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Some schools in Lynchburg, Bedford County and Campbell County are among those in line for new Virginia school security equipment grants. Governor Northam today awarded $6 million in grants to 340 schools in 70 school divisions. The goal is to better protect students and teachers.

A full list of area schools included in the grant can be found toward the bottom of this news release:

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help protect students and teachers in 340 schools in 70 school divisions. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, mass notification systems, visitor-identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios, security vestibules, and other security upgrades.

“Virginia’s public schools must be safe learning environments where our children can grow, thrive, and prepare for a lifetime of achievement,” said Governor Northam. “That’s why I asked the 2019 General Assembly to more than double the maximum grant allowed for each school division, and worked with state lawmakers to double the total annual appropriation for this critical program. This funding represents an important investment in the safety and security of our students and teachers in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services — give priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades. This year — at the recommendation of Governor Northam’s Student Safety Workgroup — additional weight was given to applications from elementary schools.

“The Commonwealth’s most precious resource is our children,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “These school security grants allow schools to implement innovative technology which will help protect Virginia’s students every day.”

The maximum annual award for a school division is now $250,000, compared with $100,000 previously. Next year, the total annual appropriation for the program will double, from $6 million, to $12 million.

“On behalf of my colleagues in schools across the commonwealth, I thank Governor Northam and the General Assembly for their leadership in providing our schools with additional resources to protect students and teachers from potential threats, and to respond effectively to emergency situations,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “In many cases, the School Security Equipment Grant Program provides funds for divisions and schools to address specific vulnerabilities identified during annual school security audits.”

The divisions awarded school security equipment grants are as follows:

