Education

Superintendent replies to facilities plan criticisms

The Shenandoah County Public Schools long term facilities plan continues to be one of leading topics this election season. One of the most sharply critical comments about the long term facilities plan was made during a Board of Supervisors meeting. “The School Board’s decision to accept ...

Public questions school board candidates

This is part of a series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum in which candidates of the Fifth District seeking a seat on the school board answered questions from the audience. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the School Board seat once held by Irving Getz ...

School board candidates discuss relationships, facilities plan

This is part of a series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum in which candidates of the Fifth District seeking a seat on the school board answered questions from the audience. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the School Board seat once held by Irving Getz ...

Voters hear from 5th District School Board candidates

This is the first part of a three part series on the Shenandoah County Public School Board forum. WOODSTOCK – Three candidates seeking to fill the school board seat once held by Irving Getz answered questions from some of the 70 people who attended a candidates' forum Thursday evening at ...

Area school districts receive grant for safety equipment

Area schools have received grant money for new school security equipment grants. Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced $6 million in  security equipment grants to schools in 104 divisions and three regional education programs. The grants will pay for items such as: video monitoring ...

Teacher tries to find hope after Texas flooding

In the midst of death and flooding that left nothing but ruin, a teacher new to the Shenandoah County Public Schools system has found support in the schools. Rebecca Derharoutian is a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson and Central High School. She transferred on July 28 to Virginia, ...

Internet dangers discussion raises ire of some parents

Frank warnings of the dangers the internet can pose for children have stirred discord among some parents of Shenandoah County public schools students. Some have taken to social media to express how upset they are with school officials about talks of a sexual nature when they went to pick up ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools asking for citizen help

The Shenandoah County Public Schools wants citizens' input as its administrators plan a road map of where the district wants to head for the next years. “Participation is important as our public schools instructional program, and all that we strive for our children to be -- in addition to ...

School Board approves student suspensions, staff changes

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board  approved 365-day suspensions Thursday night for two students. If the students agree to drug testing and successfully complete education programs the terms of the suspension could be re-evaluated by Superintendent Mark Johnston. Members discussed ...

Shenandoah County schools hoping state shows them the money

WOODSTOCK – Sometimes you do the best you can with less. In August, the Shenandoah County Public School district announced that for the second year in a row it experienced a 15 percent loss of teachers with many leaving for jobs in area districts, including Winchester, which budgeted for pay ...

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy suddenly closes doors

The Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on Thursday announced it is closing its doors for the school year. “I am so sorry to tell you that due to a lack of students and therefore a shortage of funds we are unable to open the school this year. If we did we would have to close somewhere in the ...

Changing accreditation comes with changes to tests

FRONT ROYAL — Between the 2004-2005 school year and the 2012-2013 school year, schools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties failed to be fully accredited a total of four times. Since then, the numbers have risen sharply. Last year, 10 schools between the three counties were listed as ...

Triplett Tech student fares well at national competition

Zachary Biggs, a recent Strasburg High School and Triplett Tech graduate, recently walked away with an award from the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships held June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. After winning the state championship in carpentry, Biggs was pitted against 45 of the best high school ...

Trump’s new health care bill would mean major cuts to local schools

As the Senate prepares to vote as early as next week on President Trump's new health care bill, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released a report Wednesday on how its proposed cuts are going to affect Virginia schools. The report shows that in Virginia alone more than $32 million will be cut from ...

School Board candidates file for fall election

Five Shenandoah County residents have filed the necessary paperwork to be put on the ballot for the School Board election in November. Chairwoman and District 1 Board Member Karen Whetzel said she will run to remain on the School Board. “I am proud of the work that the Shenandoah County ...

County schools cut employees who have old felonies

A handful of Shenandoah County Public Schools employees with felony records lost their jobs this week as a result of a 2015 Virginia Supreme Court ruling. Superintendent Mark Johnston confirmed Wednesday that the ruling affected five employees in good standing with the division and essentially ...

Foltz named new Strasburg High School principal

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board Tuesday approved the promotion of Melissa Foltz to the position of principal at Strasburg High School, effective July 1. Foltz replaces Morgan Saeler who will be transferring to Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, also effective July 1. Foltz said she has ...

School Board approves grading changes, winter holidays

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved grading scale changes and winter break holidays at Tuesday night's meeting. David Hinegardner, director of middle and secondary education, recommended the grading scale changes after three years of work performed by a grading committee, ...

Supervisors graded on educational support

Shenandoah County supervisors Steve Baker and Conrad Helsley scored well and supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz flunked in the opinion of a local organization that advocated for more funding for Shenandoah County Public Schools in the recently approved budget. The evaluation by PASS ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...