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Stimulus money running out for schools next year

The Colonial Beach School Board learned at the January meeting, when Superintendent Donna Power presented the first draft budget of the upcoming 2012–2013 school year, that the school may be facing a possible $292,823 budget shortfall due to stimulus money ending or declining.

Total projected revenue for the next school year is estimated at $6,963,122 and expenditures are projected at $7,255,945.

Revenues have dropped due to federal grant and stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds either reaching their end date or phasing out. Because many programs funded by these moneys are

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Transportation and Operations well within school budget

Despite the high cost of operating a school bus, the Colonial Beach school system has only spent a little over a third of its transportation budget for the first half of the 2011-12 school year.

Richard Tunstall, Director of Transportation and Operations for Colonial Beach Schools, reported at the Dec. 14 meeting that the school has spent only $130,538 out of its yearly budget of $371,345.

Safety inspections for each school bus takes a hefty portion of the transportation budget. The Department of Education requires buses be inspected every 30 days and every 180 days at a cost $45 each inspection. Buses must also be inspected through the Virginia Department of Transportation every year at a cost of $51 each.

Gas and oil consumption runs pretty high, with buses ranging anywhere from 6 – 9 mpg, reports Tunstall, and the school is currently paying $3.63 per gallon for diesel.

“Oil is running about $16.99 per gallon,” Tunstall said, and the school is using anywhere from 5 – 8 gallons per vehicle.

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School spending will always be public knowledge

School Board Chairman, Tim Trivett, addressed citizen concerns regarding school spending at the meeting on Nov. 9. Trivett assured citizens that the school is looking at all options in relation to resolving the recent damage to the middle school and finding permanent placement for middle school students.

Sparking citizen concerns was the recent meeting with representatives of Moseley Architects, who briefly outlined the cost of housing all students Pre K-12 on one campus, either in one building or several. Trivett

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$30 million for a new school is one option being considered

Colonial Beach School Board members are grappling with the question of a permanent solution to the middle school damage. Options range from repairing the existing building to building a new middle school or building a Pre-K-12 school.

James, M. McCalla, Vice President of Moseley Architects spoke briefly to the school board about options concerning building a PK-12 school and his company’s bid for a 129,157 square foot building at a total cost of $30,304,148. He estimated 30 to 35 acres would be ideal for a PK-12 school. The building itself would only take up two to three acres; the majority of land would be used for athletic fields.

McCalla plans to return to Colonial Beach on Nov. 9 to present the school board with more information.

Donna Power, Colonial Beach School Superintendent, presented bids to the School Board at last week’s meeting for repair costs to save the old middle school building. Bids from Heritage Contracting, Virginia Roofing Corporation, International Roofing Corporation

Read more: $30 million for a new school is one option being considered

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

Read more: Colonial Beach Middle vacated over the weekend

SB discusses options for CBMS students

Colonial Beach Middle School students need a new place to study. Damage to the middle school building, resulting from years of neglected maintenance and facilitated by the recent storms, warrant the removal of students as soon as possible.

“What’s looming, what’s been mentioned, is that we need a new school!” Superintendent Donna Power informed Tim Trivett, Colonial Beach School Board chairman, and board members Mike Looney and Vicki Roberson at a special School

Read more: SB discusses options for CBMS students

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