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Beamer to help kick off school capital campaign

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Retired Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer / March 07, 2019

Frank Beamer, the winningest coach of Virginia Tech sports history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will lead a different kind of kickoff in April for the benefit of Halifax County Public Schools: the start of a capital campaign to help raise money for a new high school.

The kickoff event, which will take place at The Prizery on Tuesday, April 30 at noon, will feature 20-minute remarks by the retired Hokies coach, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Beamer will speak on educational issues and express his support for the construction of a new high school in the area, according to a statement released Wednesday by the school administration.

“This is a very exciting time for the citizens of Halifax County with the possibility of the construction of a new high school, and I’m delighted to lend a helping hand to this great cause. Hopefully we’ll have a great turnout on Tuesday, April 30,” Beamer is quoted as saying in the statement.

Beamer is a longtime family friend of Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg, who began his education career as a teacher and high school football coach. Lineburg’s brother is a special teams and tight ends coach for Wake Forest football.

According to Lineburg, “there’s a lot of good will [between our families].” He explained that Beamer was his father’s assistant coach for a time, and that the families have continued to work closely together in years hence.

Lineburg said he’s looking forward to hosting “a place [for the community] to listen” to ideas for the school while also having a good time.

The benefit is the latest step in Halifax County Public Schools’ campaign for a new high school since last year. After conducting a faculty study and holding more than 40 meetings with the public since 2018, the School Board voted to move forward in pursuing “all options” for building the new school to replace the aging HCHS facility.

The benefit will be held at The Prizery, with tickets selling for $75 per seat.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Halifax County High School at 434-572-4977.

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So Frank is trying to push this. Sorry, VPI grad and season ticket holder, but Frank should not be doing this. Have met Frank on many occasions and I know he is doing it because he is friends with the supt. Bad Move Frank, if people want to meet Beamer, go to some Hokie Club meetings do not give any support to this.


This sounds more like a sales campaign to get the 1% sales tax passed on the Nov ballot. No problem with that, but if that's what it is, say so. Also, is this a paid or volunteer service?


NO new taxes of any kind. I cannot understand the people that say a school will bring new jobs. That is total bs.


Many, many thanks Coach Frank Beamer for your effort. I always wondered why folks of wealth with a vested interest in the education of Halifax youth did not contribute more toward the repair/replacement of Halifax County High School.

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