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Dee Seeber first approached the Board at the November 12 School Board Meeting. She began her presentation by saying, “2009 will mark the 20th reunion of the first graduating class from Colonial Beach High School. The school opened its doors, on time, I might add, in September, 1988 and was dedicated by the honorable Charles Robb, former Governor and Senator of Virginia.
The School was built with private money raised to the tune of 750 thousand dollars to pay interest on a literary fund loan. With the approval of our Council at that time the town’s people embarked on a five year fund-raising drive which unified this town beyond anyone’s imagination.”
Seeber envisions an event to correlate with the 1989 graduating class reunion that would allow the entire town to join in the celebration. As far as anyone can determine, no other school has ever been built strictly with citizen donations. Seeber believes the whole town should be allowed to participate in this historic moment in history.
At the December 3rd work session Mrs. Seeber came to the board with a progress report. She outlined various ideas on how to raise money for the event. One idea is to draw from her and other’s old scrapbooks to compose a record of events leading to the opening of our high school through pictures. The “Memory Book” would be on sale for a nominal fee with the proceeds going towards the event.
Mrs. Seeber asked the board for permission to draw from the Colonial Beach Education foundation which was used to build the school. $5000 was set aside to for maintenance of the plaques and the different recognition articles in the school. Seeber is proposing to draw a minimal amount to cover start up costs which would be replaced with funds raised from the “Memory Book” and other fund raising endeavors.
Back in the first yearbook in1989 the graduating class described the High School as the “Miracle on first street”, Seeber believes this would make a great theme for next years event. Seeber believes the committee members should meet, assign each member a task and then “every one troop off and do what they need to do”. Seeber does not want the committee to get bogged down in meetings and is making every effort not to schedule the event in conflict with SOL testing or other key events in town. As of last week Seeber was looking at the weekend of May 30th.