Mon07282014

Last updateWed, 19 Nov 2014 8pm

   2014 39.95 HSD w VIDor PH-Banner2-500-x-125

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

The long planned second phase of the Potomac Renaissance Condominiums in Colonial Beach began buildi...

Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintenden...

Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum Curator Mitzi Saffos and Mayor Mike Ham both shake hands with Art Buswell while honoring h...

Chief Legg on Police Dispatch, “The move didn’t make it new!”

Colonial Beach Police Chief Elizabeth, “Libby” Legg is taking a second look at police dispatch throu...

 

 Rappahannock-class

 

Office-for-rent Jrnl Bldg 20130925

CB School Board censures Kennedy

Colonial Beach School Board members set a good example last week for students on how to resolve differences.

For several years now the Colonial Beach School Board meetings have remained nothing less than civil. So it was a big surprise when the board passed a resolution to censure school board member Wayne Kennedy.
School Board Chairman Tim Trivett began the process by saying, “Unfortunately this is something that cannot take place in closed session.”


The resolution, an official reprimand, said that during multiple closed sessions Kennedy had engaged in belligerent, threatening and offensive behavior toward other school board members.

It also stated that during the most recent closed session meeting of the board, on Feb. 20, Kennedy’s behavior was so abrasive that other board members and staff were concerned he might physically assault other members.

The resolution went on to say that such behavior disrupts the orderly functioning of the school board and interferes with the board’s ability to conduct the business it is legally charged to conduct.

The resolution ends with the board expressing its disapproval of the recent behavior of Kennedy in interfering with the school board’s ability to conduct its closed meetings in an orderly fashion.

Kennedy addressed the audience and other board members: “I don’t want anyone to take anything that I say wrong because anything I do say is an attempt for the board to work together for the betterment of the students and the school system.

“I’ve given a lot of thought and prayerful consideration as to how I would respond to this situation. I’m sad that we have reached this point. I do accept full responsibility for anything I have said and have done. I blame no one else.”

Kennedy told the group that nobody loves the school system and the town more than he does. He said he prides himself on being an independent thinker.

“If I see something that I perceive as wrong, I’m going to speak up,” Kennedy said. “I’ve never worried about being politically correct, rather getting it right is more important to me than being politically correct.”

Kennedy addressed  the board’s statement that this has occurred during multiple closed sessions. Kennedy said he only remembers three meetings over the last three or four years where there were some heated or animated discussions. During one, Kennedy said he chose to excuse himself from the meeting because he thought the meeting was no longer productive and decided that it would be conducive to business if he left for the remainder of the meeting.

Kennedy said at another meeting a different member chose to leave the meeting and return.

Kennedy feels the censure was not relevant to those meetings. Kennedy did, however, admit to actions in the Feb. 20 meeting that he regretted and apologized for.

Kennedy admitted he may have been belligerent and perhaps offensive, but disagreed with threatening. “Really I have to be me,” he said. “I can’t be somebody I’m not. I’ve always been a competitive, passionate, aggressive and also compassionate individual for the things that I believe.”

Kennedy said, “When I’m speaking, if interrupted, disrespected, provoked or belittled with sarcasm, it’s a weakness of mine. I tend to respond in kind.”

Kennedy assured the members he would never physically assault anyone and said, “The last time I ever struck anyone was when I was assaulted at the age of 15 and it was only in self defense.”

“I did raise my voice, I did feel like I was interrupted and I did have to talk over someone, because I had the floor, and while I was still talking someone else was talking so I did raise my voice,” Kennedy said.

He continued, “I did strike the table once. The biggest regret I have is that Ms. Payne was sitting next to me. After I had a chance to think about it, if myself or anybody else strikes a table when they don’t know it’s going to happen it probably frightens them.”

Kennedy admitted, “I did trade barbs with another board member,” but claims that after the exchange was over he was not angry or upset. I just tried to provide insight and experienced information about a position that I feel like I have significant knowledge of.

Kennedy indicated, if needed, he would resign his position. He said, “If I can’t continue to work with you all and make things better, I’ll choose not to work with you, because the kids and the employees of the school system and the town and the image of those things are far more important than I am.”

Kennedy closed by saying “In going forward I believe that if each of us takes time to listen to one another in a respectful manner we can work together toward making Colonial Beach School System the best it can be. I apologize for anything that was perceived or was real that was incorrect, and I hope you will accept my apology.

Members of the school board thanked Kennedy, and the resolution was passed unanimously with Kennedy voting to show his measure of resolve.  Michelle Payne was not in attendance.

 

Linda Farneth

201407chamber

 

201407source

201404getaway

 

201401kgpr

Contact Us

The Journal Press, Inc. P. O. Box 409, 10250 Kings Hwy. King George, VA 22485

EditorialAdvertisingOffice
Jessica Herrink, Publisher

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carla Gutridge
540-709-7061
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Leonard Banks, Production
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Leonard Banks, Sports editor
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Steve Detwiler
540-709-7288
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Drue Murray
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phyllis Cook
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charlene Franks
540-709-7075
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Linda Farneth,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elizabeth Foreman,
540-709-7076
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charlene Franks, Accounts
540-709-7075
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Richard Leggitt
540-993-7460
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bonnie Gouvisis
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lori Deem, Church & Community
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising Information
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jessica Herrink
540-469-4031
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Journal Print Shop

Contact Steve Detwiler

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-709-7288 • 540-775-2024

Quikey

Bulletline

link4

Your Invitation Place

Balloon House