York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - November 2015

I am writing to share updates on the work of the School Board from this month's Work Session.


Operational Matters
FMP/CIP & Proposed New Elementary School

The superintendent and staff reviewed the division’s 10-year Facility Master Plan (FMP), which provides core information for use in developing the division's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), as a few recommendations had been changed since the initial presentation in October.

The most significant recommendation relates to the funding of a planned new elementary school. Initially, all funding was placed in FY17. These funds have now been split between FY17 and FY18, to more accurately reflect the planning and construction process. This change in funding allocation will not impact the planned timetable for construction and opening of a new elementary school. This an important clarification of the information discussed at our November 9 work session.

Additionally, the superintendent advised the board that he and division administrators are working closely with county administrators to consider new, viable locations for the planned elementary school as the two sites currently being considered offer limited space.

Finally, the recommendations also include placing a temporary, portable structure that could hold four classrooms with restrooms at YES and portable classrooms at MES while the new elementary school is planned and built. This is not a long-term solution to our student growth, but we believe it is important to obtain a site of sufficient size, in the right location for a new school that will support this community for many years to come. The Superintendent’s Proposed CIP will support the continued student growth while maintaining the stability of instructional programs for our students.

Dr. Shandor has met with school leaders as well as PTA presidents and vice-presidents from the York and Bruton zones to share information about the planned elementary school and how the division is working to address the population growth. He plans to schedule additional meetings with staff and parents in each of those school communities in the coming weeks.

The School Board will hold a Public Hearing on the CIP at 7 p.m., November 23, then adopt a Proposed CIP and forward it to the Board of Supervisors for consideration. A copy of this proposed plan is on file and may be viewed online or at the York County Public Library, the Williamsburg Public Library, the James City County Public Library, and the York County School Board Office, 302 Dare Rd., Yorktown, VA, during regular business hours.

High School Start Times

Dr. Shandor and Dr. Carl James, chief operations officer, shared information for a draft scope of work to initiate research and community education on the topic of school start times. After discussion, the school board requested that staff work on a Request for Proposal (RFP) with the county purchasing office and bring information back to the board in the next few months.

Instructional Matters

The School Board received updates regarding progress towards several goals of the Strategic Plan, including objectives regarding the percentage of advanced studies diploma graduates achieving the “College and Career Ready” standard on the SAT, school magnet/thematic programs, and professional development activities for staff.


This is a just a brief overview of our discussions at the November Work Session. We encourage you to watch our meetings and work sessions, which are broadcast live on YCSD-TV, Channel 47 (Cox) and Channel 39 (Verizon), and then rebroadcast on alternating nights at 7 p.m. You can also watch the meeting online. I look forward to additional opportunities to share important information regarding our schools.

Our next School Board meeting will be held at York Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 23.


Mark Medford
School Board Chair
On Behalf of the York County School Board

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