Jan 04

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Wednesday night a request to seek a $300,000 state grant for improvements to Woodville Park. The grant and matching county funds will pay for providing three-phase electrical power to be brought to the park. The power will provide lighting for a soccer and youth football, and playground equipment. Lines supplying the power will be placed underground and are also expected to support a fountain in a pond and irrigation for fields. The application will be submitted by today and officials expect to hear back on whether the county receives the grant money within the next few months.
A 7-year-old boy was accidentally struck by a sports utility vehicle as his mother was dropping him off at school Thursday morning. As the child was exiting the SUV at Camelot Elementary School, he stumbled, and a vehicle hit the child when he fell. The child was conscious and breathing, and was transported to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for treatment of a possible leg injury, Police continue to investigate the accident.
Gov. Bob McDonnell wants Virginia to take advantage of a national program that puts young teachers in hard-to-staff schools. McDonnell said Thursday that he will ask the General Assembly to pass legislation bringing the Teach for America program to Virginia’s public schools starting this fall. The nonprofit program is a sort of Peace Corps for education. College graduates in fields other than education agree to teach in struggling schools for two years before moving on to other careers. McDonnell says the program has helped close the so-called “achievement gap” between students of different ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds in other states.
A former Cosby High School substitute teacher has been sentenced to a year behind bars for sex with a student. Anna Walters, 24, did not contest the charges against her. Walters’ case came to light last year, when a former student posted racy pictures of her on twitter. Police investigated, and found a second student, which lead to the charges. She was fired by the district as the investigation got underway. Walters’ sentence was actually two years, with one suspended. She will also have to register as a sex offender.

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