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School forges ahead with relocation tasks

The Colonial Beach School Board met Monday, Feb. 24, at the School Board office to discuss placement of mod pods on the high school campus.

The school had previously received only one bid for the project engineer from Jeff L. Howeth Engineering in Tappahannock. The board conditionally approved the bid with the intent to negotiate a better price for the contract.

When the board met on Monday, Howeth said the original plans for placement of the mod pods would not work, since some of the mod pods the school intended to order will be larger than previously anticipated.
The group experimented with different layouts until they were satisfied they could fit them all in, while still following all legal guidelines to keep the mod pods handicapped-accessible and still maintain safety and a flow of traffic that would not hinder daily operations.

Some board members expressed a reluctance to move forward without something in writing from the town guaranteeing they would fund the move.

On Feb. 17, the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board reconvened their previous joint meeting from February 12 to discuss the issue of funding the move for the elementary school.

The group was scheduled to receive an update from Town Manager Val Foulds on the $1 million bond the town is seeking from VML (Virginia Municipal League) and to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school and the town to fund the move of the elementary school to the high school campus.

Unfortunately, several mis-understandings sprung from the MOU and discussions during that meeting. At the Feb. 24 work session, the MOU was still being reviewed by the attorneys for both the school and the town.

Other members, including Scott Foster, felt that time was too short to wait for legal entanglements and that the verbal word of the council was sufficient for them to be comfortable moving forward.

There is still no word from the State on the cause of the January 5 early morning blaze at the abandoned brick building which created a collapse zone around the building, forcing elementary students to be relocated for the remainder of the year.

The board remains grateful to the Oak Grove Baptist Church for taking the students in and for all the donations from businesses and citizens in Colonial Beach and surrounding areas.

—Linda Farneth

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