Education

Virginia529 enrollment period closes March 31


Time is running out to enroll in a program to prepay tuition at Virginia public colleges and universities. The current enrollment window for Virginia529's Prepaid529 ends March 31. Nearly 50,000 Virginia students have funded college costs through this program since it began 20 years ago.

Prepaid529 allows families to purchase semesters of tuition and mandatory fees for newborn children through ninth graders. Semester prices vary based on the age of the beneficiary.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


The Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond presented its 50th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards Feb. 16. The ceremony, held at River Road Church, Baptist, featured The Reverend Vernon Gordon of “The Life Church” as keynote speaker.

The Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Award recognizes Richmond area high school students who have shown caring for others and have participated in activities that improve human relations and inter-group understanding. Chosen by their school counselors, honorees are recognized for their service to the community and for their commitment to including classmates who are different from themselves.

Henrico Schools seeks bus drivers, school nutrition workers, custodial workers


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers; full-time and substitute custodial workers; and full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at HCPS Central Office (3820 Nine Mile Rd.) Mar. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

DRHS students to dance again, add to million-dollar fundraising legacy


The 11th annual Deep Run High School Marathon Dance will be held Mar. 17-18 at the school at 4801 Twin Hickory Road. More than 600 participating students will check in on Friday evening and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. Opening ceremonies begin Friday at 7 p.m., and the Saturday finale starts at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the finale.

This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits.

First middle school redistricting hearing set for March 16


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Mar. 16 to receive feedback on the first phase of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The first phase of redistricting would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

FBI director to Henrico crowd: ‘We cannot arrest our way out of’ opioid problem


Citizens of Henrico country came together with local law enforcement, FBI Director James Comey and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to discuss the opioid epidemic Mar. 1 at Glen Allen High School.

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” Comey told the audience.

The FBI is working to crack down on the supply of the drugs and to drive up the price of street opioids to make them as unattractive as possible, but truly solving the problem requires a community effort, he said.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff.

School Board will hear Hungary Creek redistricting proposal March 9

FEB. 23, 6:10 P.M. – The Henrico School Board will receive plans next month designed to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School in time for the 2017-18 school year.

School system planners will present a proposal to the board Mar. 9 that would redistrict a small portion of the school's current zone, thereby alleviating crowded conditions at Hungary Creek. The school currently is at 116 percent of its intended capacity. The plan would take effect this fall and apply to rising sixth-graders.

Citizens would have an opportunity to comment on the proposal during a Mar. 16 public hearing at an as-yet undecided location. The board likely would approve new boundaries for Hungary Creek at its Mar. 23 meeting.

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