• News Release: 1/8/2020 Chesterfield County School Board 2020 Legislative Program

    The 2020 legislative program reflects that Chesterfield County Public Schools is preparing students for successful futures and creating a better tomorrow. Our award-winning school division is preparing every student to be college and career ready. 

    As we implement our new strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, Team Chesterfield is on the cusp of creating classrooms of the future that will allow our students to soar to even greater heights. Imagine Tomorrow is more than a strategic plan; it is our daily focus as we seek to create an infinite-learner mindset while encouraging students and staff to exemplify personal responsibility and supportive relationships. By investing in education, we are preparing students for successful futures – both academic and social.

    A top legislative priority in the 2020 legislative program is Full Funding of K-12 Education. The Chesterfield County School Board supports full funding of state education programs including basic aid, prevailing instructional support staffing levels and categorical funding, teacher salary and retirement costs, as well as, capital and maintenance support:

    • Full funding of rebenchmarking and flexibility in the Standards of Accreditation/Standards of Quality;
    • Increasing public education’s share of the state budget to support innovation, teacher salaries, reduced class size and early- childhood programs;

    • Monitoring discussion by the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) of any changes that would lower the annual rate of return on investment, and the financial/local impact of any changes;

    • Attracting, training, paying and retaining quality teachers by establishing compensation and benefits that should attract beginning teachers and encourage teachers to stay in the profession over time;

    • Attracting, training, paying and retaining quality leaders (specifically principals) by establishing opportunities for leaders to grow in their profession and experience leadership roles should also be provided;

    • Eliminating the Commonwealth’s cap on funding of support positions and providing funding for support staff positions including school psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as, instructional support, attendance, security, transportation, technology, facility operations and maintenance staff;

    • Full funding of the SOQ requirements for school counselors enacted during the 2019 General Assembly; 

    • Full funding of the Children’s Services Act (CSA) and opposes the shifting of any responsibility that would result in a funding reduction; and

    • A study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission of the true cost of education in the Commonwealth, an accurate assessment of the costs to implement the Standards of Quality, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the Composite Index of Local Ability to Pay.

     

    Please visit this link for a complete copy of the 2020 legislative program:  bit.ly/CCPS2020LegislativeProgram.

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  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses

    What?

    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Why?
    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    How?
    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.