School Board Meetings Thursday, May 25


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, May 25, 2017, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:00 p.m.
School Board Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.

These meetings will take place in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.


22 HCPS schools earn Sports Backers’ “Active RVA” designation


Twenty-two Henrico County schools have been named 2017 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.

“Studies show that physical activity leads to improved academic performance,” said Benita Turner, HCPS specialist for health, physical education and driver education. “I’m proud of the commitment from everyone in the school division who made this happen – HCPS leaders, health and physical education teachers, principals and classroom teachers. Together we are bringing physical activity, physical education, wellness integration and brain breaks into the classroom.”

The certified HCPS schools for 2017 are:

– Carver Elementary School

– Dumbarton Elementary School

– Echo Lake Elementary School

– Fair Oaks Elementary School

– Gayton Elementary School

– Glen Allen Elementary School

– Hermitage High School

– Johnson Elementary School

– Kaechele Elementary School

– Lakeside Elementary School

– Maybeury Elementary School

– Moody Middle School

– New Bridge Learning Center

– Nuckols Farm Elementary School

– Pemberton Elementary School

– Rivers Edge Elementary School

– Shady Grove Elementary School

– Short Pump Elementary School

– Three Chopt Elementary School

– Trevvett Elementary School

– Tuckahoe Middle School

– Varina High School

Representatives of the schools were recognized May 17 at an awards program.

HCPS Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw featured in Education Department’s national discussion on teacher quality


Henrico Schools Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw shared some of the school division’s innovative practices with other educators at an invitation-only event at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington on May 10. The listening session brought together educational leaders from across the nation to share locally driven ideas about the recruitment, development and retention of effective teachers.

Kinlaw talked to attendees about three recent HCPS initiatives: the school division’s Learning Leaders program, which focuses on teacher quality, recruitment and incentives; the HCPS Teacher Scholars initiative for high school seniors; and the division’s “Un-Initiative” policy-housecleaning program.

“It was great for Henrico to be included in the experience,” said Kinlaw. “Not just for the recognition and acknowledgement of our work, but for the opportunity to hear firsthand about some amazing things underway across the country or in development. Some of these innovative ideas may be a good fit for Henrico. I’m looking forward to sharing the information with HCPS staff and exploring where it may lead.”

More about the three HCPS initiatives:

HCPS’ Learning Leaders program used a federal grant to focus on teaching in eight high-need schools. The program focuses on developing effective teachers; recruiting and retaining teachers; and creating a performance-based incentive system. The program put HCPS in the forefront of setting learning targets for students, developing protocols for classroom observation, and providing teachers with in-class support.

The Teacher Scholars program was launched in 2015 as an innovative homegrown way of filling teacher vacancies in hard-to-staff subject areas such as math and Spanish. HCPS high school seniors interested in teaching careers apply to the annual program. After majoring in a relevant area, the students have a job with HCPS waiting for them upon graduation from college, as well as an extra payment when hired. The students commit to teaching in Henrico for at least three years. A video showing all of this year’s Teacher Scholars students being surprised with the good news now appears on the division’s Facebook page at

The Un-Initiative is a policy-housecleaning contest created by the superintendent to find and eliminate HCPS initiatives that have outlived their usefulness; thereby reducing the pressure on teachers. The name harks back to the “Uncola” 7-Up ads from the 1970s. HCPS employees suggest old practices that can be eliminated without hampering HCPS’ ability to operate at a high level.

Kinlaw, who has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, was appointed the division’s superintendent in 2014. He joined Henrico Schools in 1997 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the school division.

HCPS middle school redistricting: Board OKs changes to one option, sets June 8 community input session


At its May 11 afternoon work session, the Henrico School Board decided to replace one middle school redistricting option with a modified version, and scheduled a new community input session for June 8. The Board is expected to make a final decision on the middle school redistricting changes at its monthly meeting on June 22.

Any final plan adopted by the Board would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.

At the work session, redistricting Option D was replaced with a modified version, called Option D (Adjusted). The new Option D (Adjusted) joins Option A (Adjusted) and Option C as options currently under consideration for HCPS middle school redistricting.

The Board’s work session was followed by a public hearing to gather input from the community on the redistricting process. In order to allow more time for members of the public to get a deeper understanding of the current options, especially the new Option D (Adjusted), the Board decided to hold another community input session before making its decision. The new community input session will be June 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road in Glen Allen. The input session will be an informal open-house-style event in the school’s gym where members of the public can drop in, examine large maps of the proposed options and talk with School Board members, HCPS staff members and representatives of CropperGIS Consulting.

