Dr. Aaron C. Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday in Roanoke. The leaders of seven Virginia education organizations and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction selected him from among eight regional finalists.
Superintendent representatives from each of the eight regions made brief Ted Talk-like presentations during the VASS Annual Spring Conference on what motivates them to do their challenging jobs on a daily basis.
Because of the special partnership between VASS and YellowFolder, YellowFolder is able to offer Virginia school districts a 12 – month free trial of our digital file cabinet system. We are confident you will quickly see the value of maintaining your administrative, human resources, student and special education records in YellowFolder. Over time, the YellowFolder paperless environment will produce district cost savings as you reduce the use of paper, ink, and file cabinets!
The 2017 Superintendent's Professional Conference, which is sponsored by Region VIII, will be held at the Sheraton Ocean Front Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, on October 1-4, 2017.
Appomattox Superintendent Dorinda Grasty, Radford Superintendent Rob Graham, Montgomery Superintendent Mark Miear, and New Kent Superintendent Dave Myers won full travel scholarships to Helsinki, Finland and Milan, Italy in a national competition sponsored by VASS Senior Associate Partner EF Education First.
Hopewell City Public Schools should increase cafeteria and custodial workers' salaries, among other steps to improve the division's compensation system, a study by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents has found. The study results were presented to the School Board at their March 9 work session and were based on online surveys of and interviews with HCPS employees as well as surveys of school district employees in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Petersburg.
VASS has joined with Hunter Communications, led by former Fairfax Public Schools communications chief Barbara Hunter, to create "Communication Counselors on Call." This on-demand service, available to all VASS member divisions, gives superintendents up to two hours of free consultation on a broad range of communication challenges, including bond referendum campaigns, community engagement strategies, publications, Freedom of Information Act requests, crisis responses, speechwriting, and media relations.
VASS worked with Strategic Value Media to create the guide, a web portal to a large network of vendors that supply goods and services to educators. The guide, which highlights companies that are VASS Business Members, is designed to help school division leaders make efficient and fully informed purchasing decisions.
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