Our School Board Chairman and Vice-Chairperson have been working with representatives of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors on the proposed 2015-2016 school budget. The School Board has set the following priorities for additional funding: additional staff, 2 additional VPI Pre-K classes, instructional materials, technology, professional development, revised salary scale, pay increase for administration of 3%, and pay increase for classified employees of 6%. These needs will require an additional funding of $1,703,552 from the county. While we look forward to our updated and renovated facilities, we still need the Board of Supervisors to support our 2015-2016 funding requests in order to realize our educational and instructional goals.
March 1-7, 2015 has been designated as School Social Worker’s Week. The School Social Workers provide supports for families and students that foster school success. Our Social Workers address a variety of issues including truancy, family conflict, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health issues, and crisis intervention. For many students and families our School Social Workers are vital to the process of accessing social services that foster an environment conducive to student success. We would like to extend our appreciation to these ladies for their hard work and dedication to the students of Caroline County schools.
Other recognitions for March include: Music in our Schools and Youth Art Month and National Foreign Language Month. Music in our Schools and Youth Art Month aims to draw attention to the significance of music and art education in our schools and community. Art and music teachers in Caroline collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate the Virginia Standards of Learning across the curriculum in order to provide an opportunity for students to participate in school programs and community events. Learning a foreign language is more critical now, than ever in the past, as we form bonds linking us to places around the globe. The need to communicate is essential in corporate boardrooms and international peacekeeping efforts. Our foreign language teachers not only teach the language, they enrich lives by teaching humanity. We are thankful to have dedicated music, art, and foreign language teachers who broaden the students’ knowledge in these subjects.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 is Administrative Professionals Day. Administrative assistants, specialists, secretaries, bookkeepers, and clerks are a valuable asset in working with schools and departments on behalf of the students, staff, administrators, and families in Caroline County. The School Board recognizes and appreciates the hard work and dedication of the administrative professionals.
April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970.The aim of this month is educate the public about autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be present from birth or from during early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause.
Many seniors at Caroline High School have completed the application process to colleges and universities. Congratulations to the students for their early acceptance. The list of colleges that student have been accepted to includes: Randolph-Macon College, James Madison University. Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Ferrum College, George Mason University, ECPI University, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Niagara University, and Hilbert College.
I would like to extend an invitation to the community to come out and support our students as they begin spring sports (softball, baseball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ tennis and boys’ and girls’ track). It should be a great season with the possibility of some great victories.
Congratulations to the CHS boys’ varsity basketball team for winning the first round of the Conference 20 playoffs against Midlothian on February 23. 2015. Ben Crawford, a senior at CHS is to be congratulated for qualifying for the State 4A Wrestling Tournament which will be held in Salem, VA. Ben finished 3rd at the Regional Competition.