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.

Tuesday, June 27

VSBA Conference on Education- July 18, 2017
Join hundreds of school division leaders from across Virginia at the 32nd annual VSBA Conference on Education. We are pleased to have Toney McNair, the 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year from Chesapeake City Schools as the…

Tougher academic standards proposed for MHS athletes
At its June 12 meeting, the Middlesex County School Board approved a first reading of new guidelines pertaining to grade point average (GPA) requirements for students participating in athletics at Middlesex High School. The board is…

Plans to move CATEC to PVCC get new life
Albemarle County officials aren’t ready to give up on plans to move the area’s vocational training school to the campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College — plans that had been shelved for more than a year. The county has…

It All Adds Up: Students learn about STEM classes at camp
There were robots, drones and microcontrollers. It wasn’t a science fair showing off the newest technology. It wasn’t a math convention or a host of professors. It was a coding camp, set up at New College Institute to give local students a…

Schools, city leaders to discuss RVA Education Compact
The Richmond School Board will meet Monday afternoon with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of Richmond City Council to discuss the RVA Education Compact.  The goal of the compact is to formalize collaboration…

‘Best is yet to come’ for 89 graduates of MHS
“The best is yet to come,” Mathews High School co-valedictorian Scooter Ransone promised his fellow graduates during Saturday afternoon’s 78th commencement exercises. Family and friends packed the Harry M. Ward…

Beloved Virginia High School Teacher, Coach Killed in Beltway Crash
Leonard Schultz, was a special education teacher at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. He also was the high school's varsity football coach, a Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman said. "Those who knew Mr. Schultz…

Valley locals among statewide traffic safety winners
The Stuarts Draft and Louisa County high school YOVASO clubs were among the 22 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety Awards Banquet held June 21 at James Madison…

Local youth graduate from Hampton University's antiviolence program
Over the past six months, a group of approximately 50 young people from Newport News and Hampton became, in their words, men. These young black men, ranging from 12 to 25 years old, participated in Hampton University's…

Three ACPS Staff Recognized As Champions Of Children
Three ACPS staff members have been recognized as Champions of Children in the first annual Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission Champions of Children Awards. Olga Wright, newly retired school nurse at…

County school system adds Caredox
Pulaski County Public School nurses will begin using CareDox in August, when the new school year begins. CareDox, a digital version of the school district’s previous health information system, allows parents/guardians to complete…

Falls Church Schools Select Valerie Hardy as New Mary Ellen Henderson Principal
Falls Church City Public Schools announced today the recommendation of Valerie K. Hardy by the selection committee to be the new principal of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. Hardy, who will assume her role on July 10 if…

School board approves bid for gym roof repair
Nearly a year and a half after structural problems were first discovered with the Lee-Jackson Elementary School gymnasium roof, it appears that its repair is imminent. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Mathews County School Board…


Monday, June 26

VSBA Conference on Education- July 18, 2017
Join hundreds of school division leaders from across Virginia at the 32nd annual VSBA Conference on Education. We are pleased to have Toney McNair, the 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year from Chesapeake City Schools as the…

County school district looks to help struggling readers
Officials with Henry County’s school district want to use techniques adapted from brain science to help students learn to read. That is, if they can get the money to pay for the program. During Thursday’s special session, school board…

No kid goes hungry in Louisa
The Louisa Public Library has partnered with the school division to feed local children Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer, one of the feeding sites available to students while school is out. “It’s been going very well,” Ophelia…

A lifetime of teaching: Gaulden has taught in Culpeper for 40 years
When Deborah Robertson Gaulden started teaching in Culpeper in 1977 at the age of 22, her annual salary was $8,350 and the rent for her furnished shared residence was $125 a month. She started at Floyd T. Binns Elementary School…

One Chesapeake family celebrates a quadruple graduation
Attendees of Western Branch High’s graduation on June 14 might have thought their eyes were playing tricks when the Poittilo brothers crossed the stage. After all, it isn’t every day that triplets graduate from high school together. But that’s…

Henrico School Board chooses redistricting plan
The Henrico County School Board unanimously approved a redistricting plan Thursday night, putting an end to an arduous months-long process that pitted the wishes and interests of some families against others. The panel heeded the…

Henry County school board approves raise for superintendent
Dr. Jared Cotton, division superintendent for Henry County Public Schools, accepted an offer Thursday to remain in his current position for the next four years. During a special meeting, school board members unanimously voted to…

T. C. Williams Teacher Awarded STEM Research Grant
The Society for Science & the Public announced $120,000 in grants have been distributed to five innovative organizations supporting community-based STEM projects and 23 science research programs to purchase much-needed…

County schools to begin lead testing
As of July 1, all Virginia public schools must begin testing water for lead, and each school district is expected to come up with a plan for how to implement the new requirement. Some believe the new law is a cautionary response to the…

Longtime band director at Spotsylvania schools retires after 42 years
Every year at this time, scores of teachers in local school systems finish distinguished careers. To honor those who are retiring this year, I share the story of Donna Jacobs, who is stepping aside after teaching music and band for 42…

Superintendent James T. Roberts | 2016-17 was another banner year for Chesapeake Public Schools
As another school year closes, I would like to thank the members of our school family for their hard work and dedication, our parents for their continued support, and our community for its contributions to helping our students succeed. Our…

Shannon Grimsley tapped as new head of Rappahannock public schools
The Rappahannock County School Board announced this weekend that they have chosen a new superintendent to lead the school district, and they didn’t have to go far. Shannon Grimsley, the school system’s executive director of…

School Board Passes $39.6 Million Budget for Upcoming Year- Expects Previous Year-End Surplus of $4000,000 to $700,000
During its Wednesday (June 14) meeting the Fluvanna County School Board passed its initial fiscal year 2018 budget of $39.6 million, which encompasses the 2018-2019 school year, but not without a bit of dissent. Perrie Johnson (Fork…