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Board Members Collaborate with Fellow Education Leaders at VSBA’s Annual Convention, HCPS Honored with Multiple Awards

November 16, 2018


Henry County Public Schools board members and staff attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 2018 Annual Convention in Williamsburg this week. Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as board governance, school law, workforce readiness, schools in challenging environments, advocacy, and educational trends.


In addition to learning in training sessions, Henry County Public Schools board members received several honors at the convention. The architectural design of Meadow View Elementary School was recognized with a VSBA Exhibition of Architecture Gold Design award and the People’s Choice award in the same category. The school division also earned the VSBA Green Schools Challenge Platinum award for its environmentally friendly practices.


HCPS Director of Facilities Maintenance Keith Scott and Director of Communications & Organizational Learning Monica Hatchett presented a breakout session on the division’s green practices. “Henry County Public Schools believes all students and staff must be good stewards of the environment and the school division’s financial resources,” said Hatchett, adding, “our school division embraces energy conservation and recognizes that minimizing energy consumption and related costs will maximize funds available for use in the classroom.”


Following participation in the conference’s annual sessions, Superintendent Sandy Strayer observed, "The annual convention is such a fantastic opportunity for our board and staff to collaborate with colleagues from around the state as we all work toward the common goal of preparing our students with the range of skills they need to pursue any career. Much of what was shared reaffirmed our belief that the work we’re doing to support student goal setting and promote creative thinking is truly the foundation that will equip them to be self-driven innovators of the future.”

About the Virginia School Boards Association

The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through leadership, advocacy and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.