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School Board Recognitions
December 15, 2015

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. Special Recognition: James K. Spore, Virginia Beach City Manager

The school board would like to take a moment to recognize a city leader who has been a longtime supporter of our school division and who has distinguished himself as a forward-thinking member of our Virginia Beach community.

Iíd like to ask City Manager Jim Spore to please come forward. It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Spore to our meeting this evening and to thank him for his two and a half decades of service to our city.

For those of you who may not know, Mr. Spore is retiring in just a few weeks after 24 years on the job in Virginia Beach.

During that time, Mr. Spore has been visionary in his work with City Council to propel this city forward and ensure its economic vitality. In addition, he was one of the architects of the city and schools current revenue sharing formula.

Mr. Spore understands the important role strong schools play in building a strong community and has supported the work and success of our students and staff throughout his career.

Later this evening a resolution honoring Mr. Spore will be approved as part of the consent agenda. It reads:

Whereas, the effective and collaborative partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia benefits the city, students, staff members and families of Virginia Beach; and

Whereas, the success of Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the priority of this Board and the cityís leadership; and

Whereas, James K. Spore has spent the past 24 years in service to our community in his role as city manager of Virginia Beach; and

Whereas, he helped develop and maintain the School Divisionís current revenue-sharing formula, which provides structure to funding for the School Division; and Whereas, Mr. Spore served on the School Site Selection Committee and played an instrumental role in the planning and acquisition of every school site that was acquired since 1991; and

Whereas, his support enhanced the School Boardís efforts, in partnership with the entire community, to empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community.

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved: That the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach commends and extends its grateful appreciation to Mr. Spore for his partnership and more than two dozen years of service to our community; and be it

Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread across the official minutes of this Board; and be it

Further Resolved: That the original resolutions be presented to Mr. Spore in recognition and appreciation of his service.

Adopted this 15th day of December, 2015.

Again, Jim, we thank you for your many years of service. Please join me in a round of applause to show our appreciation for Mr. Spore.

6B. 21st Century Learning Exemplar School
The school board is pleased to recognize the students, teachers and staff of Landstown High School for being named a 21st Century Learning Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P-21). Here to accept the plaque on behalf of the school is Landstown High School Principal Brian Matney, Assistant Principal Brad Barbour, students James Leonard and Kaiila McEntee, and parent and PTA President Raquel “Rocki” Mayner.

The 21st Century Learning Exemplars are selected through a rigorous application process and evaluated for educational excellence. Exemplars are cited for promoting critical and creative thinking, a collaborative teaching and learning environment with shared leadership, and emphasizing student voice and choice while cultivating a climate of achievement through research-based practices. Landstown High School joins Ocean Lakes High School as the only two schools in Virginia of 60 schools nationwide to earn the honor for the school's innovative teaching practices and integration of 21st century skills into lessons across the curriculum.

P-21 is a non-profit organization advocating for 21st century learning for today's students and the multiple pathways that learning creates for students once they leave high school.

Please join me in congratulating Landstown High School for earning this national recognition as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar School.

Mr. Chairman that concludes our student and employee recognitions for this evening.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017