Henrico County VA

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.
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‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

OutRVA, ‘Say I Do!’ to give away all-expenses paid wedding at Lewis Ginter

OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.

In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.

The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.

No CVWMA collection delays for Lee-Jackson, MLK holidays

CVWMA residential recycling and trash collections will continue as regularly scheduled for the Lee-Jackson (Jan. 16) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 19) holidays. Residential recycling collections on Friday, Jan. 16 and the week of Jan 19-23 will take place on normal collection day. Residents should place recycling container(s) out for pick-up by 7 a.m. on their regular scheduled collection day. > Read more.

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Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s off to the theatre – this weekend in Henrico! “Two on Tap” at CACGA brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen. CAT Theatre’s production of “Book of Days” begins tonight and runs through Feb. 7. Fans of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon “Schoolhouse Rock!” will love the live adaptation at the University of Richmond on Sunday. The Shanghai Quartet will also perform at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Environmental Film Festival films to be screened at Tuckahoe Library

The Tuckahoe Area Library, in conjunction with the RVA Environmental Film Festival, will present films of local and planetary interest on Wednesday, Feb. 4, beginning at 5 p.m.

Screenings include short films from the RVA Environmental Film Contest entries at 5 p.m., followed at 5:45 p.m. by Stripers: Quest for the Bite, a film for anglers. The main feature film, Slingshot, will begin at 6:50 p.m.

SlingShot focuses on Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. SlingShot is about a man whose innovative thinking could create a solution for a crisis affecting billions – access to clean water. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim clothes and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. > Read more.

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