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CB committee tackles tough budget issues

The Budget and Administration Committee chaired by Sparky Ridgely tackled several issues important to the town and town schools at its May meeting.

Town Council has not yet passed a 2011/2012 budget as of the May meeting.  The deadline is June 30 for passage of a new budget.  The school system is unable to pass a budget or have yearly employee contracts signed until council agrees on funding for the school system and decides whether or not to provide additional money to fund requested staff raises.

Donna Power, School Superintendent and Tim Trivett, School Board Chairman, have appeared before council for the last two months requesting

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No consolidation for CB schools, says chair

During report time from school board members, School Board Chairman Tim Trivett took advantage of the opportunity and spoke out on recent published reports from Westmoreland County supervisors on the feasibility of school consolidation.

“I’ll do my best to see that consolidation never happens,” Trivett said at the Wednesday, April 13 meeting.

Read more: No consolidation for CB schools, says chair

Power presents budget to committee

Asks members to provide level funding for schools and remit insurance proceeds

School Superintendent Donna Power appeared before the Town Council Budget and Administration Committee on Monday, March 28, and presented the 2011-2012 budget for Colonial Beach schools.

Power’s budget centered on level funding from council in the amount of $1,757,850 and council tendering to the

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Power runner-up for Superintendent of the Year

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

Read more: Power runner-up for Superintendent of the Year

Nine-week progress report highlights Beach’s low scores

Extracurricular activities score high
According to school board member Wayne Kennedy, Colonial Beach schools have had “the most successful extracurricular fall ever.”  Awards to students in athletic and academic skills include:  2010 Northern Neck District Champions –Varsity Cheerleading, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Middle School Girl’s Basketball, 2010 Northern Neck Champions – Theater, and 2010 Northern Neck All Academic – Paige Trivett, Melissa Turner and Destiny Smith.  

Read more: Nine-week progress report highlights Beach’s low scores

CB schools request 2 right-of-way vacations

At a public hearing during the Planning Commission’s Oct. 7 meeting, School Superintendent Donna Power formally requested the commission to review and make a recommendation to Town Council to vacate two town-owned rights-of-way currently situated on school property.
According to Power, there is a 40-foot by 100-foot parcel of land at the elementary school and a 20-foot by 850-foot parcel of land at the high school.  Power explained that “we are hoping to construct a modular middle school on the high school property at a future date.  The right-of-way has to be relinquished so it’s one parcel.”  

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