Superintendent and Reopening Updates

Good afternoon NCPS,


Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! I hope you enjoyed all of the festivities to celebrate and thank everyone for your dedicated service to NCPS! I also want to spotlight our school nurses Mrs. Susan O’Bier and Mrs. Lori Rice, as National Nurses Day was yesterday. Both Mrs. O’Bier and Mrs. Rice have been essential and instrumental in keeping our students and staff safe during this school year. 





As you are aware, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the NCPS budget on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The budget includes, but is not limited to, several important priorities:

  • An adjusted teacher salary scale that is competitive with neighboring school divisions in order to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff;

  • 3% salary increase for other administrative and support personnel;

  • Four (4) additional full time positions: an elementary computer literacy teacher, a middle school keyboarding and literacy teacher; a full time Talented & Gifted teacher, and a full time athletic and events director;

  • NMS & NHS track resurfacing;

  • Replacement of all carpeting in PreK, Kindergarten, and the NES library;

  • The urgent need for a new roof at NES;

  • The urgent need for a new roof at the Heathsville School Board Office.

We encourage you to show your support of these budget priorities by attending and making public comments at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Hearing on the school budget. Again, the public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 13, at 7 PM at the Northumberland Courthouse.


In other news, please be reminded of our School Board meeting on Monday, May 10, at 6 PM in the NMS & NHS auditorium. We will recognize each school’s Teacher of the Year at this meeting.


Our Strategic Planning subcommittees have been actively meeting, and the plan is coming along nicely. So far, the following subcommittees have met: Education Excellence & Academic Achievement; Social & Emotional Wellbeing; Integrated Technology & Blended Learning; An Exemplary, Diversified Workforce; and Effective & Efficient Use of Division Resources, Operations, & Processes. Each of our strategic goals will include an equity focus. I look forward to sharing the draft plan with you for your review and feedback.


For the 2021-22 school year, NCPS will open on a regular, five day per week in-person schedule. Our division leadership team will be surveying students and families and gathering feedback and innovative ideas from our teachers and staff to explore virtual learning opportunities that may be available for students/families who choose to participate during the 2021-2022 school year. These opportunities may be offered by using outside providers such as the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia (VVA) and Edgenuity. We will keep you updated as we look into this.


Wishing everyone a safe, happy weekend ahead!


Warm regards,


 Dr. Holly Wargo, Superintendent 

 (804) 466-2277 / (804) 994-1349










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