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Halifax County Trustees weigh Governor’s School verdict / December 09, 2013

Members of the Halifax County School Board are expected to make a final decision tonight on whether to rejoin the Regional Governor’s School in the coming year.

The trustees will gather for their regular December meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Halifax County Middle School.

At their November meeting, two trustees, Walter Potts of ED-8 and Cheryl Terry of ED-4, both expressed their opposition to rejoining the Governor’s School, which counted Halifax County among its members until the division pulled out several years ago due to budget pressures. Governor’s School, offered at the Keysville campus of SVCC, brings together academically gifted students from southern and central Virginia for a half-day of high-level programs.

Terry, who has indicated she will not be present for the December meeting due to a work assignment, added that she would very much like for Halifax to participate in the Governor’s School, but does not see how the county can afford to join next year due to ongoing budget issues.

In other unfinished business, board chairman Kim Farson will explain tonight the guidelines for the presentation of citizen comments. Farson is also expected to report to the full board on trustees’ upcoming joint meeting with the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. The meeting is Thursday, at 8 a.m. in the School Board Conference Room.

Halifax County High School FFA members are scheduled to make a presentation to the board, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon will present the VSBA Green Schools Challenge Award as well as showing off the artwork of students. Dr. Virginia Jones is expected to make a presentation on the middle school math program.

Under new business, assistant superintendent Valdivia Marshall will report on the pre-Labor Day school opening for next year and also on the school system’s sick leave policy. Finance director Jay Camp will discuss the acceptance of the Virginia local disability plan.

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Gov School waste of money


Hardly. As someone who attended governor school I can attest that it was well worth the money and prepared me for college and beyond and offered a challenge that was sorely lacking at the high school.

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