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Glen Allen woman urges School Board to enhance ESL program

Few other speakers comment on proposed budget

As the final stragglers made their way into the auditorium of Douglas Freeman High School Feb. 3 for a public hearing on the Henrico County Public Schools’ proposed 2016-17 budget, it became clear that the turnout would be low. The hearing contained little fanfare and — until its final moments — little contention. For a while, it seemed as if it would stay that way, but then Zahra Lakhani approached the lectern. And she was determined to have her say.

Lakhani is the mother of Glen Allen High School freshman Shahzaib Lakhani, 14, who has Down syndrome. She lashed out at shortfalls and a perceived lack of action and interest and asked the board to allocate money for more custodial staff. Her son, for the second time since 2011, had been given a disinfectant product and told to clean the classroom, instead of studying music with his classmates, she said.

‘Hallway of Hope’ brightens hospital for patients

For cancer patients and their families, trips to the hospital can be discouraging. But a collaborative art exhibit between Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has made barren hospital hallways a little brighter.

“Hallway of Hope” is an exhibit of HCPS student artwork, designed to lift the spirits of visitors to the hospital’s cancer departments. The pieces rotate monthly, and the continuing theme for the artwork is “What makes me happiest.” The initial call for artwork brought 700 entries. Project organizers want to refresh the exhibit with new pieces.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program.

Henrico teacher recognized for saving student’s life

UPDATE: MAY 7, 5:15 P.M. – A Henrico County teacher was honored today for his role in saving the life of one of his students earlier this year.

Moody Middle School teacher Brent O'Dea was honored by Henrico Fire Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum and Community Services Firefighter Jon Reinmuth, who presented him with a special commendation from Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell at an afterschool faculty meeting.

On Feb. 20, O’Dea was instructing his students in his classroom when he noticed that a 13-year-old female student appeared to be in distress at her desk. He moved closer and realized that she appeared to be choking. As he attempted to verbally communicate with the student, it was apparent that she was actively choking and not breathing.

Henrico’s Myers named New Kent superintendent

Henrico County Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education David A. Myers May 5 was named the new superintendent of New Kent County Public Schools.

“We are very excited about Dr. Myers joining New Kent County Schools,” New Kent County School Board chair Leigh Quick said in a press release announcing the hire. “His skills and expertise will assist us in continuing our history of excellence.”

Holladay ES to celebrate leadership education

On May 9, Holladay Elementary School students will show guests “The Leader in Me.”

The school will hold its annual Leadership Day as part of its educational model, patterned after business-management guru Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The program aims to cultivate character, help students grow and create a thriving environment for learning.

‘Teacher of the Year’ finalists announced

Henrico County Public Schools officials recently announced the finalists for Gilman Teacher of the Year and First-Year Teacher of the Year. Both awards recognize Henrico County teachers for their commitment to education; teachers are nominated at the school level and applications are judged by a panel of administrators and specialists.

The finalists for the Gilman award are:

• Brookland District: Corbin Wright, Glen Allen High School;

• Fairfield District: Virginia Turner, Fairfield Middle School;

UR’s River Road entrance to be closed May 13 through the summer

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.

The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.

Henrico students excel in stock market game

Teams from Henrico County Public Schools swept the regional elementary and middle school categories of the spring 2014 Virginia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game.

The teams, usually composed of four students, manage mock investments of $100,000 for 10 weeks in a competition to grow the value of their portfolios. The game is designed to provide a forum for students in grades 4-12 to practice math and research skills as they learn about money and investing.

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