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Nelson Schools Superintendent Jeff Comer to step down
Three and a half years after taking the helm of Nelson County Public Schools, Superintendent Jeff Comer is stepping down this summer.

Comer, who started as the division’s superintendent in July 2014, will continue to serve in the role through the end of June, said Dave Francis, the board’s chairman. At the board’s Jan. 11 meeting in closed session, Comer informed board members he would not be renewing his contract, Francis said.

“If he wanted to renew his contract, we would have,” Francis said. “We think he did a great job. He was a good fit for Nelson County and our school division.”

Francis described Comer as “very visible,” a people person and a good instructional leader who made beneficial changes over time to move the division of four schools, roughly 1,800 students and more than 200 employees forward.

Comer, 57, said he is stepping down because he felt his energy and enthusiasm diminishing somewhat. “In the role I’m in, you’ve got to do it full throttle,” he said.

Prior to joining Nelson’s division, Comer served as superintendent of Norton City Schools in Southwest Virginia. He has spent 35 years in education — 16 as a teacher and coach at the secondary level and spent a portion of his career in Smyth County, where he originally is from.

He was an elementary and middle school principal and athletic director before becoming superintendent in Norton, a position he held for five years. He was chosen out of 17 applicants to succeed Roger Collins, Nelson’s previous superintendent, in 2014.

Though he is retiring, Comer said he is not closing the door on a potential position in public education and can see himself working more directly with students in a classroom setting.

“That’s the one thing I missed at the central office,” he said.

Nelson has been a great division to serve, he said.

“The kids are phenomenal,” he said. “We have a wonderful staff, a very supportive school board that allows you to do your job and supports you at the same time.”

The school board is in the process of hiring a superintendent and is seeking public input on qualifications. The board has created a survey related to the criteria, which is available on the division’s website and in the school board administration office and at each school in Nelson.

A public hearing also is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Nelson Middle School’s library to take input from the community.

“We want to make sure we include and involve as many stakeholders as possible in this process,” Francis said in a news release the division issued Friday afternoon. “This is the number one priority for the [School Board] and the board will work diligently to find the next leader of the school division.”

Comer said he is proud of the technological advances the school system has made in the past several years in giving students access to learning tools some may not have at home, including computers.

He added he is thankful when students walk into Nelson’s schools, they have such access to technology, an area he described as a “fabric of life” for today’s youth.

“I could speak for hours about the positives,” he said of Nelson’s school system. “Whoever comes in is coming into a good situation.”

“If he wanted to renew his contract, we would have,” Francis said. “We think he did a great job. He was a good fit for Nelson County and our school division.”

Francis described Comer as “very visible,” a people person and a good instructional leader who made beneficial changes over time to move the division of four schools, roughly 1,800 students and more than 200 employees.

We’re disappointed he’s leaving,” Francis said.

District News

1 day ago

2018 Smyth Foundation Award Nomination

Over 20 years ago now, Gordon & MaryBeth Smyth agreed to sponsor an annual award program whereby 10 of our brightest stars would be recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty during the school year.  

The past winners are like a "Who's Who" list of Nelson County employees who gave of themselves for the betterment of Nelson County Schools and our community.  

Nominations can come from parents, students, co-workers or community members. Please take a moment to recognize a person whom you know went the extra mile.  Note the due date of April 13, 2018.    

Eligible nominees include any full-time employee of Nelson County School Board with the exception of the Administrative Staff.

Recipients of the award are given a check for $1,000 and a plaque to recognize their outstanding accomplishment.  These awards are given during Convocation at the start of the next school year.  

Complete your nomination now!

What a way to start the year off right!

Group photo of previous Smyth Award Winners
Round bales of hay decorated for Halloween by NMS students

Nelson Middle School FFA Hay Bale won the Virginia Farm Bureau Women’s Programs state wide Hay Bale Contest! The design competed with others from across the state.

Fisburne Cadet working with RRES student

Fishburne Military School partnership with Rockfish and Junior Achievement

Curry School students working on playground at RRES

Curry School of Education employees volunteered to improve grounds at RRES as part of the United Way's Community Day of Caring.


2018-19 Head Start and Bright Start Registration Information

8 days ago

By Kathy Hughes

2018-19 Nelson County Preschool Network Application Instructions          Please read the information below and complete all 4 pages of the application.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive early‐childhood learning experiences for students with risk factors that may present challenges for future academic success. This year we are excited to say that Head Start and Bright Start are collaborating and using the same preschool application process in order to make it easier for families to apply. 


Return the application by March 23rd for both preschool programs for priority.
                                         

Complete only one application per child** (Faxed applications are not accepted by Head Start). The application includes a place where you can indicate your preferred program(s). Note: submitting an application does not guarantee placement, but it is the first step in the application process.    

