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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.

Kinlaw named new Henrico superintendent

Pat Kinlaw
UPDATE: JAN. 9, 5 P.M. – To hear Henrico School Board members tell it, their decision to name Patrick Kinlaw the county's new superintendent was one of the easiest they've ever had to make.

The board unanimously appointed Kinlaw, Henrico's deputy superintendent, to the position today during a work session at the New Bridge Learning Center; his contract begins tomorrow and runs through June 30, 2016. The Citizen was first to report Kinlaw's hiring.

Announcement of the move brought three standing ovations and excited cheering and applause from a packed board room at New Bridge, where Henrico principals and other school system officials had gathered to hear it.

Glen Allen High School lockdown lifted

UPDATE: 2:22 P.M. – The lockdown at Glen Allen High School has ended. School dismissal will occur at its normal time.

UPDATE: 2:07 P.M. – Henrico Police have taken into custody the juvenile male they had sought in connection with the situation at Glen Allen High School, Police spokeswoman Linda Toney said. The suspect was not on the school's campus. Police are not releasing any additional information about the juvenile at this time. The school remains on lockdown.

UPDATE: 1:54 P.M. – Glen Allen High School is on lockdown as Henrico Police officers seek a male suspect in connection with a suspicious situation reported at the school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m. Officers locked the school down and were guarding the entrance to the school at Staples Mill Road while a SWAT team and other officials searched the premises and exterior of the building.

"School administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon," Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a release shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. At this time, there is no evidence of shots fired or a gun on campus, and no injuries have been reported. The school remains on lock down as police search the school complex to insure everyone is safe."

Imagine that


Two Henrico County high school seniors teamed up to win awards in the Destination Imagination Beijing Invitational recently after competing together since third grade in the educational program.

Deep Run High School’s Gabby Levet and Douglas Freeman High School’s Charlie Bonner won first place among international teams in the National Geographic Challenge as well as second place at the high school level in the improvisation challenges. Destination Imagination is designed to offer challenges to competitors that encourage their interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) while celebrating creativity.

Teachers earn national certification


Seventeen Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, five National Board Certified Teachers renewed their 10-year certifications. HCPS had the most teacher certifications of any school system in the Richmond area in 2013.

With the additions, the county now has 122 board-certified teachers.

Collegiate names new head of school

Collegiate School’s Board of Trustees recently selected Stephen D. Hickman, a long-time independent school leader, to serve as its next Head of School, beginning July 1.

Hickman is currently Head of Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Ark., where during his five-year tenure, the grades PreK-12 college preparatory school has experienced growth in numerous areas, including enrollment/retention, student achievement, athletics, fine arts, faculty/staff development, technology, global awareness and financial sustainability.

Henrico student wins SOAR scholarship

Daniel Buth
A unique college preparatory and scholarship program is helping low- and moderate-income students prepare for and achieve higher education. Funded by Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529), the SOAR Virginia program awarded scholarships totaling $120,000 to sixty Richmond-area students who started college this fall.

Virginia native Lee Smith, named 2014 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host award-winning author Lee Smith on April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060, as part of its annual "All Henrico Reads" program.

Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, along with some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

McDonnell visits Godwin High

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Mills Godwin High School Dec. 12 as a part of School and Campus Safety Week in Virginia to deliver remarks to an audience of 1,700 students, teachers and administrators. McDonnell proclaimed Dec. 13 as a day of mourning statewide, in recognition of the 20 children and six teachers who were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Dec. 14.

McDonnell was joined at the event by Secretary of Public Safety Bryan Rhode, Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi, Principal Beth Armbruster and other school and Henrico officials.

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