Board to decide upon facilities, budget calendar

The Shenandoah County School Board will make a decision on the division’s long-term facilities master plan and will vote on the budget calendar at Thursday night’s meeting.

Under the instructional agenda, the board will hear updates on and discuss unified sports, school quality profiles and the QMET 2.0 and IMPACT grant.

Superintendent Mark Johnston said unified sports is the Special Olympics area 4 program that staff members have been supporting.

“The goal is to inform the community about the power of inclusive fitness and how we can generate more community involvement in our efforts to provide athletic opportunities to individuals with disabilities,” he said, adding that the main focus of unified sports is to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to be “members of inclusive, competitive athletic teams throughout their school years and as adults after they graduate.”

“We want to share how important it is for people with disabilities, of all ages, to participate with typically developing peers through fitness to improve motor skills, social skills, problem solving skills and overall self-esteem,” he said.

The board will also discuss replacing the Virginia school report cards with the school quality profiles.

“The new school quality profiles are a result of continuing work Virginia is doing to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act,” he said.

Under this plan, he said, state accountability must address academic achievement, academic progress, graduation rates, progress in English learners gaining proficiency and school quality.

“Staff will provide an overview of the new site that allows for better understanding of performance and demographic trends in schools,” he added.

The board will also hear a presentation on changes made to the mentoring program QMET 2.0, and the division’s partnership with Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation.

“Presenters will share a number of changes highlighted that have received positive comments from teachers and administrators,” he said. “This presentation will also reflect our continued need to place teacher support structures, such as mentoring and coaching, as a high priority.”

An update on the 2017 school opening task force discussions will be given to the board at the meeting as well.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the county board room. A closed session will be held prior to the meeting.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.