February 7, 2007



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


January Organizational Meeting: On January 11th the School Board held its Organizational Meeting.  At that meeting, Sue Friedman was re-elected as Chair and Pam Moynihan was re-elected as Vice-Chair.


2007 – 08 Budget Process: In October and November the School Board provided the superintendent with direction on how to prepare her funding request for the School Division.  In January, Dr. Moran presented a funding request to the School Board which totaled $149 million.  The School Board held budget work sessions and held a public hearing on the proposed funding request between the middle of January and the beginning of February. 


Technology Work Session: On January 25th the School Board held a work session on technology in which members of the community were invited to participate in roundtable discussions.  The idea of the work session was to provide opportunity for focus areas for the Division’s Comprehensive Technology Plan.  The following areas were discussed: integration, connectivity, professional development, educational applications, accountability, school-community partnerships, and envisioning the future.     


Bullying Prevention Month:  On January 11th, the School Board, in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association, recognized the month of January 2007 as the VSBA Virginia School Bullying Awareness Month, with the intention that the issue of bullying and its prevention be discussed in schools and classrooms during this time.  Information on the Division’s bullying prevention program, as well as questions and answers about bullying are located on the Division web site under the Character Education Quick Link. 


International Space Olympics:  Albemarle High School senior, Partrick LeDuc, took 3rd place in the International Space Olympics, held October 17th – 20th in Russia.


Collaboration Initiatives: The School Board will meet with the Board of Supervisors on February 14th to discuss the Capital Improvements Program timeline, lifelong learning initiative regarding multiple use for buildings, and the living wage. 


The School Board will be having a staff development session with the Virginia School Boards Association on February 15th.  This session will complete our process of orientation with a new superintendent. 


Finally, the School Board is looking forward to scheduling a joint meeting with the Charlottesville City School Board to address alternative education programming. 


School Board Meetings:  The next regularly scheduled School Board meetings are February 8 and February 22.  Our February 22 meeting will be a work session.  We will continue our format of a business meeting on the second Thursday of the month and a work session on the fourth Thursday of the monthly.  A third monthly meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 26 to handle student conduct/discipline issues. 


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