The Lynchburg City School Board will be considering a number of budget reallocation requests at tonight’s meeting. The School’s Superintendent has recommended the division shift $895,000 in the current operating budget to cover a wide range of purchases including musical instruments, maintenance vehicles, information technology equipment and other technology-related expenses, such as an intercom system at Fort Hill Community School. There’s also allowances proposed for staff members who work extra hours to revise instructional pacing guides. The 5:30pm meeting will be held at the School Administration Building on Court Street. CLICK HERE to view agenda items.
The Campbell County Board of Supervisors, next month, will consider approving a new policy for naming and recognition. If approved by supervisors, the policy would set in place ways to recognize and/or naming county facilities, access roads and amenities. The new criteria would include a focus on the purpose of the property’s use and the geographic location; but would not affect property owned by the schools; and exemptions for sponsorship would be considered on a case-by-case basis. The draft of the policy going before the board in May also includes suggested practices for recommending resolutions and for implementing trees, monuments or small gardens in memory of a person or in honor of a group.
A Judge earlier this month ruled in favor of Amherst County, and now the Phelps Road school is officially slated for the auction block. The former Madison Heights Elementary School opened in the 1930s, but closed more than 20 years ago. In June 2013, county building officials condemned the structure. County officials requested auction of the building and its property for delinquent taxes in excess of two years. The judge has not granted a request to demolish the structure while an appeal to the demolition is pending. In December, an apparent arson attempt occurred in the hallway of the school.
Lynchburg City Council is expected to continue its budget talks today. Discussions will likely include a proposed pay raise for city and school employees, and a presentation on the bond issuance to pay for Heritage High School and other capital projects. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening City Hall.
Randolph College was named one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges across the country; it is one of 14 colleges in Virginia; and the only locally to be recognized in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges”. Schools were chosen based a 2013 survey of administrators to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
The Campbell County School Board on Monday discussed a two part plan designed to assist with increasing the graduation rate. The News & Advance reports, the school administrator’s office found that students who were held back in elementary school or middle school were more likely to drop out of high school, even if they otherwise were on track to graduate. The goal is to help those students get through high school in three years and catch up with their age group. According to the article, beginning next school year, high school credit courses will be offered at the middle school level; giving students the opportunity to earn three high school credits to catch up with their peers.
An event highlighting spoken word exchange of letters throughout the Civil War by Charles Minor Blackford and his wife Susan will be shared in Lynchburg. The correspondences lasted from the time he rode off to First Manassas until the Fall of Richmond. The letters eventually became the subject of “Love Letters of Lynchburg,” a series of live readings held across the country. The letters will be shared locally at a performance next Tuesday April 29, in Liberty University’s Tower Theater. The event is being presented by The National Civil War Chaplains Museum. CLICK HERE for event details and ticket information.
The Lynchburg Public Library will be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across the U.S. supporting World Book Night 2014. Over 25,000 volunteers from across the country will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities. The Lynchburg Public Library will serve as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that will be distributed. World Book Night will take place this Wednesday at the Library on Memorial Avenue. CLICK HERE to learn more about the local event –OR- visit us.worldbooknight.org
The 42nd Appomattox Railroad Festival will remain a two-day event. The Appomattox Town Council announced last year that the private sector needed to take over the festival because the Town’s budget could no longer withstand that kind of taxpayer investment. And so, for the first time without the oversight of the Town, a special committee of volunteer citizens has taken on the responsibility of putting on the annual festival this fall. The railroad festival committee is in the process of securing 501-3-C non-profit status and seeking sponsorships. The event is planned for Oct. 11-12. CLICK HERE to learn more about the event.
Kindergarten registration in Campbell County will be held this week. The County’s schools will be holding the kindergarten sign-up on Wednesday. In order to attend kindergarten for the 2014-15 school session, the child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 of this year. Parents with children eligible for kindergarten should contact the school in their attendance zone prior to April 23 to schedule a registration time. Registration will be held at each elementary school from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pre-kindergarten registration will also be held April 23. CLICK HERE for additional information and required forms for registration.