To the Editor:

First, let me disclose that I am writing this as a private citizen and not as Chairman of the Louisa County School Board. 

I am very proud of the accomplishments of Team LCPS. The staff, faculty and community are working hard and collaboratively to make Louisa County Public Schools better every day. As Team LCPS prepares students to be career, college or military-ready when they graduate, Team LCPS has emphasized communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and citizenship. 

To provide every opportunity for students to reach their full potential Team LCPS expanded its career and technical education programs to include apprenticeship opportunities, added additional programs that lead directly to careers in the workforce, added STEAM Labs to all our elementary schools for those hands-on experiences, and built a state-of-the-art maker space Louisa County Middle School, just to name a few.

In addition, 73.6 percent of students who graduated from Louisa County High School were offered admission to the college or university of their choice. That percentage is the second-highest in the region and higher than six other surrounding counties.   

All these accomplishments and many others occurred because of the hard work of dedicated teachers, staff and the entire team; the support of the community and the cooperation between the school board and the board of supervisors. We are fortunate that the two boards work together for the betterment of our students. 

Toni Williams, the current chairman of the board of supervisors, has been a strong and constant supporter of education in Louisa County. He has been directly involved in the growth and success of the award-winning CTE program. 

As the superintendent created the Safe Schools Task Force, Williams has supported efforts to make Louisa’s schools as safe as possible. That includes being one of the first school systems in Virginia to have school resource officers full-time at every school. Williams has also supported the request for crisis counselors, as Louisa County is not immune to the anxiety of today’s world and its impact on our students. 

Williams has been a strong supporter of increased compensation for teachers and staff to make sure we remain competitive with salaries across the region in order to recruit and retain quality staff. He has demonstrated he believes this to be a top priority. In addition, he has been a strong supporter of the school system’s vision, including our capital improvement program. Williams was instrumental in being part of the initial conversations about the proposed expansion at Jouett Elementary School. 

In the past, the school board has honored the request of many parents at Jouett that their children be kept at the school during the redistricting process. As LCPS has looked at making every campus as safe as possible, Toni supported the capital request and we are pleased that the schools will soon be accepting responses to the request for proposals for architectural services to design the expansion at Jouett.  

We are fortunate that we live in Louisa County. It is a special place. We are not perfect and there are many opportunities for Team LCPS to pursue on the journey to greatness. However, I am certain that with united grit and determination Team LCPS has much more to accomplish. With folks like Toni Williams on the Board of Supervisors, Louisa County Public Schools will continue to be well on that journey.

Gregory Strickland