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Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Pri...

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

5th Annual Jet Ski Races begins Friday

Colonial Beach will host the UWP- IJSBA Watercross National Tour, Liberty Cup portion of the Nationa...

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...

 

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CB School Board looks at repair options

School Superintendent Donna Power has been charged by the School Board to provide detailed information at the October School Board meeting on the costs both to repair or replace the middle school building and the elementary school building, both of which were damaged in the recent earthquake and hurricane.  Power is gathering costs for building a new school and cafeteria, repairing the damage to the existing elementary and middle

Read more: CB School Board looks at repair options

SB addresses mixed AYP results in CB

August is “always the beginning,” according to School Superintendent Donna Power.  It is the traditional time to wrap up teacher and student class assignments, acclimate new personnel and put into action a plan for the new school year.  The theme for the 2011-2012 school year is “Facing the Future Together – On To Excellence.” 

Power was proud to announce at the Aug. 17 Colonial Beach School Board meeting that the elementary school made Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP for the 2010-2011

Read more: SB addresses mixed AYP results in CB

Budget mistake may provide extra $1.6M to schools

On Thursday, June 30, within hours of a state-mandated budget deadline, the Colonial Beach School Board unanimously passed its 2011-2012 budget in the amount of $8,652,403, relying on Ordinance No. 605, passed by the Colonial Beach Town Council on Wednesday, June 29.

That amount is $1.6 million more than what Town Council meant to approve as the total local school funding.  However, an error in the formula used to calculate revenue totals appears in the second page of Ordinance No. 605.

A careful reading of Ordinance No. 605 shows the local transfer to the schools of $1,608,496 appears twice in the calculations.  First, the local transfer is shown on the ordinance as the total amount of the local school transfer.  Then the same amount, $1.6 million, is added to the

Read more: Budget mistake may provide extra $1.6M to schools

Colonial Beach schools set to cut teaching positions

Despite a last ditch effort by council members Gary Seeber and Mike Ham to modify the proposed 2011-2012 town budget to add $149,000 in projected revenues, which would have provided level funding to town schools, Colonial Beach Town Council voted 4-3 against the proposed budget modification.

According to Ham, personal property tax revenues had been under estimated by $51,000 in the proposed budget. An additional $98,000 returned by the school to the town in 2010-2011 could be returned back to the school system. By modifying the proposed budget to include the additional $149,000 and modifying the school transfer, two teacher positions and seven teaching assistant positions would not be on the cutting block.

Seeber urged council to pass the modified budget saying “The school has to do contracts tomorrow. They're going to have to let people go.”

Council members Sparky Ridgely, Karen Payne, Burkett Lyburn and Mayor Fred Rummage all

Read more: Colonial Beach schools set to cut teaching positions

Beach students set to lose two teachers

9 teacher assistants to be cut, athletic stipends halved

Colonial Beach students may face the loss of two teachers and nine teacher assistants according to Superintendent Donna Power.  During a meeting last week with Town Manager Val Foulds, Power learned that Town Council is looking to cut requested local funding to beach schools by $227,210. Added to that cut in local funding, the school system is also faced with an additional loss of $140,926 from federal ARRA funds.  The total shortfall to

Read more: Beach students set to lose two teachers

CB committee tackles tough budget issues

The Budget and Administration Committee chaired by Sparky Ridgely tackled several issues important to the town and town schools at its May meeting.

Town Council has not yet passed a 2011/2012 budget as of the May meeting.  The deadline is June 30 for passage of a new budget.  The school system is unable to pass a budget or have yearly employee contracts signed until council agrees on funding for the school system and decides whether or not to provide additional money to fund requested staff raises.

Donna Power, School Superintendent and Tim Trivett, School Board Chairman, have appeared before council for the last two months requesting

Read more: CB committee tackles tough budget issues

No consolidation for CB schools, says chair

During report time from school board members, School Board Chairman Tim Trivett took advantage of the opportunity and spoke out on recent published reports from Westmoreland County supervisors on the feasibility of school consolidation.

“I’ll do my best to see that consolidation never happens,” Trivett said at the Wednesday, April 13 meeting.

Read more: No consolidation for CB schools, says chair

Power presents budget to committee

Asks members to provide level funding for schools and remit insurance proceeds

School Superintendent Donna Power appeared before the Town Council Budget and Administration Committee on Monday, March 28, and presented the 2011-2012 budget for Colonial Beach schools.

Power’s budget centered on level funding from council in the amount of $1,757,850 and council tendering to the

Read more: Power presents budget to committee

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