YEAR IN REVIEW: February

Cicoria vs. Wheeler

Thomas Dale High School graduates David Cicoria and Michael Wheeler went head to head in an Elite Fighting Challenge on Feb. 13. Cicoria defeated Wheeler midway through the fight’s second round.

Meadowbrook’s Coble highlights 2010 signing class, Moses recommits to UVa

Meadowbrook High School -- Andre Coble signed a letter of intent to play football at Temple University.  

Matoaca High School -- Jaimen Newman signed a letter of intent to play football at Temple University. 

Meadowbrook High School -- Morgan Moses, after spending a year at Fork Union Military Academy, honored his original commitment by again signing to play football at the University of Virginia.

Supervisors react to Rajah rant

“I don’t believe the Board of Supervisors are anti-education. … I believe they’re anti-youth.” – Matoaca School Board Member Omarh Rajah at a Feb. 9 public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2011 budget.

At the hearing, he said everyone was putting the blame for the budget situation “on us.” By law, the School Board has to “present everything” to the supervisors, he said, and if the supervisors say the School Board hasn’t shared all the budget documentation, “they are lying to you.”

When asked about Rajah’s comments, Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle said she felt county citizens elected representatives on both boards to find solutions to these complicated budget issues, and “I don’t think calling people liars and anti-youth moves us any closer to those solutions.”

Deputy county administrator set to retire April 1

The retirement of Millard “Pete” Stith Jr., Chesterfield County’s deputy administrator for community development, was announced in February in a press release from County Administrator Jay Stegmaier.

Stith held numerous management positions with the county since joining Chesterfield 26 years ago. In February 1984, he began his service as executive assistant to the county administrator for intergovernmental affairs. After three years, he was named director of parks and recreation.

In 1992, after a national search, he was promoted to deputy county administrator for community development. He is credited with launching the county’s “fast-track” review process for commercial development, instituting a website for developers’ projects and recruiting new businesses totaling millions of dollars in new investment in the county.

On Monday, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Jim Holland said Stith had brought a “tremendous amount” of experience and “a great deal of continuity to the board.” Stith was also a great help to Holland as a board member, he said.

“He’ll be sorely missed,” Holland said.

Stith’s legacy includes the creation of the county’s Black History Month Program 20 years ago and fostering new partnerships between the county government and Virginia State University.

Village Bank hosts open house to celebrate 10 years, renovations

Ed Greenbaum, with United Rentals in Chester, visited the Village Bank’s Chester branch for its open house on Friday, Feb. 12, as the bank celebrated its 10th Anniversary and the completion of major exterior and interior renovation by thanking its loyal customers for their patience during the process. Greenbaum is pictured with Cathy Gray, Village Bank’s mortgage specialist, at the branch in Chester.

Beauty is … ‘Reflections’

In February, Meadowbrook High School hosted the 40th Annual Reflections Program award ceremony. The program, sponsored by the Chesterfield Council of PTAs/PTSAs, highlights the creativity of students of all ages. L.C. Bird High School’s Crista Taylor’s art placed second at the district level of the program. Willie “Trey” Campbell, a student at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School, created a four-panel comic featuring Spiderman.

Potential budget cuts detailed

Along with $940,500 in budget cuts that wouldn’t directly impact programs in the Human Services division, $5.21 million in proposed county budget cuts were detailed in February. The following cuts were among those proposed:

  • Reduce library hours at each branch from 59 per week to 48 per week, which is equal to one day; the department recommended closing libraries on Thursday.
  • Reduce the number of new library materials acquired in all formats.
  • Eliminate adult athletic programs.
  • Eliminate half of senior and adult education programs.
  • Eliminate historical programs.
  • Eliminate outdoor adventure/nature programs.
  • Reduction in after hours appointments for crisis psychiatric services.
  • Reduction in intellectual disability employment services.
  • Reduction in Intellectual Disability Residential Services.

Work on CMS mural continues

In spite of the inevitable fate lying ahead for Chester Middle School, students on an afternoon in February worked hard to complete a mural celebrating the building’s 100th year in education. From left: Jordan Owen, Caroline Smith, Linh Quan, Laura Eley, Jesse Huff and Sklyar Ward.

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