SCHOOL Henrico County Public Schools
THE MEALS TAX ISSUE An update on your school tax dollars at work Pages 3-5, 8
BOSHER ENDOWMENT Help create a lasting legacy Page 6
QMS: A new name for Byrd Middle School Page 6 henricoschools.us
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Graduation Schedule 2016 JUNE 8 1:30 p.m. : Virginia Randolph Education Center VREC campus 7 p.m. : The Academy at Virginia Randolph Glen Allen High School
JUNE 9 7 p.m.: Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage Hermitage High School gym
JUNE 13 7 p.m. : Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs Highland Springs High School gym
JUNE 14 (all at Siegel Center at VCU) 11 a.m. : Henrico High School 3 p.m. : Highland Springs High School 7 p.m. : Glen Allen High School
JUNE 15 (all at Siegel Center at VCU) 11 a.m. : Hermitage High School 3 p.m. : J.R. Tucker High School 7 p.m. : Deep Run High School
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Catching you up as school year ends Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw
HCPS Superintendent of Schools
t’s not the end, it’s the beginning.” We hear those words so often during graduation season, and I’m reminded of them as we send our graduating seniors to college, the military or the workforce. It’s a special time in the lives of these students and their families, and I hope everyone has plenty of opportunities to celebrate safely. But before we close the book on the 2015-16 school year, I wanted to share some thoughts about what’s happening in Henrico County Public Schools. In April we were delighted to see our School Board adopt the budget for the 2016-17 school year. The new spending plan continues our focus on the four priority areas of student safety, academic progress, closing gaps, and relationships. It also achieves a key goal of striking a balance between the available resources and supporting important
school division programs. I’m also happy to report that it includes a 2.4 percent pay increase for eligible employees effective in July! Including that increase, most Henrico school employees have enjoyed raises totaling more than seven percentage points dating back to January of 2015. My thanks go out to our School Board and the Henrico Board of Supervisors for their support of our efforts. The forthcoming 2016-17 budget also dedicates significant resources to improving our schools. We’re adding teaching positions to accommodate more students coming into Henrico County, but also to reduce class sizes in certain areas. We’re keeping our commitment to an extended school day program that allows students more access to valuable instructional time. We’re also investing in positive behavioral interventions and supports, known
The ABCD and Helping Hand awards recognize people who give a great deal to Henrico Schools, yet aren’t always recognized for their contributions.
Helping Hand Award
AWARDS The ABCD Award recognizes HCPS support staff members who go “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” That means making a significant contribution to Henrico Schools, including: improving job efficiency, the quality of services or safety; conserving resources; performing a humanitarian or heroic act; or responding proactively by anticipating needs and solving problems without specific direction. The Henrico Education Foundation and Henrico Federal Credit Union help recognize the winners by providing a check to each recipient.
The Helping Hand Volunteer Award is presented to volunteers who make extraordinary contributions to Henrico schools.
The Helping Hand winner for March was Doug Stell, who volunteers his time regularly at Ward Elementary, in the classroom and with the “Ward Dudes” father and father-figure group.
11 a.m. : Varina High School 3 p.m. : Douglas S. Freeman High School 7 p.m. : Mills Godwin High School 3 p.m. : Maggie Walker Governor’s School Carpenter Theatre
as PBIS, which we believe will cut down on the number of students involved in discipline issues. By now you’ve noticed that this issue focuses on the benefits of the Henrico County meals tax. We thought it was appropriate to keep you informed about all of the various projects that are funded when folks dine out in Henrico County. I hope you’ll agree that the results are remarkable, and plenty of projects are in the pipeline for this summer. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to prepare to shake 3,600 hands at the Siegel Center! I couldn’t be more proud of our graduating seniors. I hope you have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing our returning students in September!
Unsung heroes help make HCPS great
JUNE 16 (all at Siegel Center at VCU)
March’s ABCD winners were Lucia Branch and Dianna Coles, nutrition services assistants at Ratcliffe Elementary School.
April’s ABCD winner was Janet Siceloff, a library assistant at Ridge Elementary School.
April’s Helping Hand winner was Janet Slater, who volunteers at Elko Middle School at the school store, in the main office and at athletic and other events.
Congratulations and thanks to all honorees!
