VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • Aaron Spence 2018 Virginia Superintendent Of The Year
  • 2018 Regional Superintendents Of The Year
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS President Brian Ratliff (left), VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (center), and Governor Northam (right) share a light moment before the Governor's speech at the VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Governor Northam (left) and VASS President-elect Jeffery Smith (right) at VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith (far right) moderates legislative issues panel discussion by Chris McDonald, VACO Director of Government Affairs (far left); Janet Areson, VML Director of Policy Development (second from left); and Stacy Haney, Partner at Reed Smith(third from left) durng VASS-VASBO Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Virginia Education Legislative Liaisons Pat Finernan (left) and Tom Smith (right) take a break during the VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference to discuss the lastest developments in the General Assembly.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Constantino (left) welcomes Governor Northam to the podium after his introduction of the Governor at the VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS President Brian Ratliff discusses Virginia's state budget with conference presenter Jim Regimbal, Co-Founder of Fiscal Analytics.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Virginia Department of Education Professional Learning Coordinator Gena Keller (left) and Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins (right) share a moment showing how far back they go working together.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (left) discusses important education issues with Governor Northam (right).
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Laura Fornash, Former Secretary of Education of Virginia and VASS Legislative Consultant (left) discusses state education policies with VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser ( center) and Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Constantino.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS and VASBO business partners are recognized for their suppport during the 2018 VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Culpeper Superintendent Tony Brads (left), VASS Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp (center) and VASBO President LaShahn Gaines (right) enjoy themselves at the VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference which was attended by over 250 superintendents, school business officials and business partners.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS Legislative Committee representative for Region VII John Ferguson shares his views on legislative issues with Governor Northam.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS Past President Jennifer Parish (left), Newport News Superintendent Brian Nichols (center) and VASS President-elect Jeff Smith (right) take time out for a photo op at the VASS-VASBO Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    New Kent Superintendent David Meyers emphasizes the need for state funding for Virgina's public schools during the VASS-VASBO Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASBO President LaShahn Gaines (left) and VASS President Brian Ratliff (right) present a great team running the 2018 VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    John Edwards, representing VASS and VASBO Partner Horace Mann, presented the Horace Mann Scholarship Awards for School Business Officials getting their national certification.
  • Aaron Spence 2018 Virginia Superintendent Of The Year

    Virginia Beach City Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence receives the the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year Award from VASS President Jennifer Parish (left) and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (right).
  • 2018 Regional Superintendents Of The Year

    2018 Regional Superintendents of the Year, from left to right: Aaron Spence - Region II; Rick Clemons - Region III; Eric Jones - Region I; Dave Jeck - Region IV; Scott Brabrand - Region V; Jeff Perry - Region VII; Merle Herndon - Region VIII; and Bill Sroufe - Region VI.

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  • AASA Releases Superintendent Salary Study

    At the outset of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders are convening in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 15-17, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released its sixth annual salary study to benchmark superintendent compensation and benefits.

    The report, 2017 Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, was released in two versions: a full version for AASA members, and an abridged version for wider circulation.

    “This study remains a crucial way to examine how superintendents are compensated for their leadership,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are thrilled to have six years of this data to best support superintendents and other educators aspiring to become superintendents. We know how important every community’s public schools are and how critical strong leadership is in these systems.”

  • Everyone Needs a Mrs. Bailey

    Everyone Needs a Mrs. Bailey

    Patrick County Superintendent Bill Sroufe, whose upbringing was one of neglect and poverty as well as physical and sexual abuse, has written an inspiring story about how one teacher helped him find the courage to rise above the chaos and evil in his life to create one with purpose and triumph.  In his book Everyone Needs a Mrs. Bailey, Bill shares how we can all become champions for the children in our care.

    Bill undertook the writing of his book after an encounter with former astronaut Leland Melvin when they were both presenters at a professional conference. Bill’s presentation was to be about the impact of teachers, specifically how his life was changed by his 6th grade math teacher, Mrs. Bailey. When he told Leland his story, Leland promptly changed his own

  • March 7 VASS-VA DOE Workshop on Mastering Performance Assessments

    VASS and VA DOE are sponsoring a one-day workshop on Mastering Performance Assessments presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis on March 7 at the Hampton Embassy Suites and Convention Center. The workshop is a sequel to VASS-VDOE PBA workshops presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis, but it does not require participants to have attended those previous events.

  • State Local Commitment Needed to Combat Teacher Shortage

    State Local Commitment Needed to Combat Teacher Shortage

    IT IS NO SECRET that the nation is dealing with a shortage of teachers.

    Compounding this problem is the complex nature of some preparation programs that are riddled with unnecessary credits. They are an institutional barrier for motivated candidates to enter the teaching profession.

    More problematic for states is the sheer number of teacher shortages in key subject areas.

    A recent study from the Virginia Department of Education found 10 areas with critical teaching shortages in the commonwealth: special education, elementary education (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade), middle education (sixth through eighth grades), career and technical education, mathematics (sixth through 12th grades, including Algebra I), 

  • Rodney Berry and Mark Church win Scholarships to Finland and Germany

    Nottoway Superintendent Rodney Berry and Franklin County Superintendent Mark Church will join VASS Board member Scott Kizner for educational travel to Helsinki and Berlin this summer as EF Education First Scholarship Award winners. During their travel, Rodney, Mark and Scott will interact with officials from the Finnish National Board of Education, visit Helsinki schools, and meet with local educators in an effort to learn about Finland's top-ranked educational system and the opportunities it provides its students. While in Berlin, they will attend a summit on the Influence of Technology on Society where they will hear from world-renowned speakers, attend expert-led workshops, and explore the connection between technology and education in addressing global issues.
  • Lack of Adequate State Funding Hurts Schools, Students

    Lack of Adequate State Funding Hurts Schools, Students

    The Great Bridge High School football team deserves a better stadium. So does the Deep Creek High School football team. I also think the Western Branch track needs to be replaced, as well as the “new” Grassfield High School track, and probably more tracks at our middle and high schools.

    But let’s look at why that has not been done. I have spoken and written many times about the importance of providing adequate public school funding for our school divisions’ needs. The state doesn’t provide any money for capital needs to school divisions. That funding falls completely on each locality. 

    Our city has provided funding for some of our outstanding 

  • VASS Developing Strategic Plan for Professional Development

    The VASS Professional Development Committee met last month in Richmond to begin its development of a strategic plan for the organization’s professional development program. Several members of the committee discussed the current status of the organization’s professional development and did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis which was facilitated by VASS Communications Consultant Barbara Hunter.

  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Over 250 superintendents, financial officers, other school division leaders, and business partner representatives participated in this year’s Winter Conference.

    Presentations are available at the following link: View Winter Conference Presentations.

  • "VASS Buyers Guide" is Now Online

    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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  • The VASS Buyers guide offers VASS members an efficient way to browse for goods and services for their divisions.

    The companies that support VASS through business memberships are highlighted in the guide.

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Kudos to all State Superintendents of the Year for being recognized at AASA.
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Dr. Aaron Spence is recognized at AASA for being Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year. Kudos to Dr. Spence.
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The State Board recognized outstanding Virginia principals today. Kudos to them for their leadership.
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