PGCPS Recognizes Prince George School Board During Appreciation Month for Commitment to Children, Ed
February is School Board Appreciation Month in Virginia
PRINCE GEORGE, Va. - Prince George County Public Schools will join 132 other school divisions
throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month during February. Schools
and communities will recognize over 800 elected and appointed school board members across Virginia
for the dedicated service to public education during the month-long celebration.
In the Commonwealth, the recognition is led by the Virginia School Boards Association, a partner
organization of the state's school boards that promotes excellence in public education through
leadership, advocacy, and services. Their theme for this year's celebration, "115 Years of
Providing Leadership Advocacy and Support, reflects the partnership between the VSBA and local
school board members as they serve their local divisions and advocate for public education with
local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all students and their communities.
In Prince George County, the five-member elected school board consists of the following
individuals: Rob Eley (District 1, Chairman), Cecil Smith (District 1), Jill Andrews (District 2),
Chris Johnson (District 2, Vice-Chair), and Sherry Taylor (District 2). These members serve an
essential role in supporting the needs of the children of Prince George County and the men and
women who provide high-quality instruction or support its delivery every day inside the county’s
schools. In a given year, the Prince George School Board must develop policies and make decisions
on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They also bear
responsibility for an annual budget of over $73 million, over 6,000 students, and approximately
1,200 employees across almost a dozen schools and support buildings.
The Prince George School Board has played an active role in supporting PGCPS' safe return to
in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The board has
been instrumental in helping the school division develop its 2022-2027 Comprehensive Plan,
partnering with the school system to host a series of town hall meetings with the community. They
have also been an advocate for modernizing the school division's facilities. Thanks to their
efforts and united partnership with the Prince George Board of Supervisors, PGCPS is preparing to build a new elementary school along Middle Road. The school's construction is expected
to begin this spring and open to students and staff in the fall of 2022.
"The dedication of our school board to supporting the needs of our children is unmatched," Division
Superintendent Dr. Lisa Pennycuff said. "Prince George County Public Schools is blessed to have the
Prince George School Board as a partner and advocate for public education in our community and
The school division's social media pages will feature unique school board member profiles during
February. These profiles will have each member's answers to a series of questions to help the
community know their school board better. They will be posted to the Prince George County Public
School's Facebook page each week through February. The Prince George School Board will also be
formally recognized for their contributions to the school system and community during their regular
meeting on February 1.
To learn more about the Virginia School Boards Association, visit their website at http://vsba.org.
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