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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.  

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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.”  

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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.

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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.

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.”  

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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.   

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