Culpeper County School Board

The Culpeper County School Board met Monday evening for the end-of school closeout meeting

At the work session, Jeffrey Shomo, executive director of business and finance for CCPS, presented the estimated closeout financial report with total expenditures of $76.5 million and a balance of $532, 018 for June 30. Shomo said the report was a ‘best case estimate.” He added, “It has been a good year. We pretty much accomplished everything we set out to do.” He added that it was a team effort to stay within budget guidelines, a difficult process when yearly budgets have to be planned before the school district is informed of potential state revenues.

Budget Analyst Lauren Thomas also reported efforts to provide budget transparency for the public review with an interactive portal now available. The program, OpenGov, is a platform which provides online access regarding numerous aspects of the budget to administrators, legislators and community members. CCPS, joining five other governments in Virginia, is the first school district in the state to use this comprehensive financial reporting system. To access the portal, citizens may now visit Links to OpenGov will be placed on the CCPS web page in mid-August. Board member Michelle North (Jefferson District) commented, “The interactivity is fabulous.”

Executive Director of Student Services Russell Houck gave an overview of the student disciplinary processes. Guidelines for elementary, middle and high schools are developed for major, moderate, and minor issues. Houck told the board that consistency is the rule of thumb for due process, checks and balances, and criteria for appeals, using the philosophy of firmness, fairness, and forgiveness.

The next regular Board meeting will be August 10 at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Office, 302 N. Main Street.