Mr. Straley Named Region 5 Supt. of the Year

Mr. Straley Named Region 5 Supt. of the Year
Posted on 03/16/2020

Mr. Doug Straley, Superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools, has been named the 2020-2021 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region 5, which consists of 20 Virginia school divisions.

A Louisa County native, Mr. Straley epitomizes commitment to his community. He has served the Louisa County district in various roles, including the assistant superintendent position, for 25 years. He is now in his fifth year as superintendent of LCPS.

Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, superintendent of Greene County Schools, made the announcement early Tuesday via video conference with several other superintendents serving school divisions in Region 5.

 “Mr. Straley always goes out of his way to be a team player. He continuously strives to advocate, not only for his school division, but for those around him. His willingness to authentically collaborate with other division leaders showcases his overall desire to help all students succeed,” said Dr. Whitmarsh, who is the 2019 Superintendent of the Year and the Region 5 chair for the 2019-2020 school year.

 When Louisa County’s school board chairman, Gregory Strickland, heard about Mr. Straley’s newest achievement he said, “On behalf of the Louisa County School Board and TeamLCPS, we want to congratulate Doug on this award. His leadership, knowledge, drive, and enthusiasm lead the way on our journey to having every student reach their full potential, and to have the skills they need to succeed after graduation whether it is a career, or entering college or the military. Our success is a team effort but it takes a great leader to set the vision. We are fortunate to see Doug excel and challenge each of us every day and it is exciting that his efforts are acknowledged by his peers by way of this award. Congratulations Doug and thank you for leading the way for TeamLCPS!”

During his time as superintendent, Mr. Straley created the concept called #TeamLCPS, where all students, staff, and community members play an integral role in the school division's success. In recent years, Louisa County Public Schools has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education for its overall innovation and implementation of The 5 C’s. In 2018, Mr. Straley received the “Most Spirited Superintendent Award” by the nationally recognized company Varsity Brands.

 Under Mr. Straley’s leadership Louisa County Public Schools has:
- Added a pilot World Languages Program (Spanish) at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School
- Implemented a 1:1 device initiative, where every student has access to a technological learning device, such as an iPad or Chromebook.
- Added STEAM Labs at all four LCPS elementary schools.
- Significantly boosted the LCPS CTE program, which is now one of just 5 pilot schools selected (and still participating) in the Virginia Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program.
- Led an initiative to create The Little Lions Learning Lab, an on-campus learning center where student-teachers provide instruction for preschool-age children of LCPS staff members.
- Created a Safe Schools Task Force in 2018, which led to School Resource Officers being placed in all 6 schools at LCPS thanks to a partnership with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office,
- Instituted #Kindness Days, where students go out into the community and perform acts of kindness on regularly scheduled days.
- Instituted the #TeamLCPS MVP Awards, a weekly awards system where a member of the community, a classified staff member, a certified staff member, and a student are honored.

Anyone can submit a nomination. Mr. Straley lives in Louisa with his wife, Kate, who teaches at Louisa County Middle School. He has six children, all of whom have attended — or are currently attending — Louisa County Public Schools. Straley is now eligible to be considered for the Virginia State Superintendent of the Year.

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