Daily News

The Virginia Daily Education News is a daily update (Monday through Friday) of education news throughout Virginia. Links are created to various media outlets throughout the state. Simply click on the headlines below for the full news articles.

Thursday, March 23

Newport News School Board approves budget with request for additional city funding
The Newport News School Board unanimously passed Superintendent Ashby Kilgore's $309.9 million fiscal year 2018 budget Tuesday night. Included in the budget is a request to the city for $123.3 million in funding, a $5 million…

One year turned into 29 for Craigsville teacher
It was Mark Twain who said that a person who finds a job he loves, never works a day in his life. It's something that Mary Sue Traxler knows to be true. And therefore, Traxler doesn't feel she's "worked" a single day in the last 29 years…

LCS's Brabrand named Region 5 Superintendent of the Year
Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand has cause for celebration after being announced as the Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region 5 on Tuesday. The award was issued by the Virginia Association of School…

Carroll school chief retiring
Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1. The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement. Blankenship announced his…

Kettle Run students get a lesson from former VP candidate Tim Kaine
Kettle Run High School government students got a chance Monday to hear from someone with some job experience in the subject. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., spent nearly an hour talking to students and answering questions about everything…

Teachers, students of fire-damaged Henrico school need supplies
An accidental fire in a mechanical room at Baker Elementary School caused significant damage to the roof and briefly left hundreds of students and staff in limbo. Air scrubbing equipment has been deployed to clean the air in the…

Hundreds of Powhatan school employees compromised in data breach
Employees of Powhatan County Public Schools have been notified of a data breach that occurred Monday that has exposed their person information to a scammer. Superintendent Dr. Eric Jones said the data breach happened when…

Chesapeake School Board planning session will talk about rezoning
When the School Board decided against rezoning for Hickory Middle School in January, some board members made a request. They wanted to continue to talk about how to fix overcrowding at certain schools and how to get more students…

Flu takes toll at DES
The flu has taken its toll on Dublin Elementary School, where the number of absences on Monday and Tuesday were higher than usual for March. “We did have several reported cases of Dublin Elementary students who were…

Marion Senior High forensics team advances to state championships
Ten of the Marion Senior High School forensics team members and three alternates are advancing to Virginia High School League state championships this weekend in Midlothian. The school team won its fourth consecutive…

Students learn to manage money during Bank Day
First Bank invited area high school seniors from Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties to learn about the banking industry, financial services and the role banks play in their communities as part of the Virginia Bankers Association…

Waynesboro schools get to the 'art' of the matter
A reception for the Waynesboro Public Schools Youth Art Show was held Tuesday at Waynesboro High School's little gym, where the show opened on Monday and runs through Thursday. Student artwork from every public school…


Wednesday, March 22

Bristol Tenn., Bristol, Va. school systems to create joint CTE program
A new partnership will allow high school students in Bristol to take some classes across state lines. Bristol Tennessee and Bristol Virginia school systems are working to create a Career and Technical Education partnership. Both…

Wheeler appointed new school superintendent for Floyd County
Dr. John Wheeler has been appointed the new Division Superintendent of Floyd County Schools. A motion was made tonight following the end of a School Board meeting and public hearing to hear budget concerns for the coming year…

MHS HOSA students win big at conference
Students from Martinsville High School recently attended a weekend Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Leadership Conference held in Williamsburg. A total of 49 students from the local high school participated in…

Menz-Erb sworn in; Richmond school administrators say fund balance debate based on 'misunderstanding'
Richmond Public Schools officials said Monday that they waited longer than usual to tell School Board members about money possibly left over from last year to avoid drawing attention to the city’s perennially delayed financial report. The…

Six key seats up for grabs in Page County’s fall election
Carol Gaunt, Page County director of elections/registrar, says she has had candidate packets ready since the beginning of the year for the November election, but only a few packets have gone out and "no one has returned any…

Students hone construction, creative, theatrical skills in Odyssey of the Mind
Problem-solving, teamwork, engineering, theatre, art and the use of power tools all come together in the sunroom and garage of Norm Remchuk's Poquoson home. Those two rooms of his house are almost entirely dedicated to Odyssey…

Fauquier School Board stands by plan for a $43.3 million consolidated middle school
Despite ongoing pressure to keep a lid on construction costs, the Fauquier County School Board decided Monday to stick with its plan to request funding for a new consolidated middle school. The school board will ask the Fauquier…

Falls Church City Public Schools earns IB Certification for all grades
For more than 30 years high school students in Falls Church City Public Schools have been exposed to the International Baccalaureate program. "IB is a concept-based curriculum from an independent organization that has established…

Western Albemarle student made science project her personal and philanthropic mission
When Meg Richey was in ninth grade, her bus driver suddenly stopped showing up to work. Through most of middle school and into the beginning of high school, Mike Morris had been the driver whom she and many other students loved and…

Committee formed to discuss overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School
A new committee is now meeting to discuss and recommend options for dealing with overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School. Enrollment projections show that the high school could gain hundreds of students over the next ten years, when…

Pleas made for teachers at S.P. Morton
Two faculty members from S.P. Morton Elementary School were the only speakers at the public hearing for the proposed Franklin City Public School budget. Both made their case for the teachers. Patricia Rideout, media…


Tuesday, March 21

Friendly Giants: Someone to look up to
A Central High School senior has brought high school and elementary students together by creating a mentoring program to give kids at W.W. Robinson Elementary School a little extra attention and to help them to build self-esteem…

Hampton making progress on "wall-to-wall" high school transformation
Hampton City Schools is overhauling the curriculum for this September's freshman class as part of transforming the city's four high schools into the hosts of 15 "college and career academies." The division, in partnership with Ford…

