Liana Hardy

Liana Hardy is the Henrico Citizen's education reporter and a Report for America corps member.


Latest Articles:

Students, staff and parents agree: bullying is a problem in Henrico schools

Bullying is one of the top issues for parents, students and staff in Henrico Schools, according to the results of the HCPS 2024 School Survey conducted in February. About half of participants reported a verbal, social, physical or cyberbullying problem at their school. In total, 76% of the student population completed the survey along with 88% of school-level staff and... READ MORE >

Henrico School Board responds to calls for collective bargaining

The Henrico School Board made its first official statement on the issue of collective bargaining, responding to many Henrico Schools staff who have publicly advocated for contract negotiations since this past November. At an afternoon work session May 9, school board chair and Varina representative Alicia Atkins acknowledged the written and in-person comments made by HCPS staff and community members... READ MORE >

Henrico School Board to vote on $14 million in federal grant funding

The Henrico School Board will vote at a May 9 meeting on a proposal that would allocate about $14 million in federal grant funds to certain school programs for 2024-2025, with $11 million allocated to Title I programs. Federal funds for Henrico Schools’ Title I programs, which are designed to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students, would support instructional... READ MORE >

Final Henrico Schools budget adds more elementary staff and teacher planning time

The Henrico School Board approved an $881 million budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 on April 18, including a $29 million addition from the Henrico Board of Supervisors. The budget addition will add 73 new elementary staff positions and extend planning time for elementary teachers. The addition will also add 10 new pre-kindergarten teachers to provide art, music, and PE classes... READ MORE >

Henrico CTE’s ‘Signing Day’ celebrates graduating seniors’ first step into the workforce and adulthood

Last Wednesday, 56 high school seniors gathered for Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education “Signing Day” to celebrate joining the workforce immediately after graduation. Of the 600 seniors enrolled in the school division’s Advanced Career Education Centers, this cohort is the 10% that already have full-time jobs secured in their chosen profession. Their employers, from 40 different businesses ranging from... READ MORE >

At Henrico Schools’ town hall, community members advocate for stronger school discipline

Enforcing Henrico Schools’ disciplinary code is still a challenge at some schools, according to parents and staff members who attended the school system’s town hall April 23. The Henrico School Board hosted the event, the second town hall it has held this year, at Laburnum Elementary. HCPS staff members directed attendees to discuss “likes” and “wonders” about the school division... READ MORE >

Henrico Schools names Tucker High softball field in memory of late coach McGuire

The last message Tucker High softball player Kendall Shockley received from her coach James “Pat” McGuire read, “Kendall, I can’t wait to get back coaching and watching you play!” McGuire, the longtime head softball coach for J.R. Tucker High School, died Dec. 17 at age 73, but Shockley still wears his name on her visor as a memento to how much... READ MORE >

Henrico School Board pushes for ‘more consistency’ in enforcement of disciplinary code

The Henrico School Board will vote on a number of changes to the Henrico Schools' Code of Student Conduct June 6, including the addition of a self-defense clause and reducing the time student athletes can be suspended from their teams. Other proposed changes, which the board discussed at a meeting April 18, include more guidance on how teachers should handle... READ MORE >

Henrico Schools selects 24 students for homegrown teacher program

 Henrico Schools announced April 1 that 24 high school seniors were selected as Teacher Scholars, earning a guaranteed spot as a teacher in HCPS once they complete college. The Teacher Scholars program, created in 2015, aims to address critical teacher shortages in Henrico Schools, particularly in content areas where there are not enough qualified applicants, with “homegrown talent.” Each... READ MORE >

Henrico School Board to consider adding ‘self-defense’ clause to Code of Student Conduct

Henrico School Board members will review a number of proposed changes to the Henrico Schools Code of Student Conduct at an April 18 meeting, including one that would clarify when a student’s actions would be considered self-defense. The proposed change would add a clause allowing students to claim self defense as long as they were “without fault in provoking or... READ MORE >