CCPS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Shelby Foltz, Health and Physical Education teacher, at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Mrs. Foltz received a surprise visit from CCPS Superintendent, Dr. George Parker, who announced Mrs. Foltz’s selection as the 2019 County Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Foltz will serve in this capacity for the 2018-2019 school year. Shelby will move forward to compete in the Region III Teacher of the Year process.

Congratulations to all building Teachers of the Year: Bowling Green ES, Heather Rule (2nd Grade); Lewis and Clark, Shelby Foltz (HPE); Madison ES, Kendra Kidd (5th Grade), Caroline Middle School, Mary Yanos (Chorus/Strings), and Caroline High School, Patricia Douglas

CCPS Teacher of the Year

Caroline County School Board Facing Deficit in FY19 Funding

The Caroline County School Board is facing a $370,977 budget shortfall for FY19, based on a recent communication from the Caroline County Administrator. On April 17, 2018, the Caroline County Board of Supervisors agreed to an additional $50,000 increase in revenue above the County Administrator’s initial recommendation of $350,000. The proposed $400,000 increase would increase the total county appropriation for school operations to $13,628,641 for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In January 2018, the Caroline County School Board approved a $40,970,994 operating budget which included a request of $1,383,282 in additional revenue from the school division. Included in the CCPS budget was a request of $1,129,115, for salary and associated taxes, to fund the first year of a three-year compensation plan for school division employees. The school division hired a consultant in December 2017 to conduct a compensation study for school division employees. The study determined that of the 57 staff positions included in the study, sixty-three percent were paid below the established market average. Superintendent Parker stated, “Our school division has experienced similar problems as the county government in terms of providing a competitive salary for employees. We have lost ground to other school divisions in our efforts to attract, hire, and retain quality employees.” The Board of Supervisors approved funding for a compensation increase for county employees based on similar study in September 2017.

In addition to improving wages for school division employees, the School Board included a request for additional positions in instruction, custodial, technology and clerical departments. After reviewing the recommended county funding, School Board Chairman George Spaulding stated, “We’re basically between a rock and a hard place. While the $400,000 will be earmarked for employee compensation; we will be left with a shortfall in our budget due to the rising healthcare premiums.”

Superintendent Parker indicated that the school division will face a 13.1% increase in healthcare next year. “The total increase in healthcare premiums will be an estimated $605,000. Even with the school division contributing $300,000 there is still another $305,000 left unmet. Unfortunately, if the county does not provide additional funding for healthcare, we may be forced to make cuts to our operational budget and pass some of the cost of the increase in insurance premiums onto our school division employees.”

Vice Chair, Dr. JoWanda Rollins-Fells shared, “The dynamics of the situation we are facing are counterproductive. It does not make sense to give our staff a raise and then have to turn around and pass on the increase in healthcare. This would result in some of our staff with less take home pay. We should not be balancing our budget on the backs of employees. The alternatives of cutting staff positions or decreasing instructional spending are difficult decisions to justify when the county has a $1.6 million surplus.”

Dr. Parker stated, “We are requesting that the Board of Supervisors revisit their support for school funding prior to passing a budget. Their decisions will have a negative impact on our students and families and the services that they receive from our school division. In addition to unmet needs in instruction, clerical, custodial and technology, we are in the midst of a national and state teacher shortage. Our ability to attract and retain a highly competent workforce will be significantly impacted by the proposed level of funding.”

The County Board of Supervisors will meet May 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building in Milford, VA to vote on their final FY 2019 budget.

Meet in the Middle – Special Olympics

Special Olympics – Meet in the Middle – which was originally scheduled for April 16th will be postponed until April 19th due to rain. The event begins at 10:00 at the Caroline High School track. We hope to see you there!

Kindergarten Kickoff

Join Smart Beginnings Rappahannock for fun, educational activities to help prepare children for kindergarten, introduce them to a classroom routine, and a chance for parents to visit with special guests from area schools.

Free Admission
Saturday, April 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CMoR Fredericksburg
1275 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

New Mexico Threat Against Clovis High School not Caroline High School

This evening Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Sheriff’s Office were made aware of a threatening Instagram post referencing “CHS.” CCSO worked quickly to investigate the matter and found that the threat originated in Clovis, New Mexico and targeted Clovis High School. An arrest was made by local authorities in that jurisdiction. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed with Instagram that the post being viewed by Caroline County residents, was in fact the post that originated in Clovis, New Mexico and has no connection to Caroline High School.

Here is local media coverage from Clovis, New Mexico.

Caroline County Public Schools is grateful to parents, staff, and community members who reported this concern to school administration, Silence Hurts, and the Sheriff’s Office. This “see something, say something” approach enabled law enforcement and schools to investigate and communicate with our stakeholders in a timely manner.

Thank you!