- Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:02
- Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:00
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Upset with the schools, King George citizens go online to vent, discuss, organize
Oftentimes when you have a problem concerning your child at school, whether it is a child with an IEP or a child who has been bullied or beat up, you complain to your family and maybe your friends and coworkers, but you stand alone before administrators when advocating for your child. The tide has turned in King George and parents are no longer standing alone. Parents across all ages, economic and social status in the county have found each other and have
- Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 01:16
- Published on Friday, 18 March 2011 01:16
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I am the parent of the sophomore student that was attacked at KGHS on Feb 4th and I attended the school board meeting on March 14, 2011, where the subject was school safety.
I sat at this meeting with my son as all of the public comments were made, and I am very disheartened at how Lynn Pardee handled herself during this time. There were parents and speakers addressing the issues they have and how the school board has failed each of these children and the community and Ms. Pardee was laughing, smiling and just making it all a big joke.
My son has been through more than any normal teenager should have to go through while attending high school and here this women sat mocking him, laughing in his face and acting like all of these comments were just made up because all of us parents just got bored and needed something to do. This is a serious problem for my family and many others that live in this community and all the time she just laughed. The three boys that had to stand there and watch her laughing and grinning should never have had to witness this from anyone. No one should make fun of any child and especially a child that has been threatened, beaten, or abused by the system. Two of these boys were bullied and here she sat bullying them more. Was what happens to them not bad enough that she has to add insult to injury?
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:11
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:11
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Concerned citizens pack School Board meeting Monday
Before a standing-room-only audience of approximately 80 parents, teachers, administrators and students, nine King George parents and grandparents spoke out about and demanded answers to very serious issues surrounding the safety of their children while in school and the way discipline for serious violations is meted out by the King George
- Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:02
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:00
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County to decide on $5 million in zero-interest bonds for Potomac Elementary renovations
The King George School Board this week agreed to forward a priority list to the county for potential renovations for Potomac Elementary School (PES).
It was announced on March 2 that King George was eligible for $5 million in zero-interest Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) funding.
The priority list was distributed at Monday’s meeting by Superintendent Candace Brown, saying it had been provided
- Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 21:44
- Published on Thursday, 10 March 2011 21:44
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Teacher salary scale no longer equates to years of experience
The King George School Board has forwarded a budget request to the county that includes 2 percent raises for all school employees, including administrators.
The last time division employees got pay increases was three years ago, in 2008-09, when 4 percent raises were given to all employees.
Salaries have remained level since then, with no raises granted in 2009-10 or for the current budget year, 2010-11.
School Board members like to blame the Board of Supervisors for not providing them with enough funding. But it is significant that the money turned back by the School Board at the end of each of the last two years could have paid for 2 percent raises to at least keep pace with step increases in all the employee salary scales.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 00:42
- Published on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 00:42
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Parents share their family’s experience with violence at KGES
There is an old expression that says “bad things happen to good people.” One local King George couple is willing to share their “bad things happen” story that began, unbeknownst to them, in a fifth grade classroom in King George Elementary School on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.
Matt and Holly Hayden are long-time King George residents. They have two young children, own and operate a small
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 15:16
- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 15:16
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Parker declines to make ’11-’12 presentation to KG supervisors
The King George School Board last week quietly approved its 2011-12 budget request to the county that totals $33,866,144 and includes 2 percent raises for all employees.
In addition to including proposed raises, the budget request also adds an estimated 12 percent cost for the School Board’s share of potential health insurance increases, which
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 15:13
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Sophomore still recovering at home
Editor’s note: Although this reporter does not typically cover King George local government, The Journal felt it was prudent to attend the Feb. 28 School Board meeting because it provided a window of opportunity for the elected members of the School Board to speak to its constituents on a recent report of school violence experienced by a sophomore that resulted in severe injuries and one student being charged with felony