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Hailfax County Trustees to look at rejoining Governor’s School

SoVaNow.com / January 24, 2013
The Halifax County School Board will explore rejoining the Regional Governor’s School program after pulling out in 2008 due to budget cuts.

Trustees are set to discuss Governor’s School at a special session next Thursday, Jan. 31 at the school board conference room in Halifax. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

School Board Chair Kim Farson said yesterday a number of trustees want to look at whether Halifax County can afford the program, which is offered through Southside Virginia Community College for academically advanced students.

“Some of us do feel like Governor’s School is essential to some of our students and would benefit them greatly,” said Farson, who came on the School Board the year after Halifax County pulled out.

While the high school dual enrollment program does a “wonderful job” of challenging students academically, Farson said the Governor’s School, which is offered at SVCC campuses in Keysville and Alberta, offers special benefits for the county’s highest student achievers. She recalled reading the comments of the top 10 seniors at the high school while the program was still in effect and “each of them mentioned the impact of Governor’s School.

“It’s exciting to me to even bring it back up and talk about it,” said Farson. “It’s one of the possibilities on the wish list that you’d like to see happen, if that’s the wish of the majority of the board.”

It is too soon in the budget process to tell if Halifax County has the funding to rejoin the Governor’s School, and Farson cautioned that School Board discussions are, for now, merely exploratory.

“It’s more of us starting the investigation process of the cost, what can be done, what are our options,” she said

School trustee Karen Hopkins, who is an instructor for SVCC, is expected to bring up the matter next Thursday. Farson said SVCC “would definitely like to have our students and some of us would definitely like to have it back.”

The trustees are also expected to go into closed session to discuss legal matters at the Jan. 31 meeting.



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Where are you going to get the money? We as county residents are fed up with the tax and spend crowd. So if the chairman is right, kids have to be in Gov. School to get a quality education in Halifax?
I don't think this is a wise use of money especially since you are three million in the hole and are going to loose a bunch to the LORP teachers that are going to win that lawsuit.


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