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Colonial Beach Middle vacated over the weekend

Colonial Beach Middle School was vacated last week after a new inspection by Dexter Monroe, Westmoreland County Building Inspector. His inspection resulted in a report last week mandating that  the school be vacated until all repairs have been completed.

Superintendent Donna Power reached out to residents last weekend asking for volunteers to help move middle school students’ desks and other materials to vacant trailers on the Elementary/Middle School campus.  Power reported however that due

to the incredible dedication and hard work of school faculty and staff, all relocation efforts were completed by 1 p.m. on Friday.

Recent storms during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left the bathrooms damaged, causing  school officials to close them until structural engineers could inspect the damage. Reports showed there was no asbestos but did reveal lead based paint creating the need to vacate the building during repairs.

School officials have met several times to discuss short term and long term solutions that would cause the least amount of disruption to students. Options being explored include repairing the old building, placing a mod pod unit behind the high school, building a new middle school or building a new Pre-K-12 school. 

Power and staff are working as quickly as possible to put together costs for all options to allow the board to make an informed decision.

Spirit Week
Colonial Beach Schools are conducting spirit week to get ready for this year’s homecoming game against Essex High School.

Tuesday is pajama day, Wednesday is crazy hair mismatch day, Thursday is Nerd Day and Friday is Black and Gold day.

Homecoming parade is scheduled for Thursday, Oct.13,  if weather permits, at 6 p.m. The parade route runs from Garfield down Colonial Ave. towards the Beach Gate, turns right onto Euclid Ave. and right onto First Street ending at the high school football field.

Following the parade there will be music, a car bash, concessions, face painting, balloon animals and The Fudge Factory will be there selling funnel cakes, cotton candy, and ribbon fries. Come support our schools.

Movie Night
The money raised by the Elementary/Middle School PTA on movie night last Friday was not as spooky as the movie. In fact the PTA raised almost $500.

Parents dropped off their children at 5:30 p.m. and picked them up at 7 p.m. For $5 children got a box of popcorn, fruit dessert and a drink and parents got an evening to shop, dine or just have quiet time.

Michelle Payne, Colonial Beach School Board Member and president of the PTA said the money will help fund future programs that will enrich and educate the students.
The PTA will host its first bully program on Oct. 25 during school, sponsoring the former NFL player, Levar Fisher and a second in November hosted by Tanya Chisholm from Big Time Rush.

Also in November, Theatre IV from Richmond will perform Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in April.

A program called Huggs and Kisses is scheduled for  February to teach kids the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch.

The PTA is planning its Halloween costume contest on Oct. 26 starting at 6 p.m. in the high school for grades pre-k to eighth grade during the pumpkin walk sponsored by the SCA.

 

Linda Farneth

 

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