- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 16:18
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On Jan. 27 the Colonial Beach School Board held a budget work session to review its initial 2010-2011 budget. Superintendent Donna Power told the board she wanted to explore all options in order to allow the board to give direction to the finance director and herself as to what options they would like to consider in meeting budget shortfalls.
Power’s proposed budget currently shows a shortfall of $355,958.
Power gave a PowerPoint presentation on projected revenues required to attempt to maintain the educational program offered during the present 2009-2010 school year.
Power stated that the 2010-2011 budget revenue will be based on the average daily membership of 620 students and come from local, state and federal moneys.
This budget’s anticipated state revenue is in the amount of $3,311,605 and is based on the School Division’s composite index .4154 and the daily membership of 620 students.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 05:00
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At Wednesday’s School Board meeting the board adopted several policies.
Colonial Beach School Board has now implemented its sick leave bank. The bank is a voluntary membership program that allows full time employees to contribute two sick leave days to the bank. Once an eligible member uses all of their sick leave they can draw from the bank to continue to seek treatment without fear of financial burden for up to 40 days. The sick leave can be used for the employee’s illness or if a member of their immediate family such as a child, spouse or parent is ill and requires their help to recuperate.
Another notable policy adoption concerns the sex offender registry. The School Board voted to replace the old policy under file delineation of KNA, which is titled “Violent Sex Offenders on School Property,” with the file KN titled “Sex Offender Registry Notification.”
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:34
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The onset of the agreement began with a meeting scheduled on Oct. 28 and appears that due to legal red tape, the town citizens will not see the signing of this agreement till at least Nov. 12, and only after the School Board gets some answers of its own about the agreement.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:10
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After a closed meeting of the Colonial Beach School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m., School Board Chairman Tim Trivett read a letter from Virginia Attorney General William C. Mims addressed to Colonial Beach School Board Attorney D. Patrick Lacy Jr., regarding the domicile of School Board member Anne Congdon.
In the letter, Mims reminds Lacy that Virginia Statute §8.01-636 provides the attorney general with discretion as to whether a writ of quo warranto is required.
A writ of quo warranto simply put is a common law writ designed to test whether a person exercising power is legally entitled to do so.
“In this instance I do not feel that it is necessary,” Mims said
Mims states that “change of domicile” requires both the physical act of relocation to a different geographical location and the intention to remain in that different location.
Mims referenced The Supreme Court in Dotson’s test to determine whether the residence of a public officer has changed sufficiently, which states, “If a person leave his original residence with the intention of not returning, and adopt another, for a time however brief, with the intent to remain there, his first residence is lost. But if he left his original residence with the intention of returning, such original residence continues in law, notwithstanding the temporary absence of himself and family.”
Mims concluded: “It is my understanding that Ms. Congdon clearly intends to return to Colonial Beach once her home has been rebuilt, therefore the position on the Colonial Beach School Board is not vacant.”
— Linda Farneth
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2009 18:29
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After a failed attempt by the Colonial Beach School Board to declare Anne Congdon’s position vacant, board Chairman Tim Trivett moved to file a Writ of Quo Warranto — a writ designed to test whether a person exercising power is legally entitled to do so.
Trivett outlined, for the record, the events leading up to this motion. Explaining that Congdon informed the board “some time ago” that she and her family may be moving to Northumberland County.
- Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2009 17:03
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Colonial Beach School board member Anne Congdon will hold her elected position at least a little longer, despite the premature effort of School Board members Tim Trivett, Mike Looney and Wayne Kennedy to oust her during a meeting on September 9.
Congdon had done her homework and appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Thursday, September 24 with no attorney.
CB School Board Chairman Tim Trivett was also present at the opposite table that faced Judge Joseph J. Ellis, but Trivett let Reed-Smith law office associate Stacy Haney do all the talking to the judge.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 14:12
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APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF PROHIBITION
WHEREAS, I, Bronwyn “Anne” Congdon the applicant for this position am:
a resident of the Town of Colonial Beach and
an elected official of the Colonial Beach School Board
duly elected in May of 2008
WHEREAS on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 during the Executive Session portion of the regular meeting of the Colonial Beach School Board, Mr. Tim Trivett, the Chair of the aforementioned School Board, initiated an action designed to remove me from the Board and create a vacancy and began a campaign seeking candidates to fill the position.
WHEREAS the School Board has set September 30, 2009 as its date for interviewing those candidates and possibly selecting one to fill the alleged vacancy.
WHEREAS the Colonial Beach School Board as a body lacks the authority to remove me from my seat.
PRAYER FOR THE WRIT
THEREFORE I humbly request this honorable court to make an order, a copy of which shall be served on the defendant, suspending the aforementioned proceedings of the Colonial Beach School Board until the final decision of this cause and allowing me to resume my rightful place as an elected member of the Colonial Beach School Board.
I pray that the Court hears this petition as soon as possible in accordance with the Code of Virginia 2.2-3713-3(c).
I do solemnly swear that the facts contained within this document are true.
Bronwyn “Anne” Congdon Witness
DATE: September 18, 2009
Filed by Anne Congdon
Congdon will be in circuit court in Montross on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Click Here to read Anne Congdon's letter to the Editor regarding the school board's action.