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Committee eyes county Internet expansion

Members of a new King George technology advisory committee will have their first meeting at 6 p.m. O...

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

The King George Fall Festival will celebrate its 56th year with the theme “Keep’n It Country.” The e...

Judge: Crouch must pay $22,500 in fines

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Two percent raises approved for KG school employees

The King George School Board unanimously voted this week on Monday, Feb. 13, to implement 2 percent raises for all contracted employees retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year.

The last time division employees received a pay hike was nearly four years ago, in July 2008. Raises have been on hold since that time due to the beginnings of the sliding economy, which remains sluggish overall, but is particularly affecting states and localities going forward into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That’s because state and local tax revenues are decreasing and two-year federal stimulus dollars

Read more: Two percent raises approved for KG school employees

School Board to begin search for new superintendent

The King George School Board kicked off its search for a new superintendent this week opting to select the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) to assist with its services to recruit superintendent candidates. The unanimous action took place at Monday’s meeting on Jan. 23.
VSBA’s cost is set at $7,500 plus expenses. That base fee of $7,500 is set according to the student enrollment of the division. Additional expenses are estimated at between $1,000 and $2,000 and would include such things as costs for travel, mailings, telephone calls and

Read more: School Board to begin search for new superintendent

School Board grapples current finances, 2012-13 budget

The King George School Board members this week agreed that they needed a lot more information about current-year finances before they can make decisions regarding a proposed budget request for 2012-13.

At the meeting on Jan. 23 they said they needed lots of details about the current year’s budget as a starting point for next year’s request. (See related article elsewhere in this issue about

Read more: School Board grapples current finances, 2012-13 budget

Jones proposes nearly $3M increase

Higher budget proposal despite fewer students

The King George School Board is faced with a proposed budget for 2012-13 that asks for nearly $3,000,000 more from the county despite fewer students.

The state is projecting an average daily membership (ADM) of 116 fewer students than the division will likely end up with in the current year.

Interim superintendent Stanley Jones released a line item budget proposal a couple of days after he provided highlights in his presentation last week at a meeting on Jan. 9.


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Jones’s budget book does not provide any actual expenditure figures for the current year nor for any previous years.

That makes it a nearly impossible task for the newly reconstituted School Board to determine a base line. The School Board has three new members - Kristin Tolliver, John Davis and Ken Novell - who took office less than three weeks ago, and two members - Rick Randall and Mike Rose - who were not provided a finance report at a meeting for at least the last year.

But Jones is new, too. He’s working with what was left him by former superintendent Candace Brown when she left in December.

A second difficulty in examining the 2012-13 budget proposal is that it is based on the current year’s budgeted revenues, which must be adjusted downward due to the lower enrollment issue.

The proposed 2012-13 budget might be compared to the current unadjusted adopted budget, which is posted online at the division’s website. It might be more easily compared, if portions of it were not in a

Read more: Jones proposes nearly $3M increase

King George budgeting, county and School Board to tackle finances for 2012-13

This week (following our press time) the newly constituted memberships of both the King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board will hold separate meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

In addition to setting meeting schedules for the year, and electing chairmen and vice chairmen, both boards are also expected to set additional meeting dates to tackle finances in the still uncertain economy.

Supervisors are slated this week to review the budget for the remainder of the current 2011-12 fiscal year and

Read more: King George budgeting, county and School Board to tackle finances for 2012-13

Nealon transferred to teaching position at Middle School

The last official act of the current King George School Board at its final meeting of the year was a personnel action that included reassigning Supervisor of Special Services J. Patrick Nealon from the School Board office to a teaching position at the middle school for learning disabled students, with no downgrade in pay.

The word around the division for the last two weeks has been that Nealon would be “gone” by January. He’s been a magnet for increasing criticism over his five years in

Read more: Nealon transferred to teaching position at Middle School

School Board paid lawyers $30,000

School Board paid lawyers $30,000

The King George School Board paid lawyers more than $30,794 in the last year.
The School Board’s legal fees went to three law firms, the bulk of them concerning Special Education matters.

Those were coded to be paid from Legal Services line items in the Instruction category, under the Special Education department’s Office of the Supervisor, Pat Nealon.

The timeframe spans portions of two fiscal years, from Nov. 29, 2010 to Oct. 21,

Read more: School Board paid lawyers $30,000

School Board has not addressed lower state revenue

A newly-constituted School Board could face a financial shortfall when it convenes in January.
King George school division Superintendent Candace Brown this week again told the School Board that the 2011-12 budget is based on state revenue for an average daily membership (ADM) of 4,165 students. That’s 90 more students than is indicated by the current ADM of 4,074 students.

That was the ADM number Superintendent Candace Brown said was current at the School

Read more: School Board has not addressed lower state revenue

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