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Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

On Thursday March 27 Deputy Antwan Smith had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Beach Pre-Kind...

Fate of CB School looks bleak

Conflicting resolutions, long discussions and short memories seem to be at the heart of the Town of ...

Code Compliance Officer accused of Trespassing

Colonial Beach Town Council spilled the beans about Town employee Theresa Davis’ charge of trespassi...

Two talented women destined to cross paths

Two talented women destined to cross paths

One may call it fate or destiny, but the similarity between two women, Olga Farneth and Velia Jacobo...

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

Colonial Beach School Board Chairman Tim Trivett talked to the town council at the March work sessio...

Legg no stranger to making history

Legg no stranger to making history

Colonial Beach Town Council formally introduced Elizabeth “Libby” Legg as the town’s new permanent C...

 

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Nine-week progress report highlights Beach’s low scores

Extracurricular activities score high
According to school board member Wayne Kennedy, Colonial Beach schools have had “the most successful extracurricular fall ever.”  Awards to students in athletic and academic skills include:  2010 Northern Neck District Champions –Varsity Cheerleading, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Middle School Girl’s Basketball, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Theater, and 2010 Northern Neck All Academic – Paige Trivett, Melissa Turner and Destiny Smith.  

Read more: Nine-week progress report highlights Beach’s low scores

CB schools request 2 right-of-way vacations

At a public hearing during the Planning Commission’s Oct. 7 meeting, School Superintendent Donna Power formally requested the commission to review and make a recommendation to Town Council to vacate two town-owned rights-of-way currently situated on school property.
According to Power, there is a 40-foot by 100-foot parcel of land at the elementary school and a 20-foot by 850-foot parcel of land at the high school.  Power explained that “we are hoping to construct a modular middle school on the high school property at a future date.  The right-of-way has to be relinquished so it’s one parcel.”  

Read more: CB schools request 2 right-of-way vacations

Middle school on hold at Beach

Superintendent says elementary trailers must take priority

Superintendent Donna Power opened her remarks at the Sept. 8 Colonial Beach School Board meeting with an urgent request regarding the three trailers at the elementary school.  According to Power the “condition of the three trailers at the top of the hill are deplorable” and pose health and safety hazards to students and staff who use the trailers.
Power strongly urged board members to table the approved plans for creating a separate middle school by using a leased “mod pod” building unit until next fiscal year and using the approximately $66,000 budgeted funds to replace the elementary trailer units.

Read more: Middle school on hold at Beach

CBES hoops to come down this summer

Quietly, with little discussion or fanfare, the Colonial Beach School Board unanimously voted to take down the hoops at the basketball blacktop at the elementary school during the May 19 meeting.
Until the end of the current school year, the hoops will remain up each school day until the last school activity of the day has ended and then will be removed until the next school day begins.
With summer quickly approaching, it appears there will be one less option for children in the town looking for something to do.

Basketball Hoop Removal
Superintendent Donna Power recommended the board vote to take the hoops down in response to continuing citizen complaints about adults using the blacktop at night creating a nuisance for neighbors.
In a telephone interview, Police Chief Chris Hawkins verified that “the crowd they’re drawing is too big for that place” and that the “risk to the students outweigh keeping it open.”  This is a reversal for Hawkins who appeared before the board in 2008 requesting the hoops to remain up.
According to Board Chairman Tim Trivett, the “onus is not on the school system to provide entertainment — it is the town’s responsibility.”  

Read more: CBES hoops to come down this summer

Congdon leaves School Board

When it rains, it pours, or so it seems for the Colonial Beach school system.  Right in the middle of school budget proceedings, federally-mandated high school restructuring, an ambitious plan to add a middle school, and less than a month after school board elections, School Board Member Bronwyn “Anne” Congdon resigned her seat in an e-mail to board chairman Tim Trivett on May 13 effective immediately.  Congdon served two years of her four-year term and had proven herself to be a tireless crusader for students enrolled in beach schools.  Congdon also prevailed in Westmoreland County court last year after an attempt to remove her from the board was initiated by members Trivett and C. Wayne Kennedy.   

Read more: Congdon leaves School Board

Colonial Beach School Board opts for "Transformational Plan" to deal with Federal mandate

Anne Congdon is lone "No" vote.

Last night’s School Board meeting began at 7 p.m. in the usual fashion.  One notable difference was the approximately 60 citizens who showed up to witness a historical decision that had to be made by the School Board under a federal mandate. 

Because Colonial Beach High School has been deemed a persistently low achieving school --  “Not in Improvement” Tier II” -- by the Virginia Department of Education under federal standards, the School Board was mandated to choose one of four alternative models designed to improve student achievement. All of the alternative models were tied to an additional $350,000 to $500,000 of funding provided under recent federal legislation.

Read more: Colonial Beach School Board opts for "Transformational Plan" to deal with Federal mandate

The future of Colonial Beach schools is in the lap of the School Board

The very future of Colonial Beach schools may be up for grabs as a result of action by the Commonwealth of Virginia last week.
 Although Colonial Beach High School is fully accredited in Virginia for academic year 2008-2009, last week the high school was rated as “Not in Improvement” and designated “Tier II” by the Virginia Department of Education under federal standards measuring student achievement in English and Mathematics.
It will be up to the School Board,  which meets today,  to decide what action is best for Colonial Beach students. They have several courses of action available to them, all of which will spell significant change to the schools’ operation.

Read more: The future of Colonial Beach schools is in the lap of the School Board

Power tries to make cuts, maintain SOQ

At the Feb. 17 regular meeting of the Colonial Beach School Board Superintendent Donna Power presented a new proposed list of expenses and revenues based on a new composite index of .3785 to replace the one presented at the last work session.
At the work session Power had presented proposed expense and revenue figures based on former Governor Tim Kaine’s recommended composite index of .4154.
Power began her discussion by saying: “At that time at the work session I presented the initial numbers and as I am stressing to the board tonight these numbers are not concrete numbers. They are numbers that are subject to change based on the Senate, the House and the final decisions of the General Assembly. But these are guiding numbers based upon grant awards and required local effort which is the amount of money which the council and the town is required to give to us and based upon our expenses.”
Power reported that on the initial composite index of .41 the town had a shortfall of state money of $323,078.07.

Read more: Power tries to make cuts, maintain SOQ

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