Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Concerned citizens meet on closing of Huff Lane
School board members Jason Bingham and Todd Putney were absent from Thursday nights public input meeting on closing Huff Lane Intermediate school. Chairman David Carson, Lori Vaught, Suzanne Moore, Mae Huff and outgoing member Courtney Penn voted to close Huff Lane School.
The public meeting was held at James Breckinridge Middle school cafeteria to accommodate expected high attendance. Seven speakers took to the podium.
In addition to their vote to close Huff Lane the School Board confirmed the addition of two modular units for Round Hill to accommodate the overflow of students expected as they move from Huff Lane to Round Hill. Round Hill will become a K-5 school. As pointed out by Chairman Carson consolidation to K-5 schools has been part of the plan for several years.
There is no change in attendance zones with the closing of Huff Lane and preschool will be spread out to other schools. As Courtney Penn explained preschool is not held to attendance zones so any school can be used for that purpose. Superintendent Rita Bishop reiterated the negotiations with a church to lease space as well.
Carson very firmly admonished the media for sensationalizing and prematurely making assumptions for the sale and use of the Huff Lane property. Tonight’s discussion was strictly on the closing of Huff Lane. Use of the property will be dealt with at another time said Carson.
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Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: neighborhood, Roanoke City Public Schools, school_board