Volume 2, Issue 7 | March 2023

Looking Forward to the 2023-24 School Year

Although it feels as if we've just returned from winter break, many of us are moving ahead with preparations for the next school year.

Even before the beginning of each calendar year, our fiscal services department gathers principals, department heads, advisors from the community and other staff members from across our division to begin planning our budget for the next school year.

All of this work informed the balanced funding request of $257.3 million that I presented to our School Board earlier this month. This is an increase of $10.9 million over last year, which we will use to support our projected increase in enrollment - which we anticipate will be more than 14,000 students - and to invest in supporting students as provided for in our strategic plan, Learning for All.

These investments include school safety, providing reading and intervention specialists at all schools, supporting staffing levels that will keep class sizes low, and a 5% increase in employee compensation.

You can view a recording of funding request presentation on our YouTube channel. Or, you can simply scroll down to our featured video.


Dr. Matthew S. Haas, Superintendent

In Case You Missed It

A lot has happened this month! Here's what we think is important to know:

This Month's Video Highlight

2023-24 Draft Funding Request Presentation

Upcoming Events

Did you know?

Across the nation. studies show that chronic school absences (missing ten percent or more of the school year) doubled in 2021. As many as one in six students miss enough school to be considered chronically absent, according to the US Department of Education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics:

Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes as well. High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood, at higher rates than high school graduates.

These differences in absentee rates were observed as early as kindergarten, and students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in first grade than their peers who graduated from high school. In eighth grade, this pattern was even more apparent and, by ninth grade, attendance was shown to be a key indicator significantly correlated with high school graduation.

In Albemarle County Public Schools, it’s estimated that 800 students are absent from one of our division’s 25 schools every day.

That's why ACPS is declaring March 15 as Students in Schools Day in an effort to raise awareness about the detriments of chronic school absenteeism.