  • Albemarle County — $27,777 for Mary Carr Greer Elementary
  • Alleghany County — $164,415 for Alleghany High and Sharon Elementary
  • Arlington County — $6,100 for Taylor Elementary
  • Augusta County — $117,075 for Riverheads High, Stuarts Draft High, and Wilson Memorial High
  • Bedford County — $38,906 for Bedford Elementary, Big Island Elementary, Otter River Elementary, and Staunton River High
  • Bristol — $83,961 for Joseph Van Pelt Elementary
  • Brunswick County — $25,866 for Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary
  • Buena Vista — $100,633 for Enderly Heights Elementary, F.W. Kling Jr. Elementary, and Parry McCluer Middle
  • Campbell County — $35,145 for Altavista Elementary, Leesville Road Elementary, and Rustburg Elementary
  • Carroll County — $4,325 for Oakland Elementary
  • Charles City County — $46,834 for Charles City County Elementary and Charles City County High
  • Charlotte County — $65,566 for Bacon District Elementary, Central Middle, Eureka Elementary, Phenix Elementary, and Randolph-Henry High
  • Charlottesville — $26,924 for Jackson-Via Elementary and Johnson Elementary
  • Chesapeake — $173,325 for Deep Creek High, Greenbrier Middle, and Hugo A. Owens Middle
  • Chesterfield County — $250,000 for Falling Creek Middle
  • Craig County — $50,400 for McCleary Elementary
  • Culpeper County — $66,558 for Farmington Elementary, Pearl Sample Elementary, and Sycamore Park Elementary
  • Cumberland County — $58,067 for Cumberland Elementary
  • Danville — $16,637 for Grove Park Preschool
  • Dickenson County — $180,191 for Ervinton Elementary, Ridgeview High, and Ridgeview Middle
  • Dinwiddie County — $34,674 for Dinwiddie County Middle, Dinwiddie Elementary, Southside Elementary, and Sutherland Elementary
  • Fairfax County — $236,102 for Crestwood Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Parklawn Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and Whitman Middle
  • Franklin County — $34,699 for Boones Mill Elementary and Sontag Elementary
  • Galax — $48,000 for Galax High and Galax Middle
  • Grayson County — $25,221 for Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary
  • Greensville County — $57,156 for Edward W. Wyatt Middle, Greensville County High, and Greensville Elementary
  • Halifax County — $223,558 for Clays Mill Elementary, Cluster Springs Elementary, Halifax County High, Halifax County Middle, Meadville Elementary, Sinai Elementary, South Boston Elementary, and Sydnor Jennings Elementary
  • Hampton — $201,846 for A.W.E. Bassette Elementary, Aberdeen Elementary, Alfred S. Forrest Elementary, Armstrong Elementary, Barron Elementary, Benjamin Syms Middle, Booker Elementary, C. Alton Lindsay Middle, Captain John Smith Elementary, Cesar Tarrant Middle, Christopher C. Kraft Elementary, Francis Asbury Elementary, George P. Phenix Elementary, Hampton High, Hunter B. Andrews PreK-8, Jane H. Bryan Elementary, John B. Cary Elementary, John Tyler Elementary, Kecoughtan High, Luther W. Machen Elementary, Paul Burbank Elementary, Phillips Elementary, Phoebus High, Samuel P. Langley Elementary, Thomas Eaton Middle, Tucker-Capps Elementary, and William Mason Cooper Elementary
  • Hanover County — $4,942 for Beaverdam Elementary, Cold Harbor Elementary, and John M. Gandy Elementary
  • Harrisonburg — $11,132 for Thomas Harrison Middle
  • Henry County — $41,383 for Axton Elementary, Drewry Mason Elementary, Fieldale-Collinsville Middle, and Laurel Park Middle
  • Hopewell — $223,213 for Carter G. Woodson Middle, Dupont Elementary, Harry E. James Elementary, Hopewell High, Patrick Copeland Elementary, and Woodlawn Pre-School Learning Center
  • Isle of Wight County — $41,122 for Hardy Elementary and Westside Elementary
  • King and Queen County — $38,223 for Central High and Lawson-Marriott Elementary
  • Lee County — $88,071 for Dryden Elementary, Elydale Middle, Flatwoods Elementary, Pennington Middle, and St. Charles Elementary
  • Lunenburg County — $7,830 for Kenbridge Elementary, Lunenburg Middle, and Victoria Elementary
  • Lynchburg — $121,510 for Dearington Elementary/Innovation, Heritage Elementary, Robert S. Payne Elementary, Sandusky Middle, and William M. Bass Elementary
  • Madison County — $163,891 for Madison County High, Waverly Yowell Elementary, and William H. Wetsel Middle
  • Manassas City — $1,586 for Jennie Dean Elementary
  • Martinsville — $80,553 for Albert Harris Elementary, Martinsville High, Martinsville Middle, and Patrick Henry Elementary
  • Mathews County — $20,796 for Thomas Hunter Middle
  • Mecklenburg County — $80,763 for Chase City Elementary, LaCrosse Elementary, and Park View High
  • Montgomery County — $80,145 for Christiansburg Elementary, Christiansburg Primary, and Harding Avenue Elementary
  • Nelson County — $64,203 for Tye River Elementary
  • Newport News — $239,134 for B.C. Charles Elementary, Carver Elementary, David A. Dutrow Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, Denbigh Early Childhood Center, Discovery STEM Academy, General Stanford Elementary, George J. McIntosh Elementary, Hidenwood Elementary, Hilton Elementary, Horace H. Epes Elementary, John Marshall Early Childhood Center, Joseph H. Saunders Elementary, Kiln Creek Elementary, L.F. Palmer Elementary, Mary Passage Middle, Menchville High, Newsome Park Elementary, Oliver C. Greenwood Elementary, Point Option Alternative School, R.O. Nelson Elementary, Richard T. Yates Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary, T. Ryland Sanford Elementary, Willis A. Jenkins Elementary, and Woodside High
  • Norfolk — $237,018 for Azalea Gardens Middle, Berkley/Campostella Early Childhood Education Center, Blair Middle, Booker T. Washington High, Chesterfield Academy Elementary, Coleman Place Elementary, Crossroads Elementary, Easton Preschool, Granby Elementary, Granby High, Ingleside Elementary, Jacox Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Lake Taylor School, Lake Taylor High , Larrymore Elementary, Lindenwood Elementary, Little Creek Elementary, Mary Calcott Elementary, Northside Middle, Norview Elementary, Norview Middle, Oceanair Elementary, P.B. Young, Sr. Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Suburban Park Elementary, Tanners Creek Elementary, The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Tidewater Park Elementary, Walter Herron Taylor Elementary, Willard Model Elementary, William H. Ruffner Middle, and Fairlawn Elementary
  • Norton — $135,287 for Norton Elementary
  • Nottoway County — $8,535 for Blackstone Primary, Crewe Primary, Nottoway Intermediate, and Nottoway Middle
  • Orange County — $77,940 for Locust Grove Middle and Taylor Alternative Education Complex Feeding Site
  • Patrick County — $15,943 for Patrick County High and Patrick Springs Elementary
  • Pittsylvania County — $160,372 for Chatham Elementary, Gretna Elementary, and Kentuck Elementary
  • Portsmouth — $207,167 for Brighton Elementary, Churchland Elementary, Douglass Park Elementary, Hodges Manor Elementary, I.C. Norcom High, James Hurst Elementary, John Tyler Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Mount Hermon Preschool Center, Olive Branch Preschool Center, Park View Elementary, Simonsdale Elementary, Victory Elementary, Westhaven Elementary, and Woodrow Wilson High
  • Prince Edward County — $34,621 for Prince Edward County High and Prince Edward Middle
  • Prince George County — $6,654 for William A. Walton Elementary
  • Prince William County — $48,637 for Dale City Elementary, Enterprise Elementary, and Kerrydale Elementary
  • Radford — $72,479 for Belle Heth Elementary, John N. Dalton Intermediate, McHarg Elementary, and Radford High
  • Richmond — $171,673 for Armstrong High, Franklin Military Academy, and John B. Cary Elementary
  • Roanoke — $104,223 for Addison Aerospace Magnet Middle, Breckinridge Middle, Fairview Elementary, Fishburn Park Elementary, Garden City Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Monterey Elementary, Patrick Henry High, Roanoke Academy For Mathematics and Science Elementary, Westside Elementary, and Woodrow Wilson Middle
  • Rockbridge County — $92,000 for Maury River Middle School and Natural Bridge Elementary
  • Scott County — $174,156 for Duffield-Pattonsville Primary, Dungannon Intermediate, Fort Blackmore Primary, Hilton Elementary, Nickelsville Elementary, Rye Cove Intermediate, Shoemaker Elementary, Twin Springs High, Weber City Elementary, and Yuma Elementary
  • Smyth County — $106,664 for Atkins Elementary, Chilhowie Elementary, Marion Elementary, Marion Middle, Northwood High, Northwood Middle, Oak Point Elementary, Saltville Elementary, and Sugar Grove Elementary
  • Southampton County — $84,483 for Capron Elementary and Southampton Middle
  • Spotsylvania County — $4,991 for Harrison Road Elementary
  • Staunton — $33,320 for Bessie Weller Elementary
  • Suffolk — $208,892 for Elephant’s Fork Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle, and Kilby Shores Elementary
  • Tazewell County — $66,536 for Abb’s Valley-Boissevain Elementary, Dudley Primary, Graham High, Graham Intermediate, Graham Middle, Richlands Elementary, Richlands Middle, Tazewell Intermediate, Tazewell Middle, and Tazewell Primary
  • Virginia Beach — $144,197 for Arrowhead Elementary, Bayside Sixth Grade Campus, Bayside Elementary, Bayside Middle, Birdneck Elementary, Brandon Middle, Brookwood Elementary, Diamond Springs Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Green Run Elementary, Green Run High, Hermitage Elementary, Holland Elementary, Indian Lakes Elementary, Kempsville Elementary, Kempsville High, Kempsville Meadows Elementary, Kempsville Middle, King’s Grant Elementary, Landstown Elementary, Lynnhaven Elementary, Malibu Elementary, Newtown Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Pembroke Elementary, Pembroke Meadows Elementary, Point O’View Elementary, Providence Elementary, Red Mill Elementary, Rosemont Elementary, Rosemont Forest Elementary, Salem Elementary, Thalia Elementary, W.T. Cooke Elementary, Williams Elementary, Windsor Oaks Elementary, Windsor Woods Elementary, and Woodstock Elementary
  • West Point — $20,796 for West Point Middle/High
  • Winchester — $43,792 for Frederick Douglass Elementary and Garland R. Quarles Elementary
  • Wise County — $31,166 for St. Paul Elementary, Union High, Union Middle, and Wise Primary

