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Henrico to receive third round of pre-K funding


Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.

A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process.

Ogburn sworn in as member of Henrico School Board


Michelle “Micky” Ogburn was sworn in early Monday as the new representative of the Three Chopt District on the Henrico County School Board. Chief Judge Catherine C. Hammond of the Henrico Circuit Court administered the oath of office to Ogburn at the county’s courts building on Parham Road.

Ogburn won a Nov. 4 election to replace the district's interim representative, Robert Boyle Jr. He had been appointed last year, following Diana Winston's resignation, to serve until a permanent replacement could be elected.

Ogburn begins her public duties Nov. 13, when the School Board holds its monthly work session and public meeting.

Varina HS students help to map Hollywood Cemetery


Varina High School geospatial technology students spent Halloween taking GPS readings of graves at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - efforts that will assist in creating a searchable web-based map of the famed cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is a “garden” cemetery recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in America with 135 acres of sprawling hills and trees. As the second-most visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, Hollywood brings visitors from all across the country.

Hermitage student named to All-American band

Mercer Swetnam of Hermitage High School recently was named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Swetnam will join a group of marching band members who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Successful band members require great skill, teamwork and dedication – qualities similar to those of Army Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2015 U.S. Army All-American Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this recognized group.”

Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13.

Henrico School Board weighs projects


Relief for four crowded elementary schools in the Brookland District is on the horizon, but it likely won't come until all four schools are operating at well above their student capacity levels.

Henrico County Public Schools planners are recommending that the School Board add plans to its five-year Capital Improvement Program for multi-classroom additions at Holladay, Glen Allen and Longan elementaries that would total nearly $29 million. Those plans would join existing plans for a $12.7-million classroom addition at Johnson Elementary.

In total, the projects would add 33 new classrooms – eight each at Glen Allen, Johnson and Longan and nine at Holladay – to help relieve anticipated crowding at each schools and at Dumbarton Elementary.

Henrico HS plans community day

Henrico High School will host a Community Day event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 302 Azalea Avenue.

The event, sponsored by the school's Class of 2015, will include an indoor yard sale and fish fry. Members of the public can reserve a table for $25 apiece to sell crafts, clothes, toys and other items at the yard sale.

There will be a kids' zone and tours of the school, which recently opened its new addition.

Short Pump ES students to host pumpkin launch, composting event

Judy Fitzpatrick’s Short Pump Elementary School students are making Halloween greener by asking people to launch their rotting pumpkins. Fitzpatrick’s fourth-graders are offering an alternative to sending tired jack-o’-lanterns to the landfill: turning them into compost to enrich the soil and feed pigs and other livestock.

If a more sustainable holiday isn’t reason enough to take part in the school’s Smash-O-Lantern event, those who bring their pumpkins to the school this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will get a chance to launch their gourds into recycling fame. The students are working with an engineer and the staff at Home Depot to construct and test a launcher.

Ogburn defeats Dhakar for Three Chopt School Board seat

UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. – Former Henrico County teacher Micky Ogburn has won a special election to serve the final year of a four-year School Board term representing the Three Chopt District, easily defeating Surya Dhakar tonight, 62 percent to 36 percent.

Ogburn coasted to victory, receiving 11,505 votes to Dhakar’s 6,745. She won all 15 physical precincts and the absentee precinct, achieving more than 61 percent of the vote in all but four of them.

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