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November 3, 2017

Fauquier schools and LFCC receive governor’s award

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(Back row) Major Warner; Superintendent David Jeck; LFCC Provost Christopher Coutts; Amy Acors and Fauquier Chamber of Commerce President Joe Martin. (Front row): Virginia Board of Education member Anne Holton; Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; FEIEF Chairwoman Stacie Griffin; Fauquier school board member Donna Grove and Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent.
Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) and Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) recently became two of the inaugural recipients for the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education.

Out of more than 120 nominations, 13 outstanding educators and leaders, schools, and community partners got selected for recognition in Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented the inaugural award to representatives from Fauquier public schools and the community college in a ceremony at the executive mansion on Oct. 26.

The two education systems jointly received the award in the “community partnerships and collaboration” category.

“The school district has collaborated with the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation (FEIEF) and the Lord Fairfax Community College Fauquier Campus to connect students and parents to the opportunities available at Lord Fairfax Community College,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Superintendent David Jeck; Associate Superintendent for Instruction Major Warner; Director of Instruction Amy Acors; Cedar Run school board member Donna Grove; Fauquier’s Lord Fairfax Community College Provost Christopher Coutts; Fauquier Excellence in Education Chairwoman Stacie Griffin; and Fauquier Chamber of Commerce President Joe Martin received the award.

“Over the last four years, my administration has worked hard to reduce the achievement gap, improve accountability, and expand opportunities for career exposure and experiential learning in our public schools,” said Gov. McAuliffe.

“These individuals, schools, divisions and partners are at the forefront of that effort, and I applaud their willingness to think outside the box and boldly try new things,” he added. “Excellent education is the key to unlocking the potential in our children, our commonwealth, and the new Virginia economy.”

Mr. Martin, who nominated the school systems for the award, wrote, “This community partnership, growing in strength, is a model to be followed across our state of a commitment to evolving our educational practices as our needs are evolving in the Commonwealth.”

The Governor’s Award recognized the value of collaborative efforts undertaken by Lord Fairfax and Fauquier public schools, especially toward making school counselors and students more aware of program availability.

The FEIEF also supported these activities including:

• Inviting both middle and high school counselors to learn more about programs LFCC offers and college options for students.

• Expanding program offerings for students especially through the expansion of the LFCC campus at Vint Hill and at the Boys and Girls Club in Warrenton.

• Giving all Fauquier eighth graders the opportunity, through the financial support of the FEIEF, to visit the LFCC Fauquier Campus and experience hands-on sessions in student life, career exploration, health professions, financial aid, dual enrollment, STEM and trades.

• Supporting a visit to LFCC for select Fauquier public school seniors.

This year FCPS and LFCC plan to hold team meetings with English and history faculty at the high school and college level, to provide Fauquier County students a seamless Kindergarten to college experience.

In addition, the two education systems will work to share their experiences with the community through a shared presentation to the Leadership Fauquier Class of 2018.

Gov. McAuliffe’s new awards initiative also recognizes schools and citizens in four other award categories: innovation in education, supporting school readiness, preparing students for the new Virginia economy and closing the achievement gap.

“Every day, Virginia’s education professionals make incredible contributions to our communities and students,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “This new award is one small way we can recognize their commitment to providing their students with everything they need to succeed in school and in life.”

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