Westmoreland County School Board members returned from VSBA’s Annual Convention in Williamsburg last week and will report back to the board on December 17, 2012. The convention focused on providing school divisions with the insight, tools and knowledge needed to survive the ongoing budget cuts inflicted on Virginia’s public education system. Board members will highlight the tools and information gathered at the event to help further student success during these tough economic times.
“School board members are being faced with the most difficult fiscal decisions ever seen during their time on the board,” said Dr. Rebecca Lowry, Superintendent. “Having the chance to network with others from across the state, hear about what other schools are doing to survive this economic crisis and learn from experts in the education community is a priceless opportunity. We are not alone, we are not the only ones struggling, and by collaborating and learning from others, we have a better chance of minimizing the impacts of these horrific cuts to education.”
Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the 2012 VSBA Annual Convention, participating in more than 51 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as; closing the achievement gap and the role of division leadership; successful education foundations; how schools can become more disaster resistant; best practices to reduce legal challenges to adverse personnel actions; parliamentary procedure; navigating the social media landscape; and school law updates.
“I am eager to share what I learned at the VSBA Convention this year,” said Dr. Daniel Wallace, Board Chair. “The convention is a great investment for our community because it allows our board to continue learning about nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from key policy officials and take back new best management practices for our schools that will improve our students’ education.”
For more information about the VSBA Annual Convention visit www.vsba.org. Visit the division website www.wmlcps.org to learn more about the date, time and agenda for the upcoming board meeting.