Congratulations to the Caroline school bus drivers who received a $250 grant for an anti-bullying program. The transportation employees involved include Erick Childs, Thomas Brown, Shyla Sale, Dawn Hawkins, and Valerie Silva. Please see the following article from The Free Lane-Star.
Caroline County Public Schools offers pre-kindergarten at the elementary level to provide school readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Eligibility is based on the poverty level of family income guidelines and other at-risk factors. Parents or guardians must complete the pre-application screening form, application, and parent questionnaire Eligible children will be administered a screening inventory.
To be eligible for prekindergarten your child must be 4 years old by September 30, 2018. (No exceptions).
Eligible children must live in Caroline County and reside in the attendance zone of the designated elementary school (No exceptions).
Completing the application does not guarantee enrollment.
Children participating in the screening process does not guarantee enrollment.
Acceptance into the program is based on eligibility and not first come, first serve.
For more information, please visit the link below:
Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that the Caroline School Nutrition Program was selected as an award winner in the seventh annual Food for Thought Competition, a competition between Virginia’s school divisions to showcase their programs that combat childhood hunger, provide healthy school meals, and encourage wellness and physical activity.
The Division was selected for their entry in the Healthy School Meals category. The entry highlighted the new digital menu/messaging system which was implemented this year.
“The new Digital Menu / Messaging System was developed in conjunction with our IT department and our partners at NutriSlice – with feedback from our customers – the students”, stated Keith Conner, who oversees the Division’s School Nutrition Program. He further stated “the Department had previously worked with NutriSlice to offer a mobile app for parents, staff and students which provided them easy to access nutritional details about our menu. With the success of that roll out we decided to expand our efforts with an additional focus on the nutritional education side. The electronic menu display boards allow us to present nutritional information, interesting fun facts, as well as the daily menu, in a format well received by the students”.
For more information about this and other exciting programs being rolled out in Caroline, please visit the CCPS website.
Back to School Nights:
Sept 6 5:30-7:00 pm
Sept. 6 5:30-7:00 pm
Sept. 6 5:30-7:00 pm
Sept. 5 5:30-7:00 pm
Open House Information:
Wednesday, August 8 CMS Open House 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 9 All Elementary Open Houses 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 CHS Open House 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open house for Bowling Green Elementary, Madison Elementary, and Lewis and Clark Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
The Caroline County School Board voted unanimously to adopt a $42.5 million dollar operating budget for the 2018-19 school year (FY 2019) at it’s school board meeting on June 13, 2018. The budget will utilize an increase in revenue of roughly $1.5 million to address several school division priorities, including a year 1 (of 3) implementation of the compensation plan. The County transferred an additional $400,000 for school operations and $74,523 for capital bus purchases and bus leases above the FY18 county transfer for a total of $14.25M. The FY19 budget also includes additional state revenue of $0.5M of which $0.3M are state grants. Additionally, the budget includes a one time use of insurance refund dollars in the amount of $300,000 to offset a portion of the cost associated with a rise in insurance premiums for the 2018-19 plan year.
The school system underwent a compensation study in March 2018 which identified 46 of the school divisions classifications (80.7 percent) as being below the market minimum. The FY19 budget includes a phased approach to the recommendations of the compensation study and the school division is implementing one-third of the compensation plan for teachers and support staff. The compensation changes will increase the starting teacher salary for FY19 to $40,600, an increase of 3.5% percent over the previous year.
The FY19 budget also includes an additional position for the expansion of the nursing program in the Career & Technical program. The position was required by the Board of Nursing to accommodate a greater number of students into the new Nursing Assistant Program at Caroline High School. Students who complete the program will be immediately eligible for employment in the healthcare field and are eligible to continue their training in the field of nursing at a post-secondary institution. The program will accept its first students in August and will be supported by partnerships with Bowling Green Health and Rehabilitation Center and Germanna Community College.
In order to pass a balanced budget the school division eliminated 7 positions through attrition made adjusted cuts to the budget across all operational categories. The reduced staffing was possible due to a declining student enrollment over the past four years.
The school division budget will need to increase a minimum of 2% each of the next two years to the operational budget in order to raise employee compensation to the recommended levels of the compensation study. The County conducted a similar compensation study for County employees in 2017. Recommendations from the study were implemented in 2017 and the current fiscal year.