School Board work sessions often assume the tone of a rather tedious grad school seminar. The five elected members, guided by the superintendent or one of his staff, worked through stacks of material, occasionally posing questions, but generally focused on mastering the substance of some challenge facing the Chesterfield schools in difficult financial times.
With Patricia Carpenter, the new chairman, David Wyman, vice chairman from Dale district and three new members, Carrie Coyner from Burmuda, Tom Doland from Matoaca and Diane Smith from Clover Hill, the School Board has begun the process of getting to know one another as they explore funding avenues and educational opportunities.
The Commonwealth Book Club began its sixth year last Saturday, when eight members gathered at the Meadowdale Library to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court. The book club, which began with a 2005 op-ed column in the Village News, has consistently devoted itself to the discussion of serious non-fiction, including books, current events, science, politics, social issues, the environment, and history.
Old dogs may resist learning new tricks, but starting this Wednesday, humans of “a certain age” will gather at the Chester Baptist Church for the latest session of Adventures in Learning (AIL), the educational program of the Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield.