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Education

Warren schools move toward renovations to A.S. Rhodes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is moving toward renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School after School Board members informally agreed to have the district request bids from architectural firms for the project. During a School Board work session on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, ...

Schools chief answers supervisors’ questions about salary

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston recently spoke to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors about the division's hiring of a supervisor for Student Career and Business Partnerships. The hiring in July of Todd Lynn, principal at North Fork Middle School, to the ...

LFCC receives generous donation

Retired Lord Fairfax Community College president Cheryl Thompson-Stacy says she believes in the school, and that's why she recently donated $100,000 to it. “The nine years I was president was the most rewarding nine years of my life,” Thompson-Stacy said. “LFCC is such a huge asset to ...

GOP women hold town hall focused on alternative schooling

WOODSTOCK – Alternative education was the subject of a town hall-style meeting  Wednesday night, the first in a series being planned by the Republican Women of Shenandoah County. Shenandoah County Supervisor Richard Walker and Stephen Curtis, a retired veterinarian, led the discussion heard ...

A life cycle lesson: Caterpillars, butterflies help students understand growth

Caterpillars and butterflies are helping teach students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Tuesday, Jessica Marrow, a third-grade teacher at the school, brought to school about 180 monarch caterpillars she collected on Monday at her grandmother's farm – enough for her class and about 10 ...

Warren County School Board approves budget items during meeting

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board voted to approve several budget items during its meeting on Wednesday. The board agreed unanimously to pay a $20,000 contract with Data Business Systems for food service software. Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for the district, ...

Supervisor questions salary of school position

A Shenandoah County supervisor would like to hear from the Shenandoah County Schools superintendent about why he created a position and then filled it at a much higher pay then approved. Supervisor Karl Ralston recently asked if Superintendent Mark Johnston could speak at a upcoming Board of ...

Virginia’s first lady visits Central High School

WOODSTOCK – Virginia's first lady Pamela Northam, who taught high school biology, was back in her natural setting on Tuesday afternoon as she read “Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do You See” to the pre-kindergarten class taught by Melissa Runion at  Central High School. “Who would like ...

Area woman works toward better life for herself, kids

Loryanne Mercado Rodriguez came to the United States four years ago from Puerto Rico. She was scared when she left her home for better opportunities,  she said, noting that she wants to be able to take better care of her two children, ages 5 and nearly 2. “I want them to see their mom is ...

Winchester man moves forward after job ends

Winchester resident Ed Breeden had worked 23 years as a general laborer at Zuckerman Company Inc., a metal recycling plant when owners announced they were closing. “I was scared. What do I do now,” he said. “I wasn't sure what to do, but my boss talked to us, gave us ideas.” Breeden, ...

LFCC offers classes to help boost employability

Changes to the American workplace are forcing citizens to adapt to a new business world and schools to rethink the skills they need to teach. Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development approved a strategic plan to offer insight into the state's workforce system as it is ...

Charges filed in two school brawls

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has filed charges against six students involved in two separate brawls at Strasburg High School during the first week of the school year. The first fight occurred shortly after noon Aug. 8 in the school's old gymnasium, two days into the new school ...

Grants awarded to two new teachers

The Shenandoah County Educational Association recently awarded two 2018-2019 New Teacher Mini-Grants, according to a statement from the association. One grant of $250 was issued to Kimberlee Whetzel, a new fifth-grade teacher at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. Whetzel, who wants her students ...

Shenandoah Community Health Clinic to expand school counseling services

The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is set to expand its counseling services to all Shenandoah County public schools after it received a $130,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation to hire additional behavioral health clinicians. The health clinic has long planned to expand ...

SOL scores: Ressie Jeffries sees increase in English scores

More than 75 percent of Ressie Jeffries Elementary School students passed the English standards of learning test for the first time in over four years, according to state test results released on Wednesday. The results support previous assertions from Warren County Public Schools ...

Lord Fairfax Community College prepares for new year

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax begins a new school year Monday with steady enrollment numbers. Lord Fairfax Community College's Middletown campus this year has more than 2,500 students, not including area high school students who will be taking dual enrollment classes through the college. School ...

Warren County School Board approves crisis plan

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board approved an updated crisis plan for the division during its work session on Wednesday. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for the district, described the updated plan as an attempt to improve the district’s protocol for ...

Teacher turnover declines: Superintendent pleased with drop in rate

WOODSTOCK – Teacher turnover dropped this year for Shenandoah County Public Schools. The turnover rate stands at 11 percent, down from the 15 percent the district has experienced the last two years, said Linda Hodges, Director of Human Resources. Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston noted ...

Warren County schools report a smooth start

The new school year in Warren County marks the beginning of E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School’s participation in the Community Eligibility Program. Under that program, the Warren County Public Schools division provides students with free breakfasts and lunches through a reimbursement ...