Southampton County schools gets $19,450 after-school grant

Published 10:08 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

COURTLAND—Southampton County Public Schools has received a $19,450 grant for after-school programs at Capron, Nottoway, Meherrin and Riverdale elementary schools.

Funding from Franklin Southampton Charities will pay for tutors to work with students in kindergarten though fifth grade on reading, math and life skills.

Students in third through fifth grades will meet one hour after school twice a week from early February through early May. Students in kindergarten and first grade will meet once a week.

Lorraine Greene Whitehead, a reading specialist and teacher, will oversee the program. An employee of the school district for 34 years, Whitehead has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia Tech and a master’s for being a reading specialist from the University of Virginia.

Teachers will be paid $25 for each session.

In other business from Monday’s meeting, the school board voted unanimously to allow the use of its buildings for reinstituting the BOO Williams AAU basketball program, which was conducted from 1995 to 2002. John Scott and Tim Woodley will oversee the program.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” said school board member Denise Bunn. “This is why our high school teams are doing so well.”

The board also:

• Hired Lafayette Smith Jr. as a custodian for Southampton High School, Michael Smith for maintenance and grounds, and Melissa Andre as an instructional assistant and Virginia Hawkins as an instruction specialist, both at Southampton Middle School.

• Named Wes Griffith the head junior varsity girls’ basketball coach and Paul Jackson an assistant wrestling and assistant track coaches.

• Learned Southampton High School had the best attendance in November by teachers and students. The attendance rate for teachers was 95.6 percent and students, 96 percent.