Positions & Priorities
Primacy of Teacher
We can’t lose sight of who is doing the work in our schools.
Increasingly, schools are being asked to do far more than simply educate students, which in and of itself is not simple. As our schools become the central hubs of our community, we must recognize the increased demands that are placed on teachers and staff to provide and care for students.
- Thoughtfully adopt policies that keep the division’s priorities as its focus and are not unnecessarily burdensome on teachers and staff.
- Create & adopt a budget that recognizes the work and contributions of teachers and staff.
- Work towards increasing teacher salaries to be competitive with not only other school districts, but with other fields.
- Value the role support staff play in the division through pay and benefit increases.
Equity in Education
Policies and programs should be adopted and analyzed to ensure that all students have access to an educational experience that values the diversity of our community.
- Support the Superintendent’s Committee on School Safety/Security Resources’ recommendation to bring a revised approach to safety at school through the implementation of the ‘Toronto Model’
- Revise the division’s memorandum of understanding with the Charlottesville Police Department
- Continue the work of recruiting teachers and staff to employ a workforce reflective of the diversity of our student body and community
- Empower faculty to teach and rewrite curriculum that is diverse, antiracist, & inclusive and edit the Program of Studies as necessary.
- Continue to analyze the gifted education program to ensure that it is serving students that are reflective of the demographics of our school community, including the identification of dual-identified students.
Implementation of the school reconfiguration plan must be a priority in addition to updating buildings to be safer and more energy efficient.
- Eliminate harmful transition points in the middle grades
- Consolidate the division’s preschool program.
- Pursue green certifications when renovating existing facilities or building new.
- Consider brain-safe strategies in classroom design.
Alternative Pathways upon Graduation
Students should have multiple pathways to life after high school.
- Expose students to the variety of options available to them both during their public school experience and after graduation.
- Strengthen partnerships with community colleges to increase the number of students taking dual enrollment classes and graduating from high school with an Associate’s Degree and/or ready to transfer credits to a 4-year college or university.
- Continue to support the work being done at CATEC to allow students to graduate with a certificate to enter the workforce.
- Collaborate with community partners to provide real-world work experiences for students while in school.