November 2007



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


School Health Advisory Board Report: The Albemarle County School Health Advisory Board assists schools with the development of health policy in the school division and the evaluation of the status of school health including health education, the school environment and health services.  The Health Advisory Board meets at least four times a year and submits a report annually to the School Board regarding health issues in the schools.  Recommendations from the committee include:



Driverís Education In-Car Fees:  The driver education program is a self-sustaining fund operated with a combination of user fees and revenues from the state.  School-year teen driver education in-car fees are approved by the School Board and have remained constant at $165 for a number of years.  During this time, salaries, fuel costs, and repair costs have increased, resulting in a potential $40,000 shortfall in FY 2007-2008.  At itís meeting on October 11, the Board voted to continue the current Albemarle County plan of three students in a car for 9.33 hours of observation and 8.67 hours of driving.  School year fees increased to $255.   It is also recommended that our current hourly rate of pay for instructors be reduced to a flat $25/hour commiserate with the highest level of pay identified in our survey, and commit to maintain this flat rate of pay until market forces require an increase.  This would reduce expenses and allow the program to regain financial footing more quickly to replace cars as needed as well as to reduce the need to annually raise fees.  This fee structure will allow for operation of the program without subsidy and should generate a modest positive balance.  Vehicle replacement could begin within a 12 month period to ensure the maintenance and provision of appropriate and reliable vehicles.  Our current delivery of services would remain the same.


K-12 World Languages Report:  On October 25th, the Board held a work session focusing on K-12 World Languages in the Division.  The Board used the following guiding questions to focus the discussion:


         Based on Division achievement data, what areas need additional focus?

         How does curriculum work in the Division address areas of weakness?

         What are the critical elements in high-quality World Language instruction?

         What strategies are being used, or should be used, to engage students enrolled in World Languages, and how do we evaluate their effectiveness?

         Based on Division achievement data, outcome measures, and the Strategic Plan, where do we need to realign and/or add resources?


VSBA Annual Convention: On November 14-16, the School Board will be attending the Virginia School Boards Association Annual Convention in Williamsburg.  As part of the convention, the Board will be providing a workshop focusing on the use of work session roundtables to guide its work on key topics.


November Meetings:  The School Board will hold its regular meeting on November 8, 2007.  In addition a student conduct meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 26th.        



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