“Amy’s Passport” chronicles new superintendent’s Henrico County travels, proposals

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Henrico, Va., Dec. 19, 2018 – When Amy Cashwell started her new job as Henrico Schools’ superintendent in July, she was struck by Henrico County’s diversity. 
 
“More than 80 languages are spoken in our schools, with families from all over the world,” Cashwell said. “I felt like I could travel the world right here in Henrico County.”
 
Add that to the county’s geographic diversity – Henrico contains dense suburbs, rural areas and small towns – and “Amy’s Passport” was born. The small, blue passport-themed booklet marks Cashwell’s first six months as superintendent, and is subtitled “Travels, reflections and next steps.”
 
Cashwell presented copies of the booklet to School Board members Thursday at the Board’s monthly meeting, as part of an update on her time in Henrico. She also sent messages about the document to HCPS families and staff members, with a link to the booklet’s digital version: henricoschools.us/amyspassport/.
 
The passport is divided into three sections. The travels section is a Henrico travelogue, with photos and comments as Cashwell connected with families, staff members and community members. The reflections section lists her assessments of Henrico Schools’ strengths and opportunities in HCPS’ four cornerstone areas: safety and wellness; academic growth; equity and opportunity; and relationships. The section on recommendations contains a list of next steps that the Henrico community can expect in the months and years to come.
 
Cashwell will be available for interviews with interested news media outlets Wednesday after 1:30 p.m. Please contact Andy Jenks for scheduling at ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-652-3724. 
 
The passport began as a blog on Henrico Schools’ website, henricoschools.us.  

Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent, holds a copy of “Amy’s Passport” at a presentation to the Henrico School Board Thursday.
The small, blue passport-themed booklet marks Cashwell’s first six months as superintendent, and is subtitled “Travels, reflections and next steps.”

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