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KG division hoping for a 2nd $100K school grant

Funding would go for school security equipment for Sealston and King George Elementary

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School Board adopts revised budget reflecting state funding decrease

The King George School Board last week on June 30 amended its 2014-15 budget amounts and categorical...

New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification...

Case moves forward in KG double shooting and murder

A joint preliminary hearing in King George Circuit Court last week resulted in charges of murder, at...

S&P upgrades King George’s financial ratings to ‘AA+’

The King George Board of Supervisors got good news last week from Travis Quesenberry, county adminis...

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff receive...

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School Board budget gets $467K increase

The King George Board of Supervisors last week, on Jan. 18, approved a budget amendment requested by the School Board that increases its budget by $466,870 in additional federal funds.
Supervisors provided their approval with the proviso that the additional funds would not supplant budgeted expenditures within the existing School Board budget.  

Read more: School Board budget gets $467K increase

SB budget discussion includes ‘across the board’ raises

The King George School Board last week took a look at some preliminary budget figures.
Following that session, Dennis Paulsen gave his own take on the budget season.
“We are starting our budget session and it’s going to be another ugly budget session,” Paulsen said. “We can’t keep taking hits the way we take hits and expect to give the children the education they need. Once again we need to get the community support to help us get the funding required out of this county.”

Read more: SB budget discussion includes ‘across the board’ raises

What the King George Schools administration is doing to help

Editor’s note: Linda Davis has served as coach for the King George Little League Challengers and is coordinator for King George Special Olympics. Her years of experience working with children in the special education program gives her a unique perspective on how the program is serving children with special needs. This is not a traditional news story — this is one woman’s perspective of one child’s situation.

Update on bobby
They say there are two sides to every story, so today I’m letting you know about some of the steps taken by the school division to develop an adequate IEP (Individual Education Plan) for Bobby.

Read more: What the King George Schools administration is doing to help

King George’s special ed corrective action plan deadline is Feb. 3

King George school division Superintendent Candace Brown has two weeks to submit a corrective action plan to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to address changes to be made in eight areas where the division is out of compliance with federal regulations for provision of special education services to eligible students with disabilities.
A Dec. 29, 2010, letter from VDOE gives several deadlines, including Feb. 3 for the corrective action plan to be submitted.
But the letter also states that Brown had previously received a letter of noncompliance from VDOE dated Nov. 17.

Read more: King George’s special ed corrective action plan deadline is Feb. 3

KG schools fail to comply with various special ed regulations

Corrective action plan required by Feb. 3

King George school superintendent Candace Brown last week received a report requiring immediate attention from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for eight areas where the division is out of compliance with federal regulations regarding provision of special education services to eligible students with disabilities.
The Dec. 29, 2010, letter is noted as having been received in the division on Jan. 6, 2011.

Read more: KG schools fail to comply with various special ed regulations

Brown refutes School Board claims about Potomac Elementary

Cathy Dyson of the Free-Lance Star posted a blog about her recent tour of Potomac Elementary School. She refers to recent stories in her paper and The Journal. Here is the story we ran about Potomac Elementary School in the Dec. 29, 2010 issue, where Superintendent Candace Brown represented the temperature problems at the school as "not a constant situation." Apparently Dr. Brown was with Dyson on the tour. Here is the link to Dyson's blog posting:

http://blogs.fredericksburg.com/kinggeorge/

It’s hard to know what to believe.
Superintendent Candace Brown has refuted claims made by members of the School Board that conditions at Potomac Elementary School are as dire as members have stated.
In an email response to questions from The Journal, Brown has denied that cold rooms are an ongoing problem and said she hadn’t heard about any electrical shorting or circuit breakers tripping.
~ COLD ROOMS OR TEMPORARY CHILL?     We asked Brown last week about the cold rooms.
She responded in a Dec. 21 email, saying, “That was an issue that happened last week.  It is not a constant situation.”
The first time that cold rooms were mentioned was at a joint meeting with Supervisors on Nov. 30 by School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee.
That condition was embellished by School Board member Renee Parker at a meeting on Dec. 9, saying, “There are kids sitting in classes that are 50 degrees.”
Brown was present at both meetings, but did not contradict either statement. Instead she sat mum and acted like an innocent bystander to proceedings.
That was at the meeting when Dennis Paulsen suggested maybe the stadium might be postponed and see if the $3 million earmarked for it by Supervisors could instead be used to fix up Potomac.
~ NOT ENOUGH OUTLETS OR BREAKERS BLOWING?    In the same email response Brown was asked about loss of electricity due to shorting out, blowing fuses or tripping breakers. She answered, “I am not sure what you are making reference to.”
We tried to enlighten Brown, emailing back, “I'm referring to a statement made and quoted from PES math lab teacher that was in the regional daily paper; the article is posted online at the paper's website.” We also quoted the article in that paper, to wit: Math lab teacher Kate Howard has learned a lot about electricity in her classroom. She knows there's not enough power to run the smartboard--a digital white board that hooks into a computer system--at the same time as kids operate their computers. "If we use them at the same time, it will short and the circuit will trip," she said."
Brown wrote back on Dec. 22, “First time I have heard about this.”
Brown added, “I do know in her room that the lights are either all on or all off and that causes problems with using the smartboard and students working at their desks at the same time.  I, also, know that due to limited outlets in the rooms, teachers have to pick and choose among the "technology items" that they are going to use.”

Brown’s evaluation, contract

The King George School Board last week held a closed meeting for the sole purpose of evaluating division Superintendent Candace Brown’s performance and discussing her contract.
The public is not privy to the actual evaluations by members of the School Board because the evaluation is a personnel matter and exempt from public disclosure.  

Read more: Brown’s evaluation, contract

School Board: Cancel stadium

Wants the $3M to go toward $9.6M Potomac Elementary project
The King George School Board came to a surprise decision this week to direct Superintendent Candace Brown to inform County Administrator Travis Quesenberry that it wants to request the Board of Supervisors to cancel construction of a planned sports stadium and instead use the $3+ million to go toward $9.6 million in upgrades at Potomac Elementary School.

Read more: School Board: Cancel stadium

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