- Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2015 14:41
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Nestled on the Potomac River between George Washington’s birthplace and Historic Stratford Hall, Westmoreland State Park has been the scene of many joyful celebrations.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:39
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Music and band students from Montross middle and high school perform Christmas music at the Art of Coffee as part of Montross Spirit Festival.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:29
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The annual Montross Christmas Spirit Festival drew steady and happy weekend crowds as Westmoreland County residents and visitors celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:10
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The Town of Montross is happy to announce its participation in this year’s decorating of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion Christmas Tree by submitting a custom-designed tree ornament from Montross that will adorn the governor’s tree throughout the holiday season.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 13:07
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A former production manager at The Washington Post, who served on the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors previously, will be rejoining the board as the District 2 representative in January with a goal of bringing jobs to Westmoreland County.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:41
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The newest At-large member of the Westmoreland School Board believes one of the keys to success for the school system is early recruitment.
“We need to start recruiting quality teachers and coaches early,” said Patricia Lewis, who will assume her post in January after winning an election on Nov. 3.
Lewis says she wants to see an increase in the proficiency of the school system’s human resources department.
“We also need to recruit within our own state. We started off this school year with several long-term substitute teachers,” Lewis declared. “That can’t happen again.”
Lewis is a Washginton and Lee High School graduate who grew up in Westmoreland County. She is the mother of two sons who attended Westmoreland schools and the wife of Washington and Lee Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis.
She is one of three new members to the country’s school board.
“We want to provide a state-of-the-art educational experience for our children by providing adequate facilities and seek out programs that move our schools to a level of excellence,” Lewis said. “And we want to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent wisely.”
Lewis expressed interest in strengthening ties between the school board and the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors.
“It is our job to work together. I look forward to working with them,” Lewis said.
In addition, Lewis said she hoped the new school board will work to improve the professionalism of Westmoreland schools by asking all school employees and board members to return phone calls and emails in a timely fashion.
“We need to restore the trust of the Westmoreland populace through transparency and concise decision making,” Lewis said.
An important part of that will be the efforts of the new board members to improve teacher recruitment.
“Let’s start early and anticipate vacancies and attend more career fairs within our state,” Lewis said.
In the election this month, Lewis won the At-large seat with 67.2 percent of the vote. She will be joined on the school board by Ralph Fallin, who won the District 3 school board seat by defeating incumbent Coralynn “Polly” Wise. Sandra Ramsey was unopposed and becomes the new District 1 board member.
Going into the election, voters expressed concerns because the Westmoreland school system has had two superintendents and there have been three principals of Washington and Lee High School in the last 24 months.
The school system was cited by the Internal Revenue Service and the Virginia State Retirement System for failing to promptly pay withholding deductions, much to the dismay of county officials. There also have been several controversial personnel actions that led to protests by parents and students.
Lewis, Fallin and Ramsey, will form a new majority on the board and are vowing to help restore the board’s image as well as reenergize the school system as a whole.
“There is no question that over the past few years our reputation has been tarnished,” Lewis said. “However, with a new superintendent who is an energetic leader, a fully accredited high school, new recruiting efforts, and a new high school on the horizon, our future is bright.”
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:44
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Westmoreland County has five hotly contested races on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election.
Close contests for sheriff, two school board posts, the District 4 supervisor seat and a three-way race for clerk of court will be decided by voters in what is expected to be a moderate Election Day turnout.