  • Must provide one of the following:            Lease, Mortgage, Housing Agreement or a current utility bill showing residency.
  • Child must be 3 or 4 by September 30th of the enrollment year for Head Start.
  • Child must be 4 by September 30th of the enrollment year for Bright Start.

For Nelson County Bright Start preschool program, applicants must include copy of most recent income tax returns or W2’s for proof of income.

For Head Start, include proof of income (one of the following): 

  • Most recent tax returns (preferred) or W2s OR
  • Recent pay stubs – (attach 4 if paid weekly, or 3 bi‐weekly pay stubs, or 2 monthly paystubs) OR
  • A letter from your employer stating your wages and number of hours worked per week OR
  • Documentation of SSI & TANF benefits, Child Support, if applicable (SNAP benefits and bank account records are not considered as income

What Happens Next?

  • Families are notified of placement decisions by the first week of May 
  • Children placed on the waitlist may be considered for other services/programs if permission is given to share contact information with other service providers.  
  • Applications are accepted year‐round to fill vacancies as they occur.  

 

Instrucciones de solicitud de la Red Preescolar del Condado de Nelson 2018-2019

Lea la información a continuación y complete las 4 páginas de la aplicación.

Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar experiencias integrales de aprendizaje temprano para los estudiantes con factores de riesgo que pueden presentar desafíos para el éxito académico futuro. Este año, nos complace decir que Head Start y Bright Start están colaborando y utilizando el mismo proceso de solicitud preescolar para facilitar la solicitud a las familias.

Devuelva la aplicación antes del 23 de Marzo para ambos programas preescolares para prioridad.

Complete solo una solicitud por niño ** (Head Start no acepta las aplicaciones enviadas por fax). La aplicación incluyeun lugar donde puede indicar su (s) programa (s) preferido (s). Nota: enviar una solicitud no garantiza un lugar en el programa, pero es el primer paso en el proceso de solicitud.

  • Deben de proporcionar lo siguiente: Contrato de arrendamiento, hipoteca, vivienda o una factura de servicios públicos que muestre la residencia.
  • El niño debe tener 3 o 4 años antes del 30 de Septiembre del año de inscripción para Head Start\
  • El niño debe tener 4 años antes del 30 de Septiembre del año de inscripción para Bright Start

Para el programa preescolar Bright Start del Condado de Nelson, los solicitantes deben incluir una copia de las declaraciones de impuestos más recientes o W2's como comprobante de ingresos.

Para Head Start, incluya comprobante de ingresos (uno de los siguientes):
  • Declaraciones de impuestos más recientes (preferidas) o W2s O
  • Recibos de pago recientes: (adjunte 4 si se paga semanalmente, o 3 talones de pago quincenales, o 2 recibos de sueldo mensuales) O
  • Una carta de su empleador que indique su salario y el número de horas trabajadas por semana O
  • Documentación de los beneficios de SSI y TANF, manutención infantil, si corresponde (los beneficios SNAP y los registros de la cuenta bancaria no se consideran ingresos)
¿Qué sucede después?

  • Las familias son notificadas de las decisiones de colocación antes de la primera semana de Mayo.
  • Los niños colocados en la lista de espera pueden ser considerados para otros servicios / programas si el permiso es dado para compartir información de contacto con otros proveedores de servicios.
  • Las solicitudes se aceptan durante todo el año para cubrir el puesto libre a medida que ocurran.

For Nelson County's Bright Start: Return or mail the application to:


Tye River Elementary School

Bright Start Program

Atttn:  Marti Bradt

5198 Thomas Jefferson Hwy

Arrington, Va.  22922

Or

Rockfish River Elementary School

Bright Start Program

Attn:  Kim Candler

200 Chapel Hollow Rd.

Afton, Va.  22920

Questions? Call Rockfish River (434) 361-1791

                              Tye River (434) 263-8960

For MACAA Head Start:

Return or mail application to:

Head Start Preschool Application

MACAA Head Start

12025 Park Street

Charlottesville, Va.  22901


Questions:  Call Head Start

(434) 295-3171 ext. 3003 or ext. 3008

Kindergarten Registration and Child Find
Rockfish River and Tye River Elementary Schools
March 22, 2018, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Do you have a child between the ages of two and five?

Do you have quesitons or concerns about your child's development?

Come to a Nelson County Public Schools screening event to talk with members of our preschool team and school administrators.

Bring your child for a brief screening and learn more about our early childhood programs for children with a wide range of abilities and needs.

Amy Howard Earns Award

23 days ago

By Kathy Hughes

From PossAbilities to Practical Applications


     Amy Howard was selected to receive an Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Educator Award at the 6th Annual "From PossAbilities to Practical Applications" Education Conference to be held Saturday February 3 at the Hilton at Short Pump. The VCU Department of Counseling and Special Education partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond in the selection of the award winners. Amy was chosen because of her outstanding dedication as an educational professional and focus on her student's educational success.

Amy Howard
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