School Board adopts budget, cuts 325 jobs
After months of discussion, the School Board approved a fiscal 2011 budget that included about $56.4 million in cuts and eliminated about 325 jobs.
“It’s been … a long, and I think we’ll all admit, a difficult budget process,” said T. David Myers, assistant superintendent for business and finance. The budget dropped roughly $30 million, from $599,996,500 to $569,528,300.
CCPS employees to receive one-time pay bump
The School Board unanimously approved using about $6.5 million in projected savings in fiscal 2010 to fund one-time payouts to employees equal to 2 percent of their current salaries.
At a press conference at O.B. Gates Elementary School, Superintendent Marcus Newsome said the school system’s budget office was projecting approximately $15 million in savings in fiscal 2010. Newsome later said employees would receive the one-time payments by June 30.
Sabra dips in Chesterfield
Committee reports on nurturing Chesterfield’s older communities
“New growth and development has long been the dominant issue that has defined Chesterfield County. However, Chesterfield County is no longer a new suburban community.” -- From The Path Forward: Sustaining Chesterfield County’s Older Communities, a report presented to the Board of Supervisors as a result of work done by Chesterfield’s Sustain Our Communities Committee (SOCC).
The report suggests:
Local star Berkley Hawkins headed to VMI
Berkley Hawkins, a 2010 graduate of Trinity Episcopal, decided to continue his college and baseball career at Virginia Military Institute. A two-time, first team all-VISAA performer, Hawkins hit .500 as a junior shortstop and followed that up with a .480 average as a senior catcher. He was recognized as a second team all-metro performer this spring.
HSR project threatens Centralia property owner
Jaeckle HSR meetings draw crowd, but lack answers
Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle held two community meetings in September to discuss the Southeast High-Speed Rail Project and its impact on her district. As many as 180 people attended an evening meeting at Thomas Dale High School; some in attendance made political statements about the project, and some were aggravated that the presentation maps didn’t included a significant portion of Chester, although paper maps were available.
Rain brings some drought relief, leaves damages
The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole brought some much needed rain to the area, making up the rain deficit for September. But, the rain opened a 25-to-30 foot hole in the back wall of Vernon’s Truck Repair Shop, located in the 11600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. The rain was also believed to be responsible for the opening of a pothole 20 inches long, 5 inches wide and 6 inches deep on Interstate 95, which snarled traffic for morning commuters.
99-year-old recalls active life
Time may wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm for life will wrinkle one’s spirit. Ruth Wooldridge, who celebrated her 99th birthday this year, has her ideals intact and spreads enthusiasm to her family extending through five generations.
Born on Oct. 24, 1911, at Fighting Creek in Powhatan County, Wooldridge gained her ideals naturally; her father worked the land, and the Wooldridge children saw how hard he worked and how all the neighbors pitched in and helped each other at harvest time.
Bird grad killed in Afghanistan
Army Spc. William K. Middleton, 26, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense. On Thursday, Nov. 25, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Middleton, a 2002 graduate of L.C. Bird High School, was born and raised in the Richmond area.
Skyhawks’ regional championship slips away in final minutes of game