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Education Watch: Monday, December 4, 2017

4 December 2017

Despite crowded class sizes in several of the Shenandoah County schools, 70 acres of land purchased for about $2.6 million by the School Board and county supervisors in 2009 remains untouched. This may not be for long, however. While no specific plans have been discussed, a master facilities plan suggests several renovations and expansions, including the construction of several new buildings. Among these changes are both renovations to W.W. Robinson Elementary School, and the construction of a new high school in a centralized location between the central and southern campuses in Woodstock and Quicksburg.

“Steer Into The New Year, Drive Responsibly” is the theme of a statewide holiday campaign kicking off this December at Virginia schools to keep teen drivers and passengers safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The campaign, being sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) and the Virginia State Police, is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a high-risk period for young drivers. Its focus is on peer-to-peer influence. Students at participating schools will take the lead in signing an online safe driving pledge and share the pledge with classmates, friends and loved ones they want to keep safe during the holidays. The pledge can be signed online at yovaso.org .