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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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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.

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