LCPS Honored During VSBA Conference

LCPS Honored During VSBA Conference
Posted on 07/21/2021

During its annual Conference on Education on July 20, the Virginia School Boards Association announced winners in two of its major state-wide contests: the Food For Thought contest, which recognizes school nutrition programs for their superior service, and the Excellence in Workforce Readiness competition, which highlights programs that help high school students prepare to enter the workforce.

And for Louisa County Public Schools, those two contests resulted in two First Place trophies, a first in the school division’s history!

“This is a tremendous achievement,” LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley said. “When we received the news, all of us were very excited because these awards mean a lot to our team. As Superintendent, I know how hard this team works, and it’s rewarding for me to see them honored for what they do.”

In the Food for Thought competition, LCPS finished in first place in the Meal Access to Fight Hunger category. Since the pandemic started in March 2020, LCPS School Nutrition has provided more than one million meals to members of the community. LCPS School Nutrition has embarked on several new initiatives to make this happen, including a drive-thru community meals program, meal delivery services for LCPS Virtual Academy students, and providing take-home meals for in-school students throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

“I have such an awesome team and they are the ones that continually make the magic happen,” LCPS School Nutrition director Randy Herman said. “I am just so proud of them -- and all of our volunteers -- because they are real-life superheroes.”

As for the Excellence in Workforce Readiness competition, LCPS was honored for Louisa County High School’s Little Lions Learning Lab program. The program, which launched in the fall of 2019, provides on-site childcare for more than a dozen preschool-age children of LCPS employees. Elementary Education students from Louisa County High School help facilitate the lab, and are on-site each day working with the Little Lions and helping them learn. Through the school’s comprehensive Career & Technical Education program, LCHS students can earn industry certification by the time they graduate thanks to the lab.

Along with its two awards on the night, LCPS was able to take something else away from the Conference on Education: bragging rights. LCPS was the only school division to earn first-place honors in both contests (each of which had multiple categories and prizes for first, second, and third place).

“At Louisa County Public Schools, we talk about leading the way, and that’s what our team is doing,” Straley said. “I am so proud of them and so thankful to the VSBA for taking the time to honor members of our team for a job well done!”

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