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CB school board OKs $1.8M insurance deal

The Colonial Beach School Board has voted to accept an insurance settlement offer of $1.8 million to...

Colonial Beach Important Notice

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Due to the relocation of

The Town Manager’s Office, Town Clerk’s Office and Treas...

Gym home  to 102 years of memories

Gym home to 102 years of memories

Today, the facility sits silently behind fences and yellow tape.

It’s a far cry from the raucous sce...

Yellow Ribbon Fund soldiers to be honored in CB

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injur...

CB rescue squad will stay open

CB rescue squad will stay open

The Colonial Beach Rescue Squad will be allowed to remain in its home despite safety concerns expres...

Rasing the flag

Rasing the flag

Eagle Scout project brings new pole to CB High School

For more than a year, Joseph Baker helped rai...

 

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Collapse threat hinders progress

At the September Colonial Beach school board meeting members were stumped by the need for structural engineering services required by Colonial Beach Building Inspector Dextor Monroe. New details from Monroe shed light on his requirements. 

Monroe said in a phone interview Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, that the original engineer’s report from September 2011 stated that the building’s roof was in danger of collapse in the original two-story section.

Read more: Collapse threat hinders progress

New elementary school principal comes home

Colonial Beach School Board welcomed Mary Fisher as the new elementary school principal. A student in Colonial Beach from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé. 

Fisher had returned to Colonial Beach for five years in 2001 where she gained experience in special programs, counseling and administrating. 

In 2007 she moved on to continue her education and gain more experience as an administrative intern/assistant principal. 

Read more: New elementary school principal comes home

Dual enrollment programs expand

Due to Mr. Michael Shumate’s background in business, marketing and IT, the Colonial Beach High School will be able to offer dual enrollment classes at the high school next year and seniors will also be able to attend college classes at Rappahannock Community College due to Power’s creative solution to transportation. 

Donna Alexander and Mr. Petie Norris from Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw were on hand at this month’s school board meeting to explain how the two programs would work. 

Norris, who will be the dean of the community initiative, explained that Shumate’s background is very extensive, “If we had someone like him on campus it would equal two people’s full load, so you’re going to get a tremendous return on your investment with him.”

Read more: Dual enrollment programs expand

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

Read more: Mod Pods dedicated

Stimulus money running out for schools next year

The Colonial Beach School Board learned at the January meeting, when Superintendent Donna Power presented the first draft budget of the upcoming 2012–2013 school year, that the school may be facing a possible $292,823 budget shortfall due to stimulus money ending or declining.

Total projected revenue for the next school year is estimated at $6,963,122 and expenditures are projected at $7,255,945.

Revenues have dropped due to federal grant and stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds either reaching their end date or phasing out. Because many programs funded by these moneys are

Read more: Stimulus money running out for schools next year

Transportation and Operations well within school budget

Despite the high cost of operating a school bus, the Colonial Beach school system has only spent a little over a third of its transportation budget for the first half of the 2011-12 school year.

Richard Tunstall, Director of Transportation and Operations for Colonial Beach Schools, reported at the Dec. 14 meeting that the school has spent only $130,538 out of its yearly budget of $371,345.

Safety inspections for each school bus takes a hefty portion of the transportation budget. The Department of Education requires buses be inspected every 30 days and every 180 days at a cost $45 each inspection. Buses must also be inspected through the Virginia Department of Transportation every year at a cost of $51 each.

Gas and oil consumption runs pretty high, with buses ranging anywhere from 6 – 9 mpg, reports Tunstall, and the school is currently paying $3.63 per gallon for diesel.

“Oil is running about $16.99 per gallon,” Tunstall said, and the school is using anywhere from 5 – 8 gallons per vehicle.

Read more: Transportation and Operations well within school budget

School spending will always be public knowledge

School Board Chairman, Tim Trivett, addressed citizen concerns regarding school spending at the meeting on Nov. 9. Trivett assured citizens that the school is looking at all options in relation to resolving the recent damage to the middle school and finding permanent placement for middle school students.

Sparking citizen concerns was the recent meeting with representatives of Moseley Architects, who briefly outlined the cost of housing all students Pre K-12 on one campus, either in one building or several. Trivett

Read more: School spending will always be public knowledge

$30 million for a new school is one option being considered

Colonial Beach School Board members are grappling with the question of a permanent solution to the middle school damage. Options range from repairing the existing building to building a new middle school or building a Pre-K-12 school.

James, M. McCalla, Vice President of Moseley Architects spoke briefly to the school board about options concerning building a PK-12 school and his company’s bid for a 129,157 square foot building at a total cost of $30,304,148. He estimated 30 to 35 acres would be ideal for a PK-12 school. The building itself would only take up two to three acres; the majority of land would be used for athletic fields.

McCalla plans to return to Colonial Beach on Nov. 9 to present the school board with more information.

Donna Power, Colonial Beach School Superintendent, presented bids to the School Board at last week’s meeting for repair costs to save the old middle school building. Bids from Heritage Contracting, Virginia Roofing Corporation, International Roofing Corporation

Read more: $30 million for a new school is one option being considered

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