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Supervisors to develop instructions regarding fracking regs

The Board of Supervisors is slated to discuss county zoning ordinances in regard to fracking.
Fracki...

CIP requests to be reviewed by King George Supervisors

The King George Board of Supervisors plans to review the Planning Commission’s rankings for this yea...

KG Board updates Tech Advisory committee

The King George Board of Supervisors added another member to a planned Technology Advisory committee...

Fracking resolution nixed

Board to request state fracking legislation  requiring environmental review prior to explorator...

Supervisors postpone remainder of School Board appropriations; call for August joint meeting

At a meeting the previous week on June 24, Supervisors had approved allocations of funding for the f...

Landfill vertical expansion explored

King George officials have been considering vertical expansion and gathering information about it si...

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Exceptions will not be granted for redistricted students

The King George School Board this week voted “not to adopt any new variance policy for 2010-11.”  The motion by Dennis Paulsen was approved on a split vote of 3-2.
Interestingly, when The Journal asked Superintendent Candace Brown for the existing School Board variance policy after the meeting, she said there is no policy that appears in writing, meaning it is a practice handed down by oral tradition.
For the action regarding the practice of granting variances, Chairman Lynn Pardee cast the deciding vote to not make changes to the way they are currently granted.  

Read more: Exceptions will not be granted for redistricted students

Roads affected by redistricting

The approved redistricting plan for next school year is expected to free up some space at SES and redistribute more students to PES. With KGES geographically located between those two schools, it will gain some students and shift others. 

> ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM KGES TO PES

Individual Roads: Students affected – 71

Abingdon Retreat Lane, Alto Lane, Auburn Woods Drive, Bartlett Lane, Beaver Creek Drive, Beechwood Drive, Blackburn Run, Blue Jay Meadows, Caledon Road - beginning at the intersection of Indiantown Rd, east to the intersection of Dahlgren Rd; Canary Lane, Chestnut Hill Loop, Choptank Drive, Colross Glen Drive, Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Eden Drive (Rt. 611) north, to the intersection of Caledon Road (Rt. 218); Freedom Lane, Fulmont Drive, Goose Lane, Great Eastern Way, Hewitt Place, His Way, Hunters Jump, Ivy Hill Loop, James Madison Parkway - beginning at the intersection of Eden Dr/Hanover Church Rd. (Rt. 611) north to the intersection of Washington Mill Rd (Rt. 616); Johnson Road, Lotus Pond Lane, Marmaduke Drive, Oakwood Drive, Partridge Lane, Pine Tree Lane, Poplar Neck Road, Preston Way, Retreat Road, Salisbury Retreat, Sharp Lane, Sleepy Hollow Lane, Spruce Drive, State Road, Striker Lane, Wildlife Lane, Will Loop.

Developments – Trailer Communities: Students affected – 81

STOUT TRAILER PARK - Acorn Lane, Berry Avenue.

CLEYDAEL SUBDIVISION - Aidan Way, Anderson Court, Benton Court, Calvert Court, Cleydael Blvd, Culpeper Court, Julia Place, Meadow Way, Ormond Way, Peppermill Road, Richards Ride, Vining Court.

CULPEPER COMMONS - Booth’s Spur, North Stuart Road - from the intersection of Lucas Lane, north, to Booth’s Spur.

PEPPERMILL ESTATES - Stuart Road, Ward Road, Potts Farm, Allen Avenue, Marion Drive, Potts Lane.

EDEN ESTATES - Allen Place, