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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

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


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.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

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