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School Board member Mike Looney opened the March meeting by announcing that School Superintendent Donna Power was the runner-up for Superintendent of the Year in Region III in Virginia for 2010. After a hearty round of applause, School Board Chairman Tim Trivett expressed the board's confidence in Power by saying, “We are extremely fortunate to have her.”
Power then recognized Caroline Dillard and Marie Zillar as Team Players for the month of February. Also recognized for their support in the school's fund raising efforts to build a new library were beach residents June Miller, Melinda Pierce, John Page for Papa John's Pizza, and Jay Jarvis. Currently, the school has raised over $24,000.
Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs, reported that the school's Title I program had passed a Department of Education audit
with “flying colors.” Title I is a federally funded program serving students in grades Pre-K through 7 who meet certain criteria, such as income or other educational barriers to achieving school success. Parental involvement is critical to a successful Title I program, which has as its goal student success in reading and math. Tunstall reported that “parental involvement has increased tremendously this year.”
Currently there were two recent Title I funded programs offered that are open to the community. Three adult education classes are available each Monday night featuring Culinary Arts, Microsoft 10 and Spanish/English translation. A recent reading program, “Read to the Paws” was held on March 2 featuring trained therapy dogs and was very successful.
High School Principal Clint Runyan reported that the National Honor and Junior Honor Societies, under the leadership of Mrs. Reynolds, organized a “Goodnight, Colonial Beach” project that provided a book, matching stuffed animal and a pair of pajamas to 36 students in Pre-K and Head Start.
High school Scholar-Athlete of the Month awards were presented to Kora Herrod, Emily Parks, Jomeisha Fulcher and Michael Jackson. Charlin Calligros was the 2010-2011 Elementary School Spelling Bee winner.
Power then went over a revised 2011-2012 school budget. In an effort to prevent a substantial budget shortfall, one option raised by Power was reducing the number of school days from 180 to 166 instructional days. By reducing the number of actual school days the school will be able to maintain the mandate to provide 900 instructional hours and will be able to reduce costs by $55,752. Other measures under consideration include opting out of the regional special education program and providing a part-time special education director for a total savings of approximately $142,000.
The projected budget relies on level funding from Town Council and an insurance reimbursement of $250,000 to cover a portion of funds embezzled from the school by Barbara Worrell, former Finance Director. Of special note, the proposed budget does not include salary increases for school personnel.
There will be a special Town Council Budget Committee meeting on Monday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at which Power will present the 2011/2012 school budget. Power will then present the budget to Town Council for approval at council's April meeting.