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2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Masonry

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Are you a detailed person who loves to design and create things? Check out Masonry, a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the construction industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab equipped with tools, and you will even have the opportunity to help build a real house to be sold to benefit the education foundation!

In this one year course students work with brick and block on full-sized projects in the shop, on campus and at construction sites. Students learn to use, care for and safely handle the tools, machinery, equipment and materials commonly used in the masonry trade. Activities involve laying brick, building walls and columns and planning and constructing a variety of structures. The masonry program also includes working with stone, concrete and interlock paving. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Skills Connect Assessment (SkillsUSA)- Masonry; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.


In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or university:
Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union: Apprenticeship
International Masonry Institute: Masonry Craft Training

Careers:
Brick Mason
Cement Mason
Tile Setter
Estimator
Construction Manager

Internships

All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Masonry!

Below is a sample of businesses who have employed our students as masons and masonry apprentices:

Snow Jr. & King Masonry
Coastal Masonry
Straight Line Masonry

Instructor: Charles McDaniel