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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


January 26, 2018


Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Stacey Boswell, Title I Math Teacher at Southside 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/

Changes in Federal Income Tax Reflected in January Pay:

The new tax reform legislation enacted last month creates a number of changes for 2018 that affect individual taxpayers. The new tables reflect the increase in the standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets.

Pittsylvania County Schools’ employees will see the changes on the January 31, 2018, payroll. Many employees will see increases in their paychecks to reflect the new law. The payroll department has worked hard to implement this change.

All Employees Are Invited to an Information Session on a Proposed Comprehensive Benefits Package:
The Finance Department is evaluating the Division’s Voluntary Benefits Program and looking into an approach that will improve how these products are presented to staff. It is thought that a change will greatly enhance the voluntary benefits packages offered and the delivery method that we now use. Currently, the following companies provide voluntary benefits for staff: American Benefits/Superior Vision, Aflac, New York Life, National Teacher Associates (NTA), Teacher Protective Mutual Life, Continental General Insurance merged with United Teacher Associates (UTA), Washington National Insurance, and Genworth.

The Division is considering the selection of The Pierce Group Benefits company to oversee all voluntary benefits. Before a decision is made, a representative from the Pierce Group has been asked to provide a presentation to interested employees. This presentation is planned for Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Educational & Cultural Center (ECC) auditorium (Chatham, Virginia). Staff planning to attend may request permission from their principals to leave school in time to attend the meeting provided coverage is available.

Riverview Rotary Club Recognizes Tunstall High School Students and Mrs. Adrian Nester:
The Riverview Rotary Club of Danville hosted four (4) Tunstall High School students who attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program in December to share their experiences at the leadership building event. Adrian Nester was recognized by Riverview Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow for outstanding service to the Interact Club of Tunstall High School for the past ten years. Paul Harris Fellows are named "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world."

Pittsylvania County Schools to get new video conferencing technology:

Please join me in recognizing Dr. Jeff Early, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, and the Information Technology Department for their work on the writing and submission of a grant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The school division was recently awarded a $215,000 grant to purchase networking and video conferencing equipment. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program. The school system plans to buy a camera and camera station for each of the 20 schools.

When asked by a reporter about this opportunity Dr. Early replied, "It kind of acts as an equalizer between what students here in the rural area have access to versus what students in a more urban area have access to." The equipment will allow students to go on virtual field trips, speak to students on another end of the County, and possibly take college courses.

Gretna Elementary Plans for Read Across America Program:

The Special Activities Committee of Gretna Elementary School has planned a “Read Across America and Reading Fair” at Gretna Elementary School on Thursday, February 22, 2018. This Year’s Theme is “Down on the Farm.” The reading fair begins in the gym at 5:30 p.m. and parents will assemble in the gym at 6:00 p.m. for a musical presentation.

Inclement Weather Priority Make-Up Schedule:

Character Word of the Month – Responsibility


  • Family Life

    • Tunstall Middle School 
      Grade 6-8 January 30 – February 2, 5-8

    • Teachers’ Advisory Council Meeting, Monday, January 29, 2018, Virtual Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.  

    • Support Staff Advisory Meeting, School Board Office, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

    • Citizens’ Advisory Council Meeting, School Board Office, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m.

    • AET Open House, IALR, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

    • Piedmont Governor’s School Open House, IALR, January 30, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

    • Pierce Group Meeting to Discuss Benefits Option with All Staff, ECC Auditorium, @ 3:30 p.m.

    • School Board Work Session, Saturday, January 27, 2018, School Board Office, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    • All County Band Concert, Saturday, January 27, 2018, Dan River High School, @ 5:00 p.m.

    • Progress Reports Sent Home, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 29 – 1936 U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members
January 30 – 1933 The Lone Ranger debuts on Detroit radio
January 31 – 1971 Apollo 14 departs for the moon
February 1 – 1790 First session of the U.S. Supreme Court
February 2 – 1943 Germans surrender at Stalingrad

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