Isle of Wight County Schools attends VSBA conference

Published 2:41 pm Monday, July 29, 2019

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By Lynn Briggs


Virginia school board members, educators, governing officials, attorneys, and legislators attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 34th annual Conference on Education in Richmond on Tuesday. Isle of Wight County Schools was represented by School Board members Victoria Hulick (Newport), Jackie Carr (Carrsville), Kirstin Cook (Smithfield), Julia Perkins (Windsor), as well as Division Superintendent, Dr. Jim Thornton. The purpose of the conference was to offer participants the opportunity to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state.

Participants had the opportunity to attend their choice of more than 25 mini-workshops on topics such as curriculum and instruction, workforce readiness, finance, partnerships, school/community relations, personnel, school law and special programs. The presenters included educators from state and local levels and business representatives.

Attendees heard greetings from Governor Ralph Northam and State Board of Education President Daniel Gecker. The conference featured keynote speaker Ravi Hutheesing who discussed millennial leadership and an update from the VSBA Task Force on Students and Schools in Challenging Environments.

“The conference is an excellent resource for updating board members on matters related to public education in Virginia,” said Hulick, IWCS Board chairwoman. “I also appreciate the opportunity to learn about solutions our colleagues across the state have implemented, which helps our board make the best decisions for Isle of Wight County Schools.”


LYNN BRIGGS is the director of community and media relations for Isle of Wight County Schools. She can be reached at 365-1611 or