Superintendent - Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw
Hello, and Happy Spring! I know that all of our students and schools are working hard toward their end-of-year goals. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to bring you up to date on a few things happening within HCPS.
In March, our budget was approved by the School Board. We received additional input from the Board of Supervisors, and now we remain on schedule for its official adoption in May. If adopted as proposed, the budget includes a 2% raise for all county employees, including our teachers and staff. This raise would be in addition to the nearly 3% raise that took effect back in January. We are so pleased to be working with a supportive School Board and Board of Supervisors that recognize the value of the work HCPS employees put forth every day.
In addition to raises for our employees, the budget proposal includes more funding for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. In short, PBIS is a method of providing social and emotional support for students as part of our continuing effort to create a safe, supportive, and orderly learning environment.
Our Code of Student Conduct proposal continues to move forward. This spring, the School Board will review an updated proposal that continues to evolve following several rounds of feedback from our community stakeholders.
We also received a big dose of good news recently from the Virginia Board of Education. The state board approved an expanded opportunity for younger students in grades 3-8 to re-take their SOLs if they meet certain conditions. For example, if a student came within 1-5 questions of passing an SOL, he or she can now re-take the exam following special tutoring sessions that HCPS will provide at no cost to families. Previously, students had only one chance to pass their exams. This “SOL Second Chance” (also known as an “Expedited Retake”) will ensure that students have a firm foundation in all subject areas before moving up to the next grade level. More students will now be able to end their year on a positive note, and build greater confidence in themselves heading into the fall. The program requires parental consent, so the school will contact your student, if he or she is eligible.
Thank you for reading, and as always, we appreciate your support of Henrico County Public Schools!