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Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Info

Goal 1--Personnel
To make progress in achieving competitive salaries with area school systems for professional and hourly employees.
1. To employ a new superintendent for 2001 and beyond.
2. To actively recruit minority personnel.
3. To consider increasing the school board's contribution to employeemedicalbenefits.
4. To continue tuition assistance for professional development.

Goal 2--Instruction
To lead in providing the best possible instructional program for all students, including
1. Implementing the Standards of Learning and Standards of Accreditation as adopted by the Virginia Department of Education.
2. Increasing the percentage of students passing the SOL tests at each school by 5% each year until the state mandated requirement is exceeded.

To reach these goals, we intend to
1. Maintain a low teacher/pupil ratio.
2. Increase opportunities for professional development.
3. Strengthen instruction in mathematics.
4. Continue refining (improving) students' writing skills.
5. Continue to encourage secondary students to enroll in advanced placement, dual enrollment courses, and JacksonRiver Governor's School.
6. Provide equal academic opportunities in all elementary schools, including music and physical education.
7. Continue the Tech Prep and vocational training programs.

Goal 3--Facilities
To move forward in building the new middle school and elementary school on the Gleason property and develop a long-term plan for upgrading present facilities which would include:
1. Relocation of the Regional Alternative Program.
2. Air conditioning all schools.
3. Looking at a flood control plan for Alleghany High School.
4. An additional physical education facility atAlleghany High School.
5. Relocation of the school board offices
6. Planning for the future of vacated buildings.

Goal 4--Communications
To improve morale and communications among the school board, administration, staff, and the community

To reach this goal we intend to:
1. Deliver communications of the School Board's goals and expectations for 2000-01 to the entire community, with emphasis on informed parents, to build stronger support for the goals.
2. Keep the governing bodies informed about goals, needs, and concerns.
3. Make greater efforts to inform parents about the SOLs and the implications for remediation and graduation.
4. Encourage parents to become more active in the schools.
5. Emphasize that the strongest type of home/school communications isthe one-on-one meeting between teacher and parents.
6. Continue to publish and distribute "Board Bits", "Nutshell", and community newsletters.
7. Receive input from the Teacher Advisory Committee, the Alleghany Highlands Education Association, Minority Resource Advisory Council, MountaineerAthletic Club, Band Boosters, Special Education Advisory Council, Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, Title I Parent Advisory Committee, Health Advisory Committee, etc.
8. Continue the Communications Committee meetings with the City Council and Board of Supervisors.
9. Conduct 3-4 school board meetings in various schools.
10. Assure that each school board member maintains visibility in the schools by attending two events or visiting two schools per month.
11. Continue to honor employees for their achievements and dedication

Our school system is planning to build a new elementary and a new middle school. The new schools will be built on the Gleason property near Low Moor (see map). The Gleason heirs donated the property to the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools. When you drive I-64 west from Clifton Forge to Low Moor there is a blue tourism sign and the new bridge across the Jackson River to the property will be near here. The pictures show the new school's site.

There will be two separate schools: one to replace Central and Clifton Forge Elementary Schools, and one for the sixth through eighth graders from Alleghany County and Clifton Forge. The schools are scheduled to be open in the fall of 2001.

Alleghany Highlands Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 3000
No. of Schools: 9

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