by Colston Newton
During the public comment part of the Northumberland County School Board’s March 15 meeting the board’s failure to employ an assistant superintendent of schools since Dr. Holly Wargo’s elevation to superintendent last November came up.
Wargo said that the matter isn’t critical and that she is working on other more immediate needs in the schools’ central office. She said that obtaining the appropriate support for the division’s financial system and more clearly defining the roles of the administrators in charge of special education, Federal regulations and the student achievement gap are priorities.
Wargo reminded the Board and the public in attendance that when she was hired in 2014 the job was advertised as director of education. Later, the title was changed to Assistant Superintendent for Education to assure a superintendent was available if the actual superintendent was not.
Before talking about the assistant superintendent matter, the Board had voted to adopt new rules regarding the charges to be made when the system responds to Freedom of Information requests. In the future, requestors will be charged only for over time employees use to comply with the requests. Additionally, they will be charged 15 cents a page for copied documents. Compiling documents in response to FOI requests will normally be done during non-over time hours as part of employees’ regular jobs.
The Board learned that Middle School student Taylor Rice’s painting”Celebrating our Differences” had won first place in the Region III art contest. It will be displayed in the office of the state superintendent of public instruction and in the office of the Virginia Board of Education. Rice’s art teacher is Michael Stevenson.
The Chesapeake Chorale announced monetary awards for music to Vasha Lee, Walter Mallory and Dawn Seto.
The Board set April 3 as the date of its next meeting because the schools will be on Spring Break on the regular April 10 date.