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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

January 20, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mrs. Maryanne Dalton, Kindergarten teacher at Union Hall Elementary School, on her 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/

School Board Budget Committee Meeting:

  • The School Board’s Budget Committee met on Thursday, January 19, 2017, and set the following priorities:

  • Implementation of the recommendations from Compensation Study

  • Support of the Virginia Retirement System employer rate increase

  • Implementation of the 1 ˝ percent bonus proposed in the Governor’s Budget

  • Reinstatement of five (5) teaching positions and one (1) library aide position

  • Addition of a teaching position for autism

  • Additional funding to cover substitute teacher/administrator expense

  • Replacement of ten (10) school buses

  • Replacement of potable water tank at Kentuck Elementary School

  • Repair/restripe Gretna High School track

  • Replacement of projectors

On behalf of the Budget Committee (Mr. Todd Sanders, Chairman, Mr. George Henderson and Mr. Don Moon) I invite you to attend the Public Input Session on the School Board’s 2017-2018 Budget priorities being held on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  

State Health Insurance:
Many questions have been asked about the proposed State health insurance plan for educators.   Senate Bill 364 authorized the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) to develop a plan under the local option health insurance plan that is similar to the State employee health insurance plan.   The new plan would not be implemented if it were not cost effective.  The intention of plan designers is to make the plan as similar as possible to COVA Care and COVA HDHP.   To be viable and sustainable, it was determined that 5,000 employees and 10,000 members are needed. 

 The tentative timeline published to study this opportunity is as follows: 




Spring 2016


Begin outreach to legislators and constituents

Summer 2016


Develop program rules

August 2016


Conduct information webinars

September 14, 2016


Indicate preliminary interest to participate

October 14, 2016


Complete data submissions due to actuaries

January 2017


Publish preliminary premium rates

February 2017


Indicate continuing interest in participation

August 2017


Complete procurement if needed

October 2017


Publish final premium rates

December 2017


Make binding election to participate

May 2018


Conduct open enrollment

July 1, 2018


 Go Live

The School Board has authorized permission to participate in the data submission portion of this survey.  Once the preliminary premium rates are published, the rates will be provided to the Board.   

Regional Teachers of the Year Recognized in Richmond:

Mr. Jason Ince, Agriculture teacher at Chatham High School and Region 6 Teacher of the Year, along with the other Regional Teachers of the Year from across the Commonwealth are being recognized by the Virginia State Board of Education and the General Assembly on Thursday, January 26, 2017. 

Tunstall High School Agriculture Teacher Runner-up in Farm Bureau Contest:

Ms. Jessica Jones, Agriculture teacher at Tunstall High School, earned runner-up honors in the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.  She was recognized at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.  

National Geographic Bee:

The students in elementary and middle schools in Pittsylvania County participated in the National Geographic Bee in December. Students were questioned using material prepared by the National Geographic Society. Participants were narrowed down to a set of finalists. These students were eager to show what they have learned throughout the years about geography and world events.  Each school winner will now take an online test to determine the top 100 scores across the State.  Those finalists will compete in the State Bee.  See listing by school

Stony Mill Elementary Students Participate in the Giving Tree Project:

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Stony Mill Elementary School students were involved in The Giving Tree Project. This annual event gives the students an opportunity to help others and to learn the importance of community service. This year students collected more than 200 flashlights for God's Pit Crew to use in their blessing buckets. The blessing buckets are given to people who are victims of natural disasters. Throughout the month, students brought the flashlights to school and placed them on and around the Christmas tree that was located in the front hallway of the school.


  • Public Input Session, School Board’s Budget Priorities for 2017-2018 – Thursday, January 26, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Progress Reports – Friday, January 27, 2017

  • Family Life Education – DRMS, Grades 6-8, January 17 – 26, 2017

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Last update: Friday, January 20, 2017 04:16 PM