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Henrico Schools holding job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair in two sessions next Tuesday, July 7, from 8-11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road.

HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will attend to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

Glen Allen HS honored with traffic safety award

Glen Allen High School recently was honored with a traffic safety award at the 2013 Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Program on July 25 in Lynchburg. The YOVASO Awards Banquet recognized organizations, individuals, and schools from Virginia that had demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2012-13 academic year to encourage safe driving among teenagers.

Glen Allen High School’s continual efforts to end distracted driving earned them the Distracted Driving Prevention award.

Education Foundation awards grants

In its first grant cycle of the 2013-2014 school year, The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) funded 12 grants totaling just more than $26,000, several of which will allow students to get their hands dirty in the name of learning. Laburnum and Twin Hickory Elementary Schools, along with Fairfield Middle School, have received grants for learning gardens that will emphasize activities from STEM-based projects to service learning.

“We are thankful to have received this grant because it allows us to continue our mission of providing fresh produce to our community,” said Fairfield’s Principal Art Raymond. “The garden (pictured) has been a great way for us to take our gifts beyond the school’s walls and share them with those around us. The grant will provide funds to expand our production capabilities and to widen what we have to offer.”

Russo’s contract not extended

UPDATED: 11:10 P.M. – The Henrico School Board will not extend the contract of embattled Superintendent Patrick Russo, Chairwoman Beverly Cocke announced Thursday evening, and Russo will remain on paid leave as the school year starts next month.

Cocke would not say why the board declined to extend Russo’s contract past its June 30, 2015 ending, but said that the board’s review of the matter will continue.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and it really truly needs to be fully looked at,” she said after Thursday’s monthly meeting.

VHBG to host second annual youth triathlon

The second annual Virginia Home for Boys and Girls Youth Triathlon will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the VHBG campus, 8716 West Broad Street in Henrico.

The event is open to children and teens ages 5 to 14 and will benefit VHBG. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 70 youngsters and raised more than $6,500.

Godwin robotics team donates robot to FeedMore

Members of the Mills E. Godwin High School FIRST Robotics team created a five foot tall robot-themed sculpture made of canned food to help promote a charity event benefiting FeedMore and the Richmond Food Bank. The “putting golfer” was a centerpiece at the Richmond Country Club’s LPGA Symetra Tour Eagle Classic tournament August 12-18. FeedMore is the tournament’s main charitable cause.

Team members spent about a month designing and building the sculpture, and are well aware that it will be dismantled eventually so the canned food can be donated through the food bank.

Winston quits, Russo placed on paid leave

A brewing financial scandal in Henrico County Public Schools has prompted the resignation of Three Chopt School Board member Diana Winston and a board-imposed paid leave of absence for Superintendent Patrick Russo, whose future with the school system is in question.

Winston and Russo were present at the start of last Thursday’s regularly scheduled School Board meeting, but both had left by the end of a nearly four-hour closed session prior to the public meeting.

Business in brief


The Rite Aid Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant to the University of Richmond's chapter of Camp Kesem, a national network of college student-run summer camps for children with a parent who has or had cancer. Named after the Hebrew word for "magic," Camp Kesem is designed to give children ages 6-16 a fun and activity filled week with the extra support and attention they need. The Rite Aid Foundation's grant will help fund camper scholarships for children who couldn't otherwise afford to attend. The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $5,000 to Camp Kesem in 2012.

The science of learning


Even those who teach don’t stop learning, as exemplified by nine Henrico elementary school teachers who spent a month this summer learning how to teach science better. But the Elementary Science Institute’s participants are far from finishing their studies, because now it’s their turn to teach Virginia what works in science education.

The “students” of the Elementary Science Institute (ESI) receive training in how to teach science with a hands-on learning model, and then return to their own classrooms.

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