Tag Archives: Augusta County School Board

Riverheads Elementary School

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On Wednesday, October 8th, at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting I voted in favor of tabling the vote on the construction of a new Riverheads Elementary School (RES). It was clear from the comments of other board members that there are serious concerns about a new bigger school. I agree that the current construction plan for RES should be reviewed.

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Augusta County: Let’s talk school funding

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

[Recently the Staunton News Leader had an article written by reporter Megan Williams that had many inaccuracies. I was extremely disturbed by what I read due to the fact that the article painted a false picture of how Augusta County schools are funded. Information has been sent to her with the facts, and a correction was printed in the Thursday, October 2, 2014, edition of the News Leader. This article has been updated since its original post.]

“Facts are Stubborn Things” — John Adams

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Augusta County’s ‘Chapstick Girl’ has gone viral, AP, Fox News calling – UPDATED: School board responds

Karaffa, GraceBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ten-year-old Grace Karaffa’s common sense question asking why it is against Virginia’s Augusta County School Board rules to carry Chapstick to school has gone viral. Now Fox News has come calling.

Grace attended last week’s school board meeting armed with petitions that included over 200 signatures asking that they reconsider the rule prohibiting students from carrying lip balm to school. She has become the Shenandoah Valley’s “Chapstick Girl.”

I wrote earlier this week (see Grace Karaffa, 10, petitions Augusta School Board to allow Chapstick in schools):

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Grace Karaffa, 10, petitions Augusta School Board to allow ChapStick in schools

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Grace Karaffa

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa, 30, had better watch his back. He has political competition from within the four walls of his own home. Karaffa’s ten-year-old daughter Grace petitioned the Augusta County School Board at their Thursday night meeting to have the school system’s ChapStick policy changed. ChapStick in Augusta County is categorized by the school system as a medication.

Armed with petitions that held more than 200 signatures, Grace attended the meeting to address representatives and presented her position asking school officials to allow students to have possession of the regular, non-medicated lip balm at school.

WHSV TV-3 was there and picked up her story for their broadcast (see video of school board meeting). Political reporter Bob Stuart was there for the News-Virginian (see Student’s chapped lips lead to policy change request).

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Augusta County schools 10-year construction and closing plan

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

On Monday, August 25th, the Augusta County School Board presented the Board of Supervisors with their adopted 10-year capital/ construction/ school closure plan. The plan which was sent out weeks prior to the meeting is about 100 pages long and covers everything from technology, infrastructure, building repair and upgrade, to new construction, redistricting, and school closure.

The plan calls for the construction of a new Riverheads Elementary School (RES) on land next to the current RES to be completed and opened in 2016. Almost at the same time it calls for the construction of a new Cassell Elementary School that would open in 2017. These two construction projects would allow for Beverley Manor Elementary and Verona Elementary to be closed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Verona Elementary children would be sent to Clymore, Cassell, and Churchville elementary schools while Beverley Manor Elementary children would be sent to the new Riverheads Elementary. Some Clymore students would be sent to North River Elementary to make room for Verona children.

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