Caroline County teacher receives free “Thank-You” vacation

Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. One lucky Virginia teacher received that and a lot more! Laura Callahan, fifth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County, won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Callahan’s name was drawn from nearly 5,000 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On May 24, Virginia Lottery officials surprised Callahan at her school with the good news. She now has a choice of taking a Virginia-themed mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.

The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10). During that week, more than 50,000 thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards, which could be hard-copy or electronic, each had one of three pieces of artwork designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

The Thank a Teacher campaign is a unique partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia PTA. It’s an initiative to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, more than $14 million in unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes went to Virginia’s Literary Fund in FY18 for school construction and technology upgrades. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Thank a Teacher Winner

CCPS Summer Academic Program

We are excited that your child will be attending the CCPS Summer Academic Program at Caroline Middle School. Please review the following:

• Summer Program, June 3-June 27, 2019 from 8:00-1:00 (Students enter the building at 7:45 AM from the Bus or Parent Transportation).

• Breakfast and lunch will be served daily at no cost to students.

• Transportation is provided. Please look on the division web page on May 24th to check your child’s bus number.

• Routes are designed to stop at K-5 students’ homes unless they live in a community. In communities, there are designated stops. Therefore, if you have small children, please be at the bus stop with them in the mornings and in the afternoons. Routes will be posted on Tuesday, May 28th on the CCPS Web page.

• Parents who are transporting students by car may drop students off at 7:45 AM for breakfast.

• Our academic focus will be in reading and math. However, STEM Days will be planned and K-5 students will participate in one field trip on June 20th to the Caroline County Fair. Information about this trip will be forthcoming, once the program begins.

If you have questions before June 3rd, please contact:
Elementary: Geoff White (804) 448-0175
Middle School: Corinne Griggs (804) 633-6561
High School: Ray Hancock (804) 633-9886
Transportation: (804) 633-6562
Summer School Telephone Number (June 3-27): (804) 633 6561

CCPS FY20 Budget Updates May (Volume 5)

CCPS FY20 Budget Updates May – Vol 5 (Print PDF version)

Education, Awareness, & Advocacy

Education, awareness, and advocacy efforts continue on the FY20 Budget development. Since March, CCPS has had the following budget meetings:

  • Recorded five budget informational videos to update staff and the community on the budget updates;
  • Met with our PTA Presidents, business leaders, and faith advisory committee;
  • Attended the County’s Budget Public Hearing on April 16, 2019;
  • Attended the County’s Budget work session on April 23, 2019;
  • Had a two-on-two meeting with the Board Chairmans and Vice Chairs which included an update on the results of the RFP for health insurance, compensation parity for all Caroline staff, funding sources, and CIP items;
  • Attended the May 14, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting for the adoption of the county budget and funding transfer to the schools.

Compensation Update

New FY20 monies received from the state and locality will enable CCPS to implement Phase II of the 2018 compensation study. The implementation of Phase II will result in an average salary increase of 3.38% for all CCPS staff. CCPS desires to recruit and retain highly qualified staff and will continue to request funding in order to continue to provide competitive salaries.

Health Insurance Update

Our last newsletter mentioned that CCPS had gone out for bid to investigate health insurance options for 19-20 plan year. Three carriers declined to quote stating they were not competitive. Anthem quoted both fully insured and self- insured plans utilizing a Healthkeepers product which is a HMO product and has a smaller physician network. Delta Dental also quoted both fully insured and self-insured plans. Based on the analysis of the product offerings, cost, smaller network of physicians and the adverse experience adjustment in which, CCPS would have to pay calculated on the medical claims for the current year to leave the plan, The Local Choice program remains the most cost effective program at this time. For the 19-20 plan year CCPS will offer KeyCare 250 plan, KeyCare 500 plan (new), and the High Deductible plan. CCPS will be monitoring the insurance claims over the next year and also instituting a wellness component for our employees.

FY20 Funding Gap Budget Adjustments

On May 14, 2019, the Board of Supervisors adopted the FY20 budget with the following funding for the schools:

  • $562,000 increase in the operational transfer for a total of $14,190,641
  • $115,214 increase in purchase of school buses for a total of $507,690
  • $43,524 increase for lease payments on prior purchased school buses for a total of $275,372 $145,000 increase for CIP for a total of $254,500
  • $2,221 decrease for local required match to the textbook fund for a total of $141,428
  • $218,719 of the school’s remaining one-time Anthem funds

In a separate motion, the Board of Supervisors approved an additional appropriation for operations in the amount of $350,000.

CCPS is appreciative of the additional support which was approved by the Board of Supervisors. These monies will be used to assist the schools in partially funding the three critical budget priorities: compensation, health insurance increase, and one Standards of Quality position. Despite this support, the CCPS FY20 budget remained with a funding gap of $441,567. To close the gap and to fully fund the FY20 budget priorities, the following budget adjustments were made through natural attrition or internal movement of employees:

  • Eliminate Science teacher
  • Eliminate Spanish teacher
  • Eliminate Math teacher
  • Eliminate 2.0 Special Education teachers
  • Eliminate Diversified Learning para
  • Eliminate 2.0 Special Education paras
  • Eliminate English teacher
  • Eliminate Diversified Learning teacher
  • Eliminate clerical staff position
  • Restructure Coordinator of Special Events position to Coordinator of Safety & Compliance
  • Add Administrative Dean position to elementary school with a population over 900 students
  • Non-compensation reduction of $36,000

CCPS Summer Reading Program

Enjoy a good book this summer!

CCPS believes that all students should continue reading during summer months to improve academic skills.  Research shows that students who read during the summer retain more learning and begin the school year more prepared than those who do not engage in reading.

We have compiled a list of books that are thought provoking, informative, inspiring, and will capture your interest!  All students should read at least one title.  Advanced students should read at least two titles.  We encourage parents to participate in the book selection.  If there are concerns about
a recommended title, please encourage your child to select a different book to read.

Get your summer book list on your school’s website:

Books can be found at local libraries and through local book vendors.  Visit your local library this summer!

CCPS Textbook Review Process

CCPS will have textbook reviews for Grades 6-12 English at Caroline Middle School (Front Office Conference Room) and Caroline High School (Media Center) on May 9-22, 2019. During the preview period, there will be a form/rubric to reflect on materials and resources for each textbook publisher. Teachers, coaches, specialists, administrators, parents, and community members are welcome to review textbooks prior to the vendor presentations which will be held on May 24, 2019 from 8:15-11:30 at Caroline High School.