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Chester Middle School will house Thomas Dale’s freshmen next year

The School Board last week unanimously approved the school system’s five-year, roughly $183 million capital improvement program, which includes plans to use Chester Middle School to house Thomas Dale High School’s ninth graders starting next year.

L.C. Bird grad earns degree

Allie Stough, a 2007 graduate of Lloyd C. Bird High School, has completed her associate’s degree with an emphasis in visual arts at Richard Bland College.

School Board to Consider CIP, Chester Middle Options

On Tuesday, the School Board will take up its capital improvement plan and a controversial proposal to close Chester Middle School and use the building for Thomas Dale High School’s freshmen.

Big Kicks for the Monarchs

Who says girls can’t play football? Meadowbrook senior Genesis Avilia won a Dell computer for herself and Meadowbrook when she kicked a field goal promptly after being crowned the school’s homecoming queen, with Corey Foxworthy by her side as king.

Woolridge Absences are Isolated Incidents

Absences may have spiked at Woolridge Elementary last week, but school officials say that the incident is an isolated one. On Monday, 102 of the school’s 807 students were absent; totals climbed to 112 on Tuesday before dropping to 94 on Wednesday and 82 on Thursday.

Hannah and Anna Lead Knights to Shutout

The Thomas Dale field hockey team defeated the Matoaca Warriors 3-0 last week in spite of a somewhat sluggish Monday afternoon effort. In the post-game huddle, Coach Beth Jaeckle urged her troops “to keep playing . . . . we have to beat our man, not just defend.”

Riders for Readers Bring Books to Enon

Enon Elementary celebrated the achievement of its summer reading program with a special event. One-hundred-and-forty-five students, almost one-third of the school, received a special visit from Riders for Readers, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who support literacy.

Outstanding Seniors Recognized at Thomas Dale

Rachel DeGraba and Marcus Grant have been recognized as Seniors of the Month at Thomas Dale High School.