The Virginia Department of Education presented the second annual Classrooms Not Courtrooms Institute in Richmond on July 24-25, 2017. During this conference, Orange County Public Schools was recognized for their outstanding innovation and commitment to the success of all students.
The award was presented by Dr. Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Delegate Lamont Bagby of Henrico County. Bagby was the chief patron of House Bill 1924 which directs the Board of Education to establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term student suspensions from school.
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Attending the institute from Orange County Public Schools were Bill Berry, Assistant Superintendent; Kelly Guempel, Orange County High School Principal; Merilee Grubb, Locust Grove Primary and Locust Grove Elementary Assistant Principal; Evan Straub, Locust Grove Elementary Principal; and Eugene Williams. Orange County High School Assistant Principal.