School Board - Tuckahoe District
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I have worked diligently, collaboratively and successfully with my fellow School Board members to lead the school system through some of the most difficult economic challenges Henrico County School system has faced in decades. While I know these difficult economic times have placed a large burden on our teachers, I am proud that our school system continues to provide a high quality education for students while keeping our outstanding programs in the areas of art, music and athletics strong. I am responsive to inquiries I receive from the citizens in the Tuckahoe district and strive to return e-mails and phone calls within 24 hours. I will continue to put the best interests of our students, teachers and parents above all else.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? Effectively and efficiently managing school system resources during the budget process in what is purportedly going to be another very difficult economic cycle. By that I mean advocating for students and teachers, while keeping core academic and enrichment programs strong. I will also continue to listen to all stakeholders to ensure that all have a voice in the education of our children.
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 aging infrastructure of the schools in my district and meeting the needs of all our students while keeping our core academic rigor strong. I will address the infrastructure issue by working to insure the necessary resources are allocated to move forward with our Capital Improvement Plan. I will keep my focus on successful implementation of our long range plan designed to strengthen our academic programs by providing teachers with the resources, training and tools they need to be effective in the classroom so that every student may be successful.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? I am proud of our Communities Priorities Workshop, an ongoing forum to provide all stakeholders a role in setting priorities for the school system and monitoring how successful we are in accomplishing the goals we set for our school system. The workshop brings together, students, parents, teacher, administrators and business leaders to discuss what they believe are the priorities on which Henrico County public schools should focus in preparing our students to be highly effective citizens.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? Relaxing with my family and friends and visiting our two oldest children who are away at college. I also love playing with our pug dogs Lou, Babe and Yogi. You cannot help but laugh around a pug dog. They are wonderful stress relievers.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? My family belongs to St. Bridget’s Church. I am a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council; the Gifted Advisory Council; the ESL Advisory Committee of the School Board and a fabulous book club!
7. Additional information: It is my great privilege and honor to serve my community on the Henrico County School Board. I look forward to serving four more years to the best of my ability and greatly appreciate the trust that has been placed in me by my community.
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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