Annual Report

Frederick County Public Schools Annual Report 2018-19September 2019

The Frederick County Public Schools 2018-19 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.

Read selected highlights below.

Highlights and Accomplishments

Adopted the 2019-2025 Strategic Plan
In May 2019, the Board adopted the 2019-2025 Frederick County Public Schools Strategic Plan- Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress. Inspire 2025 was developed utilizing a community-wide, collaborative process which involved parents, students, teachers, staff, and business and community leaders. The plan focuses on four priority areas: student success, culture, strategic partnerships and high quality staff.


Proceeded with Plans for the Replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School
The Board awarded a contract valued at $2,318,000 in December 2018 to RRMM Architects for professional architectural and engineering services for the planning, design and construction administration of the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School. In January 2019, the Board authorized the purchase of approximately 57 acres at 471 White Oak Road in Stephens City for $1.3 million plus closing costs. The property will serve as the site for the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School. In February 2019, the Board awarded Branch Builds a contract for $3.2 million for construction management at risk services for the project.


Began Construction of Jordan Springs Elementary School
After breaking ground for construction of the county’s 12th elementary school in June 2018, the Board awarded a $21.4 million contract for construction of the school to Kinsley Construction, Inc. in August 2018. In December 2018, the Board accepted the recommendation of the 12th Elementary School Naming Committee and voted to name the new school Jordan Springs Elementary School. The school, which is being constructed on a 20-acre site located adjacent to the Snowden Bridge development in Stephenson, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.


Approved the FY20 Budget
After months of work, the Board adopted the FY20 budget on April 16, 2019. The FY20 budget totals $218,438,564 which includes a School Operating Fund of $175,981,549. Highlights of the budget include:
  • The FY20 budget (all funds) totals $218,438,564 compared to the FY19 budget of $208,440,274.
  • The FY20 budget includes a step increase for all employees and enhances the teacher scale to include a starting salary of $42,500. The average salary increase divisionwide is 3.1 percent.
  • The FY20 School Operating Fund includes funding for 29 additional full-time equivalent positions including 12 teachers, two senior teachers, six bus drivers, six bus aides, a school-based parent liaison, and a principal and bookkeeper for Jordan Springs Elementary School.
  • The FY20 budget includes non-recurring funding to address maintenance needs as outlined in the Capital Asset Preservation Plan.

Deep Equity Initiative

With support from the School Board, the school division launched a Deep Equity training initiative. The FCPS Equity Vision is “Frederick County Public Schools embraces a culturally diverse and inclusive school community by providing an equitable, respectful and supportive environment that ensures success for all students, staff, parents and community members.” The school division defines equity as “the practice of ensuring fair outcomes, treatments and opportunities for all members of the learning community. Members of the learning community ensure equity by recognizing, respecting and attending to the diverse strengths and challenges of the students they serve.” The effort to address equity is being undertaken in an effort to ensure every FCPS student gets what he or she needs to succeed when they need it.


Requested and Received Funding for Safety and Security Upgrades
In November 2018, the Board adopted a resolution requesting a supplemental appropriation of approximately $1.3 million to the FY19 Capital Projects Fund for the Phase II Safety and Security Upgrades. The Frederick County Board of Supervisors approved the request in January 2019. The upgrades will enhance safety and security at James Wood High School, Millbrook High School, Sherando High School, James Wood Middle School, the Dowell J. Howard Center, NREP at Senseny Road School, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School and the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building.

Success Stories

Ranked Among Best School Districts in Virginia by Niche
The 2019 Niche list of Best School Districts in Virginia ranked Frederick County Public Schools 27th out of Virginia’s 132 school divisions. The Niche ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and reviews from students and parents.


Project SearchAwards for Project Search
The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) recognized Valley Health and Project Search graduate Colton Whittington with special awards in October 2018. Valley Health received the Champion Employer of the Year Award for its work with Project Search and for hiring five DRS consumers over a 12-month period. Whittington received the Consumer/Program Participant of the Year Award. Project Search is a program that places students with disabilities in the workforce to provide them the opportunity to learn a variety of job skills with a goal of gaining employment upon completion of the program.


Apple Pie Ridge Elementary Recognized for Improvement
The Virginia Board of Education presented Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School with a Continuous Improvement Award in June 2019. The award, which is part of the Board’s exemplar performance school recognition program, recognizes schools which are Accredited or Accredited with Conditions and meet at least one of the designated benchmarks for improved performance on accreditation-related school quality indicators.


Isaiah TaylorVHSL Honors Sherando Senior for Courage
Sherando High School senior Isaiah Taylor was presented with the William Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement Award at the 2019 Allstate Foundation/Virginia High School League (VHSL) Achievement Awards Program in May 2019. Taylor, who played football at Sherando, was recognized for overcoming exceptional circumstances to find success in VHSL activities.


VFW Honors Top TeachersVFW Honors Top Teachers
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School teacher Fawn Papastavrou was named Middle School Teacher of the Year by Winchester VFW Post 2123, Virginia VFW District 7 and the VFW Virginia Department. For winning the top award in Virginia, she was a finalist for the VFW’s National Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, Sherando High School English Teacher Bruce Carlton was named the High School Teacher of the Year by both Winchester VFW Post 2123 and Virginia VFW District 7.

FCPS Recognized as Friend of the VFW Post
Friend of the Post
VFW Winchester Post 2123 recognized Frederick County Public Schools with a Friend of Our Post Award in February 2019. The award was presented in recognition of the school division's support of the VFW's Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.