Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.
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HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board.
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State SOL committee proposes changes

UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.

The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.

The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example.
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Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 3-9


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 3-9, 2014 appears below:

514 Dale Street – $86,322, 1,073 SF (built in 1957), from Tracy M. Manoley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1528 Young Street – $100,000, 1,484 SF (built in 1940), from Gwendolyn C. Wells to J&R Rent to Buy LLC.
2307 Nortonia Road – $106,100, 925 SF (built in 1956), from James F. Moore to C. Brown Properties LLC.
2704 Chariot Street – $131,973, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Vergyl L. Cabbagestalk to Federal National Mortgage Association.
23 Huntsman Road – $140,000, 1,042 SF (built in 1951), from William Lee and Sue P. Smith to Dallas Pitcock Anthony.
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Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road.
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Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it.
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Grapevine access opens

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River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines.
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McDonald’s operator wins national award

Freda Thornton, a local McDonald’s franchisee who owns five Henrico and Richmond locations, recently received the Ronald Award, the highest regional award that a franchisee can receive. Thornton is pictured, second from right, with (from left) Bianca Olivas, vice president and general manager of the company's Baltimore Washington region; Rodney Henry, Thornton’s son and local McDonald’s franchisee; and Doug Jubic, QSC vice president of the Baltimore Washington region).

The award is given to just one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide and is designed to honor a franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community.
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VIPs for a day

Wayman Swanson and his son, Nicholas, were among the “VIPs” who gathered at Shula's Steak House in Short Pump Nov. 5 for a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the restaurant chain.

Included in the festivities were opportunities to view a “25 Years of Shula's” commemorative video featuring the restaurant's founder, the legendary Baltimore Colts’ and Miami Dolphins’ coach Don Shula, and to hold a replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy that is presented to the NFL’s Super Bowl champion each year.
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Steward School gives interim head of school permanent title

UPDATE: NOV. 21, 2:15 P.M. – The Steward School today named Interim Head of School Dan Frank as the new head of school.

The Steward Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee conducted a national search but determined that the best candidate for the job was the one who already held it. The board and committee unanimously supported Frank's appointment.

“We are absolutely confident that we have selected the candidate who best fits the needs of our school community," Board Chair Maria Brent Jones said. "Dan is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation and community, as well as a deep understanding of Steward, to this leadership role.”
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Four Henrico firefighters earn Valor Awards


Four Henrico County firefighters were recognized at this year's Silver Anniversary celebration of the Valor Awards, an annual event celebrating the courage of the Richmond area's first responders.

Held Nov. 7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association and honored law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel from around the region for their brave and selfless acts.

Lt. Michael Jason Carneal received a Bronze Valor Award for his actions the night of July 22. While off duty, Lt. Carneal was leaving his home at approximately 5:45 a.m. when he noticed a neighbor knocking and screaming at the door of another neighbor’s house.
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Business in brief


Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc., an affiliate of McKesson Corporation, a leading healthcare services and information technology company, will invest more than $10 million in capital expense to expand its divisional headquarters operation in Henrico County, creating 225 new jobs. The company will relocate its headquarters facility to 168,500 square feet of the Deep Run III building, which was recently purchased and renovated by Markel|Eagle Partners. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Henrico County Economic Development Authority and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henrico County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
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