Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

Meeting Summary Notes: November 6, 2017


Meeting Summary Notes are intended to serve as the superintendent’s reflection on the discussions that occur during advisory committee meetings.  They are not intended to be exhaustive.  Instead, they are intended to serve as a general record for our on-going efforts to assess our needs, determine our goals, map out our strategies, and evaluate our policies, procedures and programs.  Participants should contact the superintendent if they observe any critical oversight or misinterpretation.


Participants present:  Jessica Bowyer (CES), Laurie Counts (CMS), Mary Donnan (CMS), Robert Tucker (AHS), Schyler Fury (SES), Lorie Bess (Administrative Assistant), Mary Jane Mutispaugh (Director of Instruction), and Eugene Kotulka (Superintendent).


1.     A participant suggested Mr. Kotulka have meetings for the public at local firehouses to discuss New Tech, perhaps in February and March. 

2.     Mr. Kotulka reported the swimming lessons for 2nd graders went very well.  This year it was paid through a grant but they are now looking for donations to continue the program, which costs approximately $7,000 per year. 

3.     Mr. Kotulka reminded participants the public hearing on the Comprehensive and Capital Plans will be December 18 at 6 p.m.

4.     As a follow up to a previous question regarding the Talent Search program, Ms. Mutispaugh reported there are options available for students whose parents have a degree. She stated the TRIO grant funds the Talent Search program, which is managed through DSLCC.  She stated there used to be a program called “Upward Bound”, but she isn’t sure if it is still available.  She encouraged participants to take advantage of “FAFSA Saturday”, sponsored through Talent Search.  She also noted the program meets with students each month to talk about careers, colleges, and do field trips.  A monthly newsletter is on the high school website and is a good planning tool. 

5.     Mr. Kotulka presented a copy of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. He explained there are 16 “career clusters”, which lend the possibility of employment right after graduation.  He stated he hopes to have 10-15 students in the internship program during 2nd semester.  He noted 9th and 10th grades will be general plans, and it will get more specific in 11th and 12th grades.  The 16 career clusters include: 


                                          •Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

                                          •Architecture & Construction

                                          •Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

                                          •Business Management & Administration

                                          •Education & Training


                                          •Government & Public Administration

                                          •Health Science          

                                          •Hospitality & Tourism

                                          •Human Services

                                          •Information Technology

                                          •Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security



                                          •Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

                                          •Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


6.     A participant reported she was impressed with what the state did a few years ago that required students to do a personality test and encouraged early career exploration.  She stated this has the potential to be successful but it isn’t being utilized anymore.  Mr. Kotulka explained this was ended for multiple reasons, one of which is the General Assembly stating SOL pass rates were more important than personality tests. 

7.     A participant asked how students will be graded in a project-based learning setting.  Mr. Kotulka replied administration is looking at different ways to grade, including knowledge base and work ethic.  There will be individual grades and group grades, he noted.  Ms. Mutispaugh added we would be doing student injustice if we did not teach them how to work together as a team, because this is what they will be expected to do once they are in the workforce.  A participant stated project based learning is nothing new; teachers have taught combined classes before and this turns out critical thinkers and students who can solve problems. 

8.     Mr. Kotulka invited participants to attend the Education First Summit on November 28. 


The meeting ended at 7:45 p.m.  NEXT MEETING:  February 7 at 6:30 p.m.


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