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MEALS TAX I
n November 2013, Henrico County voters expressed their support for schools by approving a tax of 4 percent on meals. So when you buy that item from the dollar menu, how are those extra four pennies being used? Since the tax went into effect in June 2014, Henrico Schools has been moving full-steam-ahead with much-needed repairs, maintenance and improvements. So far, 91 projects at schools across the county have been completed or will be finished this summer. Fifty more projects are in the pipeline, waiting for approval. These include replacing leaky roofs, paving parking lots and remodeling dingy bathrooms that haven’t been changed since the age of bell-bottoms and transistor radios. By the end of summer 2017 – just three years after the meals tax went into effect – 141 projects will have been completed. Of Henrico’s 72 schools, 50 will have seen at least one significant project completed. The value of all the improvements will total almost $29 million. More than half of Henrico’s schools are at least 50 years old; like people, it’s the older schools that usually need more physical care as parts wear out. “The majority of the projects are deferred maintenance: roofs, mechanical systems, bathrooms,” said Paul Carper, director of the HCPS Construction and Maintenance Department. “Over the years there are a lot of things we’ve deferred simply because we haven’t had funds in the operating budget. Operating funds were cut along with budget cutbacks, so now we’re kind of playing catch-up.” Projects generally must be manageable enough to be completed during the summer months, so as not to interfere
with classes. The largest projects so far have been the $2.2 million renovation of the fifth-grade wing at Tuckahoe Elementary School and the $1.5 million roof replacement at Hermitage High School. Examples of smaller jobs include the replacement of aging lights, intercom systems and gym floors. While most parents will notice newly paved and expanded parking lots, other projects are all but invisible to visitors. Examples include repairs and improvements to kitchens at Jackson Davis, Donahoe, Glen Allen, Glen Lea, Holladay,
Laburnum, Longan, Ratcliffe and Trevvett elementary schools. Kitchen work has also been completed or is planned at Fairfield Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School. For aspects of Henrico’s aging schools, said Carper, it’s simply time to bring them into the modern age. “Usually [in upgrades] we focus on instructional areas, so a lot of the bathrooms haven’t been touched since the original con-
g in iv g x a t ls a e m o c ri Hen ls o o h c s g in g a o t fe li w ne struction … We receive more complaints from students and administrators about bathrooms than anything else. “Longan’s parking lots have been the same for the past 50 years,” said Carper. “Think about how vehicular and pedestrian access to schools has changed dramatically during that time. You didn't have day-care vans 50 years ago. You didn't have parents driving their kids to school 50 years ago. Just the number of people driving has changed.” “We’ve added additional parking, we’ve added a place for the day-care vans to come in, places where parents picking up their kids can line up off the main roads, things such as that.” To keep dozens of projects humming along, the work is managed on a rolling three-year schedule. As this school year comes to an end, for example, Carper’s department is closing the book on proj-
approval from county and school leaders for summer 2017 projects. The schedule gives the department almost a year to look ahead, design the projects and get bids for the work. The county envisioned that the tax would bring in around $18 million annually: $9 million for operating funds and $9 million for capital improvements to the schools. The tax has generated more funds than expected and that money has gone into a reserve fund. In 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved using just under $2 million of that to move some defer re d-maintenance projects up in the queue. HCPS hopes to tackle some largerscale projects – such as long-awaited renovations of J.R. Tucker High School and Tuckahoe Middle School – that are beyond the scope of the meals tax. The Board of Supervisors has approved a budget that includes County Manager John Vithoulkas’ proposal to put $10.8 million of the reserve toward design work for the big construction projects. School leaders have begun the process of proposing a referendum to fund those larger projects, which the Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss in the near future. If the referendum is approved, county and school leaders would ask that it be placed on the ballot in November. In addition to the overhaul of J.R. Tucker and Tuckahoe, the referendum as currently proposed would include renovations at six other schools; an addition to over-capacity Glen Allen Elementary School; a new elementary school; and construction of the Varina Area Innovation Center.
“For aspects of Henrico’s aging schools,” said Carper, “it’s simply time to bring them into the modern age.”
ects it completed in summer 2015; starting construction on projects to be completed during summer 2016; and seeking
MEALS TAX CHART To see how your meals tax dollars are helping schools in your neighborhood, see page 8.
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School Board adopts Quioccasin as new name for Byrd Middle School
n established middle school is getting a new name. The Henrico School Board voted April 28 to adopt Quioccasin as the new name for Harry Flood Byrd Middle School. The Board solicited input from the public on a new name after it voted March 10 to rename the school at 9400 Quioccasin Road. Board members considered public comments before making the final decision. The new name will go into effect July 1. The school’s renaming will start this summer with essential items, such as exterior signs, the school marquee, scoreboards and uniforms that display the Byrd name. The Board’s decision does not immediately affect the school’s Senators nickname or school colors, determinations that can be
made later at the school level. “We are grateful to all of our stakeholders for the thoughtfulness and passion displayed throughout this community discussion,” said Lisa Marshall, the School Board’s representative for the Tuckahoe District, in which the school is located. “We are confident that our community will support this new name with the same dedication that it has supported our students for so many years.” Quioccasin (kwee-ock-a-sin or kwok-a-sin) has significance as the name of a historically black village in the area where the school is located. According to the Smithsonian publication “Contributions to Anthropology,” Captain John Smith described a quioccasin in 1624 as a religious structure where woodland Indians placed chiefs and important people when they died.
