VDOE approves JMU lab school

The Virginia Board of Education (VDOE) approved James Madison University’s Lab School for Innovation and Career Exploration in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and
Rockingham County public schools.

The lab school will foster innovation, grant career exposure
to students, and serve as a preprofessional teacher development that sustains JMU’s teacher preparation and licensure efforts.

Governor Youngkin has $100 million funded to lab schools
through the General Assembly.

The VDOE is working with 20 more lab schools of higher education to open in 2024.

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VSP investigate school bus accident in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus in Rockingham County on Friday, December 8th at 7:49 am.

A Rockingham County Public School bus traveling east on Route 689 stopped at a stop sign and then attempted to turn left onto Route 276.

While turning, it pulled into the path of a 2000 Dodge Dakota traveling south.

The Dodge could not avoid the collision and struck the bus on the driver’s side.

The driver of the school bus, Amanda Carini, 44, of Broadway, was not injured in the crash.

46 students were on board at the time of the crash.

Five suffered from minor injuries and were taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Dodge, Dennis Michael, 66, of Penn Laird, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

He was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

Carini was charged with reckless driving and the crash remains under investigation.

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CCPS names new Assistant Superintendent

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The Clarke County School Board announced by email the appointment of Dr. Cathy Seal as the new Assistant Superintendent for the district.

She has served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the school division since 2014.

She began her career as a Language Arts teacher at Stanley Elementary in Page County, then as an assistant principal for Rockingham County’s Massanutten Technical Center.

Dr. Seal assumed her first leadership role in 2002 with Harrisonburg City Public School as the Supervisor of Administrative Services and Operations, and later became the first director of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School.

Then she continued her work in Career and Technical Education as Principle of Page County’s program and a coordinator in Hanover County.

CCPS Acting Superintendent Rick Catlett served as her predecessor, with both roles effective July 1st, 2023.

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