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HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board.

3 Henrico schools receive school security equipment grants

Three Henrico public schools were among more than 370 statewide to receive grants for security equipment from the state yesterday.

Henrico will receive a total of $72,880 for the equipment, to be purchased for Glen Lea, Highland Springs and Varina elementary schools.

In total, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced $6 million in funding for school security equipment at 373 schools and other facilities in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs.

HCPS to host five meetings on proposed Code of Community Conduct

Henrico County Public Schools has scheduled a series of public meetings to receive feedback and new ideas on the proposed Code of Community Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. The proposed Code of Community Conduct outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents and guardians and school employees in order to maintain a safe, supportive environment that encourages citizenship.

The public meetings listed below will be attended by the district’s representative on the School Board, Superintendent Pat Kinlaw, and school division administrators.

NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

Highland Springs HS wins Keep Virginia Beautiful grant

Highland Springs High School was one of 30 winners in the Keep Virginia Beautiful "30 Grants in 30 Days" contest, KVB announced Sept. 16.

KVB will feature one grant winner per day on its website (http://www.keepvirginiabeautiful.org) through Oct. 14.

Highland Springs won a $500 grant in the Beautification category.

The grants range from $500 to $1,000 apiece in three categories: Litter Prevention, Recycling and Community Beautification. They are being awarded to 30 different groups, schools and organizations throughout Virginia.

Accreditation woes for HCPS

Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status.

Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher.

Henrico’s Saint Mary’s School to celebrate Constitution Day

The students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s Catholic School will gather at the school’s flagpole to begin the daylong celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17. The annual event features lessons on the Constitution prior to the celebration in each class, a flagpole ceremony with all students attending and participating, a parent reception following the ceremony and special lunch treats for the students.

Fall fatherhood festival planned at Dorey Park

The 2014 ManUp Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be more than a typical autumn face-painting opportunity. The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer plenty of fun, but its goal is larger: inspiring area men to be better fathers and role models to their own children and to the children of the community.

The Henrico Fatherhood Initiative puts on the festival as the kickoff to its ManUp Passport Challenge, a yearlong series of family and personal growth workshops and activities.

In 2013, more than 1,000 men attended the event at Henrico County’s Dorey Park to enjoy food, carnival games and music with their children.

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