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.
Holman Middle School student Victoria Nguyen recently was named Miss Virginia American Coed Junior Teen after competing in the Miss Virginia American Coed pageant in Williamsburg. She was the youngest competitor in her division. Nguyen now will advance to represent Virginia at the 2015 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant at Walt Disney World in Florida in November. > Read more.
Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services will be honoring veterans and current military members May 14 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at 5311 Lakeside Avenue.
Companion Extraordinaire dedicated a hall in its new Lakeside office as a “Wall of Honor” and will be presenting 13 military service men and women with certificates as well as placing their service photos on the wall.
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Public vote open through Friday to select winner
Citizen Staff Reports
Henrico resident Haley Malloy is one of three national finalists for a $10,000 scholarship, whose winner will be determined by the vote of the public.
Malloy is a finalist for The Goddard School Anthony A. Martino Scholarship, which is open annually to any high school junior or senior who graduated from a Goddard School pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. Applicants are evaluated based upon the work ethic and perseverance they have demonstrated – two key characteristics of Martino, the founder of the Goddard School franchise system. > Read more.
Relax this holiday weekend with Fridays Uncorked at Southern Season – taste wines from the Roman Empire! Or at James River Cellars who is hosting “Experience Virginia” – sample Virginia wine, beer, cider and mead. And what goes better with wine than strawberries – an annual tradition in Varina, the Gallmeyer Farms’ Strawberry Fields Festival is tomorrow. Other fun happenings this weekend include: “A Little Princess” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen; weekly dance at American Legion Post 125; and National Theatre Live’s “Man and Superman” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Final performance of 2015 season – ‘Quartet’ – starts this week
CAT Theatre’s final show of its 51st season – Quartet by Ronald Harwood – will open May 22 and run through June 6. It will be the show’s Richmond-area premiere.
The theatre also announced its four-show schedule for its 52nd season, which will begin in October and continue into June 2016, and announced a new partnership with The Bifocals Theatre Project, an outreach program into senior communities in the Richmond region. > Read more.
It’s a beautiful weekend to spend outdoors and Henrico has many options to choose from! The 31st annual Lebanese Food Festival begins today on the grounds of St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church. The MISS Foundation’s Kindness Walk is tomorrow, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk. Take a Sunday Stroll at Dorey Park with the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society or raise money for the March of Dimes at the March for Babies in Innsbrook. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarHenrico County Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Brookland Middle School. For details, call Paulette Smith Cook at 869-1430. Full text