Education briefs for Monday, Oct. 9

CodeRVA regional school awarded federal grant

RICHMOND — CodeRVA, a regional school experiment, became the first school in Virginia to be awarded the federal Magnet School Assistance Program grant, which will give it about $6 million over the next four years.

The grant money will help add more staff, services and support to the Richmond school, which opened this year. CodeRVA focuses on computer science and is a regional magnet school, meaning students from about a dozen school divisions attend.

Two endorsed for seat on Richmond School Board

RICHMOND — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and City Councilwoman Kim Gray have announced their endorsements for Cindy Menz-Erb and Kenya Gibson, respectively, for the 3rd District School Board seat.

Gray represented the city’s 2nd District on the School Board for two terms before being elected to the City Council last year. Menz-Erb was appointed in March to fill the 3rd District’s vacant seat after Jeff Bourne was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Six people filed interest in finishing Bourne’s term. The special election will be on Election Day, Nov. 7.

3 area schools among 34 to get partial accreditation

RICHMOND — The Virginia Board of Education granted “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” status to 34 schools across the state, including three Richmond-area schools.

Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond and Varina and Anthony Mehfoud elementary schools in Henrico County were given the accreditation rating.

Regulations define reconstitution as a process to better a school’s governance, faculty, instruction and/or student population.

St. Michael’s Episcopal School is relocating

RICHMOND — St. Michael’s Episcopal School is relocating from its longtime Lower School location in Bon Air to a new building on the school’s middle school campus near Stony Point.

The school on Thursday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new building, called the Edward O. Hubbard Lower School. The Lower School was on Quaker Lane in Bon Air for 60 years.

VCU marker honors origins of Monroe Park Campus

RICHMOND — A state historical marker commemorating the origins of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus was dedicated Wednesday.

The “Richmond Professional Institute” marker, issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, recognizes the founding of the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health.

That school, started in 1917, eventually became RPI, and then a merger created VCU.

William & Mary adds master’s degree in ESL

WILLIAMSBURG — The College of William & Mary’s School of Education has added a master’s degree in English as a second language.

The degree’s curriculum consists of six classes, an internship and core instruction classes. The degree is targeted to people who want to work as ESL and dual-language teachers.

— From staff and wire reports

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