2017-2018 CCPS Parent Climate Survey

The Parent/Guardian survey is available and we ask that you take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your voice is important as we gather data to support our strategic plan, Pathways 2022. If you have children in multiple schools, please take the survey separately for each building. The survey will be open April 25th through May 9th. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.

2017-2018 CCPS Parent Climate Survey

This post was updated on May 7, 2018.

3rd annual Bowling on the Green

The Town of Bowling Green invites you to attend the 3rd annual Bowling on the Green Virginia Wine Festival in support of Caroline County Public Schools Education Foundation on Saturday, 6.09.2018 1pm – 6pm at The Old Mansion, located at 200 South Main Street, Bowling Green, Virginia 22427.

www.bowlingonthegreen.com

Poster for Bowling on the Green festival

CCPS Textbook Review Process

Textbook reviews for history and math will be held at the School Board Office on May 9-23, 2018, Monday–Thursday from 3:00-5:00. Teachers, coaches, liaisons, administrators, parents and community can review textbooks prior to the vendor presentations on May 25, 2018. You can bring an electronic device.

Grades Textbooks Room
K-5 Math Pearson, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Rm. 1
6-12 Math McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, Agile Learning, Big Ideas Learning Rm. 2
K-5 History McGraw-Hill, Five Ponds Press Rm. 6
6-12 History Pearson, Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Cengage-National Geographic Rm. 5

Recognition Banquet 2018

Caroline County Public Schools held it’s annual Recognition Banquet on May 2nd at Bowling Green Town Hall. Congratulations to everyone that was honored!

Teacher of the Year: Shelby Foltz
CHS Teacher of the Year: Pat Douglas
CMS Teacher of the Year: Mary Yanos
BGE Teacher of the Year: Heather Rule
MES Teacher of the Year: Kindra Kidd
LCES Teacher of the Year: Shelby Foltz

Novice Teacher of the Year: Richard Hartinger
CHS Novice Teacher of the Year: Richard Hartinger
CMS Novice Teacher of the Year: Cassidy Uscilowski
BGE Novice Teacher of the Year: Ashley White
MES Novice Teacher of the Year: Terah Wik
LCES Novice Teacher of the Year: Hilary Harrison

Support Staff of the Year: Melanie Terrell
CO Support Staff of the Year: Melanie Terrell
Maintenance Support Staff of the Year: Kim Wilson
Transportation Support Staff of the Year: Corliss Coleman
CHS Support Staff of the Year: Laura Beasley
CMS Support Staff of the Year: Chelsea Woolfolk
BGE Support Staff of the Year: Denise Via
MES Support Staff of the Year: Kathleen Tinder
LCES Support Staff of the Year: Nichole Norman

Teachers of the Year for each school
Teachers of the Year, Shelby Foltz(center)
teachers from each school
Novice Teachers of the Year, Richard Hartinger(center)
Support staff from all the schools
Support Staff of the Year, Melanie Terrell(2nd from right)

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!