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2016 means a Starbucks for King George

2016 means a Starbucks for King George

The New Year is bringing a Starbucks to King George County.  The new coffeehouse with a drive t...

Architectural proposals under review for middle school expansion project

Proposals for architectural services are under review by county and division officials for selection...

King George 2016 organizational meetings set

The two King George elected boards have each set their organizational meetings for 2016.
The Board o...

King George supervisors look ahead to 2016

The King George Board will have two new members in January.
Richard Granger and John Jenkins will jo...

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School Board mulling $600K+ energy program

Claims it can save up to 30 percent on schools’ utility costs

The King George School Board is mulling a proposal from a company that says it can save the division 20 percent to 30 percent on its utility costs, proposing a net savings to the division of $4.2 million over the next 10 years.
The company, Energy Education, Inc., estimates that over the 10-year timeframe, the division would pay about $869,383 toward the company’s program costs, including $600,000 in fees to the company, $205,600 for a stipend/salary for a part-time position of an ‘energy education specialist,’ $31,000 for conference travel for that person hired, and about $32,783 for software costs.
A commitment to energy conservation would need to be made by the division leadership and its employees in order to reap savings on utility bills, which in King George are primarily electricity costs for lighting, heating and cooling.
Energy Education, Inc. provides such a program. Its proposal booklet estimates $4.2 million in division utility savings over the next 10 years. That baseline figure used is $1.4 million, taken from the 2009-10 original budget. But that figure was too high and subsequently cut last month.
Prior to the 2009-10 fiscal year’s end on June 30, the School Board’s utility line of $1,429,515 was cut by a $250,000 transfer, with School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee telling supervisors on June 1 the surplus was due to savings realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

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Regardless of the starting point, Energy Education, Inc. stresses that its comprehensive recommendations, when implemented, will save 20 percent to 30 percent off the division’s utility bills. The company says that allows the savings dollars to be redirected toward other programs that focus on kids.
Two retired school division superintendents, Carl O’Dell and Blaine Dugan, pitched the presentation at last week’s meeting on June 28, telling the School Board about their current jobs with Energy Education, Inc., an energy management company that specializes in implementing people-driven conservation programs.  
The company guarantees that the annual energy savings by the division will cover the cost of implementing its energy program, or it will refund the difference.
The firm incorporates use of software to measure, manage and save costs by tracking utility usage and costs.
The company requires the division to hire and maintain a new position for an energy-education-specialist, saying it could be part-time at a first-year annualized salary of $18,000, which it says includes $5,000 for night, weekend and holiday work.

Read more: School Board mulling $600K+ energy program

School Board gets $250K transfer

Textbook adoption not in 2010-2011 budget request
At last week’s meeting of the King George Board of Supervisors, one topic was a request by the School Board to transfer $250,000 from Operation & Maintenance to Instruction.
Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisor Joe Grzeika both pressed for answers about money matters, but most were deflected by two members of the School Board prior to Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. putting an end to the discussion by making a motion to approve the categorical transfer as requested by the School Board. The motion passed unanimously.
With Superintendent Candace Brown out of town, School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee and member Renee Parker had appeared at the podium to address questions by supervisors regarding the transfer request.
Pardee said the savings was realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

Read more: School Board gets $250K transfer

KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

School Board will ban community use of the stadium

 

 The King George School Board this week agreed to let Superintendent Candace Brown assign maintenance duties for Hunter Field to King George High School teacher Stan Mitchell and his landscaping class.

They also directed Brown to notify the King George Youth Athletic Association, a youth football organization, and any other community groups, that the stadium field will be off limits to uses other than the football teams from the high school and middle school this fall.

Brown proposed the plan for Mitchell to take over maintenance of Hunter Field at the May 24 meeting, saying he volunteered to take it on.

“Let me emphasize we by no means are going to be able to get it into prime condition, and it would not be a permanent solution,” Brown said.

School Board member Rick Randall agreed.

Read more: KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

Exceptions will not be granted for redistricted students

The King George School Board this week voted “not to adopt any new variance policy for 2010-11.”  The motion by Dennis Paulsen was approved on a split vote of 3-2.
Interestingly, when The Journal asked Superintendent Candace Brown for the existing School Board variance policy after the meeting, she said there is no policy that appears in writing, meaning it is a practice handed down by oral tradition.
For the action regarding the practice of granting variances, Chairman Lynn Pardee cast the deciding vote to not make changes to the way they are currently granted.  

Read more: Exceptions will not be granted for redistricted students

Roads affected by redistricting

The approved redistricting plan for next school year is expected to free up some space at SES and redistribute more students to PES. With KGES geographically located between those two schools, it will gain some students and shift others. 

> ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM KGES TO PES

Individual Roads: Students affected – 71

Abingdon Retreat Lane, Alto Lane, Auburn Woods Drive, Bartlett Lane, Beaver Creek Drive, Beechwood Drive, Blackburn Run, Blue Jay Meadows, Caledon Road - beginning at the intersection of Indiantown Rd, east to the intersection of Dahlgren Rd; Canary Lane, Chestnut Hill Loop, Choptank Drive, Colross Glen Drive, Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Eden Drive (Rt. 611) north, to the intersection of Caledon Road (Rt. 218); Freedom Lane, Fulmont Drive, Goose Lane, Great Eastern Way, Hewitt Place, His Way, Hunters Jump, Ivy Hill Loop, James Madison Parkway - beginning at the intersection of Eden Dr/Hanover Church Rd. (Rt. 611) north to the intersection of Washington Mill Rd (Rt. 616); Johnson Road, Lotus Pond Lane, Marmaduke Drive, Oakwood Drive, Partridge Lane, Pine Tree Lane, Poplar Neck Road, Preston Way, Retreat Road, Salisbury Retreat, Sharp Lane, Sleepy Hollow Lane, Spruce Drive, State Road, Striker Lane, Wildlife Lane, Will Loop.

