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Mecklenburg County elementary school upgrades on hold

Supervisors push back at $20 million request for outdated buildings

Former supervisor remembered as ‘true gentleman’

Tommy Brankley, ED-8 rep, dies at 85

Schools cope with new standards

Test scores no longer enough for approval


Lady Comets slip past Franklin 5-4





The results are in

Okay students, test time is up. Put down your pencils and turn in your work. Well, whaddaya know — your grades are back already. Let’s see how everyone did.

Dead giveaway

If, per chance, you’re wondering when fiscal irresponsibility in Virginia reached its height, think back to the governorship of Jim Gilmore, a four-year, ongoing fiasco that was made possible by three simple words: No Car Tax.

End of the line

Doctors take an oath, and it’s a useful one: First, do no harm. Last week in this space, we wrote about the stubborn refusal of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to help the county schools even though members have money free in the budget to do so. Rather than taking care not to do harm, the supervisors passed up an easy opportunity to do good.

Meet the new boss

Take something as simple as the school day: not all that simple, actually. Four periods or seven? That was the question that arose in March as the School Board looked to change the high school and middle school class schedules in ways that would have significant impact on a number of programs, band most prominent among them. The controversy that ensued points up a fundamental truth about the art of class scheduling: all options have their upsides and downsides. There are no perfect choices.

Banking on a fantasy

Before getting carried away, I suppose I should state up front that I happen to personally like Barry Bank. Back in the day when he and his wife ran a print and office supply business downtown, I’d poke my nose through the door to seek help and advice from time to time. Barry and I were fellow computer nerds (members of the Mac OS tribe) and he was an early adopter of desktop publishing software that became the standard in the print and publishing industries. He always struck me as a solid operator who delivered his goods and services at a fair price. I enjoyed doing business with him.

Life with the script doctors

It doesn’t take a cynic to trot out the phrase “according to script” to describe Monday’s town hall-style meeting in South Boston on the proposed affiliation of Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare and Halifax Regional Health System — particularly not with the actors in this drama having their lines down pat.

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