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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

 

 

 

Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

 

September 2, 2016

Employee of the Week:

Please join me in recognizing Ms. Kellie Knapp, band instructor at Tunstall Middle 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/


Governor Announces State Revenue Shortfall:
On Friday, August 26, 2016, Governor McAuliffe gave his year-end address to the Joint Money Committees (House Appropriations, Senate Finance and House Finance) regarding the State budget and economic outlook for the Commonwealth. As widely reported, the governor announced that Virginia is facing a major budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016, 2017 and 2018 of $1.5 billion dollars. In FY’16, total general fund revenues rose by 1.7 percent for a total of $18 billion dollars, but fell short of the forecast of 3.2 percent growth by $268.9 million dollars. The majority of the shortfall was because of poor performance of withholding and sales tax collections, which are the two revenue sources most closely tied to current economic conditions. Additionally, transfers to the general fund fell $10.4 million dollars short of the forecast, mainly as a result of lower sales tax receipts, for a combined shortfall including general fund revenue and transfers in fiscal year 2016 totaling $279.3 million dollars.

As required by law if revenue collections are more than 1 percent below the forecast, the State must revise the official estimate of general fund revenue collections. The revised interim forecast reduces revenue by $564.4 million dollars in fiscal year 2017 as growth falls from 3.2 percent in the official forecast to 1.7 percent. The interim forecast also projects total revenue growth of 3.6 percent in fiscal year 2018 compared with 3.9 percent in the official forecast, a reduction of $632.7 million dollars. In total, the interim forecast reduces the official revenue estimate projected in the current Appropriation Act by $1.2 billion dollars over the biennium.

To address the shortfall, $125.1 million dollars that was reserved for pay increases for State employees and teachers in FY’17 will be redirected towards the budget deficit as required by law. Additionally, $378.2 million dollars from the Revenue Stabilization Fund will be used to address the shortfall in 2017. However, this will only account for half of the shortfall in FY’17. The governor and General Assembly will decide additional cuts to make in the coming months.

The governor intends to release a comprehensive budget response in December to address the entirety of the shortfall, but he did commit to continuing to make education a top priority as tough decisions are being made. You can read the full text of the governor’s address here and see the detailed economic outlook and revenue forecast from the Secretary of Finance here.

The Governor’s Office indicated in June that State revenues were not coming in as projected and that the Governor would announce his economic outlook in September. At that time, the Pittsylvania County Schools finance staff reviewed FY 2017 budget forecasts to determine the possibility of ensuring the 2-percent raise for staff. The projections for Pittsylvania County Schools looked favorable to maintaining the salary increase. Currently, the finance department is again running projections and will present estimates to the School Board at its September 13, 2016, meeting.

Compensation Study Update:
Evergreen Solutions, LLC, is completing the first phase of the compensation study for employees in our school division. Its representatives held six orientation sessions this week for employees. If you were unable to attend a session, you may view a recorded session by clicking here: recorded session via YouTube.

Because hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee Thursday night (September 1, 2016) and caused many power outages, Evergreen, LLC, which is located there, will wait to launch the Job Assessment Tool (JAT) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. 

Your response to the JAT is very important to the study and is appreciated. Should you have questions about the study, please contact Dr. Holland at the School Board Office.
 

VRS Hybrid Plan Employees:
A VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan informational meeting has been scheduled on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Educational & Cultural Center (ECC) at the School Board Office Complex, Chatham, Virginia. Employees under the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan have been contacted about the meeting.

Open Enrollment Period Ended September 2, 2016:
Please be reminded that you may click on the following link: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/benefits/ for information regarding the 2016-2017 health and dental insurance rates. The Pittsylvania County School Board pays $6,200.00 annually ($620 per month for 10-months) toward the Anthem Health Insurance premium for active employees.

Voluntary Donation of Sick Leave Days:
Pursuant to School Board Policy GCBFB-PC, Voluntary Donation of Sick Leave Days, a request has been made for additional sick leave days on behalf of an employee. Interested employees may speak with their immediate supervisor for information regarding this request.

 

Constitution Day:
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine (39) brave Americans signed the United States Constitution. To commemorate this day this year, schools across the Nation will celebrate Constitution Day on September 16, 2016. This day recognizes all who are born in the United States or by naturalization who have become citizens. Schools may determine what kind of educational programs are appropriate for their students. Resources pertaining to the Constitution that may be useful in planning educational activities are listed on the USED’s Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html. Information about citizenship and civics is also available at other nonpartisan websites including the Bill of Rights Institute at http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/constitution-day-resources/.

Patriot Day:
Since the catastrophic terrorist attacks on United States soil on September 11, 2001, Patriot Day has memorialized that event each year. Most Americans, old enough to remember the events that took place that day, remember where they were when they heard the news. Engrained in our memories are the pictures, videos and stories of the horrific events that happened when the four planes, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the two New York World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing the deaths of 2,977 people. The passengers of the fourth plane (United Airlines Flight 93) courageously struggled to gain control of its cockpit causing it to crash in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, well before its intended target (Washington, DC) could be reached.


Patriot Day is an official day of remembrance recognized by US law. On this day each year, American flags are flown at half-staff to honor and commemorate those lives lost. All Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane collision into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

This year in Pittsylvania County Schools several schools and school groups will honor this day on Friday, September 9, 2016, with a special activity.
 

In Our Schools:
The Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center (PCTC) is proud to showcase its first class of Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students from all 4 Pittsylvania County High Schools. The course is taught by Mrs. Donna Hutson and is designed to introduce students to the career of teaching through lesson planning and classroom shadowing while emphasizing the value of teaching every student every day. The Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow class at the PCTC has been studying the topic of self-esteem. For their final project of the unit, the students worked in groups and created puppet shows with the theme of self-esteem. Students from Chatham Middle School came on August 29 to watch the shows and enjoy popcorn. All students involved thoroughly enjoyed the show.

 



Mark Your Calendars:

  • PowerSchool Assessment & Analytics (Interactive Achievement) Pretest Window (EL, MS & HS) Ends September 9, 2016

  • Initial MAP Assessment Window Ends September 16, 2016

  • PALS Screening - Grades 1-3, Ends September 23, 2016

  • PALS Screening - Grades PK-K, September 21, 2016 through October 19, 2016

  • Labor Day, Holiday for Students and Staff – September 5, 2016

  • Character Word of the Month – Trustworthiness

  • VSBA Bullying Prevention Month – October 2016

  • Job Assessment Tool (JAT) window – September 2 – 16, 2016

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Last update: Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:57 AM