The Caroline County School Board unanimously voted to adopt a $44.3 million operating budget for the 2016-17 school year (Fiscal Year 2017) at its regularly scheduled school board meeting on May 9, 2016. The budget calls for an increase of roughly $1.5 million in spending and drives resources toward the school division’s priorities including increasing compensation for division personnel and adding instructional positions. It is a 4 percent increase over the Fiscal Year 2016 budget of $42.8 million.
“Although this budget does not meet every identified need for the school division, it is a move in the right direction,” said Superintendent George Parker. “I’m pleased with our progress and appreciate the level of cooperation at the school division and county level throughout this process. Every student deserves a highly skilled teacher in their classroom. I believe this budget reflects our emphasis on providing high quality instruction in every classroom.”
The adopted budget will allow all eligible school division employees to receive an annual step increase in salary based on the current salary scale; place all school division employees on their appropriate step based on years of service in the division; hire an additional eight paraprofessionals to support elementary classroom instruction to support a 1:2 paraprofessional-to-teacher ratio in grades K-1; as well as increase instructional resources for teachers and students and expand summer math and reading remediation.
Caroline County Public Schools receives the bulk of its funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia and local Caroline County revenues. The adopted operating budget includes an estimated $800,000 increase in state funding, which represents a 3 percent increase over the previous year. County revenues increased by 6 percent, or $721,000, over the previous year. The FY 2017 budget was developed with a greater spirit of cooperation from the county, which increased its funding from previous years.
Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent George Parker has appointed Dr. Herbert T. Monroe III to be the Director of School Leadership and Improvement effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Monroe’s appointment was approved by the Caroline County School Board at its regular business meeting on May 9, 2016.
“I am delighted that Dr. Monroe will be joining the school division,” said Superintendent Parker. “His proven leadership experience in moving every student toward success and his commitment to excellence are valuable qualities as we continue our work here in Caroline County.”
Most recently, Dr. Monroe has served as the principal of Henrico High School in Richmond, Va., since July 2013. Under his leadership, Henrico High School was named one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He implemented programs to close the achievement gap among minority groups in math, reading, science and social studies by 10 percent; additionally he was successful in increasing the number of students taking advanced placement courses over a three year period.
Prior to Dr. Monroe’s tenure at Henrico High, he was principal of Lakeside Elementary School in Richmond for six years. Dr. Monroe was responsible for moving Lakeside Elementary out of school improvement by achieving AYP and full accreditation within his first two years as principal. In addition, Lakeside Elementary was recognized as a National Distinguished Title I School for improved student achievement and significantly closing the achievement gap among student groups under his leadership.
Dr. Monroe holds a master of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Dr. Monroe and he will begin his position as Director of School Leadership and Improvement on July 1, 2016.
The Amazing Journey is a three-mile walk event with ten sponsored challenges along the way. The course is designed to be fun and educational with something for everyone in the family! A variety of food, beverage, and craft vendors will be on site along with LIVE music and exceptional prizes to be awarded throughout the event!
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
9 AM – 5 PM
See the attached document for more information…
The Senior Staff made flower pots filled with Russell Stover Candy with a flower that said “Thanks for Helping Young Mind’s Grow”.
Each pot was delivered to each school for the teachers to enjoy.
Congratulations to Caroline County Public Schools:
Teacher of the Year – Sheri Martin
Novice Teacher of the Year – Jessica Pittman
Support Staff of the Year – Nurse Jennifer Pettigrew
Also at the banquet, retirees were recognized for their years of service and received a watch. Dinner was provided by Chef Jazz and his culinary students from CHS.