P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA24457


Minority Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

Meeting Summary Notes: October 7, 2019


Meeting Summary Notes are intended to serve as the superintendentís reflection on the discussions that occur during advisory committee meetings.They are not intended to be exhaustive.Instead, they are intended to serve as a general record for our on-going efforts to assess our needs, determine our goals, map out our strategies, and evaluate our policies, procedures and programs.Participants should contact the superintendent if they observe any critical oversight or misinterpretation in these notes.


Participants present: Stephanie Carter (CES), Catherine Williams (CMS), Tereva Blake, Sherman Callahan (Dir. of Elementary Instruction), Fred Vaughan (Dir. of HR and Pupil Personnel), Lorie Bess (Admin. Asst.), and Eugene Kotulka (Superintendent)


1.   Mr. Kotulka encouraged everyone to participate in the parent survey shown on the division website.He noted the survey is only 17 questions and administration will look at the results to see if we have improved in certain areas since the last survey and what still needs improvement.He also noted that students and staff will be participating in separate surveys.††


2.   Mr. Kotulka reported administration is working on the Comprehensive Plan and the Capital Plan.He noted both Plans will be reviewed by the school board at their retreat on October 25.He encouraged anyone who had input to contact him.A public hearing will be held in December and approval will be in January, he noted.††

3.   Mr. Kotulka reported the Joint School Services Committee will meet again on October 17.He encouraged any input to be sent to one of the committee members.He stated a survey was sent to Covington school staff and also our staff.


4.   Mr. Vaughan reported he attended a regional meeting the previous week and teacher shortage is clearly a national concern.He stated he continues to search for minority candidates.

5.   A participant stated consideration needs to be given for a teacher aide at Callaghan in the 4th grade class.


6.   A participant shared with the group about a community playground in Richmond that has special equipment for students with disabilities and wondered if we could purchase similar equipment.Mr. Kotulka replied he would take a look at it the next time he was in Richmond.


7.   Mr. Kotulka reminded participants schools would be release early on Friday, October 11 and would be closed Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15 for fall break.†††† ††


The meeting ended at 12:20 p.m.


NEXT MEETING: The next meeting is at 11:30 a.m. February 10 in the School Board meeting room at the Central Office Complex in Low Moor.A light lunch will be served.


The Alleghany County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, disability, or age in its programs and activities.The following have been designated as the contacts regarding compliance issues associated with this non-discrimination policy and compliance with Title IX:Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel and Director of Secondary Instruction.For questions and compliance with Section 504 and ADA, contact the Director of Special Education.Alleghany County School Board Office, 100 Central Circle/P.O. Drawer 140, Low Moor, Virginia 24457. 540-863-1800