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School Board - Varina District















JOHN MONTGOMERY
1. Why should residents of your district elect you?
Experience and leadership: The Varina District (which includes Sandston, Highland Springs and Varina) will have to work diligently to reach an acceptable balance between growth and development while maintaining our good quality of life. This struggle is particularly demanding for schools, where more homes mean more students. I have the experience and leadership to help Varina strike this important balance. Vision: We need a clear understanding of what we want for our community and how we plan to achieve it. My vision is a school system in which every student is expected to learn at and is held to a high standard, each teacher and administrator is highly qualified and motivated, and all parents feel welcome and are involved.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? 1) Construct a new Eastern Henrico high school to relieve crowding at Varina, Highland Springs and Henrico high schools. 2) Provide resources and focus to address the performance gap among our students, particularly at the high school level. (The performance gap describes the lower performance of our students on test and graduation rates compared to their peers in other areas of the county.) 3) Improve community involvement in board decision making and involvement in our schools.

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? We desperately need a new high school. Although Highland Springs High School has been and Varina high school is undergoing a full and complete renovation in every respect, both schools remain above operational capacity. I believe that this is the most pressing issue facing our District as well as the entire County. I don’t think that county employees, judges and police officers should be expected to spend their careers in trailers, and I don’t think that we should expect our students to spend their educational careers in trailers.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? Immediately upon taking office, I helped initiate an online system for sharing school board agendas and work papers directly with the citizens. This greatly improved input BEFORE decisions are made. This initiative includes audio recordings of the meetings via the internet. I also created an electronic e-news (the MontgomeryMemo), and initiated town hall meetings. I will continue and expand these programs in the coming term. (Anyone wishing to receive the MontgomeryMemo should e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).)

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? There is nothing better than spending time with my sons, usually outdoors or at athletic events. They are amazing and they have a wonderful group of friends and teammates that make the weekends go fast!

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of?
Among others, I serve on the Board at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Chickahominy YMCA, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as coach and assist with various youth organizations.

7. Additional information: There has never been a better time to live and work in Eastern Henrico. Over the past years we have seen great improvements that have been the result of hard work by many people and leaders. Yet, there is much more to do. I am committed to the fight to continue those improvements while striking a balance that maintains and promotes the good quality of communities.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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