Henrico County VA

School Board - Fairfield District
















LAMONT BAGBY
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.
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Community

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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