The Board’s vote to rename the school followed a series of public input sessions in response to a proposal by community members to rename the school. When it opened in 1971, the school was named for Harry Flood Byrd, a state senator, governor and U.S. senator, and the dominant figure in Virginia politics for much of the 20th century. Besides his advocacy of a fiscally conservative “pay-as-you-go” policy of public funding, Byrd is often regarded as the architect of Massive Resistance. The term refers to Virginia’s strategy of opposition to federally mandated racial integration of public schools in the 1950s and 1960s, which resulted in
some schools closing. Byrd died in 1966.
Sidewalk “Little Free Library” open for business
yrd Middle School is not only getting a new name (Quioccasin), it’s got a new library. The glass-fronted wooden cabinet, filled with books, is slightly larger than a birdhouse. It sits on a perch in front of the school on Quioccasin Road after debuting at an April ribbon-cutting ceremony. Janis Jones, one of the school’s librarians, said the idea started with her annual review. “I was thinking about my goals for
Bosher Endowment campaign seeks to continue educator’s legacy
he Henrico Education FounThe endowment would fund grants dation has announced a major for classroom innovation, provide realcampaign to create the Bosher world career tools and academic proMemorial Endowment Fund, a lasting grams, pay for teacher training and give vehicle to continue the work of vision- financially disadvantaged students the ary educator William C. “Bill” Bosher. same opportunities as other students. Among his many achievements across For more information about the educational levels, Bosher was HCPS campaign and how to contribute, go superintendent from 1981-94. to the Henrico Education Foundation The campaign’s first phase, website at www. “Growing Today – Thrivhenricogives.org. ing Tomorrow,” seeks to raise Interested persons $500,000 to establish the fund. can also call Mike The endowment’s income will Taylor, the group’s form a self-sustaining engine to executive director, fund HCPS educational initiaat 804-652-3869, tives. The campaign’s ultimate ext. 3, or email him goal is $5 million. at mike@henricoThe endowment was angives.org. nounced in April at a celebration of Bosher’s life. The Short Pump Middle School event included remarks from former Dr. William C. Bosher Virginia Gov. George Allen, the campaign’s honorary chair.
the year, and I decided we needed to reach out more to the community,” Jones said. “When I mentioned the Little Free Library to the staff, they were all over it. We got a kit from the website. Our library assistant put it together. We checked with the custodian to find the best place outside to put it, since he cuts the grass. “I’ve been out there the past couple of
days and people are using it!” The project is part of a movement; there are now 36,000 Little Free Libraries around the world, operating on the simple idea of a curbside book exchange. There are no library cards, no due dates and no fines. Simply stop by the school and, as the program’s motto says, “Take a Book, Return a Book.”
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IMPORTANT CALENDAR DAT ES
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MAY 30 : Memor ial Day holiday JUNE 7-10 : Se nio
r exam week
JUNE 14- 17 : St udent exam w eek JUNE 17 : Final da y of clas
ses (student halfday) JUNE 24 : Offic es closed Frida ys for summer
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2016 HCPS Teachers of the Year HCPS has more than 3,700 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Beth Waggoner, a fourth-grade teacher at Chamberlayne ES is this year’s winner!
Sallie Foster, a math teacher at Glen Allen HS, was named the 2016 First-Year Teacher of the Year. The three winners of the 2016 Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award are Mindy Guyer, a French teacher at Godwin HS; Mike Dussault, principal of Twin Hickory ES; and Debbie Roethke, HCPS’ leader of instructional technology.
