Former Matoaca High teacher gets six months for contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Longtime Matoaca High teacher Craig D. Nixon was sentenced last week to 24 months in jail with all but six months suspended for two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The sentence came down after a plea agreement resulted in two felonies being downgraded. Nixon,... Read more
Gifted program expansion delayed: Coyner pleads for minority students at Carver Middle School
By a 3-2 vote with Carrie Coyner and Dianne Smith dissenting, the Chesterfield School Board last week voted to delay the expansion of the district’s Center Based Gifted Program for one year. The decision means that it will be another year before students in the Bermuda District have a... Read more
Kindness Week promoted at Wells Elementary School
CHESTER – Anne Cabell Dougherty wanted to promote kindness and respect at C.C. Wells Elementary School, so she and others implemented Kindness Week at the school. “I believe it’s important for kids to promote kindness in the school building and for it to trickle into the community,” the first-year... Read more
Thomas Dale students with All-County Symphonic Band
The Knights of Thomas Dale were well represented at the All-County Symphonic Band performance on Jan. 11.  The concert was held at Manchester High School, under the direction of guest conductor Robert Szabo. Front, from left: Alison Masi (flute), Naki Tillar-Goode (oboe), Kelli Schlatter (clarinet), Micah Bruce (bass clarinet),... Read more
Fowler enjoys teaching math at Matoaca High School
The people in Nichole Fowler’s life knew she would be a teacher even though she resisted. Fowler said she likes to tell people what to do and show them how to do things correctly, so they thought she would be a great teacher. She had different plans, however. Fowler... Read more
MEGA Mentors celebrate 10 years      of mentoring, achievement
MEGA Mentors students from Carver Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Manchester Middle and Providence Middle schools visited the Freedom Classic Festival at the Virginia State University’s Multi-Purpose Center on Jan. 19. The students were rewarded for excelling in academics and discipline at their respective schools. MEGA Mentors was founded in... Read more
JTCC announces art award winners
Tabitha Buchanan’s “Stream at Mid-Lothian Mines” recently won the 2019 John Tyler Community College Foundation’s art award. While working on a freelance photography job, Buchanan visited Mid-Lothian Mines Park, and as she scouted the area and took photographs, she decided to place a crystal ball in a stream, a... Read more
Former PTA treasurer sentenced to three months for embezzlement
A former treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School was recently sentenced to five years in prison with all but three months suspended for embezzlement. Jessica Yeakey, 42, of the 12000 block of Windsor Road, was sentenced Jan. 17 after pleading guilty. Judge David E.... Read more
‘Crowder bench’ dedicated at Ecoff Elementary School
From the day the doors of Ecoff Elementary School opened in 1990 until her retirement in 2011, Mary D. Crowder was a beloved primary teacher at the school. When she died in August, a group of her former colleagues decided to place a lasting memorial to her at the... Read more
The new Chesterfield school superintendent is asking for a 3-percent raise for teachers and staff and an additional $7.7 million from the county to help fund a proposed $17.5 million budget increase for Fiscal Year 2020. The salary increases alone would cost $12.9 million in the $672.2 million budget.... Read more