Citizen Staff Reports
FEB. 10, 10:30 A.M. – Polykon Manufacturing LLC, a joint venture between European companies Seppic, Inc. and Schülke Inc., will invest more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today. Seppic and schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will create approximately 50 new jobs in the county's White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.
McAuliffe met with senior company officials at the Seppic headquarters in Paris during his European Marketing Mission last June. Polykon Manufacturing LLC will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Air Liquide has maintained Virginia operations in Chesterfield County and Prince William County for over 10 years.
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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Henrico Schools
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Henrico Schools
Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.
The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.
Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/01/2016 Henrico Schools
Elementary school teachers looking for a hands-on project for their students can register to receive up to 25 free redbud tree seedlings for their classroom, thanks to a program by Dominion Resources.
Now in its 10th year of offering Project Plant It!, Dominion is encouraging teachers to visit the website (http://www.projectplantit.com) of the award-winning environmental education program to register for the free seedlings. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 19, enabling the seedlings to be shipped to schools in time for Arbor Day 2016 (Friday, April 29). > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/01/2016 Henrico Schools
Henrico County Public Schools students will not attend school Mar. 1, after HCPS officials granted a request by the Henrico Electoral Board to alter the school schedule for the Democratic and Republican presidential primary elecions that day.
The move is designed to help prioritize security during the election, after the Electoral Board had expressed concerns about possible security issues raised by an influx of visitors during a school day. March 1 will become a planning/development day for HCPS staff members and teachers. > Read more.
The Henrico School Board Thursday approved new names for the division's career and technical education specialty centers at Highland Springs and Hermitage high schools.
Highland Springs Technical Center is being renamed the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. Hermitage Technical Center will now be the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage.
The new names better convey the centers' broader mission, said Mac Beaton, director of HCPS' Department of Career and Technical Education. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
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