Distinguished Guests, Families, and Staff Gather to Recognize Goochland CTE and Military Signees

On Tuesday, May 29, 7th Congressional District Representative Dave Brat joined Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education, and students, teachers, families, and community business and military representatives to recognize Goochland High Class of 2018 seniors who are transitioning directly into the workforce and the military.  Among the destinations for GHS seniors are Carter Machinery, Luck Stone, Newport News Shipbuilding, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Navy.

Representative Brat addresses the students at the signing ceremony

Representative Brat congratulated the students, noting their achievements are part of a greater movement to make schools more engaging and our country more competitive through developing students with skills in trades and the workforce.  Mr. Michael Verrastro, Heavy Equipment instructor, Mr. Tim Greenway, CTE chair and carpentry instructor, and Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, MCJROTC instructor, recognized each student for their individual accomplishments.

“Our students have taken advantage of the engaging classroom experience and variety of offerings in our schools with the added bonus of hours of practical, on the job experience,” said Mr. Christopher Collier, principal of Goochland High School.  “We are so proud of our students who are joining the workforce and entering lucrative and engaging fields as well as those who are answering the call of duty for our country. We want to make this even bigger next year.”

Goochland High School and Goochland Technical Center have nurtured a growing MCJROTC program and a variety of CTE programs, including heavy equipment, carpentry, nursing, culinary arts, and veterinary technician programs.  Students from all academic backgrounds participate in GCPS Career and Technical Education programming.

Goochland CTE Heavy Equipment Program Named VDOE Region 1 Creating Excellence Award Winner

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Date: May 8, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  | (804) 332 0965  | @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

The Virginia Department of Education recently announced that the Goochland County Public Schools Utility/Heavy Construction I and II program has been selected as the Region 1 winner from among 38 high schools in 16 central Virginia school divisions of the 2018 Creating Excellence Program Award.  The Creating Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize exemplary programs and partnerships that promote excellence in career and technical education.

The GCPS Heavy Equipment Program, taught by Mr. Michael Verrastro, is unique in the Commonwealth, and has worked collaboratively with community organizations and equipment suppliers from around the state to provide students with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the operation of heavy equipment.  Students have used their skills to enhance several projects in the division and the county.

“Our heavy equipment program has been a great source of pride for our school division,” said Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education.  “The skill of Mr. Verrastro, the enthusiasm of our students, and the support of our business and community partners have allowed us to engage our students in ways that cannot be found in any other school or division”.

Mr. Verrastro demonstrates Heavy Equipment for GES students
Mr. Verrastro demonstrates Heavy Equipment for GES students

The GCPS staff will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 14, hosted by the VDOE Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.  Heavy Equipment is one of many CTE offerings that have distinguished GCPS in creating a balanced experience that engages all students in deeper learning.  

 

 

 

Goochland County Public Schools Recognizes Top Teachers and Staff at the 2018 Celebration of Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 8, 2018

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

On Tuesday, May 1, Goochland County Public Schools held its second Celebration of Excellence at the newly renovated Central High School Cultural and Educational Center to recognize 2018 retirees, Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, and for the first time this year, Volunteer and Rookie of the Year.  The Celebration of Excellence featured food prepared and served by Goochland High Culinary Arts students and GCPS Food Service, and plaques were made by our GCPS Career and Technical Education Department.

The Goochland Education Foundation joined Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley in presenting awards to the evening’s distinguished recipients:

  • Liz Alford, Goochland High Teacher of the Year
  • Patrick Gordon, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
  • Simone Jones, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Jaime Sprouse, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Kelley Taylor, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year 

Ms. Kelley Taylor, 1st grade teacher at Goochland Elementary School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year.  She will be considered with teachers from across the Commonwealth for the honor of being the 2018 Mary Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The GCPS Employee of the Year is Instructional Technology Resource Coach Ms. Krystle Demas. 

The GCPS Team of the Year is the GHS Counseling Team, which includes Dr. Beth Fowler, Mr. Doug Getter, and Ms. Ashton Guza.

The inaugural Rookie of the Year is Ms. Katie Schihl, Special Education teacher from Goochland Middle School.

GCPS Volunteer of the Year is Dr. Richard Carchman, for his service in all our schools, especially at Byrd Elementary.

Goochland Public Schools retirees Ms. Kim Bachmann, Mrs. Deborah Blackburn, Mrs. Margaret Dickerson, Ms. Linda Drake, Mr. Bryan Gordon, Ms. Deborah Riggan, and Ms. Tina Taylor account for over 140 years of experience in Goochland County Public Schools.

Ms. Katie Schihl, 2018 Rookie of the Year
Ms. Katie Schihl, 2018 Rookie of the Year
GHS Counseling Team of the Year
GHS Counseling Team, Team of the Year (L-R, Dr. Beth Fowler, Dr. Raley, Ms. Ashton Guza, Mr. Doug Getter
2018 Employee of the Year
Mrs. Krystle Demas, Instructional Technology Resource Coach, 2018 Employee of the Year
Dr. Richard Carchman, 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Richard Carchman, 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Ms. Kelley Taylor, 2018 GCPS Teacher of the Year
Ms. Kelley Taylor, 2018 GCPS Teacher of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goochland County School Board Reorganizes and Plans for District 3 Opening

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 1, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors swore in Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr. as the Supervisor for District 3. With Mr. Lumpkins’ departure from his position as Chair of the Goochland County School Board to assume his Supervisor position, the School Board met on Wednesday, May 2 to conduct the business of School Board re-organization and planning to fill the vacancy for District 3 representative to the School Board.

Mr. John D. Wright, District 5 representative, was unanimously approved by the Board to serve as Chair, a position he assumes immediately. With his approval as Chair, Mrs. Beth Hardy, District 4 representative, was selected as the Vice Chair. Mr. Michael Payne, District 1 representative, will now serve as the alternate to Mr. Wright on the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Board.

The School Board approved the following calendar for the appointment of the District 3 representative, who will serve in the position until a special election in November of 2018:

  • The Tuesday, May 8 School Board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 15, beginning with open meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building Board Room located at 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Room 250, Goochland, VA 23063.
  • On Tuesday, May 15, School Board members will review applications for the interim board member during closed session. All applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 14 to Diane Bennett, School Board Clerk, in order to be considered. Only individuals submitting completed applications will be considered. Applications are available online at this link.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to address the Board during public comment at the Tuesday, May 15 School Board Meeting. The Board will not be responding to candidates who address the Board regarding their interest in this interim position during this public comment session.
  • A special School Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30 to deliberate about interested applicants and appoint the District 3 Board representative.

The successful applicant will be appointed on May 30 by the School Board and will be sworn in before the first meeting with the Board on June 12. Any questions about the process can be directed to Ms. Diane Bennett, Clerk of the School Board of Goochland County at dbennett@glnd.k12.va.us or 804-556-5630.