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Open houses set this week at Halifax County schools

SoVaNow.com / August 12, 2013



Halifax County High School and Halifax County Middle School will host open houses for students and parents on Tuesday, from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

All Halifax County elementary schools will hold their open house activities on Wednesday, from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

Teachers will return to work this morning, with students returning for their first day of school next Monday, Aug. 19.

Several changes are in store for students and their families as a new school year beckons:

The price of student lunches will rise slightly to $2; the price of breakfast will be $1.25. For adults, breakfast will cost $2 while the cost of adult lunches will rise to $3.50. The charge for milk is fifty cents.

Student fees at Halifax County Middle School include a $7 fee for art, for grades 6-8. A $20 fee will be charged for students taking band and chorus, while band or chorus (one or the other) in grades 7-8 will cost $12. In grade 6, band or chorus fees (one only) are $6. Hallway locker fees at the HCMS will cost $1 while physical education fees for students in grades 7 and 8 are $4.50. Science fees for students in grades 6-8 will be $6.

At Halifax County High School, the art fee for students in grades 9-12 is $10 while the music fee is $12. Physical education fees are $4.50 while science fees are $8. Senior Class dues are $35. Optional fees at the high school include $130 for driver education (Behind the Wheel) and $20 for student driver parking spots.

Central Office administrators include Dr. Merle P. Herndon, superintendent; Valdivia T. Marshall, assistant superintendent; Jason H. Camp, director of finance; Jeffrey L. Davis, director of special education; David M. Guill, director of transportation; Linda C. Owen, director of elementary education/professional development; Robert D. “Frosty” Owens, director of secondary education/student services/accountability; Larry D. Roller, director of operations and maintenance; Pamela M. Eakes, supervisor of federal programs/gifted education; Dr. K. Jeanie Hawks, supervisor of instructional technology, Lori E. Hale, coordinator of food services, Nancy L. Zirkle, coordinator of division testing, and Frank M. Lee, division truancy/discipline officer.

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Herndon and the SB need to cut salaries at the central office to keep fees from going up. Also I loved how stoneman told teachers to go through the chain of command, effectively telling them that don't come to us, we won't back you. We need a entire new school board that will stand up to central office staff and not just rubber stamp what they do!


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