelle Stanislaus illustrates why our drivers are so important.
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Superintendent Presents Draft Funding Request of $257 Million for 2023-24 School Year

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Last Thursday evening, Superintendent Haas presented a needs-based and balanced funding request for the 2023-24 school year to the Albemarle County School Board. The request, totaling $257.3 million, includes an increase over the current adopted budget of nearly $10.9 million. The increase is supported by anticipated revenues that include an 8.8% increase in local funding and a 6.9% increase in state funding.

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A Look Back at Some of Our Highlights

As we head into Winter Break and close out the 2022 calendar year, we wanted to share a video that highlights some of the amazing work our employees do to support students and families. Here’s to you… many thanks for a fantastic 2022 and best wishes for a wonderful 2023. You make a difference every day!

Please note that Compass articles will pause over the winter break. Posts will return in the new year on Wednesday, January 4!

Video Spotlight: School Safety Info Session

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Last Wednesday evening, November 30, our Community Engagement team hosted an online forum on school safety. Among the experts who spoke were Sally Hudson, who represents Albemarle in the Virginia House of Delegates, and our state senator, Creigh Deeds. They were joined by professors and researchers from the University of Virginia, a representative from the Albemarle County Police Department, and several professionals from our Student Services program. In addition to the current state of safety in our schools and our prevention and protective measures, conversations addressed how our school division is meeting the social and emotional needs of students.

In case you missed it, we wanted to share the video recording of the forum, including presentations and responses to questions from the audience:

Making Connections 2022 — It’s a Wrap!

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To all who participated in Making Connections this year: Thank you! As Superintendent Haas highlighted in his November 11 Weekly Check-in, we had a successful day of learning together at both Albemarle and Monticello high schools. Special thanks to all of our wonderful and talented staff who volunteered their time and efforts to present and share throughout the day. Without you, Making Connections 2022 would not have been possible! Please continue reading to watch a video of our day together, access materials from Making Connections presentations, and provide your feedback about the event. Continue reading

Open Enrollment Is Coming: Start Preparing Now!

Our annual Open Enrollment window will be live Tuesday, November 1 – Tuesday, November 15. This year, ALL benefits-eligible employees must log in to ADP to either enroll in or decline benefits for the 2023 plan year, including medical and dental insurance, as well as flexible spending and health savings accounts. Participation in Open Enrollment is required, as current medical/dental and Flexible Spending Account elections will NOT automatically renew for 2023.

For a summary of what to expect and some helpful tips, check out our Open Enrollment video featuring Dan Redding, Executive Director of Human Resources, and Claudine Cloutier, Program Manager for Benefits:

Good news! You don’t have to wait for Open Enrollment to review your options. Check out our Compass post on What You Need to Know About 2023 Benefits Options or visit our Open Enrollment info site!