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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

5 Henrico students honored with National Merit Scholarships


National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and five Henrico students were among the recipients.

The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, the Scholars were judged on academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Little ‘feets,’ big fun


On a balmy Friday morning, Wendy Napier sat in a pop-up lawn chair on the Douglas S. Freeman High School football field with a juice box in hand and a smile on her face as she watched her son, Justin, participate in a standing long-jump competition.

For many parents, the chance to see a child perform in sporting events is a common occurrence. For Napier, watching her intellectually disabled 8-year-old son compete with his peers is a rarity. That’s why she was so excited on that Friday morning, the day of the Little Feet Meet.

Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers for 2017-18 school year


As the school year comes to an end, Henrico County Public Schools are looking for applicants for bus drivers for next year.

The school system is seeking applicants to train for the position, said Josh Davis, director of pupil transportation for HCPS.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” Davis said. “This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for the school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”

Henrico School Board to host middle school redistricting hearing May 11


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing May 11 at New Bridge auditorium to receive input about proposed draft options in the redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. Options under consideration would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

There are three draft redistricting options under consideration, but HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting continue to explore modifications to existing options and possible new options.

Four Henrico County high schools named among nation’s best


Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine included Deep Run, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman high schools in its annual “Best High Schools” report.

Deep Run was the No. 11-ranked high school in Virginia. Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman were Nos. 16, 27 and 34, respectively.

Henrico Public Schools honors top educators


Henrico County Public Schools named its teacher of the year and first-year teacher of the year during a ceremony at Glen Allen High school May 2.

The Gilman Teacher of the Year Award went to Greenlee Naughton, an English teacher at Highland Springs High School, while Sarah DeLaney, an English teacher at Holman Middle School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division counts about 3,900 teachers in its ranks, and 215 of them are in their first year.

Collegiate’s ‘Fairy Godmothers’ help provide prom experience for others


For the past eleven years, Collegiate School students have provided prom outfits to more than 380 residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a non-profit behavioral health organization that serves adolescent children with severe mental health disorders.

Through The Fairy Godmother Project, students aim to provide a high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them from attending such an event.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl.

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