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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New utility services number for metro area

Richmond city, Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover county natural gas customers have a new number to call for their utility services.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities has replaced its old number, (804) 646-7000 as well as 311, with it's new number, (804) 646-4646 for all calls relating to utilities. Utilities include natural gas, water, sewer, storm-water and electric street-lighting. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, July 10-16


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3714 Pemberton Ave.- $105,000, 720 SF (built in 1957), from William F. Patton Jr. to Jessica Garcia.

510 Besler Ln.- $121,000, 964 SF (built in 1986), from Joseph and Coral P. Bolden to Taneen Marlow.

3502 Westcliffe Ave.- $140,000, 1,564 SF (built in 1947), from Benny H. Wilson Jr. to Benjamin A. Nyannor. > Read more.

FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country. > Read more.

Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too. > Read more.

‘It’s such a blessing’


On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side. > Read more.

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Gallmeyer Farms will host its 5th annual Sweet Corn & Watermelon Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Ln. There will be live music, a bounce house, hay rides, pony rides, a Kountry Kids Puddle, craft vendors, local businesses and more. Sweet corn roasted on fire pits, as well as other fresh summer vegetables and watermelon, will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Coolers, chairs and picnics welcome. No pets. For details, call 222-2285 or visit http://www.gallmeyerfarms.com. Full text

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