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Governor’s School tops Halifax County trustees’ agenda

SoVaNow.com / November 11, 2013


The Halifax County School Board will convene tonight at 6 p.m., at which time trustees are expected to make a decision on whether to rejoin the Regional Governor’s School at Keysville.

The School Board will meet at the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex

Trustees last week heard from Governor’s School director Patrizia Humphrey, who described the curriculum and activities that the school offers to academically-advanced juniors and seniors from ten school divisions in the region. Halifax County participated in the program until four years ago, when budget constraints prompted the local division to opt out.

The cost of sending students to the Regional Governor’s School includes tuition of $4,652 for participants in the humanities program and about $1,840 for those in the STEM program. Next year the school is expected to offer a third option, Health Sciences, at a cost of about $2,200.

Trustees must also consider the cost of transporting students to the Keysville SVCC campus, where Governor’s School is held.

In other business, two citizens are signed up to speak at tonight’s meeting: Suzanne Lawson, who will address the Workforce Investment Act Youth Program, and also Emma Sims.

Special recognition will be offered for Warren Penick and his students, Justin Penick and Jacob Talley, and HCHS guidance counselor Shawn Haws will present career and technical education certifications to several students.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon will report to trustees on the relocation of selected central offices and instructional programs, and also on the location of the December School Board meeting.

In addition to addressing Governor’s School, trustees are expected to get an update on the development of the health sciences curriculum and to also decide on a disability insurance plan.

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