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 Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
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Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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