May 3, 2006



A communications report of activities from the Albemarle County School Board to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors


Bid Information


The Building Services Department has a tremendous amount of work to accomplish this summer and many projects to design in order to be ready for bid next spring.  Two schools, Jouett and Greer, will be closed this summer, except for the main offices.  There are several other schools that will have only limited access.  We have received no bids for the Brownsville HVAC Replacement project.  This project has been delayed and will be re-bid in January 2007.  Only two bids were received when the Cale Elementary project was bid earlier this year, and the project was $2,000,000 over budget.  There was little competition from sub-contractors; therefore, this project is being re-bid with the same scope of work but with a revised construction sequence and the completion dates were extended to July 2007, with the hope of obtaining a more attractive construction price.  Both the Cale and the Monticello Auditorium bids will be opened in mid-May, 2006.




David C. Jeck, the Director of CATEC, is leaving his post to become an assistant superintendent in the Greene County school system beginning July 1st.  The school division will be advertising for a new director in the near future.  In addition to hiring a new director, CATEC is in the beginning stages of developing a strategic plan. 


Open Administrative Positions  


School division staff will be interviewing candidates for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning in the coming weeks.  It is the hope of the Superintendent to hire someone in May.  The division is also currently advertising for a Director of Transportation and a Director of Building Services. 


Living Wage


The School Board at its April 20th regular meeting received the same information on living wage as the Board of Supervisors did on April 5th.  The School Board directed staff to investigate the 3 options presented, as well as, salary compression for other employees, and report back to the School Board for the annual joint compensation and benefits meeting with the Board of Supervisors in the fall.


2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Jeremy Kennson Dove has been selected by President George W. Bush as a Presidential nominee for this award.  Mr. Dove’s exceptional teaching, leadership abilities, and dedication to students placed him among 100 Presidential nominees for the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teaching.  On Thursday, May 4, 2006, an award ceremony will be held to honor the 100 Presidential nominees who will receive a citation signed by President Bush identifying them as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 


Southern District Elementary School Physical Educator of the Year


Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Teacher Gwen Hairston was honored as the Southern District Elementary School Physical Educator of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in Salt Lake City, UT, April 25-29.  The Southern District represents a 13-state area from Virginia to Texas.  The “National Teacher of the Year” recipient was announced during the conference. 


6th Annual Golden Apple Award


Richard L. Nunley, Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture, is sponsoring the 6th Annual Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teachers from our school systems.  These awards are presented to faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City, including CATEC.  Eligible private schools are those that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  


The Golden Apple Award is a means of selecting and honoring some of our outstanding teachers. Teachers are most important in nurturing our children’s inquisitive minds and preparing them for the challenges of the future. One candidate is selected to represent their school and receives a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses.  As a “Golden Apple” teacher, each candidate is then eligible to receive a Golden Apple Grant ($1000).  Grants are awarded to eight (8) candidates: 3 elementary, 2 middle, and 2 high school candidates of the public schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City and CATEC, and to 1 candidate from the schools that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  The grant award may be used to support the candidate’s continued professional development. 


The 2006 Golden Apple Award Recipients will be recognized the evening of May 9th at the UVA Rotunda.


2006 Graduation Reservations Requested


CATEC Certificate Ceremony – The Martin Luther King Center, (formerly Charlottesville Performing Arts Center), 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.                                                                               

Murray High School – Burley Middle School Auditorium, 901 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville,   Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. 


Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) – Warrior Stadium, 5941 Rockfish Gap Tpk., Crozet, Friday, June 9, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. 


Monticello High School (MHS) – Monticello High School, Football Field, 1400 Independence Way, Charlottesville, Saturday, June 10, 2006, at 9:30 a.m.        


Albemarle High School (AHS) – University Hall (U-Hall), Alderman and Massie Roads, University

of Virginia Campus, Charlottesville, Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.    


Ivy Creek School – Ivy Creek School Gym, 227 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville, June 2, 2006 at 1 p.m. 


School Board/Superintendent/Constituent Coffees  


Over the past month, the Superintendent and various School Board members have held constituent coffees to hear concerns and issues as well as solicit feedback from members of their various communities.  We hope to continue these meetings on a regular basis.


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