By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Education
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.
Students from Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology won the Virtual Challenge category in the Virginia 2015 Datathon Challenge. The new statewide technology competition involves teams of students, government employees and regional computer coding groups. The Deep Run students worked on their entry over the summer, and were declared category winners Sept. 3.
The contest is the brainchild of state officials, and is an attempt to make Virginia’s government more efficient, transparent and responsive by making better use of data. Participants create apps and other technology tools and compete in one of four categories: Universities; Virtual; State and Local Government; and Community. In the Governor’s Commonwealth Cup, a competition pitting the Datathon category winners, the Deep Run “Data Wizards” won the People’s Choice Award and received a standing ovation.
SEPT. 25, 12:50 P.M. – Less than a month after he was appointed by the Henrico School Board to serve the final four months of former Fairfield District member Lamont Bagby's term, Pierre Greene announced that he will seek the seat on a permanent basis through a write-in campaign during the Nov. 3 election.
Greene's decision was met with disapproval by some School Board members, since they specifically had sought to choose a representative who would not seek the seat permanently.
Members did not want to give the advantage of incumbency to any candidate. None of the three candidates on the November ballot – Tara Adams, Roscoe Cooper, III or Marcus Martin – applied for the temporary position.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/21/2015 Education
Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Sept. 24 for candidates interested in jobs as a substitute school nutrition assistant or bus driver. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Transportation departments will be at the fair at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road, to conduct general information sessions with candidates. All applicants must apply online in advance.
The session for candidates for cafeteria substitutes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, have no felony convictions, and apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 09/18/2015 Education
Nearly 100 Henrico High School teachers and staff members visited five neighborhoods that feed into the school to distribute school supplies the week before school began this month. The effort was part of the school's Community Outreach Committee, which works to provide materials and scholarships to students and teachers at the school. The supplies were donated by members of the committee and the community. The event was organized by COC chairman and physics teacher Salman Parvaiz.
By Sundra Hominik, Special to the Citizen Education
With the 2015-16 school year underway, seniors at Henrico County's nine high schools are counting the days until graduation.
Some of those seniors are bound to hit a bump along the academic road this year that could lead to delayed graduation or worse. They could drop out of school.
During the past few years, prompted in part by policies and programs developed by the Virginia Department of Education, Henrico County Public Schools along with most of the schools in the state have seen reduced dropout rates.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/16/2015 Education
SEPT 16, 11 A.M. – Henrico County Public Schools’ media efforts have been honored as among America’s best by a national organization of government communications professionals. The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded HCPS third place for social media and an honorable mention for TV programming in its 2015 Government Programming Awards.
The two awards recognize the 2015 work of HCPS’ Department of Communications and Public Relations.
Thirty Center for the Arts students from Henrico H.S. will serve as flag bearers in the opening processional for the UCI Road World Championships opening ceremonies Sept. 18.
In addition, Henrico H.S. alumnus and “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen will sing the National Anthem and “Believe” at the ceremonies, which will include state, federal and local elected officials, in addition to UCI President Brian Cookson.
The celebration, which will kick off a nine-day international cycling event beginning the next day, will also feature a concert by the Richmond Symphony and a parade of flags representing each participating country.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 09/07/2015 Education
Amy Ariel, a 15-year-old rising junior at Godwin High School, is still basking in the theatrical glow she experienced after being selected as one of four students in the nation to work on the lighting crew for a production held during the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska in June.
During the festival, held June 22-27 at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), Ariel worked on the crew of The Music of Menken, which honored Alan Menken, a musical production designer for Disney who has worked on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors and many others.
The weeklong celebration of thespians and theater enthusiasts featured college scholarship auditions, 50 various workshops and full-length, one-act and individual performances.
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