Against the backdrop of Alexandria’s City Council voting to reinstate School Resource Officers, Arlington school and police officials say they’re confident kids and staff will be safe without daily police presence.
That’s because, leading up to the decision to remove SROs this summer, the county spent six years investing in other school safety pillars, adding counselors, enhancing building safety and beefing up emergency management operations, according to School Board Chair Barbara Kanninen.
Labor union leaders from across trades and the region gathered in front of the Loudoun County Government Center in downtown Leesburg Oct. 13 to push county supervisors for strong organizing rights, as negotiations continue on what form collective bargaining will take for the public employees.
County supervisors voted in July to start work writing a local ordinance permitting collective bargaining among county employees.
Essential workers from around the region joined dozens peers from Loudoun County to rally for a collective bargaining ordinance from local leaders. The rally was held early Wednesday evening in the front of the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg.
Ian Prior, executive director of the activist group Fight for Schools, held a press conference Thursday afternoon enumerating several demands of the school division in response to what he characterized as a negligent response from school administrators to a pair of sexual assaults. The event, held outside the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, comes in the wake of a report in the media detailing a pair of assaults at two Loudoun high schools involving the same suspect — one of which occurred at the end of May, and was not made public until this week.
Stephen Roszel was preparing for his “dream job” teaching Advanced Placement government and social studies at Monacan High School this year when the Chesterfield School Board adopted a mask mandate, a move recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, then required by the state. Roszel declined on principle. He joined parents in filing open records requests for the science behind the mandate, which is designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, communicated his reasoning to the administration and never stepped foot in the school. This week, he was fired.
The Richmond Slave Trail Commission – an advocacy group created by Richmond City Council to raise awareness of the role slavery played in the capital city’s history – is defunct. Little apparent notice has gone to the governing body that created it and appoints the membership. “That’s horrible, horrible,” said former City Councilman Sa’ad El-Amin, who led the effort to create the commission in 1998 and served as its chair until he was forced to resign his council seat in 2003 amid legal woes.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine gave casino opponents a boost when he announced that he had voted against the proposed South Side gambling mecca. But during a visit to City Hall last Friday, he disclosed that his wife, Anne B. Holton, a former Richmond judge, past state secretary of education and former interim president of George Mason University, disagreed with him. And she told him, “Honey, I’m canceling your vote on this one” by casting a “yes” vote in support of the planned $565 million casino, Sen. Kaine recounted.
Reverberations from the mass shooting at the municipal center two and half years ago are still being felt, but steps are being taken to make the city government’s offices safer.
This week, city staff divulged details about its efforts to prevent another violent attack.
King William is hiring the husband of the former Commissioner of the Revenue to perform a reassessment of all the properties in the county, a county official confirmed last week. The county will pay more than $300,000 to Pearson’s Appraisal Service, owned by appraiser Fred Pearson, for the appraisal of 11,197 parcels. Pearson is the husband of former Commissioner of the Revenue Sally Pearson, who resigned mid-term in November 2020. Prior to leaving office, Sally Pearson faced scrutiny for refusing to take part in the county’s previous assessment
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced it would drop a religious discrimination lawsuit against Stafford County involving a Muslim cemetery.
Last month, Stafford supervisors agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the All Muslim Association of America that claimed supervisors discriminated by blocking it from creating a cemetery on 29 acres in the 1500 block of Garrisonville Road.
At a Rockingham County School Board meeting Monday, it was posited during public comment that parents have the right to pick and choose from the Virginia Department of Education standards what their child is taught. But that is simply not what the law states, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl said.
The law states that parents can direct the education of their child, but the Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld that the Virginia code applies to a parent's right to seek private education for their child. It does not mean that parents have the right to dictate curriculum, Scheikl said.
This year used car prices have soared due to inflation, shortages caused by COVID restrictions, and supply chain issues. ... On average Charlotte County residents would have seen a tax increase of 40% based on the same vehicles owned last year.
Charlotte County Commissioner of the Revenue Naisha Carter said many 5 to 10 year old pickups and SUVs doubled in value. Carter contacted the Board regarding the issue and Chairman Gary Walker requested the board to consider an equalization number to prevent residents being subjected to an increase.
When Janice Baylor appeared in Lancaster General District Court on Sept. 1, she was facing a list of charges for animals and livestock running at large. When she came back for her review hearing on Oct. 6, she had 10 new charges.
Baylor has over 100 pigs. Many of them roam, hanging out in the woods, walking the road, and sometimes blocking the road. They have also been destroying her neighbors’ property.
Mathews County Board of Supervisors chairman Mike Rowe was issued a summons last week to answer to a charge that he stole a Coraplast Yard Sign valued at less than $1,000 that belonged to Lane-Armistead Camp 1772 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Mathews. ... The signs encourage residents to vote against removing the monument from the court green during the upcoming election on Nov. 2.
The growing popularity and acceptance of tattoos are prompting Marion to reconsider the town’s tough requirements to open a shop.
The town has been home to tattoo shops in the past that drew negative attention and ultimately failed as businesses. After they closed, the town council added such shops to its list of adult uses in the town code, which includes adult book and video stores, establishments for fortunetellers, palm readers, and mystics, and body-piercing salons among others.