WHRO has announced the 2009 Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Awards to three area public schools, including Williamsburg-James City County’s Berkeley Middle.
The Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Award was established by WHRO’s Board of Directors in April 2004. It recognizes regional public schools perceived as most effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, as well as increasing overall school efficiencies.
The award is named in honor of the late Williamsburg attorney and former Mayor of the City of Williamsburg, whose advocacy for education and commitment to the region are well known. Mr. Geddy served for many years on the governing Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, which does business as WHRO. He served on several of its committees, including the Executive, Audit & Finance and Nominating committees.
In determining each year’s Geddy Award honorees, relative size, budget, community partnerships and special circumstances are considered. Nominations are solicited through WHRO’s Superintendents Advisory Council.
Berkeley was chosen as the award-winning middle school for its use of funds from Community Partnerships, along with system upgrades. The combination has allowed students and teachers to participate in real-world projects and global collaborations that have kept students actively engaged at school, in after-school programs and at home. Technology integration at Berkeley has also allowed the school to become a greener, paperless facility.
In an email to WJCC supporters, Superintedent Gary Mathews applauded the Berkeley community, led by principal David Gaston.
Warhill High School won the Geddy in its division last year.
This year’s elementary school award went to Linkhorn Park in Virginia Beach. The high school honor went to Mathews in Mathews County.