Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Michael Gill

Greetings,

As 2018 draws to an end and we pause to spend time with family and friends this holiday season, it is the perfect time to reflect on all for which we are thankful, as well as our accomplishments. This year was full of celebrations for the students and staff of Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS). One of these noteworthy endeavors includes reaching a critical milestone in our Five-Year Technology Funding Plan by providing all teachers with a new laptop. In addition, we continue to upgrade our network infrastructure, paving the way for student devices, increased digital content, and enhanced learning opportunities for our students. We have also undertaken a number of facilities improvements at several of our schools, most notably at Patrick Henry and Lee-Davis high schools, which will soon cut the ribbon on their fully renovated auditoriums. The safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority, and HCPS received nearly $200,000 in grants for safety-related upgrades this fall. This grant complements the funding already dedicated by the school board for security modernization efforts at all of our buildings. Equally, or perhaps even more exciting, was the announcement this year that the school board will be working closely with staff and the board of supervisors on a funding plan to replace several schools with construction on the first project beginning in the summer of 2022.

This fall, HCPS learned that all schools are once again fully accredited. While we celebrate this accomplishment, we are mindful that the standards of accreditation set forth by the state are changing, holding divisions accountable not only for overall student performance but likewise for progress in multiple reporting categories. We embrace this change, even though it may make it more challenging for schools to achieve full accreditation. It underscores our commitment to the success of each and every student as opposed to an overall score. Similarly, we maintain that standardized test scores alone do not paint a full picture of a student’s growth or abilities, or the quality of teaching and learning taking place in a building. To this end, our focus on the three pillars of our school division—Relevance, Equity, and Innovation—has gone well beyond special projects, lessons, or initiatives. Rather, we have infused them into every component of the school division. At every grade level, we focus on meeting the unique needs of all students to help all learners reach their fullest potential and to ensure we are preparing students well for the world in which they will live and work. 

While this list only scratches the surface of what took place in the school division this year, we are constantly reminded that we are fortunate to have the chance to serve amazing students, work with incredibly talented and dedicated employees, and collaborate with a supportive community second to none. Happy Holidays from Hanover County Public Schools, and we look forward to the possibilities that await in 2019!

Michael B. Gill, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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