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Medical clinic delays opening for two weeks

The opening of the Colonial Beach Care Clinic has been delayed until Feb. 2.
The clinic, at 700 McKin...

Hough named acting Beach police chief

Hough named acting Beach police chief

The Colonial Beach Town Council has named Capt. Bruce Hough as the acting chief of police for a maxi...

Severed ’Net line hampers school

Problem still not resolved almost two months later.  The Colonial Beach School Board’s staff has bee...

CB school rewarding good behavior

CB school rewarding good behavior

Apparently, you can teach good behavior.
The Colonial Beach Elementary School started a new program s...

Colonial Beach police chief resigns

Her last day will be Jan. 2

Colonial Beach Police Department Chief Elizabeth Legg is resigning at t...

CB school board signs petition seeking money from lottery to be used for aid

Colonial Beach is one of the first school systems to join a petitioning to the state to increasing a...

 

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Mod Pods dedicated

You can call them Learning Cottages or Modular Learning Centers, but if you call the new Middle School Mod Pod “trailers,” Superintendent Donna Power said jokingly, she will kick you out!

Power, beaming with pride, addressed a large crowd of teachers, parents, school board members and a few students at the dedication ceremony held on Monday.

Middle schools students walked into the new school on Jan. 3 with open, trusting arms according to Power, who has fielded questions from middle school students asking if the 100 year old building that was shut down due to damage will still be their school. Power tells them, “It will always be your school!” Power warns parents that the future is uncertain for the old building but assures them the school board and staff are doing everything they can to see if it can be restored to its former glory by working with FEMA and historical experts.

Power said building mandates and time constraints were challenging, but the teachers worked during their Christmas vacation to ready the building for students returning from break, adding that the Town of Colonial Beach including the Mayor, Council and Town Manager Val Foulds, have

really supported the school’s efforts to get the mod pods built.

School Board Chairman Tim Trivett said, “It’s been a group effort,” and credits Councilman Mike Ham, who was on hand for the celebration, as a huge supporter of the schools along with the rest of the council.

Trivett hopes that the new school is temporary, and said his goal is to work towards rebuilding a new school to combine all the students on one campus.

High School student Brooke Payne, may have something to say about that however. Brooke often attends many more functions than the average student, being the daughter of school board member Michelle Payne. When asked about the effects on the high school students having the middle school students on their campus she said “They’re adapting.” Brooke said the middle school students don’t move as fast as the high school students. On a few occasions the two schools schedules overlap resulting in high school and middle school students sharing the halls during bells.

An estimated crowd of about 50 people turned out on the chilly, wet day to celebrate in the halls, which are currently clear since lockers still wait outside against the building. The building is open under a temporary occupancy permit with only one issue left to solve - whether to place lockers in the halls or the classrooms of the new school. School officials are waiting for direction from the fire marshal.

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