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Pictured standing: Cleveland Winfield. In background from left are School Board Vice-Chairman Brenda Pemberton, Chairman John Brown and Superintendent Greg Smith.

2013-2014 Teacher of the Year to serve as Faculty Athletics Representative at Rappahannock High School

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

Cleveland Winfield, who was last year’s Teacher of the Year for Richmond County Public Schools, will take on the role of Faculty Athletics Representative for Rappahannock High School. At Wednesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Greg Smith credited Winfield and RHS principal Jesse Boyd for coming up with the position, which will be implemented for the first time this school year. “We were seeing some unsatisfactory results from our student athletes

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  • New principal for Essex High School, citizens relay concerns to school board

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The Essex County School Board appointed Andrew Hipple as its new high school principal during a closed session at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night. Hipple was principal for one year for the middle and high schools in Colonial Beach before resigning in June. Before that Hipple was principal and assistant principal for Rappahannock County Public Elementary and Middle Schools. As a teacher he worked in Virginia and Pennsylvania 

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  • New principal for Essex High School, citizens relay concerns to school board in mass meeting

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    The Essex County School Board appointed Andrew Hipple as its new high school principal during a closed session at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night. Hipple was principal for one year for the middle and high schools in Colonial Beach before resigning in June. Before that Hipple was principal and assistant principal for Rappahannock County Public Elementary and Middle Schools. Meanwhile, a science teacher resigned Monday, adding to a

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  • Richmond County supervisors approve schools’ appropriation request 3-2

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The Richmond County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the Richmond County Public Schools Fund Carry Over Resolution. In favor were supervisors Richard Thomas, Robert Pemberton and Lee Sanders. Opposed were supervisors John Haynes and Jean Harper. Per the resolution, the Richmond County School Board requested from the board of supervisors an appropriation of additional state revenue of $276,638 for the 2013-2014 school year. Superintendent Greg Smith in April

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  • Parents, teachers, community vent frustrations, share concerns about current state of Essex County Public Schools

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    High school teacher Brenda Anderson Diggs received a phone call letting her know about a meeting in Tappahannock involving discussion of various issues with Essex County schools. “As an educator and a concerned citizen of Essex County, I wanted to come and see what was going on, how Essex felt about it and what Essex wanted to do about it,” Diggs said. She wasn’t alone—over 70 citizens, ranging from former

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  • Multitude of citizens air concerns with Essex County Public Schools at community meeting in Tappahannock

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Over 70 people attended Tuesday night’s community meeting at First Baptist Church in Tappahannock with many addressing their concerns about the current state of the Essex County school system. Some of their concerns included: * The transportation policy; * The high level of employee turnover; * Teachers being shifted around to different schools; * Lack of communication between teachers and administration; * Accounts of both teachers and students being bullied

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  • Essex High School’s search for a new principal begins

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Angela Mosley has resigned from her position as principal of Essex High School. In order to have a principal in place for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, Essex County schools has begun the process of advertising and selecting a new principal. Human Resources will post the position on-line so the school system can begin receiving candidate applications. In a June 26 statement, Superintendent Scott A. Burckbuchler said, “An advisory committee

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