Henrico County Public Schools educators will attend retreat on developing inclusive classrooms, closing gaps


A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools will participate in a workshop that helps participants develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat gives educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, the workshop will include faculty from four HCPS schools: Donahoe and Fair Oaks elementary schools; Elko Middle School; and Varina High School. The retreat is organized by the nonprofit Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

Held at Sweet Briar College from July 17-20, HCPS educators will learn about how bias and prejudice can affect learning and teaching. Through interactive workshops and small group discussions, participants will design different approaches to creating a supportive learning environment. At the conclusion of the retreat, educators will design action plans for schools, focusing on closing gaps in opportunity and achievement, and on creating an inclusive school atmosphere.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with businesses, communities and school divisions to achieve success by eliminating prejudice through workshops and retreats. The program is funded by the Robins Foundation. The workshop’s goals align with Henrico Schools’ current areas of focus, which include cultural competency and equity, as well as family engagement.

For more information about Henrico Schools’ current initiatives for enhancing student achievement, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.

HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers at July 12 job fair; Driver trainees will be paid during training


It’s summertime and HCPS is hard at work building a great team for the fall. The school division will hold a job fair July 12 to talk with candidates for full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers.

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

“This time of year we need to fill positions opening through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for school year 2017-18.”

“Working in a cafeteria at one of our HCPS schools offers employees the flexibility of a great schedule that complements the school calendar,” said Peggy Gordon, the school division’s director of school nutrition services. “No nights or weekends are required – come join a great team and feed the children of HCPS.”

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the HCPS Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center July 12 to talk with interested candidates. The job fair will take place in the facility’s Community Room.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.

When: Wednesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Community Room, HCPS Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

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.