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Education

Central students join national walkout

WOODSTOCK - On the 19th anniversary of a mass school shooting in Colorado, and about 90 minutes after a new attack in Florida, students at Central High School walked out of classes Friday to protest gun laws they believe are too weak, part of a nationwide event involving more than 2,500 ...

Warren County Public Schools to have special meeting on budget adjustments

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board is set to have a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss adjustments to the school budget. During a work session on Wednesday,  Superintendent Greg Drescher said that the Warren County Board of Supervisors is set to provide enough money ...

Randolph-Macon students show off self-published books

FRONT ROYAL — Between the end of Christmas break and the middle of March, Bernie Luan and his freshmen English peers at Randolph-Macon Academy designed and created their own books. Luan, a history buff, honed in on the part of Dalian, China, where he grew up, telling about the Japanese and ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools names new assistant superintendent

The Shenandoah County School Board Thursday evening approved the hiring of Gabriel Ryman as new Assistant Superintendent for Treatment, Learning and Innovation. “I am so excited,” Ryman said after the meeting. “When this opportunity became available I thought it was a great way to ...

School division working toward accreditation

In the aftermath of two of its nine schools being denied accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year Shenandoah County Public Schools has created a game plan and is working on qualifying for accreditation. School divisions that did not have all of their schools accredited were required to enter ...

Winter stalks start of spring

Despite the calendar, winter is not allowing spring to arrive. Snow hit the Shenandoah Valley region on Tuesday and is expected to keep falling through today, possibly into the afternoon. “The commute Wednesday morning will not be fun,” said Jason Elliott, a meteorologist at the ...

School Board-approved budget now moves to supervisors

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Public School Board has approved a $67.4 million 2018-2019 operating budget, despite General Assembly lawmakers failing to nail down the state's budget. The school division's budget is an increase of $4.1 million from this year's operating budget. State ...

Voices of change: Area students remember victims of gun violence

Students at area high schools established a united voice for school safety as they participated in National Walkout Day on Wednesday morning. The walkout at Sherando High School, initially scheduled outdoors but was held in the auditorium due to student choice for safety, was lead by ...

Parents, school officials discuss plan to address overcrowding

QUICKSBURG – School administrators met with parents and concerned citizens Tuesday evening at North Fork Middle School to answer questions and discuss a plan to reconfigure grade levels to address overcrowding. Division leaders would like to reconfigure grade levels for Ashby Lee Elementary, ...

Area students may participate in National Walkout Day

Students in area schools are having discussions with school administrators about taking part in the National Walkout Day on Wednesday. The walkout, school officials say, will last for 17 minutes and will be held to remember the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Feb. ...

LFCC’s video simulators creating job opportunities for students

  In a recent 90-day period, Lord Fairfax Community College had more than 1,000 job openings posted by area companies for truck drivers and heavy equipment operators. The college is fast-tracking work force programs to arm graduates with driving skills and experience gleaned partly ...

Shenandoah County officials tour southern campus schools

QUICKSBURG – Members of the Shenandoah County School Board and the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday visited the schools in the southern campus. They heard about how school administrators at those schools are welcoming and preparing for the possibility of a transition of grades. The ...

School Lunch Menu: FEB. 17

This is the Shenandoah County school lunch menu for Feb. 19-23, 2018: Monday NO SCHOOL Tuesday Breakfast: Egg & cheese on English muffin, fruit & juice choices, choice of milk. Lunch K-5: Salisbury steak w/gravy, breadstick, mashed potatoes, broccoli, pears, choice of ...

Schools get attention on tour

Local leaders on Friday continued their tour of Shenandoah County Public Schools by visiting Signal Knob Middle School, Sandy Hook Elementary School and Strasburg High School. Not participating in Friday's tour were Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dick Neese, Chairman ...

Board holds hearing on school budget, one person shows

Only one person attended Thursday night's Shenandoah County Public Schools board hearing held to allow for questions on the proposed budget. Holly Dood was at the hearing to hear what would be discussed but she had no specific questions herself. She has a child who is a student at Central ...

Policy changes proposed in light of school bus incident

WOODSTOCK – Changes in school policy to make school bus travel safer will go before the Shenandoah County School Board on March 15. “The students need to behave themselves and we expect our drivers to be professional at all times,” said schools Superintendent Mark Johnston. A recent ...

School division reports high graduation rates

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a four-year graduation rate of 96.3 percent. That is a higher percentage, schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said,  than the regional average of 93.7 percent and the state average of 91.1 percent. “Our graduation rate in Shenandoah County Public ...

Shenandoah schools seek raises, better efficiencies with proposed budget

WOODSTOCK- Shenandoah County Public Schools is asking for more money in an effort to be competitive in the face of a growing teacher shortage, growing enrollment and students with greater needs. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $67.4 million budget to the School Board Thursday for the ...

Changes proposed for school division’s southern campus

WOODSTOCK -- Some students on the southern campus of Shenandoah County Public Schools could be transferred this fall to other schools in a move to alleviate overcrowding. Division administrators would like to reconfigure grade levels for Ashby Lee Elementary, North Folk Middle and Stonewall ...

Warren County awarded breakfast grant

The two Warren County middle schools have received grant funding to help them make changes to their breakfast program. Both Warren County Middle School and Skyline Middle School were awarded $5,000 to start a so-called “breakfast after the bell program.” According to Claire Mansfield, the ...