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.

Friday, December 15

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

ACPS Alum Chosen As New Superintendent
The Alexandria City School Board has selected Gregory Hutchings, Jr. as the next superintendent, and he's someone that's quite familiar with the school system. Hutchings grew up attending Alexandria City Public Schools before…

Delay or closure? Danville Public Schools shares factors that help them decide
Kids and parents are wondering what school officials consider when they decide to delay or close schools due to weather conditions. Officials at Danville Public Schools said that school buses play an important role in making the decision…

Arlington school hit with stomach bug, 135 students call out sick
An Arlington school is warning parents after a stomach bug forced more than 100 students to stay at home. A letter was sent home to parents after McKinley Elementary School, which has about 800 students, reported more than 100…

Elementary school students learn about recycling
Nov. 14 started out as a normal day for students at Harry E. James Elementary School, but by mid-day it became a fun-filled day for second and third graders. Keep Hopewell Beautiful, KHB, and Central Virginia Waste Management…

Good days and bad days
With several months of experience behind them, Calena Wagoner and Dr. Suzanne Wilmoth are no longer brand-new teachers in the Orange County Public Schools. Wagoner, a 2017 graduate of the University of Virginia, has gotten…

PECMS students help hurricane victims
Prince Edward County Middle School (PECMS) students “adopted” C.E. King Middle School in Houston, Texas, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to a release from Prince Edward County Public Schools…

Students shine: DECA, robotics earn honors
Ridgeview High School students of divergent interests — from robotics to retail marketing management — have recently made their mark in district and regional competitions. Ridgeview High School DECA students competed Nov. 21 in…

Groups call for removal of Lee-Davis, Stonewall Jackson school names in Hanover
As a student at Lee-Davis High School in the late 1960s, Nannie Davis watched with humiliation as her white peers swayed and cheered to the sounds and sights of “Dixie” at pep rallies held during school hours. “I would sit there and watch in…

Spotsylvania teachers worried that they could lose 'key benefit'
Veteran Spotsylvania County teacher Heather LaBelle says she makes about $2,700 a month after taxes and health insurance payments. More than 70 percent of that paycheck goes toward her mortgage, car insurance, utilities and…

Bequest to provide scholarships for Roanoke students
A large bequest will provide college scholarships for Roanoke students, Superintendent Rita Bishop announced Tuesday. A gift of $750,000 was made to establish the Homer O. Amos Memorial Scholarship fund. Students are eligible…

Decorative snow plow
Students of Middlesex High School (MHS) art teacher Brindley Lowe designed the art work and painted a VDOT snow plow (above), which is now on display in front of MHS in Saluda. The art students extended their thanks to the…


Thursday, December 14

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Virginia first ladies talk education, friendship
Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and incoming first lady Pam Northam stopped by White Oaks Elementary in Virginia Beach. While they spoke about education, it's apparent the two share a bond. "We've spent a lot of time…

HCPS Officials Make Pitch For New School
Three school officials addressed City Council Tuesday evening, detailing a cost analysis of building a $76 million high school and the necessity in doing so. Superintendent Scott Kizner, School Board Chairman Andrew Kohen…

Danville drama program needs community support to get to Scotland
One hometown high school's drama program is preparing for a trip to Scotland, but they need to raise the funds first. George Washington High School's drama program is one of two Virginia schools selected for the Fringe Festival - one of…

West Point Elementary School may adopt new grading scale
School officials discussed the possibility of introducing a new grading scale at the elementary school at the School Board’s meeting Tuesday. A committee made up of teachers and parents has been exploring a 10-point scale for the…

Board members say goodbye
Exiting appointed Prince Edward County School Board members who did not run in the first-ever school board election in November said their goodbyes during the Dec. 6 meeting and noted the devotion and hard work for the staff in the…

