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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

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Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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School lunch price rises

SoVaNow.com / May 16, 2013
The Halifax County School Board on Monday approved an increase in school lunch prices to $2 for the coming school year, raising the price of lunches by 15 cents from the current rate of $1.85.

Food Services Manager Lori Hale advised trustees that the increase is necessary to meet federal guidelines.

Trustees also approved the purchase of new elementary and high school science textbooks. A costly item, the books range in price from $49.02 to $89.97 per book.

Following a closed session, trustees rescinded their earlier motion of April 8 adjusting salaries for four individuals. The adjustments, which amounted to $14,000 in salary cuts for the affected employees, were reversed by a 6-0 vote.

ED-2 trustee Karen Hopkins was absent from the meeting and board chairman Kim Farson left mid-meeting due to illness.

The board also approved the suspension of a secondary teacher for three days without pay and also approved home schooling for one family for the coming year.

Three students were expelled. Two will be allowed to enroll in Novanet classes to continue their education. One student was expelled with no service offered.

Six employees have announced their plans to retire as of July 1, including Joan P. Bowers, supervisor of alternative education, John W. Courtney, assistant principal at HCMS, Beverly Crowder, director of student services at the Central Office, Carol Crawley, central office secretary, Ista Palmer, HCHS teacher and Calvin Hughes, custodian at HCHS.



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