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School employees’ benefits debated at committee meeting

Some people take a job for the benefits alone. Part-time, or jobs paying minimal wages, are not enough to live on, but throw in some health insurance and the work becomes more appealing.

VSU to house some upper classmen in Chester

Virginia State University (VSU) has worked out its housing issues by placing students in area hotels. The difference from earlier plans is that freshmen will not be housed in the hotels.

Chester workers join Verizon strike

Last week, numerous Chester workers joined the 45,000 Verizon employees striking nationwide since Sunday over proposed contract cuts to health insurance and other benefits.

CCPS looking to expand online network

The Chesterfield County School Board met Tuesday afternoon to address how restructuring the school system’s Department of Technology could facilitate their vision of providing students in Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) with support and training in a rapidly changing technological world.

Brown retires after 41 years at Ettrick

After 41 years of working at Ettrick Elementary School, Mrs. Wilma Jones-Brown recently retired from the Chesterfield County school system. In 1969, Brown began her career as a teacher’s aide at Dupuy Road Elementary (which was later named the Ettrick Elementary Annex).

Kasey Crute returns home

After spending several months in an Atlanta hospital, Chester native Kasey Crute is finally home. Crute, 19, was a freshman at the University of Virginia when she suffered a paralyzing neck injury in early March while volunteering in Panama.

Harrowgate educator selected as Va. National Distinguished Principal

Linda C. Wood, principal of Chester’s Harrowgate Elementary, was selected in early June as Virginia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. She received the award Tuesday, June 14, in a surprise presentation in front of her students, the community, and the school staff.

Area students awarded scholarships

Chester resident Ashley Simard is the recipient of a $1,500 college scholarship awarded by Military Children Program at Fort Lee. Simard, the daughter of Gretchen and Philip Simard, is enrolled for the fall semester at the University of Virginia.