Chesapeake residents tell school board: Look internally for a superintendent
Residents gave the School Board some advice this week: Don't look too far for your next superintendent. James Roberts previously announced plans to retire when his contract ends in late June. Most speakers at a public hearing Monday…
Loudoun School Board adopts Plan 4 in Dulles South boundary adjustment
After months of work sessions, public input and planning, the Loudoun County School Board has adopted a plan for the attendance boundary for Goshen Post Elementary School, which will open next school year in Dulles South. Of the…

Schools want cameras on bus stop arms
School chief Tony Brads wants to change the way Culpeper’s law enforcement catches drivers who unlawfully pass buses loading or unloading school children. The superintendent on Tuesday asked the County Board of Supervisors rules…

Student enrollment on the rise in Martinsville schools
There’s good news for the Martinsville school district this week, as the number of students attending class is on the rise. For the first time in more than three years, the district has more students at this point than at the end of the previous…

Committee calls for changes in Chesterfield schools to address inequality
Within Chesterfield County schools, not every student has the same access to instructional or extracurricular resources and advanced-level courses. There aren’t set policies driving the school system’s efforts to be more equitable…


Wednesday, December 13

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Virginia’s McAuliffe takes emergency steps to curtail teacher shortage
In a bid to curtail Virginia’s teacher shortage, Gov. Terry McAuliffe took emergency action Monday to get aspiring instructors into classrooms faster by streamlining education requirements. McAuliffe ordered the Virginia Board…

A role model with 'a purpose'
Vincent Banks is a teacher, advisor, family man and now, one of several recent recipients of the Dawbarn Education Award from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. In everything he does, he hopes to inspire his students…

Virginia adopts computer science standards for K-12
The Virginia Board of Education voted last month to become the first state to adopt mandatory computer science standards for all students. The computer science Standards of Learning were unanimously approved after lengthy…

Prince George FLL robotics team competes
Prince George Schools fielded another FIRST LEGO League, FLL, robotics team in 2017 for the sixth year in a row. The team—the Hydro Knights—was based at J.E.J. Moore Middle School and attended their tournament on Nov. 18 at…

Legislators, officials go to school
Virginia public schools opened for the school year with about 1,000 substitute teachers. That is 1,000 teaching jobs that could not be filled, said Mark Johnston, Superintendent Shenandoah County Public Schools, one of several messages…

Appomattox County High School prepares teachers for tomorrow
In partnership with Lynchburg College, Appomattox County High School (ACHS) offers the Teachers for Tomorrow (TFT) Program.  It is a “grow your own” program for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching.  The program…

Incoming Richmond schools superintendent: 'Theme of equity has always been at my core'
The Richmond Public Schools community got its first formal opportunity to meet its new leader Monday. Jason Kamras, who was announced Nov. 20 as the Richmond School Board’s choice to be the new superintendent, greeted the…

Riverside sophomore publishes new age fairy tale
As Riverside High School's Kiara Brown reflected on well-known fairy tales like “The Princess and the Pea,” she felt many of the classics were outdated. So she went ahead and wrote her own. The local sophomore then took it a step further…

With their Lego “Mars colony,” Portsmouth students learn to fly drones
The four of them crowded around the command module, teeth clenched, as they programmed the drone for a supply drop-off on “Mars,” one chance left to get it right. “This is it,” Ashriel Naftali said, as he pressed the go button, sending the…


Tuesday, December 12

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Governor McAuliffe addresses state's teacher shortage; proposes funding
Governor McAuliffe signed an order to address the state's teacher shortage. He also announced a series of budget actions, which include investing in recruiting new teachers and keeping current teachers. The governor is also asking the…

Virginia Schools Closing Connectivity Gap
The schools attended by approximately 75% of Virginia’s 1.3 million public school students now meet or exceed the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum standard for internet connectivity, according to the non-profit…

Discussion on facilities to continue Monday at school board meeting
Maybe the Halifax County School Board on Monday evening will get to the bottom of who has been using the school facilities after school and what non-school employees have keys to enter these facilities. The meeting will begin at…

