Mr. Joe Fowler Named Student Activities Director at Goochland High School

The Goochland County School Board approved the recommendation to appoint Mr. Joe Fowler, current teacher and head football coach at Goochland High School, as the new GHS Student Activities Director at their April 10th meeting.  Mr. Fowler will assume the role occupied by Mr. Bryan Gordon, who announced his retirement this year. Mr. Fowler’s experience in coaching and education has spanned over 25 years, 20 of which have taken place at Goochland High School, where Mr. Fowler has been the head football coach for the past 17 years.  In his tenure as head coach, Goochland won its only 2 state football championships in three appearances in the title game under Mr. Fowler’s leadership.

In addition to his success as head football coach, Mr. Fowler coached baseball and track.  He was named Goochland High School Teacher of the Year for his work teaching finance and economics, and was recognized for the success of his students on the W!SE Financial Literacy assessment among comparable national schools.  

Mr. Fowler has served as the assistant athletic director for the past six years, and was recognized as the VHSL Division 2 Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.   He has been additionally recognized by the Associated Press, Richmond Touchdown Club, district, and region as Coach of the Year during his tenure.

“We are very excited to continue to build on the tradition of athletic and extracurricular success at Goochland High School with the leadership of Mr. Fowler,” says Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Schools.  “His success as a coach and a teacher as well as his commitment to our community will make this important transition a win for Goochland”.

Mr. Fowler’s wife, Dr. Beth Fowler, serves as the Director of School Counseling at Goochland High School.

The recruitment and selection process for the new Goochland High football coach will begin this week.

Longtime Goochland High Athletic Director Mr. Bryan Gordon Announces Retirement

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Date: February 1, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Goochland County School Board accepted the retirement of Mr. Bryan Gordon, Athletic Director at Goochland High School, during their January 30 meeting.  Mr. Gordon’s experience as a teacher, dean of students, coach, athletic director, and school board member spans 31 years in Goochland County Public Schools.  

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Gordon served as head baseball and football coach at Goochland High School and was named the 2006 VHSCA State Coach of the Year in baseball, the year that Goochland High School’s baseball team won the state championship.  Two current major league baseball players played for Mr. Gordon at GHS.  

After a decorated career as a teacher and coach, Mr. Gordon assumed the role of athletic director at Goochland High School in 1993.  He will serve in that position until his retirement is effective on July 1, 2018.  Mr. Gordon was named the VIAAA State Athletic Director of the Year in 2002 and served on the Virginia HIgh School League (VHSL) Executive Committee from 2003-2006.  Under his leadership, Goochland High School has achieved success with state championships in football, tennis, track, and volleyball, while growing in the fine and performing arts and academic extracurriculars.

“Mr. Gordon’s roots and influence in our entire community cannot be understated”, said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent.  “His shoes will be hard to fill in every way.  In his multiple roles with our school division, he has dedicated a great deal of time, effort, and energy to ensure that our students have had a positive academic and extra-curricular experience”.   

Head football coach and teacher  Mr. Joe Fowler agrees.  “He has impacted so many lives during his many years at GHS. Whether in the classroom or in the dugout he has served as a role model for thousands of students. There are a lot of families where he has taught the parents and then 20 years later their children. His influence will continue on for many, many years”.   

Mr. Gordon’s sons, Patrick and Preston, continue the family tradition as coaches and teachers in GCPS. His wife, Dianna, retired as the Director of Elementary Education after serving as principal in Goochland County Public Schools.  

The recruitment and selection process for the new Goochland High director of student activities will begin this month.



Goochland County School Board Approves New Leadership for 2018

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Date: January 11, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Goochland County School Board approved new leadership and committee representatives for the 2018 calendar year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  

Mr. John Lumpkins, Jr., District 3, will succeed Mrs. Beth Hardy as Chair of the Goochland County School Board.  He began his official duties as chair during the January 9 meeting.  This is Mr. Lumpkins’ second term as chair, having previously served in this role in 2015.

Mr. John Wright, District 5, served as the Board’s Vice Chair last year and will continue to serve as the vice chair for the 2018 calendar year.  Mrs. Diane Bennett was appointed Clerk of the Board.

Several committee appointments were also named, including:

  • Mr. John Wright, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Representative
  • Mr. John Lumpkins,  Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Alternate
  • Mr. Kevin Hazzard, Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School Representative
  • Mr. Michael Payne and Mr. John Wright, GCPS Facilities Committee

The Goochland County School Board will meet again on Tuesday, January 16, for a budget work session.  The public is invited to attend.


Goochland County Public Schools Recognized as a Green School Division

Goochland County Public School Division was recognized as a silver certified “Green School Division” at last month’s Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. In cooperation with Virginia Municipal League’s GoGreenVA initiative, the VSBA Green Schools Challenge recognizes school divisions that implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community.

Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley was presented with a certificate from the Virginia School Board Association. It recognized the accomplishment of Goochland County earning 130 Green Points in the VSBA Green Schools competition. “We are excited to be recognized for our efforts to conserve energy and enhance efficiencies in our facilities in Goochland County Public Schools. Our teachers, students, and staff have been strong advocates for responsible energy use at all of our schools”.

The division has created outdoor learning spaces used for environmental education at all three elementary schools, as well as a greenhouse at Goochland High School. A solar flower installed at Goochland High Schools supplements energy conservation, and student-led environmental awareness organizations are forming at both the middle and high school.

Four of Goochland’s Schools Named Apple Distinguished Schools

Goochland County Public Schools is pleased ​to announce that four of its five schools have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for 2017–2019 for focus on deeper learning with the 1:1 computing program using iPad. This year, the division expanded its program to K-2 classrooms in elementary schools, and students at Goochland High School now use MacBook Air. Students use these devices to help develop world ready skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The division also uses innovative software to help achieve its mission of maximizing each student’s potential through software that can individualize a student’s specific needs in areas such as mathematics.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, ​collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

This year, Byrd Elementary School, Goochland Elementary School, and Randolph Elementary School were awarded this designation, alongside Goochland Middle School. Goochland High School was not eligible to apply for this recognition because of the developing stage of its program.

“This recognition highlights the strong support of our technology department, the commitment of our teachers toward deeper learning, and the support of our school board to incentivize instructional innovation,” remarked John Hendron, Ed.D., Director of Innovation and Strategy for the division. “We’re proud to bring cutting-edge, engaging experiences to students,” said Goochland County Public Schools superintendent, Jeremy Raley, Ed.D. “Using these devices, we’re preparing students for an uncertain future, but one we know will require technology savvy and critical thinking.”

Examples of student engagement using iPads can be found chronicled in a series of books that were produced by the principals and staff of each school, which was submitted for consideration for the title of Apple Distinguished School. Each school’s book is available on their school website. Teachers are using Apple Classroom to manage devices and Schoology is used by students and teachers to manage digital materials, to check for understanding, and engage in virtual discussions. Parents can use the Schoology system to monitor student progress in grades 3-12.

Goochland County Public Schools provides an innovative learning environment for over 2500 students in central Virginia across five schools. Every one of Goochland’s schools is fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. The division’s vision is inspiring and preparing the next generation to make a positive impact. Learn more at

Contact Dr. John G. Hendron at 804-556-5623 or for more information.

Goochland High Teacher Named NBC12 “Excellence in Education” Winner for November

NBC12 Reporter Sarah Bloom, accompanied by representatives from sponsor organization Henrico Federal Credit Union, came to Goochland High School last week to surprise Mrs. Melissa Black, GHS athletic trainer and dance instructor, as the winner of the NBC12 Excellence in Education Award for November.  Mrs. Black was nominated by a member of the Goochland community and selected by the Excellence in Education selection group from NBC12 and HFCU.  

Mrs. Black was surprised and overwhelmed to be recognized.  Mr. Christopher Collier, Goochland High principal, arranged for the surprise with a meeting scheduled under false pretenses.  “Mrs. Black is one of our most positive, dedicated, and versatile staff members.  She is recognized in every area of our program-athletics, arts, and the classroom.  I am not surprised at all that she is being recognized”.

The nomination received by NBC12 described Mrs. Black as inspirational:  “she has inspired many to continue their education in dance, sports medicine, athletic training, and even other medical fields by always being there for her students”.  

The NBC12 segment is scheduled to air Tuesday, November 7, at 4:00 p.m.

GCPS Director of Finance Earns North American School Finance and Operations Credential

Mrs. Debbie White, SFO, Goochland County Public Schools Director of Finance, was recently awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).

The SFO Certification, a new certification by ASBO International, is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating eligibility (through work experience and education), passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics, and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.

Mrs. White has served as the GCPS Director of Finance since 2012, during which time she has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award four consecutive years.  

“School business officials are the chief fiscal officers for school districts and hold an influential position in the community,” says John Musso, CAE, RSBA, executive director of ASBO International. “By earning the SFO certification, professionals validate their specialized knowledge and demonstrate a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management.”

School business officials who have earned the SFO Certification commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification annually, and undergo recertification every three years.

“Mrs. White’s leadership, skill and visibility as a Director of Finance is exceptional”, says Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent.  “Her work ethic and attention to detail in helping us to responsibly manage our funds are key ingredients in our overall success as a division”.  

