Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report CoverSeptember 2017 

The Frederick County Public Schools 2016-17 Annual Report is part of an ongoing effort to provide timely and meaningful communications to parents and community members that encourage partnerships supporting student learning. 

Download a PDF of the full report or read selected highlights below.

Shadow a Student Challenge

The Shadow a Student Challenge gives school leaders the opportunity to follow a student through a regular school day to experience school from the perspective of a student. On February 2, Dr. Sovine shadowed James Wood High School senior Amanda Christian through a rigorous day.

Selected Highlights and Accomplishments

Proposed Fourth High SchoolRequested Appropriation for
Construction of the Fourth High School

In order to address current overcrowding and future enrollment growth, the Board requested the Frederick County Board of Supervisors approve an $85.4 million budget adjustment to the FY17 School Construction Fund for construction of the fourth high school. In response to concerns shared by members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, the Board also authorized a study to identify ways to reduce the estimated cost of the proposed fourth high school from $91.4 million to $83 million. During its meeting on April 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors stated that it was unwilling to fund the construction of the fourth high school as presented and requested at that time. The Board of Supervisors did approve a motion stating its willingness to consider a future appropriation of up to $9.2 million to create 400 additional, permanent classroom seats at the high school level.


Armel Elementary SchoolRequested Appropriation for Armel Addition/Renovation
In order to address current overcrowding and future enrollment growth, the Board requested the Frederick County Board of Supervisors approve a $7.5 million budget adjustment to the FY17 School Construction Fund for classroom additions and renovations at Armel Elementary School. During its meeting on April 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors stated that it was unwilling to fund the construction of the Armel Elementary School addition/ renovation project as presented and requested at that time.


Requested Appropriation for
Construction of the 12th Elementary School
Proposed 12th Elementary SchoolIn order to address current overcrowding and future enrollment growth, the Board requested the Frederick County Board of Supervisors appropriate $30. 9 million to proceed with construction of the 12th elementary school. During its meeting on April 12, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion stating its willingness to consider a future appropriation of up to $27 million to construct a 12th elementary school at Snowden Bridge provided (1) the school will be a complete facility including all state standard elementary school programs, (2) there will be no unresolved VDOT comments or issues, (3) the Board of Supervisors will not be asked to appropriate any additional capital funding for the facility for a minimum of 15 years, and (4) if the capacity of the school is reduced below 600, all support areas will be designed and constructed to support the original capacity. In June 2017, the Board approved a resolution seeking an appropriation of $28.5 million for the school. The Board of Supervisors voted in August 2017 to appropriate $27 million for the project. Since the School Board's request wasn't fully funded, the capacity of the school will be reduced and additional cost saving measures considered.


Frederick County Middle SchoolOpened the New Frederick County Middle
In August 2016, the new Frederick County Middle School opened on a 38 acre site adjacent to Gainesboro Elementary School. The new school replaced the former Frederick County Middle School which opened in 1965 as ajunior high school on Linden Drive in Winchester. The new school totals about 180,000 square feet, has a program capacity of approximately 900 students and features a total of nine learning communities in three learning houses. There are also areas to accommodate classes in the fine and performing arts, physical education as well as career and technical education. The grounds surrounding the school include outdoor classroom spaces, learning gardens, and an astronomy patio.

Approved the FY18 Budget
After months of work, the Board adopted the FY18 budget on April 20, 2017. The FY18 budget totals $200,755,873, including a School Operating Fund of $159,879,495. Highlights of the budget include:
  • The FY18 budget (all funds) totals $200,755,873 compared to the FY17 budget of $191,065,242.
  • The FY18 School Operating Fund totals $159,879,495.
  • The FY18 budget includes a step movement for all employees on each salary scale which equates to a 2.5 percent average salary increase divisionwide. In addition, academic and athletic supplements were increased by 2.5 percent. Those supplements had not been adjusted since 2009.
  • The FY18 School Operating Fund included funding for 15 new full-time equivalent positions including 13 school-based positions and two department-based positions, professional development, an increase in occupational therapy services, position upgrades to align with job duties, and upgrading to 2.5 GB Internet services.
  • The FY18 School Operating Fund did not include funding for the following budget requests: targeted salary enhancements, five teaching positions to address growth, three buses, and funds to address preventive maintenance needs.

Selected Success Stories

Byrd Teacher David Curry and StudentTop Teacher
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Technology Education Teacher David Curry was named the 2016 Virginia Middle School Technology Education Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association.

U.S. Presidential Scholar
Millbrook High School senior Logan Apple was named the very first Career and Technical Education U.S. Presidential Scholar from Virginia in May 2017. Only 20 students nationwide are named Career and Technical Education U.S. Presidential Scholars each year. The U.S. Presidential Scholars program honors graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions.

Students Earn 31 Medals at Regional Science Fair
Frederick County Public Schools' students won 31 medals at the 2017 Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair. Middle school students claimed five gold, six silver, and five bronze medals. High school students earned five gold, five silver, and five bronze medals. In addition, James Wood High School senior Jessie Clatterbuck won the James Madison Grand Award which included a trip to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California.

Scholarships Help Students Continue Their Education
The members of the Class of 2017 at James Wood, Millbrook, and Sherando high schools earned more than $6.3 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 school year. That represents an increase of approximately $1.4 million over the amount of scholarship funds received by members of the Class of 2016.

Bright Futures

Learn more about Bright Futures and their work in support of Frederick County and Winchester City schools.