‘Please don’t sacrifice middle school’: Virginia Beach School Board hears community concerns on budget proposal

Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — Teachers, bus drivers, and community members appeared in front of the Virginia Beach School Board Tuesday to share their concerns about the superintendent’s proposed 2017-18 estimate of needs. Currently, the average middle school teacher oversees four classes and 120 students. Under the proposed $742.1 million budget, many middle school teachers will be expected to take […]


ODU president decries racist music video that sparked controversy on campus

A screenshot from the controversial music video taken Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

NORFOLK – A controversial music video made the rounds in the Old Dominion University Twitter community on Tuesday after a student tweeted the video – called “White Power” – just before midnight Monday.  The video, originally uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 4, shows a young woman wearing an ODU sweatshirt with a white towel draped over […]


Virginia Beach residents can tour Old Donation School’s new building Wednesday night

Courtesy of Virginia Beach Public Schools.

VIRGINIA BEACH – If you’re curious about Old Donation School’s new state-of-the-art building, you can take a tour on Wednesday night. Starting at 5:45 p.m., guests can walk the halls of the school’s new 225,000-square-foot school, located at 4633 Honeygrove Road. At 7 p.m., the seventh and eighth grade orchestra, with guest appearances by the Bayside […]


Virginia Beach student entrepreneurs set out to rescue turtles, protect kids with allergies

More than 200 students from 29 schools took part in this year's Maker Expo. From left: Lauren Bulleigh, Brendan Willette, Kayla Phu, and Cole Buchanan. (Mariah Pohl)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach students showcased their entrepreneurial and inventing skills Friday at the 3rd annual Maker Expo. More than 200 elementary, middle, and high school students from surrounding public schools turned out to present projects that fulfilled the event’s 2017 theme: adaptive technology. 44 teams from 29 participating schools used 3D printers called MakerBots to create […]


Virginia Beach School Board considers saving $5.8M by increasing teacher course loads

Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — In a perfect world, Virginia Beach City Public Schools would cap classes to just 30 students per class, School Board chair Beverly Anderson said. During a workshop Tuesday night, the School Board considered changes to middle school class loads in the upcoming school year as a result of the proposed $742.1 million budget for 2017-18. In addition to […]


Track and field event to promote inclusiveness for Virginia Beach elementary students with disabilities

Elementary school kids have participated in Little Feet Meets across the state of Virginia for nearly a decade. (Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Virginia)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A track and field event aimed at promoting inclusiveness, collaboration, and sensitivity to those with disabilities is coming to Virginia Beach City Public Schools for the first time this spring. The Little Feet Meet, an athletic event for elementary school kids with developmental disabilities, will be hosted in partnership with Special Olympics Virginia on […]


Virginia Beach superintendent’s $742 million budget includes 2 percent raise for employees

Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent Aaron Spence presented the 2017-18 budget proposal at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. The $742.1 million budget included a 2 percent pay raise for all full-time VBCPS employees, as well as funds for ongoing equity adjustments for the unified pay-scale, Spence said. For the first time in five years, this would […]


Tidewater Community College recognized for rewarding degrees to minority students

Tidewater Community College will continue to assist students throughout the holidays. (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Community College)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Tidewater Community College was recently named by the publication “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” as one of the top producers of associate degrees among minority students in the 2014-15 school year. TCC ranks 42nd among all minority groups, earning  5th place in in awarded associate degrees in social sciences and 31st in awarded associate degrees in business, […]


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