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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year.

HCPS seeking children for 2016-17 preschool program


Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting families for inclusion in its preschool program for the 2016-17 school year. Participating children must be four years old by Sept. 30.

The preschool program is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children of low-income families in Henrico County. The program is funded by federal Head Start and Title I funds, and by the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

To apply, parents or guardians must meet with a family advocate by appointment by May 9 at their area elementary school.

Sandston Elementary School organizes crock pot drive

A social media and e-mail drive initiated by Sandston Elementary School Principal Kim Powell helped the school collect more than 50 crock pots from Henrico County families and the Sandston community. The crock pots were donated this week to 24 of the most in-need families at the school, as well as to families at Donahoe Elementary and Fair Oaks Elementary.

The "crock pot drive" also produced a donation of food from FeedMore for Sandston students in need, money that was used to purchase ingredients for one meal to go along with each crock pot and Kroger gift cards and an additional crock pot dinner for all 24 of the Sandston families.

Glen Allen woman urges School Board to enhance ESL program


The public hearing on the Henrico County Public Schools’ proposed 2016-17 budget, held in the auditorium of Douglas Freeman High School Feb. 3, contained little fanfare and little contention, until Zahra Lakhani approached the lectern.

Lakhani is the mother of Glen Allen High School freshman Shahzaib Lakhani, 14, who has Down syndrome. She lashed out at budgetary shortfalls and what she perceived as a lack of interest in special-needs students. She told the board that for the second time since 2011, her son had been given a disinfectant product and told to clean the classroom, instead of studying music with his classmates. She asked the board to allocate funding to hire more custodial staff.

HCPS officials propose budget, await clarity


Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.

HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.

They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one.

Student campaign hopes to ‘@HelpSaveTheDay’ for playground


Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.

The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.

Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day.

Smart Beginnings earns $180K grant

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, a regional school readiness initiative, received a $180,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) to benefit quality early learning opportunities for young children in the greater Richmond region. The investment by VECF supports collaborative efforts that enable children to start school healthy and ready to learn, which is the first stage of the workforce pipeline.

Nursing school comments sought


The Henrico County-St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing will host a site review Feb. 9-11 as part of the reaccreditation of its nursing education program. A committee from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing will visit the school, and the public is invited to share or submit comments.

The nursing school was founded in 1966 as a partnership between Henrico County Public Schools and St. Mary’s Hospital – now Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital – and is celebrating 50 years. The program includes both high school students and adults. It has a near-100 percent employment rate, according to Kitty Mauch, program coordinator and a registered nurse.

HCPS hiring, training school bus drivers


Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers. If you’re a good candidate but lack experience, don’t worry: HCPS may pay you while you learn.

Interested applicants can learn more at a school transportation job fair Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road. Attendees can check out buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for a bus driver position.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at event, and HCPS representatives will conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates

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