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, October 20

VSBA Annual Convention- November 15-17, 2017
The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia…

Suffolk Public Schools looks to open two new schools by September 2018
With two new schools opening in Suffolk, the school district has announced its timeline for rezoning before the schools open in September 2018. Suffolk Public Schools say the two new schools being built, Florence Bowser Elementary…

Local teacher a contestant on ‘Jeopardy’ tonight
A Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher will appear tonight on “Jeopardy.” Strasburg resident Justin Broughman, who teaches U.S. history and U.S. government at Central High School in Woodstock, was 4 years old when he…

Jamestown High’s Alexa Halko named female track athlete of the year for U.S.
A Jamestown High senior has been named the female track athlete of the year by the United States Paralympic Team. Alexa Halko, a silver medalist in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, was named the female track athlete of the year for…

School suspension rates go up again
Virginia schools continue to suspend tens of thousands of students each year over disciplinary infractions, and two Tri-Cities school systems remain near the top of the list for sending problem students home. According to a report…

Urging Caution: Drivers asked to be cautious around school buses after Wednesday's accident
A Henry County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident after leaving Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School on Wednesday. No students were injured in the wreck, but officials with the Virginia State Police said two people traveling…

SWVA students get meal plan support, still in need of more
Students in Virginia are going hungry, according to recent polling done by No Kid Hungry. One in six kids are in families struggling with hunger, but one company announced Tuesday they want to help Southwest Virginia. Islamic Relief USA…

MCPS network experiencing virus
A press release issued by Mecklenburg County Public Schools on Tuesday afternoon disclosed that the school system’s computer network experienced a virus. “A virus has affected the Mecklenburg County Public Schools computer…

County schools partner with Brook Hill Farm
Bedford County Public Schools’ alternative education program has entered a partnership with Brook Hill Farm in a pilot program this year. A pilot partnership with Bedford County Schools has created six slots for students at the school…

Staunton and Augusta County schools get Virginia grants to tighten security
Two area school divisions have received grants from the state to help beef up security. Gov. Terry McAuliffe awarded $6 million in school security equipment grants to 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs. The…

Dealership donates bikes to Tazewell tech school
Cole Harley-Davidson delivered four new Harley-Davidson motorcycles – a Dyna Switchback, a 1200 Nightster Sportster, an Electra Glide Ultra Classic and a Softail Slim - to The Tazewell County Career & Technical Center for use in…


Thursday, October 19

VSBA Annual Convention- November 15-17, 2017
The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia…

County school board receives preliminary budget requests
It’s never too early to begin budget discussions, and the Hanover County School Board got a jump on the process as it held its pre-budget public hearing at last week’s meeting in Ashland. Only one speaker took advantage of the…

Newport News Public Schools superintendent to retire after 10 years
The superintendent of Newport News Public Schools announced Wednesday that she will retire after 10 years of service. Ashby C. Kilgore, Ed. D, is the longest serving superintendent of Newport News Public Schools since it was…

Program looks to fill local schools with local teachers
A new program being discussed at Tuesday night's Lynchburg City School Board meeting is trying to grow teachers in our own backyard. It's called the Grow Your Own Teachers Initiative, which is a joint effort between Lynchburg College and…

New elementary school coming to Henrico
A new elementary school is coming to Henrico County as the school district tries to tackle the issue of overcrowding. It will be built in a 10-acre wooded area, right next door to Holladay Elementary School on Galaxie Road off of Staples Mill…

Suspension rates on the rise in Virginia
Suspension rates in Virginia schools rose during the 2015-16 school year, especially among elementary school students, students with disabilities and students of color. According to a report from the Legal Aid Justice Center, over…

Virginia teen faces felony charges for threats to kill five students
A high school student is facing felony charges after threats to kill five students were made online and through social media, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was notified of the electronic threat to kill…

Botetourt event to focus on upcoming job opportunities for high school graduates
With more than 1,000 new jobs on the way for Botetourt County over the next five years, some of the prospective employees will have an opportunity Thursday to learn about the opportunities.The BoCo Xpo, a collaborative effort between…

In Poquoson, figures for enrollment, costs of school consolidation higher than expected
The Poquoson School Board is swimming in numbers as it decides whether or not it will consolidate the city’s four schools, but the decision may hinge on a projection of school enrollment 10 years from now. The city’s years of…

