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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.

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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.”  

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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

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