School Board - Fairfield District
Citizen Staff Reports 11/03/11
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 03/21/2017 Transportation
Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.
Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/21/2017 Health
HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/21/2017 Government
Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.
Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/21/2017 Education
Time is running out to enroll in a program to prepay tuition at Virginia public colleges and universities. The current enrollment window for Virginia529's Prepaid529 ends March 31. Nearly 50,000 Virginia students have funded college costs through this program since it began 20 years ago.
Prepaid529 allows families to purchase semesters of tuition and mandatory fees for newborn children through ninth graders. Semester prices vary based on the age of the beneficiary. > Read more.
MAR. 21, 9:30 A.M. – Henrico Police are seeking the man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on Brook Road Monday evening.
At approximately 5 p.m. March 20, police responded to the bank, in the 8100 block of Brook Road, after reports that a white male had entered the business and presented a note demanding money. > Read more.
St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.
Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.
Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Richmond Divas – Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch and Desiree Roots – with pianist Ryan Corbitt return to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 7 p.m. They will perform fan favorites and classics from Broadway to jazz, to standards and pop. Tickets are $28. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text