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Earlier today I resigned from the Albemarle County School Board effective immediately. It has been a difficult decision because working on behalf of the students in our community has been a very rewarding experience and I will miss it very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
Speaking as one school board member, I would support joint discussions about consolidating Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools. I think the time is right to get that conversation going. Brian Wheeler 2/24/10 * Daily Progress EDITORIAL [full story].... [I]t is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
The Albemarle County School Board passed its FY2011 funding request Thursday evening. I have updated my budget analysis spreadsheet (with a look at hypothetical tax rates) and provided a list of the Tier I cuts that were implemented to arrive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
Tandy - I think your statement can be defended by this data from the state comparing all localities. Obviously, individual experience in the community will vary. Brian Wheeler
The Albemarle County Public Schools budget is now facing catastrophic cuts if we do not find new sources of revenue. This is the result of the national economy, declining sales taxes, declining property values, a proposal to lower taxes collected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
Tandy - Thanks for the clarification on the pie chart that some respondents could have been only 'compliant.' I guess I could have said 0% were 'unsupportive' or 'reluctant' to 4x4 block schedules, but I am a 'glass half full' kind of guy. The School Board was not told which response was given by the three comprehensive HS principals. It is important to note that the presentation to the School Board was made by our two former principals of MHS and AHS (Billy Haun and Matt Haas) and both left me with the impression that they believe the positives outweigh the negatives and that they would support implementation next year, and not just for financial benefits, but for instructional benefits. Brian Wheeler
At the Albemarle County School Board meeting tonight, I took my notes in Twitter. I was even able to share some graphs from a PowerPoint presentation with a person following the meeting online. Here is a summary of the tweets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
2/7/10 * Daily Progress EDITORIAL [full story] .... All this at a time when cooperation — not competition — should be part of the solution for both localities’ budget woes. Greater cooperation — even consolidation of services, such as schools... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
2/6/10 * Daily Progress [full story] The clash over money between Charlottesville and Albemarle County is turning into a political civil war, with warnings that each step from here will undermine collaborations that would cut expenses and instead possibly cost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at SchoolMatters Blog
12/19/09 * Daily Progress [full story] Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, said Friday that he is moving ahead with legislation that would strip Charlottesville of nearly $3 million in school funding, kicking off what could be an ugly battle between the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
The Albemarle County School Board took action at its meeting Thursday and authorized Delegate Rob Bell (R-58th) to submit a budget amendment in the 2010 General Assembly session that would modify the state funding formula for education. The amendment would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
Albemarle County Public Schools was invited to give a presentation on our use of telephone conference calls, or TeleForums, at the 2009 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) annual conference. We have conducted three of these telephone town hall meetings during... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
The new Albemarle County Public Schools Athletic Council held its first meeting last night and I already have a homework assignment. First, here is the statement of purpose and the list of founding members of this advisory group formed by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
At a work session this week, Superintendent Pam Moran will make her recommendation to the Albemarle County School Board regarding the long range plan for three elementary schools in our southern feeder pattern (Yancey, Scottsville, and Red Hill). At the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
Reenst - The Board will get that school by school data after September 30th, at which point I'll be happy to post it here. Brian
Enrollment in Albemarle County Public Schools has increased by about 200 students over the 2008-09 school year. This is the biggest increase in the past decade and is much more similar to the enrollment trend we experienced in late 1990s.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
The morning after our schools were featured on ABC World News, Brandon Shulleeta has a nice story in today's Daily Progress that covers Albemarle County's classroom technology projects in detail... Brian Wheeler 9/14/09 * Daily Progress [full story] Students are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
It was great to see Albemarle County Public Schools featured on ABC World News tonight. Mae Craddock's classroom (English - Monticello High School) was highlighted for her pilot project using Apple's iPod touch to replace traditional hard copy textbooks. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
Julie - Thanks for reading the article and visiting. Send me a link as soon as you are up and running! Best, Brian
The Albemarle County School Board has scheduled a tour of five elementary schools as part of our process to collect information related to the upcoming decision regarding the future of Yancey, Scottsville, and Red Hill Elementary Schools. The final schedule... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2009 at SchoolMatters Blog
John - Thanks for the comment. Based upon this schedule, I expect the "data and studies used by Dr. Moran to make her recommendation" to be made available to the board and public on September 18th online at Brian Wheeler
Susan - Thanks for visiting the blog. We will get you on Twitter next! I enjoyed learning about the charter schools in Gainseville, GA. Your team did a great job with the presentation, just wish you had been given more time. Brian Wheeler