Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Monday, September 28, 2009
Patrick Patterson and Governor Tim Kaine
Each year Commonwealth Scholars participant William Byrd High School (WBHS) brings almost 100 percent of its students and their parents to join teachers, advisors, and community leaders for an event called One Day Registration, where students can review their course of study and become familiar with additional resources and opportunities for help.
One result of this and other WBHS efforts: a remarkable increase in the number of students taking physics. This spring 108 graduates had completed physics, a 157 percent increase from 2007. In all, the school graduated 287 students this year, and 97 were Commonwealth Scholars.
One of the individuals who has helped WBHS to succeed as a Scholars school is Patrick Patterson, site coordinator, whose work was recently commended by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. Patterson notes that Scholars has also led students to challenge themselves in math as well as physics. “We recently learned that because of our desire to push all of our graduates to take algebra 2 at a minimum, our matriculating students to Virginia Western Community College are in a very strong position to avoid being enrolled in remedial mathematics courses,” he says.
To help other schools, Patterson and WBHS Principal Richard Turner worked with Virginia Scholars Director Betsy McClearn to develop a toolkit to share with other school divisions across the state. WBHS also hosted annual meetings to share successful practices and give other schools the opportunity to observe One Day Registration. With the expectation that all high school students in Virginia can benefit from State Scholars, the program will begin statewide expansion through Virginia’s 23 community colleges in September.
Patrick Patterson is running for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Vinton District.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Election 2009, Roanoke County Politics
Tags: board_of_supervisors, democrat, Roanoke County Politics