Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
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