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Schools criticize school grading plan

Richmond – Gov. Bob McDonnell is delighted but school superintendents are miffed that the House passed legislation Monday to give each public school a letter grade – A through F – based on its performance.
McDonnell issued a statement after delegates voted 54-40 to approve House Bill 1999, which would require the Virginia Board of Education to implement such a system.

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CB superintendent leaving Nov. 30

With elections just four weeks away and three vacant seats on the Colonial Beach School Board and only two write-in candidates to fill those seats, Colonial Beach schools are facing another hard break with the exit of Superintendent DonnaPower.

Colonial Beach Superintendent Donna Power announced Thursday morning Oct. 11 that she has accepted another superintendent position in Page County Public Schools. 

She will remain in Colonial Beach until Nov. 30.

Read more: CB superintendent leaving Nov. 30

Collapse threat hinders progress

At the September Colonial Beach school board meeting members were stumped by the need for structural engineering services required by Colonial Beach Building Inspector Dextor Monroe. New details from Monroe shed light on his requirements. 

Monroe said in a phone interview Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, that the original engineer’s report from September 2011 stated that the building’s roof was in danger of collapse in the original two-story section.

Read more: Collapse threat hinders progress

New elementary school principal comes home

Colonial Beach School Board welcomed Mary Fisher as the new elementary school principal. A student in Colonial Beach from kindergarten to seventh grade, Fisher has returned to her childhood home after receiving an impressive education and built a long resumé. 

Fisher had returned to Colonial Beach for five years in 2001 where she gained experience in special programs, counseling and administrating. 

In 2007 she moved on to continue her education and gain more experience as an administrative intern/assistant principal. 

Read more: New elementary school principal comes home

Dual enrollment programs expand

Due to Mr. Michael Shumate’s background in business, marketing and IT, the Colonial Beach High School will be able to offer dual enrollment classes at the high school next year and seniors will also be able to attend college classes at Rappahannock Community College due to Power’s creative solution to transportation. 

Donna Alexander and Mr. Petie Norris from Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw were on hand at this month’s school board meeting to explain how the two programs would work. 

Norris, who will be the dean of the community initiative, explained that Shumate’s background is very extensive, “If we had someone like him on campus it would equal two people’s full load, so you’re going to get a tremendous return on your investment with him.”

Read more: Dual enrollment programs expand

Mod Pods dedicated

You can call them Learning Cottages or Modular Learning Centers, but if you call the new Middle School Mod Pod “trailers,” Superintendent Donna Power said jokingly, she will kick you out!

Power, beaming with pride, addressed a large crowd of teachers, parents, school board members and a few students at the dedication ceremony held on Monday.

Middle schools students walked into the new school on Jan. 3 with open, trusting arms according to Power, who has fielded questions from middle school students asking if the 100 year old building that was shut down due to damage will still be their school. Power tells them, “It will always be your school!” Power warns parents that the future is uncertain for the old building but assures them the school board and staff are doing everything they can to see if it can be restored to its former glory by working with FEMA and historical experts.

Power said building mandates and time constraints were challenging, but the teachers worked during their Christmas vacation to ready the building for students returning from break, adding that the Town of Colonial Beach including the Mayor, Council and Town Manager Val Foulds, have

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