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Approximately 45,000 households entrust their most precious possessions – more than 63,000 children – to Chesterfield County Public Schools daily. Strong academic performance, a variety of course selections and outstanding teachers, support staff and administrators continue to drive family interest in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The reputation of the county’s schools often inspires families to […]

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The per-student allocation given to schools to support discretionary spending for instructional supplies and academic supports would increase for the first time in more than 20 years, based on a proposal to invest nearly $3.4 million into Chesterfield County schools during the 2020-21 school year.

“We believe it’s time that the school division starts paying for more school-based instructional materials, student activities and field trips, and stops asking parents and teachers to fund these important components of the classroom learning experience,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. 

The additional funding in the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget would provide school-based leaders the opportunity to better differentiate resources while meeting the needs of a diverse community of learners. 

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Dale District representative Debbie Bailey was elected chair of the Chesterfield County School Board this week during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. Dorothy Heffron, who represents the Clover Hill District, was selected vice chair for 2020.

In addition, the School Board approved its 2020 schedule during the first meeting of the all-new, five-member board. The other new School Board members are Ann Coker (Bermuda District), Ryan Harter (Matoaca District) and Kathryn Haines (Midlothian District).

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The 2020 legislative program reflects that Chesterfield County Public Schools is preparing students for successful futures and creating a better tomorrow. Our award-winning school division is preparing every student to be college and career ready. 

As we implement our new strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, Team Chesterfield is on the cusp of creating classrooms of the future that will allow our students to soar to even greater heights. Imagine Tomorrow is more than a strategic plan; it is our daily focus as we seek to create an infinite-learner mindset while encouraging students and staff to exemplify personal responsibility and supportive relationships. By investing in education, we are preparing students for successful futures – both academic and social.

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Newly elected members to the Chesterfield County School Board took their oaths of office this week during an investiture ceremony held at Chesterfield County’s historic 1917 Courthouse. The incoming School Board members were elected in November 2019 to four-year terms that begin Jan. 1, 2020, and end Dec. 31, 2023.

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When it comes to the safety and care of Chesterfield County Public Schools students and staff members, every second matters. 

In 2018, the Chesterfield County Public Schools Safety Task Force was created to evaluate current protocols and best practices that ensure the school division is providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. 

This task force’s Work Group No. 2, which focused on school safety, recognized that seconds matter and recommended that the school division purchase an app or a physical alarm system that could alert administrators, law enforcement and first responders to a dangerous threat or emergency situation in a school.

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Over the course of 150-plus years, Chesterfield County Public Schools have been served by outstanding people. Whether it’s teachers, administrators, support staff or community volunteers, our nationally recognized school division has been supported by individuals who have given their time and talents to impact our students’ education in a meaningful way.

In recognition of this exceptional work, Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield Education Foundation will be honoring up to 13 individuals for their superior contributions to the education of Chesterfield County  students. The creation of a Chesterfield County Public Schools Hall of Fame will recognize individuals for making a significant difference in our schools.

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More than 200 business, faith, and civic community partners were celebrated earlier this week for their support of public education in Chesterfield County. During a partnership recognition breakfast sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union, Chesterfield County Public Schools saluted those in attendance who have provided millions of dollars of financial support, in-kind donations and volunteer hours.

“We are fortunate to have a number of partners willing to invest in our efforts to create a better tomorrow,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “Our partners are vital to helping us ignite passion in all of our students through authentic and captivating experiences.”

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For their senior Capstone Project, Sophie Azula and Kate Morris, two students in the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High School, are implementing a plan to help better students’ education within their own school  community. They have been researching and formulating a plan to combat the digital divide that goes largely unaddressed within public education systems. 

A digital divide is defined as the gap between those who have access to or the use of both computers and the Internet and those who do not. In their efforts to bridge the digital divide in their school, they reached out to  Brian Jones, the school division’s executive director of technology, for a little help putting their plan into action. 

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