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Water, sewer rates proposed to increase by seven percent

Rise will fund salary increases to help keep competitive
The King George Service Authority is conside...

Nationally recognized STEM summer program coming to KGES June 6 to 10

King George Elementary School will again host Camp Invention this June.
It’s a nationally reco...

King George approves $43,000 for feasibility study for wastewater treatment plant

The King George Board of Supervisors authorized a purchase order in the amount of $43,000 for Draper...

Public comments split over tax increases at KG hearing

The King George County Board of Supervisors heard from 25 residents on April 5 regarding the 2016-17...

Unique Antiques celebrates six years in King George

Unique Antiques celebrates six years in King George

Unique Antiques celebrated its sixth anniversary April 2 with discounts at most of the 150 individua...

Project Faith grant application for $695,000 submitted

CDBG funds sought for more affordable housing units

The on-time submission of a completed grant app...

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Four KG schools fail AYP

Of five division schools, only KGHS passes

King George High School is the only county school that has met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the last school year. The four other county schools missed the mark by failing to meet federal accountability standards.

That’s according to national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings released last week for 2011-12 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Ratings for the

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School Board shifts administrators

The King George Schools have been doing some personnel shuffling this summer.

As reported last week, Kevin D. Newman was hired as principal of King George Middle School to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Seidah Ashshaheed, which was effective June 30. Newman came on board at the end of last week, following action by the School Board on July 18. He lives in King George and most recently served as principal of Colonial Beach Elementary School since 2006.

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Bonuses estimated to cost $660K

Division to pay FICA and Medicare costs

The King George School Board is paying the FICA and Medicare payroll taxes for employees who will this week receive bonuses on June 30. The end-of-year bonuses will be paid on time, as originally scheduled, according to county accounting manager, Robyn Shugart.

That clarification that FICA and Medicare would be picked up by the division was provided at this week’s School Board meeting on June 27 by Chairman Renee Parker. The additional cost for the bonuses was not

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School Board balks at proposed lease to library

During its expansion library plans to use closed middle school

The King George School Board postponed approval of a proposed lease of the former middle school building to the Smoot Library Board until changes are made to the document to limit its liability for providing safe drinking water and tighten other clauses to improve the School Board’s position regarding potential costs.

The draft lease as reviewed at the June 13 meeting proposed the library pay the School Board the nominal fee of $10 per month in addition to $500 per month for all utilities, regardless of actual usage or billings. The term of the lease was proposed at one year, and then month-to-month until two months following the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the main library, following expansion completion, unless otherwise terminated or extended.


FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
The School Board ceremoniously closed the former middle school building to students two years ago, in June 2009, when it realized its schools were no longer overcrowded, but instead had excess capacity following the opening of a new 1,700-pupil high school earlier in 2009, at a cost in excess of $42 million.

Read more: School Board balks at proposed lease to library

School Board requests amendment to correct categorical amounts

The King George School Board adopted a categorical budget for 2011-12 at its last meeting that took place on May 23. The 2011-12 fiscal year begins on July 1. The School Board’s operating budget was set at $32,948,145 by the Board of Supervisors and adopted by categories as provided in state law.

The categorical amounts set by the School Board differ from the ones approved by the Board of Supervisors in the end of April. Supervisors are provided the authority in state law to adopt the School Board’s budget either by lump sum or by categories.

In early April, the county had requested from Superintendent Candace Brown a categorical breakdown. Because Brown did not provide it, t

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School Board explores new KGHS electives

The King George School Board last week asked Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts to try to get a new elective lined up to offer to students at King George High School this fall. Roberts has been working for months on getting a Criminal Justice elective offered beginning this September.

The topic was discussed at last week’s meeting on May 9, when Roberts gave an update on that and three other potential electives he has been working on, some of which have been discussed at School Board meetings for the

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School Board details $412K in ‘unanticipated revenue’

Asks for unspent funds to ‘rollover’ to 2011-12

The King George School Board approved three motions last week having to do with money. The School Board voted to ask the county for $412,125 in “unanticipated revenue” and also for the rest of any unspent surplus to be appropriated into the next fiscal year.

That was the substance of two of the three motions written out and provided by Superintendent Candace Brown that were approved by the School Board at a meeting on May 2.

The third approved motion will provide $500 bonuses for “all employees,” to be paid in the end of June at an estimated cost of

Read more: School Board details $412K in ‘unanticipated revenue’

SB claims $249K budget ‘glitch’

There is a budget dispute between King George School Superintendent Candace Brown and King George County Administrator Travis Quesenberry that has escalated to the level of the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, though it appears that school officials had tried to keep the dispute behind the scenes.

It’s about $249,000 that the School Board and Brown claim should not have been deducted from its budget proposal to reflect a decrease in health insurance costs for the School Board.

The dispute came to light at last Friday’s county meeting where supervisors unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget, with comments about it by

Read more: SB claims $249K budget ‘glitch’

 

 

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