- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:18
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:00
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School Board member Mike Looney opened the March meeting by announcing that School Superintendent Donna Power was the runner-up for Superintendent of the Year in Region III in Virginia for 2010. After a hearty round of applause, School Board Chairman Tim Trivett expressed the board's confidence in Power by saying, “We are extremely fortunate to have her.”
Power then recognized Caroline Dillard and Marie Zillar as Team Players for the month of February. Also recognized for their support in the school's fund raising efforts to build a new library were beach residents June Miller, Melinda Pierce, John Page for Papa John's Pizza, and Jay Jarvis. Currently, the school has raised over $24,000.
Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs, reported that the school's Title I program had passed a Department of Education audit
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:55
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 14:41
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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.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:12
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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.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:53
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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.