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Contractor unlikely to face financial penalty for accident
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.

School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.

"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email.

Varina HS students help to map Hollywood Cemetery


Varina High School geospatial technology students spent Halloween taking GPS readings of graves at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - efforts that will assist in creating a searchable web-based map of the famed cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is a “garden” cemetery recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in America with 135 acres of sprawling hills and trees. As the second-most visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, Hollywood brings visitors from all across the country.

Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13.

Henrico HS plans community day

Henrico High School will host a Community Day event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 302 Azalea Avenue.

The event, sponsored by the school's Class of 2015, will include an indoor yard sale and fish fry. Members of the public can reserve a table for $25 apiece to sell crafts, clothes, toys and other items at the yard sale.

There will be a kids' zone and tours of the school, which recently opened its new addition.

NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

Deep Run’s marathon dance returns for eighth year

In its first seven years, Deep Run High School’s Marathon Dance has become a Henrico County phenomenon, as well as a fundraising juggernaut.

Last year, the student-run function broke the $1 million mark in funds raised for community groups since the dance’s 2007 inception. It now ranks No. 2 nationally in fundraising for such events. Hundreds of participating students check in on a Friday night and dance for charity, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.

Varina High School celebrating ‘Michael Robinson Spirit Day’

For Varina High School students and staff, the 2014 Super Bowl is personal. The school will celebrate “Michael Robinson Spirit Day” Friday, in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, who is a 2001 Varina graduate.

The school is encouraging students and staff to wear Seahawks gear, or the team’s green, navy and silver colors. Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, donated cookies in Seahawks colors for the celebration. There are also two large good-luck banners for students to sign.

HCPS launches student-created iPhone app


Henrico County Public Schools has launched an app of its HCPSLink academic web portal for parents and students – and the new iPhone software was created by a student.

The new mobile app provides students in grades 6-12 and their parents “a quick, easy, lightweight way to stay connected with student grades and assignments,” said HCPS Director of Technology Pete Taylor. “It’s easy to use and aesthetically pleasing.” The app is free, and available at the Apple App Store by searching “HCPS.”

Police arrest Glen Allen HS student

UPDATE: JAN. 10, 12:45 P.M. – Henrico County Police have arrested the 16-year-old male who prompted Tuesday’s lockdown at Glen Allen High School and charged him with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property. He has been placed into juvenile detention and faces a court date later this month. If convicted could serve a minimum of one year in jail or pay a fine of as much as $2,500.

The 16-year-old allegedly made a threat toward a male juvenile acquaintance, according to police.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon. Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution.

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