 A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions. Three school divisions with composite indices of local-ability-to-pay of less than 0.2 — Buena Vista, Lee County, and Scott County — and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind are exempt from the local-match requirement.

The School Security Equipment Grants program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The U.S. Department of Education has honored Paul Munro Elementary School in Lynchburg as one of seven “Blue Ribbon” schools in Virginia. The schools are recognized for either being academically superior or for demonstrating dramatic gains in student achievement.

NEWS RELEASE: — Seven Virginia public schools are among the 362 schools named today by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

Virginia public schools recognized as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools are as follows:

  • Arlington Traditional School in Arlington County
  • Grandin Court Elementary in Roanoke
  • Midlothian High in Chesterfield County
  • Paul Munro Elementary in Lynchburg
  • Rodney E. Thompson Middle in Stafford County
  • Rural Retreat Elementary in Wythe County
  • Tallwood Elementary in Virginia Beach

“Congratulations to the teachers, principals, students and all of the educators and support staff whose hard work and dedication to learning and excellence have earned this national recognition,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “These schools share a common commitment to provide exceptional educational opportunities that will instill in their students a lifelong love of learning that is essential to achieving long-lasting academic and career success.”

Two Virginia private schools — Saint Francis of Assisi School in Triangle and Trinity Christian School in Everett — also were recognized as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools for National Blue Ribbon School awards each year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests and high school graduation rates; or performance in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years while increasing graduation rates for each subgroup.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony later this fall in Washington, DC.

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The Virginia Department of Education has named a Bedford County 2nd grade  teacher the region’s Teacher of the Year. It means Amy Mallow is one of eight regional winners now in the running for Virginia Teacher of the Year. Mallow teaches at Huddleston Elementary.

NEWS RELEASE: — Eight teachers today learned of their selection as 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits, school assemblies and announcements.

First Lady Pamela Northam — a former elementary and high school teacher — was on hand in Loudoun County for the Region 4 announcement; Secretary of Education Atif Qarni — a former middle school and adult education teacher — participated in the Region 3 announcement in Northumberland County; and Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane was in Mecklenburg County for the Region 8 announcement.

“We can never do enough to celebrate the commonwealth’s outstanding teachers and the passion they bring to preparing young Virginians for success in school and beyond,” Northam said. “All of the educators selected today as 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year are recognized by their colleagues and school divisions as the best of the best.”

“We ask a lot of our teachers and the eight outstanding educators honored this morning represent the thousands of teachers in Virginia’s public schools who deliver every day by making a difference in the lives of their students and communities,” Qarni said. “Each of them is an ambassador for the teaching profession and the commonwealth’s public schools.”

“Our 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year represent different content areas and grade levels but they are all dedicated to providing challenging instruction that meets the needs of all of their students, regardless of background,” Lane said. “They are experts in the content they teach and in creating engaging activities, projects and assessments that incorporate the Five C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship.”

