February 2008



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


Meeting with the Legislators: On December 7th, the School Board hosted a meeting with local Legislators.  The discussion was an update of the meeting held August 31st and included Composite Index/Cost of Competing and Standards of Quality Funding.  Based on the discussion with legislators, Delegate Bell and Delegate Toscano felt that it would be more appropriate to address the composite index piece for Albemarle County due to the revenue sharing agreement with the City of Charlottesville rather than look at adding Albemarle County to cost-to-compete adjustments.


Annual Progress Report:  At its December 13 meeting the Board was presented the Annual Progress Report.  The Annual Progress Report contains data and information on the Divisionís progress in meeting Strategic Goals and Board/Superintendent Priorities by providing updated status on identified outcome measures associated with the goals and priorities. 


Superintendentís Funding Request Presentation: On December 19th, Dr. Moran presented her two-year funding request for FY2009 and FY2010 to the School Board.  Since the presentation the School Board has been holding Budget Work Sessions to focus on the departments within the budget as well as any new initiatives that the Superintendent put forth in her recommendation.  The School Board held its Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 29th in the new Monticello High School Auditorium.


Election of Officers and Appointments:  At its January 10 meeting, the Board elected Brian Wheeler as Chairman and Diantha McKeel as Vice-Chairman.  The Board also made appointments to the PREP and CATEC Boards and established meeting times, places and dates for 2008.


Resource Utilization Study:  In July, the School Board contracted with the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct a resource utilization study of the school division.  The results of the study were presented by Dr. Bosher, CEPI Executive Director, at the December 6 Board meeting where he focused on 19 key issues.  The Board reviewed with the staff the 19 recommendations on December 13.  The Superintendent received input from leadership staff during the week of January 2 to assist with formulation of next steps to improve the organizationís efficiency and effectiveness.  At its January 10 meeting, only 10 business days following the Boardís work session, the School Board received staff recommendations and provided direction regarding which short-term and long-term actions to pursue with details about which future budgets should be impacted.  Board of Supervisors members received a copy of the report.


Telephone Town Hall:  On Wednesday, January 16 the School Board had their first Telephone Town Hall meeting.   The hour-long Telephone Town Hall focused on the school division budget development process for the 2008-09 school year.  The event reached a total of 16,775 households successfully.  Of that number:  3,885 accepted the call (joined the conference), 4,792 opted-out of the call (answered the phone but hung up before joining the conference) and 8,098 received a message on their answering machines. The Telephone Town Hall is part of the School Boardís efforts to build public understanding of the budget development process and increase public participation. 


February Meetings:  The School Board will hold its Regular Board meeting on February 14, 2008, its Regular Work Session on February 28, 2008 and its Special Budget Work Sessions on February 5 and 7, 2008  In addition a student conduct meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25th.


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