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 or 804-556-5630.

Goochland School Board Member Mrs. Beth Hardy Recognized as PRSA Richmond Thomas Jefferson Award Winner

The Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced that Mrs. Beth A. Hardy, APR, is this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award winner.  The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes the achievement of a seasoned public relations practitioner who has made an ongoing commitment to the advancement of the profession.  Mrs. Hardy currently serves as Goochland’s District 4 School Board Member, a position she has held since being elected in 2011. She recently completed her second term as Board Chair during the 2017 calendar year.

Mrs. Hardy is the president of Hardy Communications and has over 25 years of experience in public relations, with a focus on strategic marketing and communications planning for both public and private businesses.  

In addition to her many accomplishments professionally and in her service to Goochland County Public Schools, Mrs. Hardy has served as a Board Member of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), where she has focused her work on advocacy for public education through legislation, making various trips to Washington, D.C. to create awareness among members of congress to the challenges and opportunities around educational improvement.  Her local efforts have benefited the students and families of Goochland as well. “The schools have benefited tremendously from the positive working relationship between the School Board and County Board of Supervisors,” said Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr., School Board Chair. “For going on seven years, Beth has tirelessly and consistently been in a lead role in the success of GCPS”

Mrs. Hardy will be recognized at the 71st Virginia Public Relations Awards, to be held in Richmond on Thursday, May 24.  The Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional organization that serves over 300 public relations practitioners living and working in Central Virginia, and has roots going back nearly 70 years.

Goochland County School Board Chair John L. Lumpkins, Jr. Appointed Interim Supervisor

The Goochland County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr. interim supervisor for District 3 at their Tuesday, April 17 meeting. Mr. Lumpkins is currently serving his second term on the Goochland School Board as the representative from District 3, a position he has held since being elected in 2011. He is also the current Chair of the Board, a position he held before in 2015. Mr. Lumpkins is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and operates his own law firm.

Mr. Lumpkins’ leadership, knowledge, advocacy for students, and keen eye for detail have contributed to the rapid and meaningful progress of Goochland County Public Schools under the leadership of the current School Board.

The Goochland County School Board will work to fill Mr. Lumpkins’ vacancy on the Board per Virginia Code requirements in the weeks ahead. Read Goochland County’s press release with more information on Mr. Lumpkins’ appointment here.

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