Back to School Message from the School Board Chair
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!
On behalf of the Chesterfield County School Board, I want to reaffirm our support of you and your work. Chesterfield County Public Schools is a leader within public education in Virginia, and parents know their children are taught in safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments that you help create.
You play an important role as we fulfill our vision of providing an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. You are with us because we believe you are the right person for the job. Together, we will continue to build a strong foundation of educational excellence — one that inspires our students to dream beyond today’s classroom.
We are proud of your work and are tireless advocates on your behalf. Within the past year, the School Board has worked to • make class sizes smaller, specifically targeting schools with more academic needs • initiate a mobile technology initiative and offer more electives in secondary schools • provide employees with a second straight compensation increase • restore academic and athletic stipends and remain competitive in the benefits area
While there may be tough budget-related choices ahead, the School Board is pleased we have started to emerge from the depths of the five-year economic recession. This gives us the chance to return our focus to academic work and student and staff wellness. Over the course of the next year, the board is committed to focusing on academic improvement, implementing changes at the middle school level and determining what steps we can take to integrate more health and wellness opportunities in our schools.
Working together, we will make this the best year to date!
Dianne Smith School Board Chair Clover Hill District