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Glen Allen woman urges School Board to enhance ESL program

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.

High school students construct ramps for local residents


Fourteen students from Stephanie Welles’ Relevance Rising seminar at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (MLWGS) and six members of Paige Hawkins' RAMPS Club at MLWGS completed installation on two handicap access ramps in December, providing a safe entrance for residents of Nine Mile Road who live with health and mobility issues.

Welles has taken her RR seminar to Guatemala for the past three years for an interdisciplinary field experience providing services to the village of Tzunanà community library, while RAMPS Club helps to build accessibility ramps for those without the means to afford it themselves.

Muthusamy earns three-peat as spelling champ


Moody Middle School seventh-grader Tejas Muthusamy claimed a three-peat as the Henrico County Public Schools' districtwide spelling bee champion earlier this week, correctly spelling "malihini" and "Samaritan" to win the title and again advance to the regional spelling bee. Each of the past two years, Muthusamy also won that event and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where he finished seventh overall last year and eighth overall in 2014 – events that included nearly 300 competitors each from throughout the nation.

HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 19


Spelling champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will compete Jan. 19 to determine a winner in the 2016 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School. HCPS-TV will stream the event live online at henricoschools.us beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year, Tejas Muthusamy of Moody Middle School repeated as champion by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, in the finals. In both 2014 and 2015, Muthusamy eventually advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where he finished in the top 10 both years.

HCPS Central Office donates nearly $4,000 to Henrico Christmas Mother


Instead of exchanging holiday gifts within their departments, employees at Henrico Schools' headquarters building elected to give to the Henrico Christmas Mother campaign. Tuesday morning at the building on Nine Mile Road, Henrico Christmas Mother Beverly Cocke accepted a ceremonial check for their efforts from HCPS Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw in the amount of $3,926.86.

The amount included gifts and cash from administrative and support personnel at HCPS Central Office. The donations included:

• A sleigh full of toys from HCPS instructional specialists and the Human Resources Department;

Cooper wins recount as Fairfield School Board member

Following a recount, Roscoe Cooper III has been officially declared the winner of the tight Nov. 3 Fairfield District School Board election, claiming the seat by 42 votes over Tara Adams. Cooper had been declared the winner on Election night – by just 43 votes – and Adams (who had led until the absentee ballots were counted) decided to request a recount.

The recount awarded two more votes to Cooper and three more to Adams.

Montessori ‘PUP rally’ to support Richmond Animal League


Students at Richmond Montessori School will host a “PUP rally” Friday, Dec. 11 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete their weeklong community service project in support of the Richmond Animal League, a nonprofit organization that saves lives and provides help and homes to animals in need.

For the second year in a row, students in grades 4-8 will show their support for Richmond Animal League by wearing animal costumes with posters, pom-poms and cheers as parents drive through the carpool line.

Student seeks new name for Byrd M.S.


Metro Richmond has a rich racial history. One man, Arthur Ashe, has been a point of pride for the region – his statue sits on Monument Avenue in Richmond to commemorate his courage in breaking racial barriers during his unprecedented tennis career.

Another man’s name adorns the front of a Henrico school, but some citizens aren’t as willing to celebrate the history he contributed.

Harry F. Byrd Middle School, part of the Henrico County public school system, is named after the 50th governor of Virginia, who also represented the state in the U.S. Senate for 22 years.

HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair for bus driver candidates at the Glen Allen Branch Library Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Attendees can view buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for bus driver positions

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the library to conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates.

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