Few other speakers comment on proposed budget
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.
The Henrico School Board Thursday approved new names for the division's career and technical education specialty centers at Highland Springs and Hermitage high schools.
Highland Springs Technical Center is being renamed the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. Hermitage Technical Center will now be the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage.
The new names better convey the centers' broader mission, said Mac Beaton, director of HCPS' Department of Career and Technical Education.
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.
UPDATE: NOV. 6, 2015, 5:44 P.M. – Following a 43-vote loss in Tuesday's election, Fairfield District School Board candidate Tara Adams announced tonight that she will seek a recount.
Adams lost to Roscoe Cooper III, 5,095 votes to 5,052 votes, according to the results that were certified today by Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley. The tentative results Tuesday night had given Cooper a 48-vote victory.
In a statement, Adams said that she made her decision to seek a recount after much deliberation.
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.
JULY 23, 1:45 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board is seeking interested candidates to fill the remainder of the term previously served by two-term Fairfield District representative Lamont Bagby, who resigned today upon being sworn-in to the Virginia House of Delegates. The new member will serve the remainder of Bagby's term, which concludes this year.
Applicants must be registered voters and live in the Fairfield Magisterial District. Applicants must send a letter expressing their interest and a resume to School Board Clerk Sue Largen. In addition, interested applicants must complete a Statement of Economic Interest and a Statement of Qualification.
UPDATE: JUNE 3, 10:58 P.M. – Two-term Tuckahoe District School Board member Lisa Marshall – who announced a little more than a month ago that she would give up her seat – has changed her mind and announced tonight that she will seek re-election in November after all.
Marshall changed her mind after seeing that no one had filed to run for the seat, with the deadline to file less than a week away.
Community advocate Tara Adams has announced that she will seek the Fairfield District School Board seat in November's election. The seat is currently held by Lamont Bagby, who intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 74th District seat in the House of Delegates this June. Bagby has not announced whether he would seek a third term on the School Board should he fail to earn that nomination.
The entire School Board will be up for election in November, along with the Board of Supervisors.
Henrico County School Board work sessions and monthly meetings will be streamed live online beginning today, in an effort to make the meetings more accessible to a greater number of citizens.
The stream can be accessed through the Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) website (http://www.henrico.k12.va.us) by clicking on the live streaming logo that will appear approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start.
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