Hello, and welcome to the home stretch of the 2013-2014 school year! I hope you’ve enjoyed the transition from the snow and ice of winter to the sunshine and warmth of spring (not without some serious rain). Before we get into the fun and excitement of all that coincides with the end of the school year, I would like to share some information about what’s happening with Henrico County Public Schools.
Our Student Performance Task Force (25 staff, student, and community volunteer members) recently completed the important work of determining a path forward in terms of raising student achievement county-wide and reducing discipline disparities. The Task Force developed four specific action plans for: (1) changing school practice, (2) improving community involvement, (3) implementing school culture changes, and (4) developing more parental involvement. The ideas for each of these four areas will be thoroughly reviewed by the Division Leadership Team in order to develop effective ways of engaging the community and benefitting our students.
We’re looking forward to providing new laptop computers for our middle and elementary school students and instructional staff this fall. It has been many years since an upgrade has occurred. By the time you read this, the School Board is expected to have awarded a contract to the successful vendor(s). This will be an exciting, but also important summer for students and staff in preparation for these forthcoming changes. Our technology and instructional teams look forward to providing more details, including information about training opportunities, as they become available.
Speaking of staff, I’m so proud to say that our School Board worked together with our Finance team and our partners in general government to provide a pay raise for eligible employees in January 2015. This will include teachers and staff who have worked so hard without receiving a raise for several years. Please join me in thanking the School Board and the Board of Supervisors for this development. We are so pleased to offer this well-deserved adjustment to our valued HCPS employees for their dedication to our students.
As a reminder, our grading practices will be changing for the 2014-2015 school year. This includes the implementation of a 10-point scale for our middle and high schools. Answers to some frequently asked questions about these changes are posted at www.henrico.k12.va.us. Just find the link beneath “Hot Topics”.
Finally, I wanted to offer a word of thanks and congratulations to our students, especially our seniors who I know will make us proud as they take their next steps in college, the military, or the workforce. Please enjoy this special time in your lives, and celebrate safely! I hope you have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing our returning students in September!