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School Board votes for $14,800,000 in capital requests

The King George School Board last week voted unanimously to forward a capital projects request to th...

Wertz and Ball recipients of Water Conservation District Award for Millbank Farm

Wertz and Ball recipients of Water Conservation District Award for Millbank Farm

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County proposes tax increases on real estate and personal property

Increase geared to pay for law enforcement and fire safety positions

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School Board considering $15,000,000 in capital requests

The King George School Board discussed a proposed capital projects list as recommended by Superinten...

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School Board at odds over closed meeting protocol

Agenda item sparks discord over late arrival to student discipline hearings
The King George School Board cannot agree on whether members should be allowed to enter the meeting room where there is an ongoing closed meeting if they arrive late.
A curious discussion item, “Board Members Arriving Late to Closed Meetings” appeared on last week’s regular meeting agenda, which sparked discord among School Board members.
The agenda item had been requested by School Board member Rick Randall.  
Randall said he asked for it to be on the agenda, so it could be discussed and decided openly.

Read more: School Board at odds over closed meeting protocol

AYP results explained to King George School Board

The King George School Board received details explaining the latest federal accountability data for annual yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.  
School administrators provided reports at a meeting on Sept. 13.
The meeting and slide presentation are posted on our website.
60 percent of Virginia schools made AYP.  That translates to 1,104 out of 1,836 schools achieving AYP.
But four out of the five King George schools missed it.

Read more: AYP results explained to King George School Board

Renovation options for PES narrowed

School Board estimates costs at $9.6 million plus design & engineering

The King George School Board this week took a look at the four options presented last month for renovations proposed for Potomac Elementary School (PES).
The firm of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates had presented an extensive study on Aug. 3 at a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors.
At this week’s meeting on Sept. 13 the discussion resulted in narrowing the four options to two. Those options are listed in the study as Option 2 and Option 3, both estimated at $9,646,672 for construction costs.
School Board members asked Superintendent Candace Brown to put that cost into their upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP) request to the county.

Read more: Renovation options for PES narrowed

Hunter Field bleacher foundation evaluated

 

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Engineer says OK for now, remediation for erosion is needed

Division Superintendent Candace Brown was last week provided a structural evaluation from engineers saying, based on an observation earlier in August, the foundations of the metal bleachers “should adequately support the metal bleachers when in use.”

The professional opinion from Draper Aden Associates next states a disclaimer, saying, “Our opinion is based exclusively on the conditions observed during our site visit, and we cannot guarantee future stability based on the unpredictable nature of erosion progression.”

The Aug. 24 Draper Aden report came through County Administrator Travis Quesenberry, who had requested the evaluation from county-contracted engineers. See the evaluation report here.

The engineering evaluation was based on its site visit to Hunter Field on Aug. 11.

Read more: Hunter Field bleacher foundation evaluated

KGES: Only school to meet federal AYP achievement objectives

Remaining four county schools miss the mark for No Child Left Behind requirements

King George Elementary School is the only county school that met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the last school year.  
That’s according to national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings released last week for 2010-11 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicating the progress being made toward the goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.
For a school, a school division or the state to make AYP, it must meet or exceed 29 benchmarks for student achievement including participation in statewide testing.
Missing a single benchmark may result in a school, a school division or the state not making AYP. The main focus is for schools to meet benchmarks for proficiency in reading and math.  
The AYP announcement for 2010-12 was made last week on Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  At the same time, it posted information on each of the schools and divisions across the state.  To see the complete listing of AYP for each school in the state as a pdf, click here.
Additional information about each school can also be found at the VDOE website in the School Report Card section, https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/.

Read more: KGES: Only school to meet federal AYP achievement objectives

Potomac Elementary School renovation assessment presented

Four pricey options range between $7.4 & $9.6 million for renovations

An assessment report for Potomac Elementary School was presented at a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and School Board last Tuesday.
The price tags for the four options presented by the Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates study were higher than expected.
The presentation on Aug. 3 took about 40 minutes and left the Board of Supervisors and School Board members with little to say on the topic.
Earlier this year, County Administrator Travis Quesenberry indicated to Supervisors during a budget work session that the price tag to renovate Potomac could be upwards of $5 million. 

The assessment provided four options for renovations, some with an addition, with the cheapest at $7.4 million and the most expensive putting it at $9.6 million. 
The study indicated the current replacement value of the school at $12.92 million.

Read more: Potomac Elementary School renovation assessment presented

School Board mulling $600K+ energy program

Claims it can save up to 30 percent on schools’ utility costs

The King George School Board is mulling a proposal from a company that says it can save the division 20 percent to 30 percent on its utility costs, proposing a net savings to the division of $4.2 million over the next 10 years.
The company, Energy Education, Inc., estimates that over the 10-year timeframe, the division would pay about $869,383 toward the company’s program costs, including $600,000 in fees to the company, $205,600 for a stipend/salary for a part-time position of an ‘energy education specialist,’ $31,000 for conference travel for that person hired, and about $32,783 for software costs.
A commitment to energy conservation would need to be made by the division leadership and its employees in order to reap savings on utility bills, which in King George are primarily electricity costs for lighting, heating and cooling.
Energy Education, Inc. provides such a program. Its proposal booklet estimates $4.2 million in division utility savings over the next 10 years. That baseline figure used is $1.4 million, taken from the 2009-10 original budget. But that figure was too high and subsequently cut last month.
Prior to the 2009-10 fiscal year’s end on June 30, the School Board’s utility line of $1,429,515 was cut by a $250,000 transfer, with School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee telling supervisors on June 1 the surplus was due to savings realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

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Regardless of the starting point, Energy Education, Inc. stresses that its comprehensive recommendations, when implemented, will save 20 percent to 30 percent off the division’s utility bills. The company says that allows the savings dollars to be redirected toward other programs that focus on kids.
Two retired school division superintendents, Carl O’Dell and Blaine Dugan, pitched the presentation at last week’s meeting on June 28, telling the School Board about their current jobs with Energy Education, Inc., an energy management company that specializes in implementing people-driven conservation programs.  
The company guarantees that the annual energy savings by the division will cover the cost of implementing its energy program, or it will refund the difference.
The firm incorporates use of software to measure, manage and save costs by tracking utility usage and costs.
The company requires the division to hire and maintain a new position for an energy-education-specialist, saying it could be part-time at a first-year annualized salary of $18,000, which it says includes $5,000 for night, weekend and holiday work.

Read more: School Board mulling $600K+ energy program

School Board gets $250K transfer

Textbook adoption not in 2010-2011 budget request
At last week’s meeting of the King George Board of Supervisors, one topic was a request by the School Board to transfer $250,000 from Operation & Maintenance to Instruction.
Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisor Joe Grzeika both pressed for answers about money matters, but most were deflected by two members of the School Board prior to Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. putting an end to the discussion by making a motion to approve the categorical transfer as requested by the School Board. The motion passed unanimously.
With Superintendent Candace Brown out of town, School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee and member Renee Parker had appeared at the podium to address questions by supervisors regarding the transfer request.
Pardee said the savings was realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

Read more: School Board gets $250K transfer

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