Governor McDonnell had declared October 22-26, 2012 to be School Bus Safety Week in Virginia. In Caroline County there are 72 buses that drive roughly 5,500 miles carrying 3.500 students back and forth to school daily. We would like to recognize these drivers and everyone that works in the Transportation Office and applaud them for their commitment to safety and to the children of Caroline County.
We wish to acknowledge the service provided by the School Nutrition Department for the benefit of the students and staff of Caroline County Public Schools. The program offers nutritious, low cost meals which help to foster good health and habits in our students.
Research has shown that properly nourished children are better prepared to learn and show greater academic gains throughout the year. As such, the functions performed by the School Nutrition staff are vital to the success of every student.
We recognize October 15-19 as National School Lunch Week in Caroline County and we applaud the School Nutrition team for their contributions to the continued success of our School Division.
October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia.
Students with disabilities often encounter challenges when joining in school and community activities that students without disabilities do not face. Increasing public knowledge, awareness and understanding of disabilities will help to ensure full participation of students with disabilities into the life of their schools and communities. Helping to make others aware of the contributions that people with disabilities have made and are currently making nationally and in Virginia promotes inclusive communities.
For more information please visit the Virginia Self Advocacy website.
At the October 8, 2012, Caroline County School Board meeting, Mr. Scott Belako was named the new principal of Madison Elementary School. Mr. Belako is currently an assistant principal at Caroline Middle School. A resident of Caroline County, he brings nine years of teaching experience and three years of administrative experience to the position. His teaching experience was at Ferry Farm Elementary School in Stafford County where he taught third, fourth and fifth grade. He has been an assistant principal at Caroline Middle for the last three years.
Mr. Belako received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania in 2000 and his Master of Education Degree in Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Washington in 2007. Mr. Belako will be transitioning to his new position as soon as a suitable replacement is found for the vacancy at Caroline Middle School.