Suspension Rates- 91.7% of Black males with disabilities were suspended in 2009-2010 according to IES-Civil Rights Data Collection (CDRC) cite 
School Board and Superintendent[edit source | edit]
The most recently elected Henrico County School Board took office on Jan. 1, 2011. It includes 4 returning board members: Diana D. Winston, Three Chopt district; John W. Montgomery Jr., Varina district; Lisa C. Marshall, Tuckahoe district; and Lamont Bagby, Fairfield district. The one new member is Beverly L. Cocke of the Brookland district.
Superintendent Dr. Patrick Russo took office July 1, 2009. Dr. Russo had been superintendent of Hampton City Public Schools since 2004. Russo has more than 35 years of experience as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
New Schools[edit source | edit]
Glen Allen High School and Holman Middle School opened in Fall 2010. Glen Allen High School's principal is Tracie Weston. Holman Middle School's principal is Dr. Brian P. Fellows.
Pupil Transportation[edit source | edit]
As one room school houses gradually evolved into graded elementary schools with multiple classrooms, an educational development in Henrico as in many other places, children often lived too far away from the closest of these schools to walk as they had previously to the smaller schools.
Henrico began transportation of some children via farm wagons, and the program quickly grew. In 1933, Henrico County Public Schools began self-operating school buses. By 1960, the county was operating 118 buses, expanding to 158 by 1964. In the early 1970s, fleet maintenance for all county and school board vehicles, which had been located at Dabb's House on Nine Mile Road and at a west end depot formerly located on the site now occupied by Regency Mall on Parham Road at Quioccasin Road was consolidated at a new large and modern facility on Woodman Road in the northern section of the county.
The Henrico school division is one of the larger school bus programs in Virginia as well as in the United States. As of the 2009–2010 school year, Henrico County Public Schools was utilizing a fleet of over five hundred school buses. Henrico County Public School buses make two to four runs into and out of schools every school day, transporting over 46,000 students to school and bringing them home daily. Most buses are Type C "conventional style" school, and Type D, or Transit buses Bus models include the International FE, International RE, Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX.
Technology[edit source | edit]
Laptop Program[edit source | edit]
Henrico County Public Schools was one of the first school districts in the United States to distribute laptop computers to students, during the 2001 school year. Initially, the four-year, $18.6 million dollar project was for high school students alone. However, the middle school program was also phased in 2002. Up until the 2005–2006 school year, Apple computers were used exclusively. In 2005, Dell was awarded a contract with HCPS for high school students. Middle schoolers received Dells at the beginning of the 2010–2011 school year.
Response to the laptop program has been mainly positive. During a random survey where 796 homes were polled, 88% of parents were in favor of continuing the program.
Notable persons and accomplishments[edit source | edit]
Virginia Randolph[edit source | edit]
Two local educators associated with Henrico County Public School became notable for contributions to the development of educational programs for African-American students in the late 19th and early to mid-20th century.
Virginia Randolph (1874–1958) became notable for her many years and contributions to the development of educational programs for African-American students during the days of segregated schools in Virginia. Educated at Richmond's Armstrong High School, in 1892, Ms. Randolph opened the Mountain Road School in the north central part of the county. As a teacher there, Randolph taught her students woodworking, sewing, cooking, and gardening, as well as academics. In 1908, Henrico County Superintendent of Schools Jackson T. Davis named her to become the United States' first "Jeanes Supervising Industrial Teacher".
As the overseer of twenty three elementary schools in Henrico County, Virginia Randolph developed the first in-service training program for African American teachers and worked on improving the curriculum of the schools. With the freedom to design her own agenda, she shaped industrial work and community self-help programs to meet specific needs of schools. During her 57-year career, although she remained at work in Henrico County, she became recognized worldwide as a pioneering educator, humanitarian and leader, especially in the field of vocational education. She retired in 1949.
Jackson T. Davis (1882–1947), a Richmonder, was graduate of the College of William and Mary and Columbia University. He headed school divisions in Williamsburg and Marion before coming to Henrico as Division Superintendent in 1905. After his tenure at HCPS, Dr. Davis became state agent for African-American rural schools for the Virginia State Department of Education from 1910 to 1915. He went on to also become an internationally known leader in his field. Henrico County's Jackson Davis Elementary School, dedicated in 1964, was named for him. His collection of photographs of Virginia's negro school facilities of the era is notable among many items of his career which were donated to the University of Virginia and are among the special collections there.
Henrico County Public Schools was named one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in America," the only school division in the nation to earn this designation 12 years in a row.
Newsweek recognized Deep Run, Freeman, Godwin and Henrico high schools as four of America’s Best High Schools in 2010.
Deep Run High School's robotics team, known as Blue Cheese, took home the state title at the FIRST Tech Challenge competition held at the University of Virginia in 2009.
Twelve Henrico Schools have received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Shady Grove Elementary School was selected in fall of 2007.
Henrico schools received eight National Association of Counties (NACo) awards for implementing groundbreaking programs in 2009.
Ten schools earned the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence and 21 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education’s VIP awards.
Godwin and Deep Run High Schools schools won a silver medal ranking by U.S. News & World Report's "Best High Schools in America" for 2009.
Byrd Middle School was selected as Virginia Educational Media Association (VEMA) Library of the Year for 2010.
Henrico County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year 2011.(AASL)
The culinary arts program at Hermitage Technical Center obtained certification by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission’s Secondary Certification Committee.
Glen Allen High School earned the gold and Holman Middle School earned the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
HCPS was named the 2011 Virginia Healthy Business of the Year by Prevention Connections.
Virginia Commonwealth University—Autism Center for Excellence selected HCPS to serve as an exemplary site in the delivery of educational services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Crestview Elementary was selected as the Children’s Engineering Program of the year for 2011 by the Virginia Technology Education and Engineering Association.
Fairfield Middle School received the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association.
HCPS School Nutrition Services was given a “District of Excellence” distinction by the School Nutrition Association during the 2010-11 school year.
Districts[edit source | edit]
Henrico County is divided into five school districts. The list of districts and their schools follows.
^"Apple to Supply 23,000 iBooks to Henrico County Public Schools". Public Relations Library. Apple Computer. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 14 January 2011. "Apple today announced an agreement with Henrico County Public Schools to supply 23,000 iBooks to the district. This initiative will give every middle and high school student and teacher access to their own laptop computer with plans to eventually provide every teacher and student throughout the district with an iBook."
^"Henrico retools its laptop program.". Heller Report on Educational Technology Markets. AllBusiness.com. 1 February 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2011. "The four-year $18.6 million contract called for Henrico County schools to lease 23,000 iBooks from Apple Computer. In fall 2001, every one of the county's 10,8000 high school students received a laptop computer. Plans call for 7,700 computers to be distributed to seventh and eighth-graders in 2002 and 3,100 computers to sixth-graders in 2003."
^ ab"Notebook Initiative Mobilizes Student Imaginations" (PDF). Case Studies. Dell. Retrieved 14 January 2011. "... the district wanted students to become familiar with the more widely used Microsoft Windows operating system that [that, at that time, made] up 90 percent of the industry. “We recognize that giving our students experience in both platforms makes them more competitive in the job market,” Lloyd Brown, director of technology, says."
^"Study: Laptop Learning Improving". Entertainment. Richmond.com. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2011. "Two years into a comprehensive three-year study of the laptop initiative in Henrico County Public Schools , findings show that students are engaging in more technology-based problem solving, research, teamwork and communication-based projects that reflect 21st century learning skills, according to the study's chief researcher."