Featuring a host of budget and legislative policy presentations, the VASS-VASBO Winter Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Hotel on January 11-12, 2017. Jim Regimbal, the co-founder of Fiscal Analytics, will provide an overview of state budget issues. Patricia Bishop, the director of the Virginia Retirement System, will present an update on VRS. Tom Smith, the VASS Legislative Liaison, will look at key 2017 legislative issues from a division perspective. Officials from Forecast5 Analytics will focus on key data that divisions can use to prepare their budgets. And various state public education leaders and delegates will lead sessions on the administration’s and the GA’s goals for the 2017 Legislative Session. Click on the Headline or the link to your right for more information.
Rosa Atkins, the superintendent of Charlottesville City Public Schools and a past president of VASS, has been selected as one of only two finalists for the 2017 AASA Women in School Leadership Award. The winner of the award will be announced during the AASA National Conference on Education in March of 2017. Click on the Headline for more about Dr. Atkins and the award.
VASS has joined with Hunter Communications, led by former Fairfax Public Schools communications chief Barbara Hunter, to create "Communication Counselors on Call." This on-demand service, available to all VASS member divisions, gives superintendents up to two hours of free consultation on a broad range of communication challenges, including bond referendum campaigns, community engagement strategies, publications, Freedom of Information Act requests, crisis responses, speechwriting, and media relations. Click on the Headline for more information.
VASS offers its division members the opportunity to provide links to announcements of open professional employment opportunities in public education throughout the state. For current openings, view the links under "Job Postings" toward the bottom of the column to your left.
VASS worked with Strategic Value Media to create the guide, a web portal to a large network of vendors that supply goods and services to educators. The guide, which highlights companies that are VASS Business Members, is designed to help school division leaders make efficient and fully informed purchasing decisions. Click on the Headline for more information.