Along with the new option comes a new online survey. Community members are encouraged to weigh in by using the online survey/comment form. The form, along with news and detailed information about the current options, can be found on HCPS’ website, at

Job fair: Train – and be paid – this summer to drive a bus for Henrico County Public Schools in the fall


The 2016-17 school year is drawing to a close and HCPS is looking ahead to building its team for the fall.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” said Josh Davis, HCPS director of pupil transportation.

“This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”

In addition to candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers, HCPS is seeking full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill Library on May 11 to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at

When: Thursday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Libbie Mill Library (HCPL), 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664.

Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a high school diploma or equivalent; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.

Henrico Schools is also slated to hold a job fair for bus drivers and nutrition workers June 6 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The job fair will be at Henrico County Public Library’s Varina Area Library.

School Board Meeting Thursday, May 11


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session: 2:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

HCPS public hearing May 11 will focus on middle school redistricting options for 2018-19 school year


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing on

May 11 at New Bridge auditorium to get feedback on proposed draft options in the redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. Options under consideration would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

There are currently three draft redistricting options under consideration, but HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting continue to explore modifications to existing options and possible new options. Details about current draft options are available on Henrico Schools’ website at, where members of the public can also share their opinions through a comment/survey form.

Community members are encouraged to sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing. To sign up, call the clerk of the School Board at 804-652-3808. A sign-up sheet will also be available at the meeting, but there may be more speakers than allotted time. Each speaker will have three minutes to make comments. Organized neighborhoods are asked to designate a spokesperson; that person would make remarks and then ask those in attendance who agree with the expressed views to stand as a show of their support.

What: Public hearing on 2018-19 phase of proposed HCPS middle school redistricting.
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: New Bridge auditorium (New Bridge Learning Center), 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va., 23223

Four Henrico County high schools among nation’s best


Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine included Deep Run, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman high schools in its annual “Best High Schools” report.

Deep Run was the No. 11-ranked high school in Virginia. Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman were Nos. 16, 27 and 34, respectively.

Henrico’s total of four ranked schools was the most in Central Virginia, and Deep Run was the highest ranked school in the region.

The U.S. News rankings are based on schools’ performance on state assessments, either in absolute terms or by exceeding statistical expectations based on the school’s relative level of student poverty; achieving proficiency rates on state tests for a school’s least-advantaged student groups; graduation rates; and how a school prepares students for college, based on AP exams.

The magazine considered 2014-15 data for more than 20,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It named 2,609 – 12.7 percent – as gold or silver medal winners. Fifty-four schools in Virginia won gold or silver medals.

For the full rankings and to learn more about the methodology of the rankings, go to

Henrico Schools crowns its top teachers, leaders for 2017

Greenlee Naughton

Greenlee Naughton

Henrico Schools employs about 3,900 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Greenlee Naughton, an English teacher at Highland Springs High School, was awarded that honor Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. Sarah DeLaney, an English teacher at Holman Middle School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division currently has 215 instructors in their first year of teaching.

Sarah DeLaney

Sarah DeLaney

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were Deep Run High School’s Christian Nolde; Todd Tinsley of Hungary Creek Middle School; Whitney Beck of Maybeury Elementary School; and Thomas Golden of L. Douglas Wilder Middle School. Other finalists for First-Year Teacher of the Year were Amanda Scheid of Ridge Elementary School and Tuckahoe Elementary School’s Catherine McCormick.

“I work in a county with a tremendous number of very talented teachers,” said Naughton, “and the faculty members at my high school are some of the strongest and most dedicated teachers I’ve ever worked with. So to be chosen to represent this county as teacher of the year is just amazing.”

Winning the division’s top teaching honor won’t change her daily mission, Naughton said.

“I’ll get up tomorrow morning, I’ll be back in my classroom and I’ll teach my students to love literature, to love language and to be responsible citizens.”

Naughton is originally from Suffolk and is an alumna of Randolph Macon College. She received her master’s degree from the University of Richmond and her doctorate from VCU. Before joining the Highland Springs faculty in 2014, she taught at Hanover High School for eight years and for six years at schools in Charlotte, N.C. In 2012, she won an REB Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community Foundation. Both of Naughton’s parents were educators.

DeLaney is from Hanover County, where she attended Patrick Henry High School. She received a bachelor’s from the University of Mary Washington in 2011 and a teacher licensure certificate from the University of Richmond in 2016. Before deciding to pursue teaching, she worked in the horse industry; at a veterinary clinic; and doing administrative work in bookkeeping.

“I decided the classroom was where I needed to be,” said DeLaney.

The school system also announced three winners of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award: Varina High School English teacher Emily Stains; Ryan Stein, the principal of Greenwood Elementary School; and Linda Thompson, the division’s assistant director of school improvement and professional development. The three were chosen from among 31 individuals nominated by their peers for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former HCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.