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Chatham, Virginia 24531  
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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017


August 12, 2016

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden

Thank you for all that you do in making “things turn out best” in Pittsylvania County Schools. I hope your first days with students have gone well.

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Larry Hanks, Network Technician in the Information Technology Department, on his selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools. Please click on the following link to find out what employees do to make this A Great Place to Learn and Work! http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

Compensation Study Update:
Pittsylvania County Schools has contracted with an outside consulting firm, Evergreen Solutions, LLC, to conduct a Compensation Study for all employees. Evergreen Solutions, LLC, is a public sector management consulting firm with extensive experience in administering this type of project. This study is being conducted to ensure the job classification for each employee reflects the position’s duties and responsibilities and the salary range assignment is internally equitable and competitive within employment markets.

A letter explaining this process is being provided to each employee. Employees will have the opportunity to attend an important information session on the study. Employee orientation and outreach will occur on August 29 – 31, 2016. All employees are invited and highly encouraged to attend one of the following orientation sessions which will provide a high level overview of the study as well as a detailed walk-through of the job questionnaire to be completed:

  • Monday, August 29, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Gretna High School and Tunstall High School Auditoriums
  • Monday, August 29, 2016, at 6:00 PM - School Board Office Boardroom
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Chatham High School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Dan River High School

Employees who cannot attend a session are encouraged to watch the video of the session on our website. Employees will be randomly selected to attend focus groups to provide feedback on current compensation and classification practices. These employees will be individually notified.

August School Board Meeting Update:

Recognition of State FFA Winners
Mrs. Angela Rigney, Director of Career and Technical Education/Principal of the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center, recognized students who were State FFA winners and participants in the National SkillsUSA competition. Logan Mills, a rising 10th grader at Chatham High School, and Ricardo Luck, a rising 12th grader at Chatham High School, competed in the 90th Virginia FFA Creed Speaking and Job Interview Career Development competitions, respectively, in June. Logan was named State runner-up and Ricardo was selected as the State winner. Logan will compete at the Big E on September 15-16, 2016, in Massachusetts, and Ricardo will represent Virginia in the Job Interview competition at the National FFA Convention in October.

In addition to Ricardo, Jeffrey Dalton, Hunter Davis, Courtney Eanes, Blake Ricketts, Chase Shelton, and Nathan Shumaker, received Virginia State FFA Degrees. This honor requires excellent work on FFA activities and extensive community service hours. Only 200 of the 8,500 Virginia FFA members earned this award in 2015-2016.

Recognition of National SkillsUSA Participants
On June 20-24, 2016, Amaia Jones, Traniece Stephens-Broadnax, Ryland Bagbey, Quin Motley, Collen Whitney, and Jacob Wray represented Pittsylvania County Schools and Virginia SkillsUSA at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 6,000 state champions from across the United States participated in this event. In her comments Mrs. Rigney said, “Any time students have the opportunity to compete on the National level it is quite an honor and deserves to be recognized. But to have six students compete at the National level and perform exceptionally well makes the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center, its administration, instructors and staff extremely proud.” Students were recognized as follows:

  • Jacob Wray-CNC Milling Specialist category, 28th place, $1,000 Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship, Instructor-Mr. Justin Owens
  • Quin Motley-CNC Technician category, 10th place, $1,000 Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship, Instructor-Mr. Justin Owens
  • Collen Whitney-CNC Turning Specialist category, 7th place, $1,000 Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship, Instructor-Mr. Justin Owens
  • Amaia Jones-Job Skill Demonstration A Competition, 5th place, Instructor-Mrs. Toni Morris
  • Traniece Stephens-Broadnax-Job Skill Demonstration Open Competition, 4th place, Instructor-Mrs. Toni Morris
  • Ryland Bagbey-Industrial Motor Controls Competition, Silver Medalist (2nd place in the Nation), Instructor-Mr. Jim Pollard

Recognition of Schools Earning the Virginia Index of Performance Award
This year 278 schools and two school divisions across the Commonwealth earned 2016 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed State and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

Chatham Elementary School, Union Hall Elementary School, and Tunstall High School were recognized by the School Board for receiving the 2016 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Recognition of the Precision Machining Program Earning the Creating Excellence Award
The School Board recognized the Precision Machining Technology/Advanced Manufacturing Program at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center for earning the Region VI and the State Creating Excellence Award. The Creating Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System.

Recognition of Division - VTSS Trailblazer Award
On July 27, 2016, Dr. Billy Canady, President of the Virginia Board of Education, and Dr. Steven Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction, recognized Pittsylvania County Schools with the Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS) Trailblazer Award for work done in the area of using a data-driven decision-making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social/emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for students. The School Board recognized the receipt of this award and thanked all staff members for their hard work, dedication and commitment to making innovations in the process of expanding tiered supports for students.

In the Schools:
Mrs. LaVerne Boykin was recently named Virginia DARE Association Educator of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Boykin was nominated for the State award by DARE officer, Deputy Chris Brown. Mrs. Boykin has assisted with the DARE program for more than 20 years and retired at the end of last school year. She was recognized at the Virginia School Safety conference in Hampton, Virginia, on Tuesday August 2, 2016. Mrs. Boykin and her husband, Roger, were guests of the Virginia DARE Association.

As part of Pittsylvania County Schools’ energy management plan, the division will again participate in the Demand Response program. In the event that our locality experiences a period of very high power usage, the schools may be asked to turn up thermostats to reduce power consumption. The school division will set all air conditioning units at nighttime set points next week as follows:

Monday, August 15, 2016, from 2:15 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • Chatham High School
  • Chatham Middle School
  • Gretna Elementary School
  • Gretna High School
  • Gretna Middle School

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 2:15 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • Brosville Elementary School
  • Dan River High School
  • Dan River Middle School
  • Tunstall High School
  • Tunstall Middle School
  • Twin Springs Elementary School

This will be one-time event and will not occur again this school year unless there is a very high demand on power companies between now and the end of September.

State News:

The data in the following table are taken from a national study that examined the educational programs in each state across 17 key metrics, ranging from “student-teacher ratio” to “student achievement “ to “average SAT and ACT scores” to “dropout rate.”

Virginia ranked 7th in the nation. Virginia consistently ranks in the top 10 of states in education studies. National comparisons provide meaningful information because they allow school divisions to determine how they compare to divisions nationally.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Fall Membership Due to Mrs. Tonda Finney by 12:00 noon August 15-19, 2016
  • Training Funds Due to Mrs. Tonda Finney-August 16, 2016
  • Speech and Hearing Training for Identified ERIP Staff-August 16, 2016, @ School Board Office
  • Returning Substitute Teacher Training-August 16, 2016, @ School Board Office, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • New Substitute Teacher Training-August 17, 2016, @ School Board Office, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Fingerprinting-August 18, 2016, @ GHS, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • All Payroll Submissions Due-August 19, 2016, by 4:30 p.m.

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Last update: Monday, August 15, 2016 10:16 AM