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November 17, 2017

Superintendent highlights “healthy” school system

The report features dozens of student and staff awards among other facts about the school system, which had an enrollment of 11,060 in 2016-17.
Fauquier County Public Schools Superintendent David Jeck highlights dozens of achievements in his recently released annual report for 2016-17.

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The document provides details about awards, test scores, enrollment, student-teacher ratios and other elements of the school system.

Fauquier spent an estimated $12,671 per student in fiscal 2017 — a statistic not included in the report. The budget totaled $133.6 million for that year, which ended June 30.

Among Virginia’s 132 local school systems, Fauquier ranked 23rd in per-pupil expenditures for instruction, 24th in “disbursements” and 67th in administration, according to the superintendent’s report.

“I am happy to report that FCPS is healthy, vigorous, and strong,” Dr. Jeck wrote. “2016-17 was a very good year, and not just because we only had a few snow days.”

This year, the school system’s average SAT scores rose by 68 points to 1125.

“Our greatest challenge as a school division, in my view, is ensuring that the playing field is level for all students, that all students are exposed to a rigorous and engaging curriculum and that we maintain high expectations for all students,” Dr. Jeck wrote.

“In order to accomplish this, we have to differentiate for kids . . . meet them where they are, and raise the tide so that all of our vessels rise together.”

The website also provides links to annual reports going back to 2003-04.

Superintendent Annual Report 2016-17 Updated by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Wellington · November 19, 2017 at 9:18 am
A school system which does not have enough nurses, custodians, school bus drivers, and now even substitutes combined with astronomical teacher turnover because it does not pay enough is not "healthy".

And for those of you who are about to shout "but we don't want to be Fairfax!", we are now falling behind in pay for these positions even when compared to Culpeper and Stafford.

We need real action on this, not happy talk. I understand that the Board of Supervisors is more to blame than the School Board or Dr. Jeck, but it'd be nice to see them stand up to the BOS more.
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