Few other speakers comment on proposed budget
As the final stragglers made their way into the auditorium of Douglas Freeman High School Feb. 3 for a public hearing on the Henrico County Public Schools’ proposed 2016-17 budget, it became clear that the turnout would be low. The hearing contained little fanfare and — until its final moments — little contention. For a while, it seemed as if it would stay that way, but then Zahra Lakhani approached the lectern. And she was determined to have her say.
Lakhani is the mother of Glen Allen High School freshman Shahzaib Lakhani, 14, who has Down syndrome. She lashed out at shortfalls and a perceived lack of action and interest and asked the board to allocate money for more custodial staff. Her son, for the second time since 2011, had been given a disinfectant product and told to clean the classroom, instead of studying music with his classmates, she said.
Students at Godwin High School recently learned how the law applies to them and how it forms the basis of behavior within a society, through an interactive experience called the Rule of Law, presented Oct. 10 by the Henrico County Bar Association.
The program is designed to spotlight the role of law as the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity; its goal is to teach young people to understand and appreciate the foundational principles embedded in the rule of law, without which democracy cannot exist.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/11/2013 Education
The College Board has named Henrico County Public Schools to its fourth-annual AP District Honor Roll.
The honor recognizes school divisions that simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/07/2013 Education
Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking nominations for the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Four principals, one from each metro-area school division (Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond), will be selected to receive $7,500 cash grants to the principal and an additional $7,500 for school projects chosen by the principal.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/05/2013 Education
Anna Wong, a 2013 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School, will be recognized this month as Youth Philanthropist of the Year. The award is being presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Virginia Chapter as part of its celebration of National Philanthropy Day.
Wong, who was nominated by The Daily Planet, will join six other individuals and groups who are being honored for their outstanding philanthropy in the greater Richmond region.
Henrico County CPS Career and Technical Education students have teamed up with Henrico Police to build a new substation at Virginia Center Commons.
The substation, which is nearly complete, will provide increased visibility for Henrico Police and has reinforced a strong relationship between students and county law enforcement.
A Staff/Student Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the new substation, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen, to give the public an opportunity to see the results of this partnership.
Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?
Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits.
Raytheon recently selected Fairfield Middle School math teacher Andrew Senka as one of its 32 “Math Heroes” award-winners in the nation. In his second year at Fairfield, Senka has developed a reputation for 21st century, student-centered instruction in which all students feel valued.
“I try to make my classroom an inviting and comfortable place that encourages the students to express themselves as both students and as teachers within a safe environment,” Senka said.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/10/2013 Education
The Faison Centers of Excellence broke ground Sept. 26 on The Faison Residence, a residential community for young adults with autism in Henrico’s Near West End, at the corner of West Broad Street and Byrd Avenue.
The facility will be the first residential community of its kind on the eastern seaboard. It will cost $15 million and have 45 apartments, about one-third of which will house young adults with developmental disabilities. The others will house a group of teachers, nursing assistants and other professionals.
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