When my district, Charles City Public Schools (CCPS), created our strategic plan, we established “Community Investment in Public Schools” as one of our five core goals. As a small, rural school system with a staff of about 145 serving 719 students in two schools, we feel that strong relationships with our students’ families is essential to our students’ success.

Data Poor with Little Internet Access

Before we could set out to improve our community’s engagement with our schools, we needed to know families’ perceptions about the school division and their attitudes about engaging with their children’s schools. We...

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About the Author:

David W. Gaston has served as a classroom teacher, elementary, middle, and high school assistant principal and principal, and central office administrator with the York County School Division, Hampton City Schools, and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools for the past 24 years before being named the Division Superintendent for Charles City Public Schools in Charles City, VA.