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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

School Board holds budget work session

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.

Read more: School Board holds budget work session

School Board addresses sex offender, sick bank policies

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.”

Read more: School Board addresses sex offender, sick bank policies

Council agreement with School Board may be slowing the closing of the fiscal year

 

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.

Read more: Council agreement with School Board may be slowing the closing of the fiscal year

Attorney general: Congdon retains School Board seat

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

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