The eight 2020 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year announced today are as follows:

· Gregory Patrick Lyndaker, an Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Psychology teacher at Henrico High in Henrico County (Region 1)

· Rachel Kathryn Thompson, an International Baccalaureate World Language Spanish and Advanced Placement Capstone Seminar teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach (Region 2)

· Latasha Marlene Lee, a choral music teacher at Northumberland Middle and Northumberland High in Northumberland County (Region 3)

· Jennifer Renee Rodgers, an Advanced Placement United States and Comparative Government and Politics, Academic Government, Modern International Relations, and Global Social Issues teacher at Dominion High in Loudoun County (Region 4)

· Amy Marie Mallow, a second-grade teacher at Huddleston Elementary in Bedford County (Region 5)

· Andrea Carson Johnson, a 12th-grade English and English 12 College Preparatory teacher at Salem High in Salem (Region 6)

· Sarah Lea Deel, a science teacher at Marion Senior High in Smyth County (Region 7)

· Michelle Rae Howell, a special education teacher at LaCrosse Elementary in Mecklenburg County (Region 8)

The teachers were selected from among candidates nominated by school divisions in each of the state’s eight superintendents regions. The candidates submitted portfolios highlighting their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.

A panel, including classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, and the business community reviewed the portfolios and selected the eight regional teachers of the year. Next month, the panel will interview each of the eight regional teachers to select the 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The decision will be announced on Monday, October 7 during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

The 2020 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be the commonwealth’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year Program. The recognition is given by the Council of Chief State School Officers and program partners. Three previous Virginia teachers — B. Philip Bigler, the 1998 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Mary V. Bicouvaris, the 1989 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and Rodney A. Robinson, the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year — went on to be named National Teachers of the Year.


Sandusky Middle School in Lynchburg will receive one of 28 state grants to fund what are called “21st Century Community Learning Centers”. These centers operate before and after school, on Saturdays, and during vacation periods in efforts to provide greater educational opportunities.

NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Education is awarding 28 grants to fund new 21st Century Community Learning Centers in 19 school divisions.  The grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 and promote equitable educational opportunities for students by supporting tutoring and enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs.

Community learning centers operate before and after school, during school breaks, Saturdays, and during summer vacation.  The centers also provide educational services for families of participating children.

Applicants for the grants — including school divisions and community-based organizations — were encouraged to consult with parents, non-profits, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and youth development agencies to develop their applications and programs.

“Well-designed community programs support the efforts of teachers and schools to improve outcomes for students and engage families in the learning process,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I thank all of the applicants — school divisions and community-based partners — for promoting equity by providing these additional learning opportunities for our students and their families.”

The grant recipients and schools hosting new 21st Century Learning Centers in 2019-2020 are as follows:

  • Alexandria Public Schools — Ferdinand T. Day Elementary
  • Alexandria Public Schools — Francis C. Hammond Middle
  • Alexandria Public Schools — George Mason Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary, George Washington Middle and T.C. Williams High
  • Alexandria Public Schools — Jefferson-Houston K-8
  • Alternatives, Inc. — Hunter B. Andrews PK-8 (Hampton)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia— Eastern Montgomery Elementary (Montgomery County)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area— Woodrow Wilson Intermediate (Danville)
  • Buckingham County Public Schools — Buckingham County Elementary
  • Charlotte County Public Schools— Central Middle
  • Colonial Beach Public Schools— Colonial Beach Elementary
  • Cornerstones, Inc.— Herndon High (Fairfax County)
  • Greensville County Public Schools— E. W. Wyatt Middle
  • Hampton City Public Schools — Christopher C. Kraft Elementary
  • Henrico Education Foundation— Harold Macon Ratcliffe Elementary (Henrico County)
  • Henrico Education Foundation — L. Douglas Wilder Middle (Henrico County)
  • Lynchburg Public Schools — Sandusky Middle
  • Norfolk Public Schools— Norview Middle
  • Portsmouth Public Schools— Brighton Elementary
  • Portsmouth Public Schools— Westhaven Elementary
  • Rockbridge County Public Schools— Maury River Middle
  • Russell County Public Schools— Castlewood Elementary and Cooper Creek Elementary
  • Russell County Public Schools — Honaker Elementary
  • Russell County Public Schools— Lebanon Elementary and Lebanon Middle
  • Russell County Public Schools— Swords Creek Elementary and Belfast Elementary
  • Smyth County Public Schools— Saltville Elementary
  • Stafford County Public Schools— Edward E. Drew Middle
  • The Bridge Center, Gretna Inc.— Gretna Middle (Pittsylvania County)
  • Windy Hill Foundation— W.G. Coleman Elementary, Claude Thompson Elementary and Marshall Middle (Fauquier County)

