Goochland County Public Schools Awarded the VDOE Distinguished Achievement Award

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Date: June 28, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  | (804) 332 0965  | @glndschools

Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced yesterday that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.  Goochland County Public Schools was recognized as one of the 15 divisions earning the 2018 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award for its 2016-2017 student achievement.

“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam.  “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for schoolwide excellence.”

Goochland County Public Schools, in addition to meeting Virginia SOL accreditation benchmarks with fully accredited status for all schools for over ten consecutive years, has made instructional innovation, engaging curriculum, recruitment and retention of quality personnel, and significant capital planning to support quality instruction areas of focus under the leadership of the current School Board and Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley.  

“Our results are strong, we have a lot to be proud of,” said Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.  “I often get asked by colleagues across the state what makes our instructional program so successful. My response is always the same, ‘It’s our people.’

Geyer added, “We have great kids and families – and we have the most dedicated, talented, caring educators anywhere. It’s their hard work every single day that’s at the center of our division’s success.”

The Goochland County Public Schools mission is to maximize the potential of every learner.  Read more about the 2018 Virginia Department of Education VIP Awards at





GCPS Hosts Summer Meals and Enrichment at BES for all County Children

Date: June 21, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations 

Byrd Elementary Hosts Summer Free Meals and Fun Program

Beginning next Monday, July 2, Goochland County Public Schools, with the support of the USDA, will provide free meals for kids and family enrichment activities at Byrd Elementary School, Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The program will be closed on July 4 and 5 for the holiday.

All Goochland families from all schools with children ages 4-18 are welcomed to participate.  Transportation will be provided at the following locations and times:

  • 10:20 AM – Mt. Gilead Baptist Church / 4768 Shannon Hill Road
  • 10:30 AM – Damore’s Store / 4814 Broad Street RD
  • 10:35 AM – Post Office-Hadensville
  • 10:45 AM – Chapel Hill Rd. and Riddles Bridge Rd
  • 10:55 AM – New Market on corner / VA-6 & Hadensville-Fife Rd
  • 11:00 AM – Byrd Elementary School

In addition to free meals for children, parents may purchase a meal and participate in special activities to enrich their child’s school experience.  See more details here:

Goochland County Public Schools is excited to support our students’ wellness and academic needs this summer through this program.  For any questions, contact School Nutrition Supervisor Ms. Lisa Landrum at 804-556-5604 or

Mr. Vernon Fleming Appointed Interim District 3 School Board Representative

On Wednesday, May 30, during a special meeting of the Goochland County School Board, Mr. Vernon Fleming was appointed interim representative for District 3, replacing Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr., who began his interim term on the Goochland Board of Supervisors on May 1.  

Mr. Fleming is a native of the area, having grown up adjacent to Goochland in Louisa County and having attended Louisa County Public Schools .  He and his wife are parents to six children, including two current students in Goochland County Public Schools. He currently serves in a leadership role at Performance Food Group, the latest position in a career spent in large corporations.  Before and during his career in the business world, Mr. Fleming served for twenty years in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army career, Mr. Fleming served as an associate professor of Military Science at the College of William and Mary.  

In the Goochland community, Mr. Fleming has maintained active roles in his church, on the Board of the Directors of the Goochland Historical Society, and on the Board of Directors of the Shady Grove Rosenwald School.  He has served as District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Richmond.

Mr. Fleming is eager to serve the Goochland community through his work on the School Board, to include “ensuring schools are adequately funded and properly staffed with qualified administrators and teachers, and doing everything possible to provide a quality and inspiring educational experience for OUR children.”

Mr. Fleming will be sworn in on Friday, June 1, at the Goochland Office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  “Mr. Fleming clearly has a passion for children and for service to his community,” said Mr. John D. Wright, Chair of the Goochland School Board. “We are excited to add his skills and perspective to our board.”