Police make arrest for weapon found on elementary student
Police have arrested a man in connection with an incident where a student brought a gun to Lakeview Elementary School in Colonial Heights. At approximately 10 a.m., a Colonial Heights school bus was transporting children…

County tackles suicide prevention with new campaign
In Virginia, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death, the second leading cause of death for young people, ages 15-34, and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14. During October and November, Chesterfield County and the…

Petersburg High School hosting First Annual Elementary Night on Oct. 27
Pink out. Football. Senior recognition. Elementary schools on parade. With all of that happening, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Petersburg High School football field, school leaders are hoping for a big turnout from students…

Norfolk schools charity names new leader. On the to-do list: Sell $260,000 grand piano.
The Norfolk Education Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the city’s public schools, has named a new executive director. Karen Tanner, who spent nearly two decades as the school division's public relations coordinator, will…


Wednesday, October 18

VSBA Annual Convention- November 15-17, 2017
The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia…

Wenonah Elementary to host Inclusion Day
It's important for students with special needs to be around their same-age peers in school and out of it. That's the philosophy that Taylor Flavin, a second-year teacher at Wenonah Elementary School, brought to the school last year when…

Harrisonburg School Board could decide location of second high school
There has been a long-time debate in Harrisonburg over whether the school district should build a second high school to solve overcrowding issues at the current one, and it looks as if the School Board could make another key…

Black, disabled students disproportionately suspended in Virginia, report says
Black students in Virginia were suspended about four times as much as Hispanic and white students in 2015-16, according to a new report out Tuesday. In total, Virginia schools issued more than 131,500 out-of-school suspensions during…

Changes up in air over ‘community use’ of school facilities
Changes to Halifax County School Board’s policy on “Community Use of School Facilities” remain up in the air, but board members made it clear Thursday night something would be done after information surfaced at their meeting that at…

Pair of Teachers Dismiss Students’ Screens
Educational consultant and video-game designer Marc Prensky hailed a new generation of “digital natives” who will remake our world. The headline on a piece by social-media scholar danah boyd (a lowercase person) said parents should…

Liberty HS to host Little Feet Meet Oct. 26
Liberty High School is not known for its abundance of organizations, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up in the passion and dedication of its club members. One organization in particular stands out amongst the rest for its devotion to its…

JROTC Raider Team wins meet
Buckingham County High School JROTC Raider Team defeated 24 Raider teams to win the annual Orange County Raider meet challenge. According to a press release, the meet was Oct. 6 at Orange County High School. “The…

Northampton County Public Schools State of the Schools Forum
Northampton County High School in Eastville, Virginia was the setting for the Northhampton County Education Foundation’s first annual State of the Schools Community Forum on Tuesday, October 17…

Richmond School Board appoints Cheryl Burke as interim 7th District representative
The Richmond School Board has appointed Cheryl Burke to fill the city’s 7th District seat on an interim basis. Burke, a former Richmond Public Schools principal, was chosen in closed session at Monday’s School Board meeting…

CCPS raises funds for American Heart Association
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States yet is 80 percent preventable? To support the prevention of heart disease, 29 Chesterfield County schools participated in heart-healthy wellness events…

Unified basketball a bright spot for many
J.T. Trout wasn't too worried about the outcome of the game Monday night. The Waynesboro High School student just wanted to make sure everyone had fun. Trout was part of the Little Giants unified basketball team that took the court…


Tuesday, October 17

VSBA Annual Convention- November 15-17, 2017
The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia…

Colonial Heights’ Hersee awarded high school ‘Senior of the Month’
Megan Hersee, a senior at Colonial Heights High School (CHHS), was awarded the prestigious title of “Senior of the Month” in September, an honor extended to only 10 seniors each year. Beginning 15 years ago and continuing today…

Ballenger joins Smyth County School Board staff
Chris Ballenger found a brand new culture when he moved to Smyth County from Oklahoma and he and his family are loving it. Ballenger took on the post of assistant superintendent for instruction in Smyth County Schools on July 1 and…

Bon Secours to provide athletic trainers to Richmond schools after previously ending agreement
Bon Secours will provide athletic trainers for Richmond Public Schools through the end of the school year after the two sides agreed to continue their previously terminated agreement. The contract was originally ended by Bon Secours in…

Board renews superintendent's contract
Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board. Board Member Shannon Holdaway made the motion to “approve the resolution…

Pack-a-Sack program helps feed hundreds of Bedford County students on weekends
On Friday, some 300 Bedford County students at three elementary schools took home extra food for the weekend, thanks to volunteers in Moneta who spent the previous day packing paper bags with kid-friendly macaroni and cheese…

Roanoke City Public Schools responds to computer virus
Roanoke City Public Schools students and staff are asked not to log into school system computers while the district responds to a computer virus discovered Thursday. The district notified families of the virus in a call and in online posts…

Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field
Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball…

Fifth grade teacher uses greenhouse to grow minds
Hannah Story In Pittsylvania County, a teacher is using a greenhouse to prepare her fifth grade students for their SOL science tests. Kelsey Robertson saw an opportunity to teach her kids without paper and pencils when she applied for…

Blacksburg school no longer assigns homework to students
It's usually a treat for students when they come home with no homework. At one school in Blacksburg, no homework is a new policy. "It's really fun because we get extra time to do whatever we need to," said Miles Ermann, a fifth grade…

‘Profile of a Graduate’ changes in the works
Starting next year, freshmen at Halifax County High School will be required to fulfill Virginia’s new “Profile of a Graduate” requirements before receiving their high school degrees in 2022. On Thursday night, Halifax County School Board…

Richlands student beats adversity to pursue passion
A tragedy early in the life of a young man from Southwest Virginia revealed a hidden talent that has pulled him from the shadows of a dark childhood and thrust him into the limelight. Seventeen-year-old Zach Mitchell’s mother died…


Monday, October 16

VSBA Annual Convention- November 15-17, 2017
The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia…

Innovation center proposed for Floyd County High School
The Floyd County School Board discussed several capital improvements at the monthly meeting Monday. One of the major proposals is construction of an innovation center beside the CTE building. Mark Fought, project manager for…

School board looking into overcrowding at Forest Middle, could lead to redistricting
Classrooms at Forest Middle School are overcrowded, so school board members are trying to do something about it. The school is overcrowded by about 400 students. A mother of a student at Forest Middle School said the overcrowding…

Hickory High one of 7 schools in Virginia to earn Blue Ribbon status
Hickory High School was recently recognized as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for maintaining academic excellence. It was one of seven schools in Virginia and the only one in…

Frederick Schools superintendent saddened by county’s preschool grant rejection
On Wednesday evening, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors decided not to appropriate grant funds to continue supporting the school division’s pilot preschool program. On Thursday, Superintendent David Sovine had a…

Grayson County renovates schools
Schools in Grayson County are getting much needed renovations after the school division discovered extra funds to pay for the projects. Several floors in Grayson County High School were replaced, LED lights were installed in…

Social media threat cancels Brunswick High football game
The sheriff's office is investigating a social media threat made against Brunswick High School in Lawrenceville. The specific nature of the threat was not released. No suspicious activity has been reported at the high school, Sheriff Brian…

Gifted students come together
They spent weeks putting together their best project and on Sept. 29 students from all over the county got to enjoy it. On that Friday, all the gifted elementary students in Bedford County Public Schools took a field trip to attend the first…

Principal at Bessie Weller Elementary School resigns unexpectedly
Bessie Weller Elementary School in Staunton has just lost its fifth principal in 10 years. Don Rhodes became the principal of Bessie Weller in July and resigned this week for "personal reasons," according to Superintendent Garett Smith…

Outdoor classroom provides hands-on environmental experience
Sixth graders from Rappahannock Elementary joined homeschoolers and students from Hearthstone, Belle Meade and Wakefield down by the riverside in Sperryville recently for RappFLOW’s outdoor classroom. Five weeks without…

Botetourt County schools note enrollment increase
Botetourt County is starting its school year with 115 more students than expected, a small but significant increase as the school system hopes to reverse a trend of declining enrollment. At the end of September, 4,550 students were…

Chesapeake schools are weighing 4 options for rezoning
Opinions are mixed on how to handle enrollment at schools in the fast-growing southern part of the city. The School Board is considering rezoning areas around Grassfield, Great Bridge and Hickory highs. Some think adjusting school…