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Sunday, March 30, 2014

• The four local doctors honored Wednesday as part of National Doctors Day. Dr. Maurice Bell and Dr. Andrew Gehrken each received the Outstanding Leadership Award, Dr. Henry Bridges was named Physician of the Year and Dr. Donald Grayson received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The physicians were recognized during a reception at Chatmoss Country Club hosted by the board of directors and executive staff of Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. These doctors have given much to the hospital and the community, and we applaud their achievements.

• The Henry County Public Schools for being recognized twice last week. The system won first place for systems with 3,000 to 12,000 students in the 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. The survey showcases schools’ uses of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve operations. Also last week, the county school division was one of 62 in the state to be listed in the 18th annual Virginia School Boards Association’s Showcase for Success directory. The division was highlighted for energy conservation, middle school career exploration tours and Magna Vista High School’s Warrior Tech Academy. It is nice to see the division recognized for its good work.

• Area school officials and community leaders for continuing to push for a waiver so local schools can start their new year before Labor Day. They want to do this as part of the innovative program called the Martinsville-Henry County STEM Pipeline Initiative, which connects the local schools with partners to enhance education in science, technology, engineering and math. To do that, the public schools need to be on the same calendars as their partners in higher education. Martinsville School Superintendent Pam Heath appealed to the Virginia Board of Education for a waiver last week, and Henry County Superintendent Jared Cotton said he will do the same at a later date. This effort is worth their time.


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