Newport News acting superintendent eager to continue schools' progress
Brian Nichols’ career in education began more than two decades ago when he was a student at Christopher Newport University. As an undergraduate studying psychology with a concentration in early childhood education, he worked as a…

Non-resident enrollment in Charlottesville schools questioned as buildings grow crowded
As Charlottesville considers building new school facilities to accommodate future population growth, the school division’s policy of accepting students from outside the city has come under more scrutiny. This year, 294 non-resident students…

Franklin board makes calendar adjustment
Franklin City Public School students, faculty and staff are getting what they might think of as an early Christmas present this year. During the work session on Thursday, the school board made an adjustment to its calendar and moved for…

Eastside, Central actors honored
Congratulations to Eastside High School for winning its fourth consecutive Virginia High School League Group 1A state theatre championship this week in Charlottesville with its production of “The Spirit of Life,” about the persecution…

JRTC Seniors Place in the AWS Welding Competition
JRTC welding students recently competed in the annual American Welding Society welding competition. The competition was held at Botetourt Technical Education Center in Fincastle on Tuesday, Dec 5th. The competition had…

Tabb High School seniors share contest winnings with school community
After producing the winning video in a contest about distracted driving, three York County high school students can now focus on what to do with their prize money. Tabb High School Seniors Malia Rosburg, Hope Matthews and Alisabeth…

Public input sought on Culpeper Public Schools budget
As the Culpeper County School Board begins its fiscal year 2019 budget planning process, it would like to hear from the public. When developing a spending plan, the board seeks to balance the needs of the entire school…


Monday, December 11

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

School Board picks five possible school sites
Five sites have been chosen as the best potential locations for a new elementary school in Bristol, Virginia, including one adjoining Van Pelt Elementary. On Monday, the city School Board pared its list of 13 potential sites down to seven…

Military mom surprises son at Hampton elementary school
Aiden Brent was the eighth student to take the stage at Barron Fundamental Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. His peers all read essays about a favorite family moment that their teachers had deemed good enough to share…

McQuaige-Hicks appointed
Prince Edward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Johnson announced Nov. 9 that the county’s school board approved the recommendation to appoint Gwendolyn McQuaige-Hicks as the principal of Prince Edward…

Panel Selects Architect For New High School
The cost to build a second high school in Harrisonburg to accommodate 1,200 students has been estimated at $76 million by the architectural firm that would lead the project. A united Harrisonburg School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday night…

State of the Division report notes triumphs, areas of improvement for Albemarle schools
Continuing to stay above the state’s on-time graduation rate and below the state’s dropout rate were among the highlights of Albemarle County Public School’s 2016-17 academic year, officials told the School Board on Thursday…

Virginia Beach mom starts petition to lock city schools' front doors
When Melissa Smasal heard that a gunman recently tried to enter a California school, she thought Virginia Beach’s students could be safer with one simple change: a locked front door. So Smasal, who has a daughter in the school…

Pennies for Patients
For years students at Big Island Elementary School had raised funds each year for the Leukemia Society. The fundraiser had been championed by a staff member at the school who had family members touched by cancer. But after…

NKHS trio finishes 3rd in math contest
Three New Kent High School students took third place in a recent math competition at Rappahannock Community College. Nakoma Austin, Noah Babin, and Brandon Bonner competed in the Calculus division. The trio outlasted…

Two boards iron out middle school plans
A month after Pulaski County voters said “yes” to financing a new county middle school, the board of supervisors and school board met, again – this time to begin ironing out details in facility construction and site development. Ben Motley…

Secretary of Education DeVos visits Moorefield Station for coding initiative
Moorefield Station Elementary School, one of Loudoun’s three coding immersion schools, received a special visit Friday morning. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came to the school to witness students' progress with coding…

Suffolk's School Bus Tracker helps give parents peace of mind
Late or missing school buses can cause parents much concern about the safety and whereabouts of their children. For that reason, Suffolk Public Schools has launched School Bus Tracker, a web-based portal that enables parents to…