Insider Express – Vol. 1, Issue 11

Volume 1, Issue 11

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Board Meeting Highlights

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Following are highlights from the school board meeting on February 8, 2024. You can view the full Feb. 8 meeting agenda in ESB. You can also watch a recording of the Feb. 8 meeting on our YouTube page.

Policy Review & Revisions

Virginia Code requires all school board policies to be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed. On February 8, four policies* were presented for action:

  • BDA, Regular School Board Meetings
  • BDD, Electronic Participation in Meetings from Remote Locations
  • BDDA, Notification of Meetings
  • BDDG, Minutes

And, two policies were presented for information:

  • DB, Annual Budget
  • DJF, Purchasing Procedures

*Policy BCF, “Advisory Committees to the School Board, was pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion at a future meeting.

Questions? Contact Dallas Hitt.

Schematic Design: AHS 2nd Floor Connector Project

The board approved the AHS 2nd Floor Schematic Design for a second floor connector wing at AHS to improve circulation throughout the building, add classroom capacity, and provide improved teacher professional space.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Snoddy.

ELA Adoption

The board approved the Jan. 11 recommendation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Adoption Committee for a new reading curriculum, HMH Into Reading Virginia, for grades K-5.

Questions? Contact Chandra Hayes.

FY 24 Second Quarter Financial Report

Fiscal Services staff presented the FY 2023-2024 Second Quarter Financial Report, representing October – December 2023.

Questions? Contact Jackson Zimmermann.

Human Resources Annual Report

Human Resources staff provided a summary of the Human Resources Annual Report for the 2023-24 school year. The full report is available on the Human Resources web page and directly here: 2023-2024 Annual Report.

Questions? Contact Dan Redding.

Department of Instruction Bellwether Updates

Department of Instruction staff provided updates on the progress of four of the five Bellwether recommendations. Topics of focus included math, the instructional coaching model, formative assessments, and high-quality instructional materials/ELA adoption.

Questions? Contact Chandra Hayes.

TeacherDirect Newsletter

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TeacherDirect is a weekly newsletter designed to provide a direct line of communication between the Virginia Department of Education and classroom teachers and educators. Subscribe to TeacherDirect to receive weekly updates from VDOE via email!

Some highlights from the February 7 issue include:

  • VDOE Literacy Network Implementation Series
  • Public Hearings on the Proposed 2024 English Standards of Learning
  • Black History Month 2024
  • Reading Specialist Program
  • Master’s In Education – Special Education Program Launching Summer 2024
  • And more!

Virginia Education Update Newsletter

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Virginia Education Update is a weekly newsletter from Dr. Coons, Superintendent of Public Instruction, that serves to communicate official information from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions.

The February 1 edition contains items that may be of interest to teachers and other school division employees, such as:

  • Virginia Kindness Week – February 11-17, 2024
  • Nominations for the 2024 Standards of Learning Item Review Committees – Due March 22, 2024
  • Virginia Department of Education’s Video Guide to the Special Education Evaluation Process for Families
  • Announcing the 2023-2024 Mentor Teacher Program Division Awards
  • Technical Assistance Webinar: School Needs Assessment and Support Plan
  • Processes for Excused and Unexcused Student Absences: Approaching or at 15 Days; Students With Disabilities
  • Varsity Tutors for Schools Available at No Cost

Recent News

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In case you missed them, check out these recent press releases:

February 9, 2024 | Albemarle County School Board Approves Resolution on the Importance of Safe Firearm Storage

February 8, 2024 | Albemarle County Public Schools Crowns Elementary & Middle School Level ACPS Spelling Champions

February 6, 2024 | Albemarle County Public Schools Partners with Madison House, University of Virginia Students to Pilot Tutoring Program