Superintendent's Report
January 20, 2004

Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, citizens of our community, I'm pleased to share briefly a few recent events and accomplishments in my report this evening.

Our schools have long recognized the month of January as "Reading Month". Students and staff have been actively engaged in special activities that promote reading and themes for Reading Month include many different slogans.

Eva Roupas, Coordinator for Distance Learning, recently co-authored a chapter in Computers in the Schools (CITS): the interdisciplinary journal of practice, theory, and applied research, published by The Haworth Press, Inc. Our chapter, entitled, "Quality Connection: Going the Distance", featured our school system's Distance Learning initiative and our efforts to expand curricula to students and training opportunities for staff.

And finally, this evening, I would like to recognize the members of our School Board, as the National School Boards Association has established January as National School Board Appreciation Month. This year, School Board Appreciation Month in Virginia will take place in February. The theme is "Virginia School Boards: Building Better Opportunities". The Virginia School Boards Association established this observance in 1989 to encourage public recognition of the roles and responsibilities of school board members and to highlight the importance of public education throughout the Commonwealth. More than 850 school board members in Virginia are entrusted with establishing goals and policies for 134 local school divisions. From setting educational policies to disbursing school funds, school board members are responsible for serving as advocates for children in our public schools. Tonight, Certificates of Appreciation have been given to each of our Board members. . .we appreciate your service to the children of Virginia Beach. Thanks for all you do!

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my report for this evening.