Two appointed to Roanoke City School Board

Monday, June 6, 2016

At the 2:00 p.m. Roanoke City Council meeting Annette Lewis and Lutheria Smith were appointed to Roanoke City School Board. Council member Ray Ferris said it was a tough decision with so many qualified applicants. Sue Reese was the only applicant that attended the council meeting to hear the verdict. Reese is a regional director […]

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Roanoke County Board member, Al Bedrosian is clueless say Roanoke County teachers

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Roanoke County Board member, Al Bedrosian is clueless say Roanoke County teachers

Al Bedrosian’s insensitive disrespectful comments about teachers at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting elicited hurt feeling from teachers today at a rally held at the Roanoke Administration building. “Recall Al” read one sign – another spelled CLUELESS vertically Careless, Lying, Uneducated, Laughable, Egregious, Self-serving and Shameful. Board of Supervisor member Al Bedrosian has stepped […]

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Roanoke County School Board candidate forum and RCEA endorsements

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Roanoke County School Board candidate forum and RCEA endorsements

Monday night about 60 people attended a candidate forum at Cave Spring Middle School hosted by the Roanoke County Council of PTAs. Of the five candidates only Tim Greenway is running unopposed in the Vinton District. (See Roanoke County Education Association endorsements at the end.) Greenway runs Greenway Construction Inc. and works as a real […]

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Mike Wray to run for Roanoke County School Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mike Wray to run for Roanoke County School Board

Mike Wray a former Cave Spring Roanoke County Board of Supervisor  plans to run for the Cave Spring Roanoke County School Board in November.  Fuzzy Minnix had announced that he will not run for re-election to the Roanoke County School Board. Minnix had served on the school board for six years and was on the […]

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Roanoke City Schools struggle with avoiding a fiscal cliff

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Roanoke City Schools struggle with avoiding a fiscal cliff

In about two years said School Board Chairman David Carson, the school system’s saving from federal stimulus money and the two percent meals tax will run out. Spending down savings is an unsustainable model unless new funding sources are found said Carson. Those funds need to come from the state he said. Assistant superintendent Curt […]

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Roanoke City School Board selection process dilemma

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Roanoke City School Board selection process dilemma

After much gnashing of teeth and consultation with the city attorney Dan Callaghan Roanoke City Council decided that the replacement of school board chairman Dave Carson will be advertised and applications taken until May 3 and reviewed by council on May 6. Carson has been appointed to the 23rd District Circuit Court and will take […]

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David Carson selected to the 23rd District Circuit Court

Monday, April 8, 2013

David Carson selected to the 23rd District Circuit Court

A funding push by area legislators have saved judgeships vacated by retiring judges in the 23rd District Circuit Court. David Carson was one of two area judges elected with Carson replacing Judge Jonathan Apgar who is retiring. Leisa Ciaffone was selected as a judge in Roanoke’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court replacing Judge John Ferguson. […]

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Mayor Bowers’ fiscal cliff for RCPS comes to fruition

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mayor Bowers' fiscal cliff for RCPS comes to fruition

Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan rolls over for passenger rail /Mayor Bowers’ fiscal cliff for Roanoke City Public Schools comes to fruition In January Mayor Bowers and Vice Mayor Court Rosen had a bit of a tiff. Bowers saw a fiscal cliff looming for RCPS and the arts. Rosen on the other hand was confident that […]

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Council agrees to delay vote on Huff Lane property rezoning

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Council agrees to delay vote on Huff Lane property rezoning

On December 20 Dorchester Court neighbors lined up at a public hearing before the Planning Commission asking and at times pleading for a denial to the application submitted by NDRA II, LLC for two hotels and a restaurant. The commission agreed with the neighborhood that the property was not part of Valley View Mall. It […]

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Panic strikes Roanoke citizens as fiscal cliff looms

Monday, January 14, 2013

Panic strikes Roanoke citizens as fiscal cliff looms

Mayor David Bowers’ comment was a bit of a head-scratcher at last Monday’s joint meeting with the Roanoke City School Board. “I’m becoming concerned that Roanoke’s fiscal cliff is looming just beyond the horizon,” said Bowers. Bowers claimed that other civic organizations were in the same boat. The fiscal cliff not only pertains to Roanoke’s […]

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School Board/City Council discuss start date and facility use

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

School Board/City Council discuss start date and facility use

Roanoke City Public Schools start classes August 20 this year but it is debatable whether they can start before Labor Day next year. Unless the General Assembly works some magic in the 2013 legislative session, the city is tied to Roanoke County’s fate. The complicated legislation is dependent on the adjacent locality’s missed days due […]

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Roanoke City fiscal year 2013 budget gets approval – schools OK

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Roanoke City fiscal year 2013 budget gets approval - schools OK

Monday’s council meeting was quick and painless with no discussion except to thank staff for their hard work in assembling the 2013 fiscal year budget for final adoption. The city manager, Chris Morrill’s “budgeting for outcomes” task began in September of 2011. The $252.8 million budget was approached conservatively. Revenue is faring well and running […]

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