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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...

We wish you a Merry Christmas...

We wish you a Merry Christmas...

Young residents of the Hopyard Farm community bundled up Friday evening and hit the streets to sprea...

Shop with the Sheriff brings holiday cheer

Shop with the Sheriff brings holiday cheer

The fourth annual Shop With the Sheriff organized by the King George Sheriff’s Office and the ...

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School Board’s Hunter Field quandary

Once again, the King George School Board is currently unable to come to agreement on transferring unused property over to county ownership. The dispute harkens back to old antipathies toward Supervisors that many hoped had been set aside by the current School Board.

This time, Hunter Field is the topic of discussion, though it could just as easily be the former middle school building which was ceremoniously closed down in June 2009.

Three members were clearly in favor of transferring the deed, but that didn’t become clear until near the end of a lengthy and contentious discussion prompted primarily by questions and objections by School Board member John Davis. 

At last week’s meeting on Oct. 10, Chairman Mike Rose said he wanted to talk about it since a new stadium has recently been completed. “We said when the new stadium was built, we were going to turn Hunter Field over to Parks &Rec.,” Rose said, but appeared to waver on that opinion as the discussion ensued. 

Read more: School Board’s Hunter Field quandary

King George schools are fully accredited

Schools among 93 percent schools to meet state standards 

All five King George schools are fully accredited under state standards. 

That came with last week’s announcement from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) that 93 percent of Virginia schools met state standards as a result of Standards of Learning (SOL) test results during the 2011-12 school year. 

Read more: King George schools are fully accredited

Pre-school program approved

The King George School Board took some significant actions and got some news on the stadium this week at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. 

VIRGINIA PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE

The School Board voted to approve the establishment of two classes of pre-school under the Virginia Preschool Initiative beginning this fall. Supervisor of Special Education Ann Bueche and Coordinator of Mandated Services & Preschool Pari Paluszak presented the initiative, saying that no additional funding was needed for the program other than to approve and request an appropriation by the Board of Supervisors for $29,822 coming through available state funding. 

Read more: Pre-school program approved

School Board projected to end fiscal year 2011-12 with small shortfall

The King George School Board is projected to come up short on its budget’s bottom line for the 2011-12 fiscal year that ended on June 30. The latest financial report from the county is currently projecting a shortfall of $49,658. 

The financial projection from the county’s finance department was made available this week late on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 7 (following our press time). 

Read more: School Board projected to end fiscal year 2011-12 with small shortfall

Benson, new school superintendent, in town

King George’s new division school superintendent Rob Benson is in town this week and was introduced at Monday’s School Board meeting by Chairman Mike Rose and provided a welcome token gift of a pictorial book of the history of King George County. Benson will likewise also be introduced by Rose to the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting this week (following our press time).

If you’ve missed those two opportunities, you can catch him again this week on Thursday, June 29, at a town hall meeting, 7-9 p.m. at King George Middle School (former high school building) auditorium, located at the corner of Dahlgren Road and Kings Hwy (Routes 206 & 3).  

School Board member Ken Novell will introduce Benson at the town hall meeting jointly hosted and conducted with Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo. 

Benson is in town for a few days to meet and greet various school officials and gain more impressions of the school division that he will officially head effective July 1. 

Benson said while he was here this week he wanted to get some ideas for at least a temporary home for his family, with his spouse, Shelley, to take over that job when she gets here, along with their son, Samuel, in the next couple of weeks. 

Read more: Benson, new school superintendent, in town

School Board hires Robert Benson as Superintendent

 

The King George School Board this week voted to hire Robert Benson as the new division superintendent beginning on July 1 for an initial term of four years. 

SALARY & BENEFITS

Benson’s starting salary is $134,400 for the first year along with additional benefits noted in his nine-page contract, including $5,000 per year to an annuity or deferred compensation plan. In addition, there is a complicated formula to convert unused vacation and sick leave towards Benson’s annuity at the end of each contract year. 

Read more: School Board hires Robert Benson as Superintendent

School budget still projecting deficits

School budget still projecting deficits

The King George Board of Supervisors last week reviewed monthly financial reports for the School board for the current year with actual figures plugged in through the end of January and projected expenditures used for the remainder of the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

The finance report on Feb. 21 was provided by Donita Harper, King George’s deputy county administrator and director of finance.

Read more: School budget still projecting deficits

County to refinance debt to save money

Refinancing school debt will save $3,000,000 on debt service

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed in concept last week to go forward with refinancing two chunks of school debt, adding up to nearly $33 million, to save nearly $3 million on debt service. That is expected to happen by getting a loan with a lower interest rate while keeping the existing payback date of 2036.

Supervisors will likely be provided a resolution next month for their approval when Davenport & Company LLC comes back with additional details.

As part of its service as financial consultants to the county, Davenport routinely

Read more: County to refinance debt to save money

 

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