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State Police respond to Mecklenburg County trustees suit

Virginia State Police have filed a response to a Nov. 8 order by a Richmond City Circuit judge denying their request for the dismissal of a suit filed against them by five current and former members of the Mecklenburg County School Board.

Supes: Dim view of Buckhorn plan

Supervisor William Blalock, the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors’ anti-tax champion, is preparing to do battle against Mecklenburg’s superintendent of schools, who has proposed closing Buckhorn Elementary to save $1 million next year.


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Buckhorn Elementary staff told of plans to shut down school; Thornton cites budget pressure for schools

School community’s reaction is swift, skeptical and defiant

The Buckhorn Elementary School PTA at parents’ night on Monday garnered about 150 signatures on a petition stating their opposition to closing the school.

MCPS recognizes students/staff

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Assistant superintendent Carole Nelson and the school board honored as Seniors of the Month Nykisha Garland of Park View High School, and Amotio Smith of Bluestone High School. Nykisha Garland, a senior at Park View High School and daughter of Doris Garland of South Hill, has been chosen Senior of the Month for November. Major Hoffman, who nominated her, states, “Nykisha is a wonderful representative for Park View High School. She has committed herself to the Air Force JROTC program and has risen through the ranks by her hard work and determination. She is the first to volunteer for any tasks we have. As Commander of our Color Guard, she has led the team through more than twenty performances in the past two years. She volunteered to lead our last car wash fund raiser. Currently our Logistics Officer, Nykisha is responsible for more than $60,000 of Air Force uniforms, more than $10,000 worth of Air Force equipment, and all textbooks and supplies. She is also dedicated to her studies and diligently puts in the hours EVERY day to do her best. She has learned that public speaking is an art and talent and pushes herself to improve in this much so, that she has volunteered to be our guest speaker at our Military Ball this year. Maybe more importantly, though, Nykisha is a polite and courteous young lady, always helping others and trying to make a difference.” In addition to the activities mentioned in Major Hoffman's recommendation, Nykisha attends New Horizon Baptist Church. After graduation from Park View, Nykisha plans to join the military and become a police officer. Amotio Smith was chosen as senior of the month for his active involvement in school, positive attitude and contributions to Bluestone High School. Mrs. Drummer, Guidance, states that “Amotio is always a team player and very positive. He is well liked by his teachers and peers. I have never heard anyone say a negative word about him. I have had the privilege to watch him grow and mature over the years.” He is a member of Baron football, basketball and baseball teams. He is an active member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church. He plans to attend college in the fall to study business administration or enlist in the marines. When told that he was nominated Senior of the month, Amotio stated, “I feel honored to be nominated. I feel like I’ve come a long way and can now help others. When I first entered Bluestone High school, I didn’t understand that I needed to be serious but with the help of my teachers, I’m very serious about my education. My teachers always supported and kept me straight. “They always taught me about the “real world”. When asked who the most influential teacher during his time at Bluestone, he said Ms. Sharon Harris. Amotio states, “Ms. Harris is there every time I need her, she’s always there to pick me up. I don’t want my time at Bluestone to end.”

Mecklenburg school employees to get one-time bonus

Following a brief debate, the Mecklenburg County School Board on Monday voted 6-3 to request county approval to pay one-time holiday bonuses of $1,000 to professional staff and $500 to non-professionals.

Thornton lays out $2.7 mil plan to raise teacher pay

Mecklenburg County School Superintendent Dr. James Thornton at the Monday meeting of the school board outlined a plan for revamping employee pay scales over the next three years for a total cost of $2.725 million.

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