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School Board will hear Hungary Creek redistricting proposal March 9

Larger redistricting that could affect 7 middle schools will follow this spring
FEB. 23, 6:10 P.M. – The Henrico School Board will receive plans next month designed to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School in time for the 2017-18 school year.

School system planners will present a proposal to the board Mar. 9 that would redistrict a small portion of the school's current zone, thereby alleviating crowded conditions at Hungary Creek. The school currently is at 116 percent of its intended capacity. The plan would take effect this fall and apply to rising sixth-graders.

Citizens would have an opportunity to comment on the proposal during a Mar. 16 public hearing at an as-yet undecided location. The board likely would approve new boundaries for Hungary Creek at its Mar. 23 meeting.

Association offers college scholarships for cyber security


The Richmond-Metro chapter of (ISC)², an international nonprofit association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world, is offering two scholarships to local high school students planning to pursue degrees in cyber, information, software or infrastructure security.

“The current shortage of workers in the cyber security fields is expected to grow, reaching a gap of 1.5 million jobs without skilled workers to fill them by 2020,” said Ivan Gil, treasurer of the Richmond-Metro, VA (ISC)² chapter. “Our members are hoping to encourage local students to consider careers in these fields.”

Bagby hosts ice cream social for Laburnum ES staff


Henrico Delegate Lamont Bagby (back, right center) hosted an ice cream social for Laburnum Elementary School teachers and staff members earlier this week.

Constituent Brian Montgomery (front row, far right) helped to suggest the event. Bagby's visit was designed to show appreciation for the efforts of the school's employees.

Tucker HS receives donation from Dominion Foundation


Some J.R. Tucker High School students will enjoy new science kits and other classroom materials, thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation.

The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, donated the materials (which will serve about 30 students) to Tucker for use by exceptional education students. Students with a variety of cognitive disabilities, who are part of the integrated services program, will benefit from the supplies.

Henrico School Board renames Godwin specialty center for late teacher


The Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director who died in June – the day after school ended – in a car accident not far from the school. The Center for Medical Sciences now will be known as the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director at Godwin. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area.

HCPS to host College and Career Night Nov. 2


Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2016 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event, which offers students the chance to talk with representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military, will be held Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road.

Pre-registration barcodes, a timesaving feature introduced at last year's event, will again be available.

HCPS to host job fair Nov. 1 for bus drivers, nutrition trainees, custodial services


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, full-time school nutrition manager trainees, and substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Glen Allen branch of Henrico County Public Library (10501 Staples Mill Rd.) Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

Mud pies, skies and butterflies


Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning.

School Board proposes renaming Godwin specialty center


At its Thursday work session the Henrico School Board proposed renaming Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a teacher and former center director who died earlier this year. The proposal would rename the school’s Center for Medical Sciences as the Todd Phillips Center for Medical Sciences.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

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