Recent News

Congratulations to our graduates

To the Stonewall, Central and Strasburg Classes of 2017: As each of your high school careers come to an end, we hope these final days are among the most lived-in of your young lives. You are understandably proud of your accomplishments, in the classroom; on the athletic

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Recent history of tax rates

PASS Parents and Friends — In 2005, Shenandoah County had a real estate tax rate of 68 cents per $100 of assessed value ($0.68 for short). The next year, a new real estate assessment showed that property values – driven by the housing bubble at the time

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Our School Nurses

PASS Parents and Friends: As the year winds down, it occurs to us that we have been remiss in not recognizing one very small but important group of people in our schools – the school nurses that take care of our kids. I’ll sheepishly acknowledge that May

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More Dysfunction from the BOS

PASS Parents and friends —(Abby here) We at PASS had made a decision that, after all the bad news we had during the budget season, we were going to “accentuate the positive” and focus on teacher of the year, national teacher appreciation week and other upbeat news

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Teacher Appreciation Week

PASS Parents and Friends: This week, our schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week (though some others celebrate it next week). Teacher Appreciation Week is kind of a big deal here at PASS, as you can imagine. The single most important ingredient in strong schools is good teachers.

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Teacher of the Year

Over the past few weeks we have featured some heavy stuff that focused on the hardships to come and the realities we face with the lack of school funding and now it is time to celebrate some of the things that are going well in our schools.Every

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Supervisors adopt county budget

Hey Folks, (Seth here) Tonight the Board of Supervisors voted on and passed the tax rates and a budget for next year and it doesn’t fair well for the schools. They passed a real estate tax rate of 0.60 cents on a 4-2 vote. Before that vote

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BOS meeting on Tuesday

PASS Parents and School Supporters —  As you may have seen in Dan’s previous note, this Tuesday night the Board of Supervisors will meet to finalize the 2017-2018 budget for the County. They will have a budget work session starting at 5:00, followed by a meeting at

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Latest on the Budget

PASS Parents and Friends: (Dan here.) We have been trying to keep you updated as to what is going on with the 2017-2018 budget for SCPS. The process on that is not completed, and details are a little hard to come by, but suffice it to say,

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BOS meeting tonight

Tonight, the BOS met to take comments from the public about the tax rate and budget. The crowd was smaller than usual, which is unsurprising, given the religious holiday, and the fact that spring break starts tonight, and lots of families were traveling. Nonetheless, there was a

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