CCPS will receive 25 million dollars from the Bond Referendum passed by citizens of Caroline County on November 5, 2013. The Bond Referendum is to be used solely for construction, which includes additions/renovations to CHS and MES. It will allow us to update our school facilities and to make them safe for our students. However, our schools still require funding support that will enable the students of Caroline to continue progressing in their education. The Bond Referendum has helped the school system achieve a very important goal. The updated facilities will assist in improving instruction; however, we still require that the Board of Supervisors support our 2014-2015 funding request in order to realize our educational goals. Important dates are: February 11th- Dr. Killough presented the 2013-14 school budget proposal to the Caroline County Board of Supervisors. We need parent support at the March 11th Board of Supervisors meeting at the Community Services Building at 6:00 p.m. Your support for the school system’s budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting is greatly needed for our operational budget.
March 2-8, 2014 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 Month aims to draw attention to the significance of music 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 student 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 23rd 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.
Amanda Norman, Aidan George, Robbie Cobb, Kendall Loescher, and Heceil Nieves-Bonilla represented LCES at the Caroline County Division Spelling Bee on February 6th. Our school champion, Miss Kayla Loescher, also represented our school.
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 include: Radford University, Lynchburg College, University of South Caroline, North Caroline State, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, George Mason University, Longwood College, Penn State Harrisburg, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Chowan University.
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 possibility of some great victories.
The following is the proposed timeline for the construction for Caroline High School and Madison Elementary:
CHS Athletic Improvements
3/10 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
3/24/14 – Submit plans to County for review
4/2/14 – Advertise for Bids
4/14 – Present Final Design to School Board
5/1/14 – Receive Bids
5/12/14 – Present Bids to School Board for approval
5/13/14 – Issue notice to proceed
5/19/14 – Construction to begin
8/1/14 – Substantial Completion
9/1/14 – Final Completion
Madison ES Additions
3/10/14 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
4/14/14 – Present Final Design to School Board
4/18/14 – Submit site plans to County for review
4/30/14 – Advertise for bids
5/28/14 – Receive bids
6/9/14 – Present bids to School Board for approval
6/10/14 – Issue notice to proceed
6/16/14 – Construction to begin
7/3/15 – Substantial Completion
8/3/15 – Final Completion
CHS Additions and Renovations
3/10/14 – Present revised Schematic Design Drawings to School Board
3/21/14 – Send Design Development Drawings to Cost Estimator
4/14/14 – Present revised Design Development Drawings and Cost Estimate to School Board
5/12/14 – Update School Board on progress of Construction Documents
6/9/14 – Update School Board on Progress of Construction Documents
6/13/14 – Send 95% complete Construction Documents to Cost Estimator
7/14/14 – Update School Board and present 95% Construction Document Cost Estimate
8/1/14 – Submit plans to County for review
8/11/14 – Present final Construction Documents to School Board, request permission to Advertise for Bids
8/12/14 – Advertise for Bids
9/4/14 – Receive Bids
9/8/14 – Present Bids to School Board for Approval
9/9/14 – Issue notice to proceed
9/13/14 – Construction to begin
7/15/16 – Substantial Completion
8/15/16 – Final Completion