Sroufe's annual goals approved
By Nancy Lindsey
The Patrick County School Board voted unanimously Oct. 9 to approve annual goals set by Dr. William Sroufe, division superintendent, for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) lists seven standards that should be included in a superintendent's annual goals: mission, vision, and goals; planning and assessment; instructional leadership; organization, leadership and safety; communication and community relations; professionalism; and division-wide student academic progress.
One of Sroufe's goals is to "provide improved school, home and community partnerships and communication," according to the document released to the press.
To carry out that goal, Sroufe wrote that the superintendent will "regularly, when available, attend evening school events...make himself available to local media outlets and communicate appropriately with the local media...maintain high visibility in the local community, and among fellow educational leaders," and "talk with board leadership on a regular basis."
The superintendent also plans to "improve student achievement in math to a minimum of 71% of students meeting the passing Virginia accreditation and federal annual measurable objective (AMO) standards."
A third goal is to "improve student achievement in English to a minimum of 76% of students meeting the passing Virginia accreditation and federal annual measurable objective standards."
Both the academic goals say that indicators of success on the superintendent's part are allocating "equitable and appropriate time, training and resources to support Patrick County Public Schools administrators and teachers;" articulating "an expectation that all staff are involved and accountable;" and providing "appropriate data in a user-friendly format and in a timely fashion."
The school board will conduct mid-year and year-end reviews of Sroufe's progress in achieving the goals, according to the document.
In other matters at the Oct. 9 meeting:
*According to the agenda, the "current active student population" is now 2,824, including students in the online or virtual academy.
*The board approved an environmental stewardship policy which states that the board "promotes environmental stewardship by supporting resource conservation as an economic, environmental and social priority to be taught, practiced and implemented throughout our schools."
*The board approved a student wellness policy which states that the board "recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity in division students."
*The board approved the division and individual school annual plans as presented by Dr. Cyndi Williams, director of instruction, which Sroufe said will have to be amended because of the change in status for Stuart Elementary School.
SES was designated in September as a "focus school," which would have required monitoring by the state. That status was upgraded to "accredited with warning" when an inconsistency in student data for a subgroup was discovered.
*The board voted to accept a school security equipment grant awarded by the Virginia Department of Education to Patrick County public schools.
The grant of $20,470 is designated to be spent at Blue Ridge Elementary School, Meadows of Dan Elementary School, Patrick County High School and Patrick Springs Primary School.
A 25% local match is required.
Dean Gilbert, assistant superintendent, said the grant amount was lower than in some localities because Patrick County received more than $100,000 last year. The local school system has received funding four out of six years, Gilbert said.
Kandy Burnett, Dan River District school board member, asked if administrators and staff keep up with local sex offenders.
Gilbert said the school system receives alerts from the Virginia State Police.
Even if the sex offenders are parents of students, they are not allowed on school grounds, Gilbert said.
Burnett said there is still a security problem when there are gyms open all day and there is "no way of knowing" who the convicted sex offenders are.
*Following a closed session to discuss personnel, the board accepted the retirement of Stephanie Martin as Title I teacher at Woolwine, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
The board approved the appointment of Chad Lange as volunteer wrestling coach at PCHS and accepted the resignation of Philip Stegall as head varsity softball coach at PCHS.
Under the category of support personnel, the board accepted the resignation of Margie Hoosieras part-time cafeteria worker at PCHS and the hiring of Melissa Boyer as part-time cafeteria worker at PCHS.
David Walker was transferred from substitute bus driver to full-time bus driver.