Browsing: Chesterfield Government

During the Nov. 7 Chesterfield County Public Schools board meeting, eight people spoke during public comment, with seven either lauding the pending approval of a new model policy while others lambasted the school board for allowing sexually-explicit books in middle school libraries.  During the first reading of proposed policies and revisions, communications officer Shawn Smith noted that Policy 3035 pulled wording verbatim from the state board of education in regard to sexually-explicit content.  The policy would require parents to be notified 30 days in advance if any sexually-explicit content would be used as part of curriculum.  According to Senate Bill…

Tara Carroll, center, was thanked by the board of supervisors for filling in after Leslie Haley resigned to work for the state attorney general’s office.  As part of the consent agenda, on Oct. 26 the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved construction contracts to repave the county airport and to begin the third and final phase at Harrowgate Park.  The supervisors awarded a $1.14 million contract to Branscome Inc. to repave the airport terminal apron with 90 percent of the costs funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, 8 percent by the Virginia Department of Aviation and 2 percent by the…

The Oct. 11 Chesterfield County Public Schools board meeting was full of public comment, with multiple parents complaining about various issues.  Michael Karabinos said there were 16 teacher separations listed as part of the consent agenda. He noted that his daughter’s third-grade teacher left during the school year last year for a job with Capital One. “Teachers are afraid to speak their mind in forums like this,” he said, and encouraged the school district to allow collective bargaining.  Dominique Chatters said there is a disproportionate number of vacancies in the Dale District.  Anne Taydus said that the district’s Head Start…

On Sept. 22, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission voted 4-0 to recommend approval of a request to rezone about 40 acres from commercial C-5 to commercial C-4 with a conditional use permit to allow condominiums at Route 1 and Willis Road.  The development, which is called Bellwood Commons, would be on land where an outdoor flea market has been and previously was a drive-in theater.  There was some public opposition to the request, including from Rene Eldred and former county planning employee Jim Bowling, but Gib Sloan, the planning commissioner from the Bermuda District, held sway. Jeff Geiger, representative of…

On July 26, Sen. Joe Morrissey (D) announced that he had reached a $10,000 settlement from a woman who claimed that he had trespassed for parking in a public right-of-way.  According to a press release, Jessica Spain called the police on Morrissey on May 22, 2019, for parking on an access road in the 19600 block of Church Road in Matoaca.  Spain allegedly said that she was in “great fear” due to Morrissey parking his vehicle at the end of her driveway while he campaigned door-to-door in the area. She filed a trespassing complaint the next day, the release states. …

On July 29, state Sen. Joe Morrissey (D) and Del. Carrie Coyner (R) discussed the new Chesterfield Recovery Academy, which is set to open Aug. 22 when the other public schools open.  The school will be located at 13900 Hull Street Road in Midlothian.  The eastern Chesterfield County duo chatted about the school on Morrissey’s program, the Fighting Joe Morrissey Show, which can be viewed live or replayed on Facebook.  Morrissey said the high school was the “brainchild” of Coyner, who said the idea sprung from her time serving on the Chesterfield County Public Schools board. “The idea was at…

On June 29, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to replace Leslie Haley as the Midlothian supervisor with former Chesterfield County Republican Party Chair Tara Carroll.  Board Chair Chris Winslow (R-Clover Hill) said the board followed a policy that was adopted in 1994. Eight people applied for the vacancy after Haley resigned to work in the attorney general’s office and six were qualified, Winslow said.  Kevin Carroll (R-Matoaca), no relation, motioned for Tara Carroll, which Jim Holland (D-Dale) seconded.  In the afternoon session, the board voted unanimously to name Holland vice chair following a nomination by Winslow.  Also…

State Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Chester) released a statement on Friday, June 24, following the news of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. SCOTUS’ decision effectively sends the issue back to the states like it was prior to Roe, and Morrissey, who calls himself “pro-life” and has voted with Republicans on some abortion-related bills over the years, including his time in the House, clarified his position.  Morrissey said he said he supports a woman’s right to choose an abortion up until the time an unborn child can feel pain, which…

With final passage of a budget by the General Assembly, the Chesterfield County Public Schools board met in a special meeting on June 21 and approved their final fiscal 2023 financial plan. It includes $6 million in one-time bonuses for staff and two-year funding for the Chesterfield Recovery Academy. The latter will get $864,000 this fiscal year and $500,000 next year. With the one-time funds, the school district was able to complete Phase I of Salary Study 2, according to Kimberly Hough, chief of human resources.  The salary study began in October last year and compared Chesterfield with 13 other…

State Sen. Joe Morrissey is pleased with the Fiscal 2022-24 budget that the General Assembly passed on June 1. He noted the compromise legislation resulted in a 32-4 vote in the Senate. It also passed 88-7 in the House. Morrissey (D-Chester) called the bill “a huge win for Petersburg.” He noted the bill contains two amendments that allow for a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission study, and with a positive report, a public vote on a casino. The bill also prohibits Richmond from having another vote on a casino until November 2023, which gives Petersburg time to conduct one,…

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