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.
Continue reading

Superintendent Presents Draft Funding Request of $257 Million for 2023-24 School Year

Construction site crane building a blue 3D text that reads BUDGET

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.

Continue reading

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

Community Engagement Logo 2022

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!

Making Connections 2022

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!

Student Art Show Rescheduled for May 20

Due to a forecast of rain, the ACPS Student Art Show has been rescheduled from Friday, May 13, to Friday, May 20. We’re looking forward to sharing the work of our many talented student artists with the community! Until then, we invite you to watch this preview of the video that will be used in this unique, engaging, and larger-than-life show:

Continue reading

School Board Approves Funding Request

FY 23 School Board's Funding Request

At its business meeting on March 10, the Albemarle County School Board unanimously approved its 2022-23 funding request, which includes a 6% salary increase for employees effective July 1. This would be in addition to the 4% increase that took effect on February 26.

School board chair Graham Paige and vice-chair Katrina Callsen will present the funding request to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 14, at 3 p.m. Continue reading

8th Annual WinterSongs Benefit Concert – Feb. 26


Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 1 p.m. | Livestream

The 8th annual WinterSongs benefit concert, which raises money for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, will be performed via livestream this Saturday, February 26, beginning at 1 p.m. Joining the Burley Bearettes Treble Chorus this Saturday will be vocalists from Albemarle High School’s Advanced Women’s Ensemble; Monticello High School’s Women’s Chorus, No Fella A Capella; and The Knightengales from Charlottesville High School. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the concert will be performed live from Monticello High School and broadcast to the public via livestream. Continue reading