- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 22:55
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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.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 18:20
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:58
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:23
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:59
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School Superintendent Donna Power has been charged by the School Board to provide detailed information at the October School Board meeting on the costs both to repair or replace the middle school building and the elementary school building, both of which were damaged in the recent earthquake and hurricane. Power is gathering costs for building a new school and cafeteria, repairing the damage to the existing elementary and middle