Developments – Trailer Communities: Students affected – 81

STOUT TRAILER PARK - Acorn Lane, Berry Avenue.

CLEYDAEL SUBDIVISION - Aidan Way, Anderson Court, Benton Court, Calvert Court, Cleydael Blvd, Culpeper Court, Julia Place, Meadow Way, Ormond Way, Peppermill Road, Richards Ride, Vining Court.

CULPEPER COMMONS - Booth’s Spur, North Stuart Road - from the intersection of Lucas Lane, north, to Booth’s Spur.

PEPPERMILL ESTATES - Stuart Road, Ward Road, Potts Farm, Allen Avenue, Marion Drive, Potts Lane.

EDEN ESTATES - Allen Place, Bone Place, Cedar Lane, Clare Street, Dixie Drive, Hickory Lane, Jones Place, Lee Street, Miller Place, Poplar Street, Pratt Place, Shady Lane, Taylor Place.

CHESTNUT TRAILER PARK - Palona Circle, Chestnut Drive.

 

> ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM SES TO KGES

Individual Roads: Students affected – 10

Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Ernest Ellis Lane/Carriage Lane, north to the intersection of Indiantown Road (Rt. 610), Deer Lane (off Route 3), Kings Highway - south side of Kings Highway only, beginning at the eastern intersection of Stanley Road and continuing to the intersection of Dahlgren Road (Rt. 206) & north and south sides of Kings Highway, beginning at the intersections of Foxes Way/St. Anthony’s Road, continuing west to the  intersection of Dahlgren Road (Route 206).

Developments – Communities: Students affected – 70

ARNOLD’S CORNER COURT APARTMENTS

BROOKE HAVEN - Carriage Lane, Chaps Way.

PRESIDENTIAL LAKES (Main Section on south side of Kings Highway) - Adams Drive, Arthur Drive, Ashland Drive, Blair House Drive, Buchanan Drive, Capitol Circle, Cleveland Drive, Congress Circle, Constitution Circle, Eisenhower Drive, Filmore Drive, Franklin Circle, Garfield Drive, Grant Court, Hancock Drive, Harding Court, Harrison Drive, Hayes Court, Hoover Lane, Independence Circle, Jackson Drive, Jefferson Drive, Johnson Drive, Kenmore Drive, Liberty Drive, Lincoln Drive, Madison Drive, McKinley Drive, Monroe Drive, Monticello Drive, Mount Vernon Circle, Pierce Court, Polk Place, Roosevelt Drive, Senate Circle, Strafford Drive, Taft Court, Thurman Drive, Tyler Court, Van Buren Drive, Washington Drive, White House Circle, Wilson Circle.

WILLOW HILL - Manning Drive, McKenzie Lane.

— Phyllis Cook

 

Board approves new 2010-11 school calendar

The King George School Board this week approved a different school calendar for next year, 2010-11, which is markedly different from the original calendar they approved on March 22.
The main differences with the newly-approved school calendar are that a week off for spring break is before the Easter holiday, winter break is three days shorter, and school gets out in June a week earlier.
Director of Personnel Bill Wishard provided an oral report at Monday’s meeting on April 19.

Read more: Board approves new 2010-11 school calendar

Question time!

Supervisors and School Board both want budget answers

The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board both want answers to several budget questions they each submitted in advance of a joint meeting scheduled for this week.
The questions are listed below.
The joint meeting is on April 6 (following our press time), with questions distributed in advance, so each board might get a better understanding of the budgeting process on the other side.   
The suggestion to provide advance questions was made by Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. at a budget work session on March 23.
Board members also agreed they wanted the School Board to likewise provide its questions for supervisors in advance.
The biggest question from supervisors is also the issue from which many of the rest of the questions stem.
Supervisor Chairman Dale Sisson said he wanted the School Board to provide “actual” figures for expenditures in the same format as its itemized budget request.
Superintendent Candace Brown only provides the School Board with “budgeted” numbers.  Her budget request detail adopted by the School Board contains no “actual” figures for expenditures, but only “budgeted” numbers.
Budgeted numbers are obsolete at this point, since Brown turned back an unspent surplus of more than $1 million at the end of the last school year.  Also, the “budgeted” numbers for the current year were amended earlier this year to match significantly lower state revenue amounts.
In addition, Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper’s monthly financial reports indicate that Brown is currently executing a budget that is about $2 million less than originally budgeted, at a current $32.79 million for 2009-10.

 

Read more: Question time!

School Board approves 2010-11 school calendar

The King George School Board last week approved a school calendar for next year, 2010-11.
The action took place at a meeting on March 22.  
King George Education Association (KGEA) co-chairman Urzetta Lewis and division Coordinator of Testing & Instructional Support Jennifer Collins had developed and presented several calendar versions to the School Board in February with the assistance of a committee.
The calendar version that was most popular with staff members was presented in February from five that had been the subject of online and paper surveys distributed to school staff.
At the Feb. 22 meeting, the School Board agreed to a request from Mike Rose to have snow days built into the recommended calendar version.  
Last week, Lewis and Collins were back, this time with two versions.  Following discussion of the merits of the two calendar drafts, the School Board voted 3-1 for the approved calendar detailed below. Four members of the School Board were present at the meeting, with Lynn Pardee absent.  Rick Randall voted against the motion.

 

Read more: School Board approves 2010-11 school calendar

 

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