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Henrico School Board appoints Greene to Fairfield seat


The Henrico School Board last night filled the vacant Fairfield District seat by appointing Pierre L. Greene to the position. He was sworn in this morning at the Henrico Circuit Court.

Greene is a pastor and the managing director of Light Tower Wealth Strategies, a financial services company. The board chose him over four other finalists – Tavorise K. Marks; Lillian H. Mayo; Tramaine Moultrie-Robinson; and Marlene H. Sherlock. It had interviewed the five applicants in a closed session Aug. 13 and then heard comments from the public about them Aug. 20.

18 Henrico schools earn Va. index of Performance awards

UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.

Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.

Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given.

Twin Hickory ES principal wins REB Award

Twin Hickory Elementary School Principal Michael Dussault recently was awarded the 2013-14 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing. Dussault said part of his grant would help buy a school greenhouse.

Four schools earn $25,000 grants

Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.

The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.

The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers.

School Board to consider purchase of iPads

Could iPad minis soon make an appearance en masse in Henrico County’s public school system?

Henrico County’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Instructional Support Services Bondy Shay Gibson advocated for the increased use of iPads in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms at an April 10 School Board work session.

“The iPad is very developmentally accessible,” Gibson said, commenting on the lack of training required to use the device. “You just have to know how to push a button and move your finger.”

3 students featured in ‘Plant It!’ video

Three students from Henrico County Public Schools are featured in a video produced this spring for Dominion’s Project Plant It! program. The video was created to show how Elise Nugent, Molly Nugent and Nicholas Turner developed a deeper appreciation for planting trees and caring for the environment due to their involvement in Project Plant It! when they were third-graders.

Dominion, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, created Project Plant It! in 2007 to educate children, plant trees and improve the environment.

Corporate spelling bee raises $26,000

A team from Magellan Health Services (at right) won the annual Henrico Education Foundation Corporate Spelling Bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “glissade,” a verb meaning “to move along smoothly and effortlessly.”

HEF holds the event each year to raise money for instructional grants, scholarships and other programs in Henrico County Public Schools. Ten teams competed at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center April 9 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the foundation through team sponsorships and sales of raffle tickets for prizes such as vacations, gift cards and a 55-inch TV.

Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl?

April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days).

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