The Association of School Business Officials International ( is a global professional association of more than 5,000 school business management professionals who are responsible for financial decisions in K–12 school districts, community colleges, universities, and state departments of education. Founded in 1910, it sets the standard for accountability, transparency, and integrity in school business management practices and provides professional growth opportunities and certification to advance the profession. For more information, please visit

Goochland Education Foundation and GCPS Partner to Award 2017 Strategic Innovation Grants

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Date: October 6 , 2017 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools, was joined yesterday by members of the GCPS Executive Leadership team and Mrs. Cyndy Brown, Executive Director of the Goochland Education Foundation, at all Goochland schools to surprise the recipients of the 2nd annual Goochland Education Foundation Strategic Innovation Grants.  These grants total nearly $15,000 dollars, including funding from between $400 and $2700 for 12 separate grants, representing each school in the division.  Goochland Strategic Innovation Grants were awarded based on a rigorous selection process that involved a committee of school, foundation, and community representatives.  2017 grant awards and descriptions can be found at this link.

“We were beyond excited about the response we received this year to our call for faculty and staff to apply”, said Dr. Raley, Superintendent.  “The Goochland Education Foundation worked hard to provide us with even more resources this year to recognize the work that our innovative teachers are doing to plant the seeds for continued deeper learning in every classroom, and we cannot wait to showcase this work at our 2nd annual Strategic Innovation Grant symposium in June”.    Mrs. Cyndy Brown, Goochland Education Foundation Executive Director, is excited to see the grants in action this year.  “I am thrilled with the way the teachers responded to the Goochland Education Foundation’s challenge of ‘taking risks’ in order to reach new heights in innovative educational practices. All of the proposals reflected the GEF’s vision of visionary educational experiences that will help prepare the students for living and working in a fast-changing technological 21st century.”

The Goochland Strategic Innovation Grants will culminate in a professional development symposium in June of 2018, where winners of these grants will come together to share what they learned, collaborate on new ideas focused around deeper learning, and share how their risk-taking can be implemented in regular instructional programming.


GCPS Continues to Exceed the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate

Today the Virginia Department of Education released state-level data on the on-time graduation rate for the class of 2017, noting that 91.1% of the 95,348 students of the class of 2017 earned a Board of Education-approved diploma, a slight decline from the 91.3% of students of the class of 2016 who earned diplomas.  This represents a dropout rate of 5.8% for the class of 2017.  In the Commonwealth, 88.4% of black students graduated on time while 94% of white students did the same.  Among students with disabilities in the Commonwealth, 87% graduated on time.

In Goochland County, Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, presented GCPS graduation rate data as part of the overall student assessment presentation to the Goochland County School Board at its September 12 meeting.  Goochland’s overall on-time graduation rate for the class of 2017 exceeded the state, with 96% of GCPS seniors graduating on time in 2017.  This represents the latest step in overall improvement from the GCPS 90% on time graduation in 2013.

Among student subgroups, GCPS also exceeded state averages for on-time graduation.  93% of black students, 97% of white students, and 90% of students with disabilities graduated on time from among the Goochland class of 2017.  “The work our faculty and staff in Goochland has undertaken to provide various programs and options to become career ready, including Career and Technical Education, online learning, and dual enrollment courses, has really opened up pathways to students who may not have been as engaged in their experience in the past” said Dr. Geyer.  “There is always work to be done to focus in on how we can tailor the Goochland experience for all of our students to ensure that each graduates prepared for the demands of the 21st century”.

More details, including cohort reports for schools, school divisions, and the state are available at

Goochland Prepares to Celebrate Farm to Table and National School Lunch Weeks

Beginning next week, Goochland County Public Schools will join divisions across the Commonwealth and the nation to celebrate the work of our School Nutrition Services with “Farm to School” week October 2 through 6, and National School Lunch Week October 9 through 13.

The GCPS menu will feature locally grown produce next Monday through Thursday, including broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, cabbage, and lettuce direct from Goochland farms to celebrate Farm to School week.  On October 4, GCPS will participate in the “crunch heard ‘round the Commonwealth”, with all students having the opportunity to enjoy a Virginia grown apple at 10:00 a.m.  Apples are being donated by Richmond Restaurant Service.

On Friday, October 6, Farm to School week ends with locally sourced entrees on GCPS menus, including beef from Brookview Farm and chicken from Keenbell Farm, both located in Goochland County.  The Goochland Culinary Arts class will prepare a local squash soup and apple dessert to be served by students in the cafeteria.  Dr. Jeremy Raley, superintendent, will serve lunch to students to add to the celebration.

“We have worked to add variety and quality to our options for our students in the past few years, including the popular ‘My Way Cafe’ options offered weekly and the inclusion of locally sourced ingredients in several offerings”, said Lisa Landrum, Supervisor of GCPS Nutrition Services.  “Our staff is proud to serve breakfast and lunch each day to our students, and we look forward to celebrating in the weeks ahead”.

In addition to the offerings during Farm to School week, National School Lunch Week will include a new improved burger, a new crispy breaded chicken drumstick, and coloring activities for elementary students.  All students will receive a free Italian ice on Friday.