The department is also continuing funding of 87 programs that received initial grants in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Additional information about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is available on the VDOE website. Details about applying for the next grant competition will be announced in February 2020.

Gov. Ralph Northam

Governor Ralph Northam, who has made a number of moves including calling for the removal of Confederate monuments and signage since his own blackface scandal earlier this year has now announced the establishment of a Commission on African American History Education. The Commission is “charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth,” according to a news release from the Governor’s office (excerpted below).

Hampton – Governor Northam made the announcement speaking at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing, a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.  “The full history of Virginia is complex, contradictory, and often untold—and we must do a better job of making sure that every Virginia graduate enters adult life with an accurate and thorough understanding of our past, and the pivotal role that American Americans have played in building and perfecting our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam.

“The important work of this Commission will help ensure that Virginia’s standards of learning are inclusive of African American history and allow students to engage deeply, drawing connections between historic racial inequities and their continuous influence on our communities today.” The Executive Order tasks the Commission with issuing a report no later than July 1, 2020, with recommendations for improving the student experience.

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Vice-President Mike Pence told Liberty University’s 2019 graduating class that freedom of religion is under assault in the United States, and attacks on people of faith must stop. Pence delivered the commencement ceremony’s keynote address at Williams Stadium, two years after President Trump spoke to the 2017 graduates. Pence said the Trump administration will always work to protect religious liberty. Here is a portion of  his address:

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Lynchburg City news release: For several weeks, there has been a campaign led by the Lynchburg Firefighters Association regarding the Lynchburg Fire Department (LFD) about employee turnover, mandatory overtime and call volume. Unfortunately, some of the information shared with the public has been misleading. In order to clarify and correct certain information, Deputy City Manager Reid Wodicka and Fire Chief Greg Wormser sent a memorandum to City Council on April 23 that addresses the three main topics of turnover, overtime and call volume.

According to the memo, data shows that in the past five years, 23 firefighters retired and 24 left for higher paying positions, including two who took positions closer to their hometowns in Michigan and North Carolina. Eleven firefighters were dismissed or resigned due to unbecoming conduct, five left on disability and one death occurred in the line of duty.

Chief Wormser and Deputy City Manager Wodicka also addressed mandatory overtime. In calendar year 2018, there were 52 occurrences of mandatory overtime of any length of time. Of those, 36 were full 24-hour mandatory overtime shifts. In one year, the LFD covered 16,790 24-hour shifts. The use of a full mandatory overtime shift accounted for 0.2% of staffed shifts. The data clearly shows mandatory overtime occurrences has been much less than the public has been led to believe.
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Lynchburg City Council member Turner Perrow says his family will move out of the city to Amherst County, and whether or not he wins the 23rd House of Delegates seat, his future time on Council is limited. He spoke with Reporter Andrew Whitehead:

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Perrow is one of three Republicans hoping to gain the party’s nomination to succeed Scott Garrett, who chose not to run for re-election.

On a related note, former Mayor Joan Foster tells Whitehead she is giving serious consideration to running for that seat on the Democratic side, but she has not yet made a decision.

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