Matoaca Elementary gets $10K donation
CHESTERFIELD – Matoaca Elementary School was surprised with a $10,000 donation from AdoptAClassroom.org in partnership with Burlington Stores. Representatives from Burlington Stores presented the check April 10 during a student and faculty assembly. The gift will provide nine teams of instructors with $1,111.11 each to purchase new supplies for classrooms.... Read more
‘Plain old teacher’ incorporates technology in first-grade classroom
A good day for Nancy Thweatt is when the students in her first-grade class learn something new after having struggled with a lesson. Thweatt said when the proverbial light bulb goes off, she’s done something her students will be able to carry on to subsequent grades. Thweatt has been... Read more
The attorney representing several school officials in a civil lawsuit brought over a championship football poster recently responded and asked that the suit be dismissed. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew J. Fulwider filed papers with the Chesterfield County General District Court on March 30. The inadvertent misidentification of a student... Read more
Audit reveals $99M in unfunded liabilities
Unfunded liabilities in a supplemental retirement plan for Chesterfield County Public Schools’ employees accumulated to nearly $100 million over more than two decades, according to a report recently issued by the county’s internal audit director Greg Akers. Akers, who presented his report to the county’s Audit and Finance Committee... Read more
CCPS approves year-round school at Bellwood Elementary
Year-round school is a go at Bellwood Elementary School beginning in July. During a special meeting on March 23, the Chesterfield County Public Schools board voted unanimously to approve a proposal for a pilot program at Bellwood. School board member Carrie Coyner said the school held two additional meetings... Read more
A football championship poster gone bad?
A misidentified player’s photo on the L.C. Bird High School 5A football state championship team poster from 2013 has resulted in a parent filing a civil lawsuit against school district officials. David Shurland sued the school’s principal, Laura Hebert, along with Chesterfield County Public Schools officials Joseph Tylus, James... Read more
Matoaca Middle School teacher brings Latin alive
  Lori Brown has been the eighth-grade Latin teacher at Matoaca Middle School for three years and her journey to get there was not conventional. She danced when she was younger, but her injuries forced her to go to physical therapy school. A patient-caused injury then led her to... Read more
‘Health school hero,’ Coyner one of 13 winners of national award
School Board member Carrie Coyner starts some days by motivating other adults to be fit and healthy during her early-morning exercise class at the local YMCA. But, as a mother of three children and an engaged PTA member, the Bermuda District representative understands that healthy habits start at a... Read more
New Honor Society organizes memorial for 17
  “We have a duty to make our environment safer. Tonight we are making a stand. Enough is enough. We will not be next.” With those words, Thomas Dale High School senior Makayla Callender may have summed up the feelings, thoughts and emotions of some 75 students who stood... Read more
Students receive top honors for regional MLK Jr. art and essay contest
CHESTERFIELD – Six Chesterfield County Public Schools students recently received top honors for their entries in a regional essay and art contest, “Working Together We’ll Sow the Seeds of Peace,” sponsored by the DuPont Spruance plant to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Falling Creek Middle students swept the essay... Read more