Custodians recognized for outstanding service and work performance

At the division’s Custodial Appreciation Day event June 20, the Office of Custodial Services recognized various individuals and teams for their outstanding work. The following eight custodians received awards for their decades of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools: Edward Askew, 41 years Jacqueline Cornick, 39 years Kenneth Cornick, 39 years Ronnie Ferebee, 39 Read More…

Sustainable School Recognition Award recipients announced

The Office of Facilities Planning and Construction recently announced that 55 schools have earned the division’s 2016-2017 Sustainable School Recognition Award. The award recognizes schools that are taking an active role in promoting sustainability initiatives and helping increase student understanding of the balance between social, economic and environmental factors to achieve sustainability. To be considered Read More…

AHERA management plans available

The Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of October 1986, requires all school facilities to have an inspection for asbestos-containing building materials and to have a detailed management plan identifying these materials. The AHERA Management Plans are available in each school’s main office for review by parents, teachers Read More…

VBCPS Fleet Technician places third in national competition

Don Ertel, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) fleet technician, was awarded second runner-up at the America’s Best Training & Skills Competition Nov. 4-8 in Kansas City, Missouri. Held in conjunction with the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Annual Summit, the America’s Best competition attracts technicians and inspectors from the nation’s school bus industry. Technicians and inspectors were Read More…

Arrowhead custodial team finds support and laughter with one another

It’s an unlikely team. Matthew Haste likes the Washington Redskins. Darrin Hawes is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. Come Monday morning, however, the two custodians are focused on the same goal – supporting Arrowhead Elementary School students and staff. “I want to say it’s almost like a father-son relationship, but it’s more like brothers,” said Arrowhead Read More…

We Are VBSchools blog features stories of students and staff

The “We Are VBSchools” interactive blog was launched in April 2016 to share the stories, perspectives, passions and interests of VBSchools students, staff, parents and volunteers. The blog featured its 200th post this week and continues to be updated daily. Thank you to all who have shared your stories with us! Visit vbcpsblogs.com/WeAreVBSchools to see more. Read More…

Custodians build their leadership capacity

Gary Robinson, custodian at First Colonial High School, gravitated to the area in the room designated for the people discussing why “collaboration” is a trait that most resonates with them. “It’s about making sure that we all work together as a team to ensure that the building is safe and clean,” he said. “Just like Read More…

ICYMI: Summer 2016 highlights

The dismissal of students June 17 didn’t mean all school division activity stopped for the summer. Celebrations, workshops, recognitions and learning for students and staff continued throughout the weeks and months that followed. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from summer 2016 with links to more coverage. CELEBRATIONS Commencement week for the Class of 2016 concluded Saturday, June 18, Read More…