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Supervisors send concerns to state panel

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3 KG residents charged in beaten baby case

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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.


NO ACTUAL EXPENDITURE FIGURES PROVIDED     
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

Stanley Jones named interim superintendent

Stanley Jones, who served as Caroline County school superintendent from 2002 to 2008, has been hired as interim superintendent for King George County.
He will begin work in January at $500 per day.

Jones will replace Superintendent Candace Brown who is leaving at the end of the year. Under state law, all superintendent contracts must end on June 30 of any year.

The King George School Board met last week to interview three candidates for interim superintendent. After meeting in closed session the school board took action to name Jones to

Read more: Stanley Jones named interim superintendent

Open letter to Candace Brown, King George School Superintendent

Editor’s note: This letter was emailed to The Journal along with a long list of local and state officials.   

I am a federal employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren with over 14 years of National Service. I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information Technology and am currently working on my PhD at George Mason University. I have served this nation as a Nuclear Reactor Operator on fast attack submarines and as an officer of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, United States Department of State. My wife she is fully fluent in Turkish, Arabic and English and also served in the diplomatic arena.  What I am going to state in this email is fact, not conjecture. My conclusions are based on quantitative evidence and backed by subject matter experts’ assessments.
At the end of last school year, I had to write an email to Dr. Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education seeking help and guidance for my six-year old daughter who attends Potomac Elementary School in King George County. As a result of that email, I was put in touch with Mr. Hank Millward. Mr. Millward was extremely helpful in explaining our (my wife, myself and most importantly, my daughter’s) rights and how the system works. After reviewing my complaints, Mr. Millward stated that he had serious concern that there were procedural violations. He explained that we could pursue state complaints, mediation and due process hearings as forms of relief. Rather than escalating matters further (and with encouragement from Mr. Millward), I decided to try to work through Patrick Nealon to get my daughter’s education back on track. I always prefer to resolve conflict at the lowest level possible. Nealon and I met and discussed the issues that I had. The result of that meeting was not conclusive, but it was a step in the right direction. I felt encouraged that we could come to an agreement without further intervention from higher authority.

 

Read more: Open letter to Candace Brown, King George School Superintendent

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