School Board - Fairfield District
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I will continue to urge staff to administer a surge to address our district’s challenges related to achievement gaps. While we have budgeted $100k to fund mentorship programs and we have increased preschool opportunities, I remain committed to expanding after school and preschool programs opportunities across the district. I am grateful that my colleagues supported my recommendation that Henrico County Public Schools partner with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Richmond to establish student centered support systems designed to give our students the best chance to succeed. I am proud to report that during my first term on the board we tripled our faith-based partnerships, but we are anxious to build even more. I also served on the committee that began our fatherhood initiative, which made an assertive effort to invite fathers and father figures to be a part of their child’s development.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? I plan to focus on: addressing the dropout rates; increasing preschool opportunities; expanding after school and summer program opportunities; addressing facility needs including the renovation of Henrico High School; expanding the Henrico Hero Mentorship Program to elementary schools with an anti-bullying component.
3. What is the most critical issue: 1) facing your district? 2) facing the county as a whole? How do you propose to address these? The number of our students that do not complete high school is the most critical issue facing our district. We must use all resources available to make sure that we provide our students with the support necessary to be prepared for a post-secondary education, enter the military or gain certification through our Career and Technical Education programs which will better prepare them to join the workforce.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? I will continue to visit civic association meetings, faith based organizations, PTA meetings and coalitions like the Too Smart 2 Start Coalition, Commonwealth Parenting and the Greater Richmond Youth Development Partnership. These organizations have been key in helping me keep citizens engaged and informed as it relates to opportunities to adequately support our students and teachers. I encourage citizens to visit http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public to learn more about items on the school board agenda.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? I enjoy sports on every level, but I particularly enjoy following youth leagues such as Metropolitan Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Chamberlayne Youth Basketball League, East End Youth Basketball League and Police Athletic League. I enjoy supporting these leagues not only because they promote keeping our youth active, but they also offer additional opportunities for communities and families to actively support our youth.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? In addition to the school board, I serve on the boards of the Henrico Too Smart to Start Coalition, Police Athletic League, Henrico Federal Programs, Capital Area Health Network, Regional Math and Science Innovation Center, Henrico Recreation and Parks and Henrico Police Foundation. I am also a member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond, Richmond Crusade for Voters, Henrico Democratic Committee, Henrico Business Leaders and Virginia School Board Association.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.
As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.
Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.
"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.
It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).
Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.
Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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