York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - September 2016

On behalf of the entire School Board, I am writing to share updates of the work that took place during the opening days of the new school year. I hope the start of the school year has been positive and productive for your family. Thank you to all our faculty and staff for the hard work that went into preparing for the opening of this school year!


Academic Matters


The School Board is pleased to report that, once again, all 19 YCSD schools will be fully accredited, based on results from the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in four core academic areas (English, math, history and science) from the 2015-16 school year. Of the 132 school divisions in the state, only 53 have all schools fully accredited this year.

Stephanie Guy, Ed.D., the division’s chief academic officer, and members of the instructional leadership team provided the Board with details on each school’s performance towards achieving objectives of the division’s long-term Strategic Plan. Below are some of the highlights from the presentation.

Included in these successes are:

  • Seven elementary schools had pass rates in the 90s in all four content areas
  • All middle schools demonstrated improvement in math among students with disabilities, with increases ranging from 5 to 15 percentage points
  • English performance ranged between 92-96% at the high school level

Third Grade Reading

The division’s Strategic Plan has also set annual benchmarks for improving the percentage of third grade students reading at or above grade level, with the objective of reaching 90% by FY17. This year’s target was 87.5%. The division average was 88%, with six schools meeting or exceeding the benchmark.

Additionally, members of the instructional leadership team provided strategies that they will employ to address areas for growth identified in this report.

These are just a few of the examples shared with the Board, and we want to commend the hard work of our staff and students. We know our students’ success would not be possible without the dedicated teachers, administrators, staff and supportive families.

Operational Matters

Superintendent Victor Shandor, Ed.D., provided the School Board with a report on the opening days of school and the work that went into preparing for the new school year. Most notably, the teamwork and extra efforts by custodial and maintenance staff, teachers and support staff and administrators from across the division to reopen Waller Mill Elementary School, which is in the midst of a renovation project. The typical transportation delays that can be expected at the start of the school year are being addressed. Still, the 2016-17 school year is off to a productive start.

Human Resources Matters

Jim Carroll, Ed.D., the division’s chief human resources officer, provided an overview of professional development training provided by various departments over the summer. Schools and division administrators took part in the annual Leadership Academy and a new Operations Leadership Institute, while more than one hundred teachers participated in the optional Writer’s Workshop training. Additionally, 92 mini-sessions were provided by YCSD teachers for YCSD teachers during the annual division-wide professional development day in August.

He also shared information on the division’s recruiting efforts. Over the last year, the division has developed new strategies to target college seniors in teacher preparation programs, such as marketing materials and a new recruiting website. This site has already won three awards from the National School Public Relations Association and Graphic Design USA. The Human Resources department monitors the site after recruiting events and vacancy announcements to measure the effectiveness of existing and new recruiting strategies.


Thank you for your continued support of our schools, our staff and our students. Our next School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, September 26, at York Hall. I look forward to additional opportunities to share important information regarding our schools.


Barbara S. Haywood
School Board Vice Chair
On Behalf of the York County School Board

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