Annual Report

Frederick County Public Schools 2017-18 Annual RpoertOctober 2018

The Frederick County Public Schools 2017-18 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 2017-18 Annual Report or read selected highlights below.

Message from Superintendent
Dr. David Sovine

Read Dr. Sovine's message to Frederick County Residents included at the beginning of the 2017-18 Annual Report.

Highlights and Accomplishments

Hosted a Growth Summit
The School Board's Building and Grounds Committee hosted a growth summit in September 2017 that included representatives from the Frederick County Planning Department, Frederick Water, and the Frederick County Economic Development Authority. The summit focused on residential growth in Frederick County and its impact on enrollment in Frederick County Public Schools.

Implemented Programs to Improve Safety and Security
To address the School Board's priority of improving safety and security across the school division, a number of initiatives were implemented in 2017-18 including the Raptor Visitor Management System and COPsync911. Raptor requires everyone visiting a school to present a valid, government-issued ID which 
is scanned through the system and checked against registered sex offender and other databases to determine if the visitor is prohibited from visiting school grounds. Those who are cleared by the system are issued a badge bearing their name and photo as well as the date, time of entry, and destination. The COPsync911 threat alert service was implemented in collaboration with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Once activated, COPsync911 notifies the 911 dispatch center and the closest law enforcement officers at the same time which allows officers to arrive at the scene of a school emergency sooner. 
The system also enables schools to have real-time, live communication with law enforcement and the dispatch center.

Updated School Program Capacities
The School Board adopted revised school program capacities in October 2017 based upon instructional programs and room usage at each school. The updated program capacities were developed based on the findings of a building utilization study which took into account the instructional programs and room usage at each school as well as the recommended minimum standards for school facilities detailed in the Virginia Department of Education's Guidelines for School Facilities in Virginia's Public Schools, Revised September 2013. The Board also adopted a three-year schedule to review school facility utilization and revise program capacities using established guidelines as part of the revision of the Capital Improvements Plan.

Utilized Grant Funds to Launch a Pilot Preschool Program
The School Board approved the use of VPI+ Preschool Expansion Grant Funds to support a pilot preschool program in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The program served a total of 54 at-risk four-year-old students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones during the 2017-18 school year. The areas served by the pilot program were selected based upon the number of at-risk students residing in them.

Approved the FY19 Budget
After months of work, the Board adopted the FY19 budget on April 17, 2018. The FY19 budget totals $208,440,274 including a School Operating Fund of $168,455,680. Highlights of the budget include:
  • The FY19 budget (all funds) totals $208,440,274 compared to the FY18 budget of $200,755,873.
  • The FY19 budget includes the equivalent of a step increase for all employees (divisionwide average 
2.5 percent salary increase) and enhances certain pay scales to be more competitive based on a market analysis.
  • The FY19 budget includes funding for 28 school-based and eight department full-time equivalent positions needed to help address growth and operational needs. The positions included 
17 teachers, 10 instructional aides, a special education coordinator, facilities services technicians, bus drivers and bus aides.
  • The FY19 budget includes funding to implement an alternative education program for elementary school students and to provide additional supports for students with mental health needs. Funding is also included to address important information technology and school maintenance needs.
DecorativeNew Buzz-In Entry System
The School Board worked with staff to proceed with the installation of buzz-in entry systems at all schools not equipped with such systems. The systems will be in operation for the start of the 2018-19 school year. All school facilities constructed in the future will include secure entry systems. The school division also worked to enable the Frederick County Sheriff's Office to utilize the former Frederick County Middle School as a location to train its personnel in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training or ALERRT. ALERRT is the national standard in research-based active shooter response training.

Success Stories

DecorativeYouth Registered Apprenticeship Program
Frederick County Public Schools launched a youth registered apprenticeship program in 2017-18. The program provides students with the opportunity to explore various careers and receive on-the-job training in areas such as construction, manufacturing, and healthcare. Several students completed youth apprenticeships with technicians who work in the school division's facilities services department.

Project SEARCH Success
Frederick County Public Schools partnered with Valley Health in 2017-18 to launch Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH provides students with special needs unpaid internships with Valley Health which teach them job skills that are crucial for success in the workplace. Four Millbrook High School and five Sherando High School students graduated from the Project SEARCH program 
in June 2018.

Governor Presents FCPS with VTSS Leadership Award
In July 2017, Governor Terry McAuliffe presented Frederick County Public Schools with a Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS) Leadership Award during the Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute in Richmond. This was the second consecutive year in which the school division was recognized for its use of VTSS. VTSS is a data-driven, decision-making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.

DecorativeRegion IV Superintendent of the Year
Schools Superintendent David Sovine was selected by his peers as the Virginia Department of Education's 2018 Region IV Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Sovine was one of eight finalists for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year Award.

FCPS 101 Receives National Recognition
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awarded Frederick County Public Schools a 2018 Golden Achievement Award for the FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program. NSPRA's Golden Achievement Award is one of the organization's top awards and recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, marketing, and engagement.

Scholarships Help Students Continue Their Education
The members of the Class of 2018 at James Wood, Millbrook, and Sherando high schools earned more than $6.9 million in scholarships during the 2017-18 school year. That represents an increase of approximately $600,000 over the amount of scholarship funds received by members of the Class of 2017.