Coleman Elementary nurse saves county maintenance worker’s life
A Fauquier County school nurse was recently honored for saving the life of a county maintenance worker when he had a medical emergency. Garry Miller, 52, a plumber’s assistant, was one of two county maintenance workers who visited…

Farson, Satterfield not to seek re-election on the school board
Two more Halifax County School Board members announced over the weekend they will not be seeking re-election in November, ED-3 Trustee Kim Farson and ED-6 Trustee Fay Satterfield. The duo first joined the board in 2009, along with…

2-alarm fire closes Baker Elementary School in Henrico
Henrico County Public Schools have announced that Baker Elementary School will be closed for students and staff Monday and Tuesday after a two-alarm fire broke out in the building Sunday morning. The fire occurred just before 8 a.m…

Richmond School Board to review surprise $8M surplus
Richmond School Board Chairwoman Dawn Page said she is “not happy” that school system administrators failed to tell the board it likely would end the fiscal year with at least $8.3 million to spare. “We did not know. We had not been…

‘Solar for Schools’ program to power six schools, museums
Dominion will more than double the number of sites for its innovative Dominion Solar for Schools program as part of its expansion of solar power infrastructure in Virginia. Sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, six school or museums will…

$40,000 Grant To Aid HCPS’ Meals Program
Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ summer meals program is going mobile. The division announced earlier this month that its School Nutrition Program has received $40,000 from Share Our Strength, a nonprofit that seeks to end…

T. J. Senior Wins $70,000 In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017
On Tuesday night, March 14, Prathik Naidu, 18, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology  won seventh place and $70,000 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science…

Herndon named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year
Halifax County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle P. Herndon has been named Region 8 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Region 8 is one of eight districts in the…

Pulaski violinist Melanie Robinson shares her passion with Snowville Elementary students
Melanie Robinson recently asked one of her young proteges at Snowville Elementary School to stop playing the violin. That’s certainly not something she typically does. But Robinson realized the student had removed her finger splint…

Dedication sums up math award
As a student, Tasha Fitzgerald didn’t always understand math, but could usually remember vital formulas that would help her arrive at the correct answers. “I was able to pass my math classes, but I didn’t truly appreciate math until I started…

Spring Showdown step show at Green Run High School celebrates cinema-inspired routines
The stormtroopers marched out on stage as Darth Vader’s voice piped in overhead. “It is useless to resist,” the deep bass told hundreds in the audience. No need. They were totally into the dark side. And why not, when the…


Monday, March 20

Tunstall Ag students present Brosville Elem. with book barn
Students from Tunstall High School have undertaken a project to put a “book barn” in every elementary school in the county, and on Thursday, one was presented to Brosville Elementary School. The book barn was designed and…

Henry County Board member Mattox dies
Henry County School Board member Bessie "Betsy" Stone Mattox died Saturday. Mattox, 75, served on the board for nine years, presiding as chairperson for two, said a news release from Henry County Public Schools…

Federal budget would affect Roanoke after-school program, research and regional commission
About $2 million in federal funding for an after-school program in Roanoke would go away under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Cuts to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ program were among the proposed…

Virginia Beach superintendent named Region II Superintendent of the Year
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has been named the Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Dr. Spence was selected from among 16…

Harrisonburg High School students discuss life as refugees in America
A group of James Madison University students got the chance to hear perspectives from local refugees not too far removed from their own age. The refugees are students at Harrisonburg High School, a school where 58…

Parents of Henrico students express frustration over Hungary Creek redistricting plans
Parents of Henrico County students expressed frustration Thursday night over two redistricting possibilities. Some said neither sufficiently addressed overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, and others said the rezoning…

Winchester Public Schools has announced principal for new Daniel Morgan Intermediate School
Winchester Public Schools has announced that Matthew Wygal has been named principal of the recently approved Daniel Morgan Intermediate School. Wygal currently serves as principal at Virginia Avenue Charlotte Dehart Elementary…

Calvin ‘Bunky’ Doss to run for 5th school board term
Former Gretna town councilman, current Pittsylvania County School Board chairman, and school board member of 14 years Calvin “Bunky” Doss recently announced his run for another school board term. He said, the two “huge…

Lancaster high school principal resigns
Lancaster High School Principal Bruce Cook handed in his official resignation on Thursday, Mar. 9, around 3 p.m. His resignation topped off a chaotic day for Lancaster after they received an alleged bomb threat that morning, resulting in…

Bedford school board member announces re-election bid
Incumbent Bedford County School Board member Jason Johnson has announced his intention to run for re-election. Johnson, who serves on District 2, has been on the board for four years now. He said education is his passion…

In State of Schools address, Bedden recommits to moving Richmond schools through transition
The challenges are known. Richmond city and school leaders did not need to recite them Tuesday at the district’s annual State of the Schools rally headlined by Superintendent Dana T. Bedden. With only 17 of 44 schools fully accredited…

FBLA members get high honors
The Buckingham County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club received numerous awards at Longwood University during its regional competitions recently. According to school officials, regional winners…

Out-of-county students vary
Students who reside outside the county have provided not only a boost to enrollment in Prince Edward Public Schools, but revenue from the state’s coffers as well. According to Prince Edward County Public School Superintendent Dr…

Proposed school increases would cause 7¢ hike in tax rate
Increases proposed by the Mathews County School Board in its 2017-2018 budget would translate into about a 7 cent hike on the county’s real estate tax rate, county administrator Mindy Conner said Tuesday night. Conner made…