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Henrico SOL pass rates drop in 19 of 34 tests

Students perform better in 10 tests, same in 4 others
UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year. > Read more.

Safe and sound


When Srabanti Gupta, 37, left India and moved to Henrico in 2012 to be with her husband of 10 years, she had no idea that within weeks she would feel helpless, scared and fearful for her life and that of her six-year-old son, Ishan.

Unsure of where to turn, Gupta found comfort and safety in Safe Harbor, a shelter that offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence. > Read more.

A closer look at Henrico’s ‘average’ homes


The assessed value of real estate in Henrico County increased by 2.8 percent this year – or $862 million – when compared to 2013. The average assessed value of a single-family home in the county rose to about 3.7 percent – to $219,600 from $211,700. The real estate tax on such a home amounts to $1,910.52, given the county's tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

So, what does the "average" home in Henrico County look like? The Citizen wanted to find out, so we analyzed homes in each of the county's five magisterial district to find a sample of residences in each one valued near this year's average assessment. > Read more.

April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days). > Read more.

School Board seeks public input on laptop replacement

As its elementary and middle school laptop contract nears its expiration date, the Henrico County School Board is seeking public input on the next steps.

The board will receive an update April 10 on plans to provide new computers next year for elementary and middle schools, and it is seeking public comment prior to making a decision on the matter in May. > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee scheduled for April 9

The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) will host its third annual Corporate Spelling Bee April 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond, sponsored by Anthem. Teams representing Richmond-area businesses and community groups will compete to be Grand Champions as well as Buzzy Bee Spirit Award winners. The HEF Corporate Spelling Bee raises funds for scholarships, field trips for students who can’t afford them, classroom grants and recognition of excellence for students in Henrico County Public Schools. > Read more.

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Community

Safe Harbor seeks ‘Healthy Love RVA’ nominations

Safe Harbor is currently seeking nominations for its “Healthy Love RVA: Hot Healthy Couples” series. Four couples will be selected and interviewed and their love stories highlighted on Safe Harbor’s new website, http://www.safeharborshelter.com > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Legend of the Poinsettia’ returns to Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

The Latin Ballet of Virginia's Legend of the Poinsettia will return to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for performances Jan. 5-8.

The Legend of the Poinsettia is based upon a Mexican legend and traditional story in the Latin American holiday season about a pure hearted girl who discovers the true spirit of giving.
> Read more.

Benefit Sol-stache celebrates solstice, facial hair

The fourth annual Winter Sol-Stache will take place Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad St. A fundraiser for prostate-cancer research, the event celebrates facial hair in addition to the winter solstice, and awards mug trophies for mustache categories that include the chevron, walrus, handlebar, horseshoe, Zappa, pencil, and the combination of English, Dali and Fu Manchu. The event will also include mustache-themed games such as "Pin the 'Stache on Selleck." Fake moustaches are also allowed to participate. > Read more.

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