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HOW THE MEALS TAX IS REMAKING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS
Carver ES Chamberlayne ES
Dumbarton ES Fair Oaks ES Gayton ES Glen Allen ES
1971 1951 1988 1978
Glen Lea ES
Highland Springs ES
Johnson ES Laburnum ES
Lakeside ES Longan ES
Longdale ES Mehfoud ES Montrose ES Nuckols Farm ES
Pinchbeck ES Ratcliffe ES
Sandston ES Seven Pines ES
Shady Grove ES Short Pump ES Skipwith ES
Springfield Park ES Three Chopt ES
Gym floor replacement Bathroom improvements
Tuckahoe ES Varina ES Ward ES Byrd MS
1947 1928 1995 1971
5th-grade wing renovation
Pocahontas MS Rolfe MS
Main parking lot Walk-in kitchen cooler
Freeman HS Godwin HS Hermitage HS
1954 1979 1972
Parking expansion Kitchen exhaust hood and HVAC Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements Kitchen exhaust hood and HVAC
$510,750 $175,000 $50,000 $75,000 $175,000
Lighting improvements Kitchen exhaust hood and HVAC New serving line Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements Bathroom improvements
$48,000 $175,000 $75,000 $25,000 $70,600 $150,000
Kitchen exhaust hood and HVAC Bathroom improvements
Parking and drive lanes
Bathroom improvements Parking expansion
Ceiling and lighting improvements
Parking expansion Roofing improvements
Gym floor replacement
$50,000 $30,000 $125,000
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Lighting improvements Interior components Bathroom improvements Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements
$78,540 $61,000 $183,750 $157,500 $54,390
Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements
$183,750 $39,900 $264,710 $150,000
Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements
Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements
$40,000 $178,500 $200,000 $220,000
Pavement improvements Painting beams at ceilings Pavement improvements Bathroom improvements Bathroom improvements phase 2 Pavement improvements Bathroom improvements phase 2
$330,000 $250,000 $175,000 $178,500 $178,500 $165,000 $178,500
$210,000 $210,000 $99,330 $131,250
Bathroom improvements Pavement improvements
Pavement improvements phase 2 Bathroom improvements Pavement improvements Walk-in kitchen cooler Gym floor replacement
$88,550 $178,500 $220,000 $165,000 $40,000
Bathroom improvements phase 2
$94,500 $157,500 $25,200 $22,470 $63,000 $60,375 $263,425 $183,750 $78,750 $94,550
Replace kitchen serving line
Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements
Kitchen galvanized pipe Pavement improvements Parking expansion Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements Lighting and ceiling improvements
$52,500 $42,000 $495,000 $75,000 $52,500 $157,500 $306,225
Bathroom improvements Lighting improvements Lighting improvements
$131,250 $221,340 $78,540
Gym floor replacement Kitchen HVAC and exhaust hood
Pavement improvements (drive lanes) Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements
$457,719 $61,911 $262,500
Bathroom improvements Bus loop pavement improvements Gym floor replacement New doors and hardware Bathroom improvements Roofing improvements Pavement improvements
$262,500 $470,000 $31,500 $189,000 $250,000 $158,550 $335,000
Lighting improvements Building automation Bathroom improvements
$200,000 $100,000 $300,000
Roof replacement phase 1 of 2 (design and construction) Bus loop pavement improvements
Highland Springs HS
Gym floor replacement
Pavement improvements (Left front area)
Kitchen exhaust hood and HVAC
Varina HS Academy at Virginia Randolph
Bus loop asphalt improvements Bathroom improvements
THREE-YEAR TOTAL INVESTMENT OF NEARLY $29 MILLION P.O. Box 23120 3820 Nine Mile Road Henrico, VA 23223-0420 804-652-3600
Henrico County School Board
Roscoe Cooper III Fairfield District
Michelle F. â€œMickyâ€? Ogburn Chair, Three Chopt District
Lisa A. Marshall Tuckahoe District
Beverly L. Cocke John W. Montgomery Jr. Vice Chair, Brookland District Varina District
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New intercom system Bathroom improvements phase 2 Pavement improvements Pavement improvements
Door and hardware improvements Bathroom improvements phase 2 Lighting improvements Lighting improvements Kitchen HVAC Lighting improvements Lighting improvements Kitchen hvac and exhaust hood Bathroom Improvements Lighting improvements
Patrick C. Kinlaw Superintendent
Gym floor replacement Lighting improvements
Intercom system and voice switch Walk-in kitchen cooler Lighting improvements
$48,000 $165,000 $83,820
Pavement improvements phase 2 Bathroom improvements Intercom system and voice switch Pavement improvements Ceiling replacement
$308,000 $178,500 $48,000 $269,500 $300,000
Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements phase 2
Gym floor replacement
Bathroom improvements phase 2 Lighting improvements Replace a/c units
$280,000 $145,000 $185,000
Pavement improvements Lighting improvements Bathroom improvements phase 2 Access road improvements Replace window glass at courtyard Ceiling and lighting upgrades phase 2 Pavement improvements New intercom system Bathroom improvements phase 2
$250,000 $240,020 $400,000 $357,500 $150,000 $235,000 $625,000 $63,000 $161,250
Pavement improvements New Intercom System Pavement Improvements Lighting Improvements
$467,500 $63,000 $400,000 $127,160
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