MEGA students visit Hampton’s museums
On lucky Friday the 13th, four chartered buses carrying Chesterfield middle school students rolled out of the county on an educational tour of Hampton. The Mentors Expecting Greater Achievement students were awarded for their successes with tours to Hampton University and the Virginia Air & Space Center. With students... Read more
An armed retired officer in every school?
A man who served 21 years with Chesterfield County Police Department has an idea to make schools safer. Mark Bowen, who worked as a school resource officer for 13 of 21 years with the police department, has been a mentor for at-risk students at Bellwood Elementary School since February.... Read more
The Chesterfield County Public Schools Board approved an expansion of its gifted child program last week and a change order related to construction at a new Beulah Elementary School. The school district plans to expand its gifted child program to Carver Middle School for the 2019-20 school year that... Read more
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