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January 25, 2023

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. Click the underlined headlines to view the articles.


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Albemarle County Public Schools to strengthen crisis response

In efforts to strengthen crisis response, Albemarle County Public Schools, the local government, and Albemarle County Fire Rescue are joining forces. The leaders of these organizations say it is an important union because if a crisis does happen in county schools, they want to be prepared.

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TAT Training instituted at SCPS

Sussex County Public Schools last week created a TAT (Threat Assessment Team) for the division in response to the General Assembly's legislation Code of Virginia 22.1-79.4 directing the manner in which school safety threats are to be assessed and handled.

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Roanoke County school board approves tentative funding plan for new career and tech center

The Roanoke County School Board has approved a tentative capital improvement plan for 2024 through 2033 that includes funding for a new career and technical education center, although with some reservations. The plan sparked debate before the school board's favorable vote last week, with some members voicing concerns.

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Henrico schools to add metal detectors next month

Metal detectors will be installed at multiple Henrico County public schools following a number of safety-related incidents this school year. Superintendent Amy Cashwell addressed families and staff in a statement, saying that she is committed to strengthening security measures in the schools.

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Firing King William superintendent will come at a large cost, school board member says

"We are failing as a board to uphold our fiduciary responsibilities to the citizens of King William County to be good stewards of the funds we have been entrusted with to educate our children," said school board member Mark Lee.

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Richlands Elementary awarded grant from Heart Association

The American Heart Association's school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and the American Heart Challenge™, awarded four elementary schools funds to purchase resources needed to extend or support existing school wellness programs. One of those schools is Richlands Elementary, located in Richlands, VA (Tazewell County).

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Gloucester County Public Schools superintendent announces retirement

Gloucester County Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Walter R. Clemons announced his retirement at the school board work session on Thursday. Dr. Clemons has dedicated 33 years of his life to serving in public education.

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Scholarships could be extended to descendants of students locked out by Massive Resistance

Legislation advanced unanimously Monday to extend eligibility for the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program to include descendants of students locked out of school during Massive Resistance. It still has to clear several additional votes to pass, though and will go next to the House Education Committee for further consideration.

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Former School Board member honored for service

Former Arlington School Board member Barbara Kanninen recently was honored by the VSBA as a Regional School Board Member of the Year. Kanninen and JoWanda Rollins-Fells (Caroline County) were recognized for their boardsmanship qualities and active involvement in promoting student achievement.

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Grayson County Schools Superintendent talks about CATE Program

Students in the Builds and Trade program have recently completed setting up posts for a new structure at the GC Recreational Park Softball Fields. Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore shares how the Career and Technical Education Center is helping students become productive citizens.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs, January 31, 2023

There are few elected/appointed positions as important to the future of our communities as a school board member. As election season wraps up and new educational leaders prepare to take their seats on boards of education across the state, VSBA is here to help them optimize the effectiveness of their governance teams.

2023 VSBA Capital Conference, January 30-31, 2023

This year’s two-day Capital Conference will kick off with a budget and economic outlook for 2023 with the latest update on the Commonwealth’s financial picture. After the budget presentation there will be a conversation between Former Virginia House of Delegate Chris Saxman and Dr. Bob Holsworth with their perspectives on the landscape of Virginia politics in 2023 and beyond. Following this session, attendees will hear from VSBA’s own, J.T. Kessler and Stacy Haney on the happenings at the Capitol for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly.

March Hot Topic Conference, March 15, 2023

Join us for the March Hot Topic Conference in Wytheville, Virginia on March 15, 2023. This will be an informative and important hot topic conference that focuses on multiple trending education topics like workforce readiness, virtual reality in public schools, and the “new pandemic” teacher shortages.

COSSBA Inaugural National Conference: Leading and Learning Together!, March 31 - April 2, 2023

Join school board members and education leaders from across the country at COSSBA's inaugural national conference for training and networking opportunities to engage around issues that directly impact the work of governing public education.

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