Education

HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund.

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.

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