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Economic Development Authority developing purpose/mission statement

The King George Economic Development Authority is expected to continue its struggle to come up with ...

New Mary Washington Healthcare facility serves area seniors fighting cancer

When Mary Washington Healthcare opened a cancer clinic in Montross, at the Kings Highway location of...

Fracking rules tightened in King George

Following a public hearing with about 35 people attending and 18 speaking on Aug. 16, the King Georg...

Fairview Beach bank erosion project eligible to apply for federal grant

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King George YMCA offers numerous activities for active older adults

Active older adults have discovered lots of classes and activities at the King George Family YMCA.

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YMCA goes to the dogs

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School Board honors Jones, Lilly for work with Special Olympics

Board initiates new program to recognize student-volunteers

Luke Jones and Sam Lilly, both students at King George High School, were honored by the School Board for their ongoing contributions in launching a Special Olympics swim team in the county. The recognition took place at a meeting this week on March 8.
School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee introduced the item, saying that the School Board “would like to begin a program of recognizing students that go out and help.”
Member Renee Parker presented the two high school students with plaques for their “service and assistance during the inaugural season of the King George County Special Olympics Swim Team, also known as The Red Tide.”

Read more: School Board honors Jones, Lilly for work with Special Olympics

Redistricting could switch schools for 225 students

The King George School Board will hold a public forum Monday to take comment on changing attendance lines for students in the division’s three elementary schools.  
If the School Board approves redistricting as planned by Superintendent Candace Brown, it will result in switching schools for 225 elementary students beginning in September 2010.
Brown’s recommendation is to draw new boundary lines for attendance that would move an estimated 75 students from Sealston Elementary School (SES) to King George Elementary School (KGES) and would also switch an estimated 150 other students from KGES to Potomac Elementary School (PES).  
The public forum is set for next week on Monday, March 8, at 5 p.m. prior to its regular meeting.
The School Board has been mulling a change in attendance lines since last fall, talking about it at meetings in September and October.

Read more: Redistricting could switch schools for 225 students

School Board mulling elementary redistricting

The King George School Board last week agreed to hold a public forum on March 8 to take comment on changing attendance lines for the division’s three elementary schools. 
The talk of redistricting took place at a meeting on Jan. 11. 
The School Board had previously discussed possible redistricting at meetings in September and October. 
At that time, they had agreed that attendance areas for all three elementary schools are likely to change next year.
Redistricting is a process whereby new lines are drawn between school attendance zones that result in some students being shifted to different schools.

Read more: School Board mulling elementary redistricting

School Board members make public goodbyes

Last week on Dec. 9, two King George School Board members said goodbye in their own ways, each with prepared presentations.  

 

The event was the final School Board meeting of the calendar year and the last one for Chairperson Sherrie Allwine and member Payne Kilbourn as elected officials.
Neither had sought reelection to their seats in November. Allwine is departing the School Board after 10 years of service and Kilbourn after three years.
Both are being replaced by newcomers: Mike Rose and Rick Randall.

KILBOURN PRESENTS SLIDES
Kilbourn provided another version of his slide presentation on school performance metrics, this one having been overhauled since he provided it two weeks before.
Though his slides were revised, his statistics gave his familiar message that the school division has been operating under a chronic shortfall.
His final recommendation was that the School Board should keep a running tally of shortfall items the division annually doesn’t get.
He did not address the question of how his shortfall list could have been shortened if Brown and the School Board had spent the $1.19 million surplus they left on the table at the end of 2008-2009 or the other surplus amounts left in each of the previous years.
His slide presentation can be found on our Web site: www.journalpress.com.

 

Read more: School Board members make public goodbyes

School Board gives gift to 12-month employees

Division shutdown over winter break gives three extra days of paid leave

The King George School Board unanimously agreed to an impromptu request by Superintendent Candace Brown to close down the entire school division over the winter holiday break.
The action took place at last week’s meeting on Dec. 9.
Brown requested at Wednesday’s meeting to add a “holiday break” action item to the agenda.  
The School Board was asked to take action to close down the entire school division at the end of the business day on Dec. 23 and stay closed until the morning of Jan. 4, when school reopens according to the adopted calendar.
Brown provided no handouts or written rationale, but noted the proposed action would save some costs for electricity and heat.  
The action by the School Board also results in providing three additional days of paid leave for all 12-month employees who would otherwise be required to go to work.

Read more: School Board gives gift to 12-month employees

Kilbourn to present why more education funds are needed

 Payne Kilbourn is set to give his final presentation as an elected member of the King George School Board at tonight’s meeting. Kilbourn has earned a reputation for provocative presentations.  (to see Payne Kilbourn's PowerPoint presentation, please follow this link)
For example, on June 11, 2008, he outlined his plan to “overcome the local press,” blaming newspaper reports for the School Board’s failure to get as large a budget as it wanted.
At that time, Kilbourn provided comments on the budget session that had recently ended culminating in the adoption of the county and School Board budgets for fiscal year 2008-2009.  
He spoke of his disappointment, saying, “This is my second budget cycle as a member of the board.  Despite in-depth review of the school’s needs and a well-crafted budget presentation and supporting documents, particularly this last cycle, this board has been unsuccessful in convincing the community and the Board of Supervisors that more funding is required.”
Yet, in that fiscal year where he complained the division did not get enough money for the year that ended this past June 30, 2009, more than $1 million was left unspent by the division administration.
At last month’s meeting, Kilbourn had requested a spot on the Dec. 9 agenda noting his slide presentation was already e-mailed and on the way to the other members of the School Board, saying, “It identifies a number of metrics we can use to identify school performance.”

 

Read more: Kilbourn to present why more education funds are needed

KG parents question School Board’s answer to allegation of assault

The parents of a King George Middle School student are questioning the legal validity of a written response from the School Board to their two third-party complaints filed on Sept. 23.
They think more is required of the School Board under state law.
The two-sentence written response from School Board Chairman Sherrie Allwine on Nov. 17 said, “I am writing in response to the Third Party Complaints that you submitted on Sept. 27, 2009 against Dr. Candace Brown and Ms. Seidah Ashshaheed. Please know that the School Board completed an investigation of the Third Party Complaints and has determined there is no basis for further action.”
Due to privacy issues, we are not publishing the names of the parents, student, or teacher involved in the alleged incident.
But the School Board publicly revealed at meetings on Oct. 1 and Oct.14 that Ashshaheed was the subject of one of the pair of third-party complaints by its wording of motions for closed session discussions at those meetings.
That would also indicate it’s a middle school teacher who is alleged to have assaulted a seventh- or eighth-grader last spring.

Read more: KG parents question School Board’s answer to allegation of assault

Supervisors postpone decision on School Board’s request for unspent funds

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed again last week, as it had at a meeting on Nov. 5, to put off whether to grant a request by the School Board for some of the surplus money Superintendent Candace Brown was not able to spend last school year.
The decision was postponed because Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance, told supervisors she received some additional memos from Brown after her written recommendation went to the board in its meeting packet.  

Read more: Supervisors postpone decision on School Board’s request for unspent funds

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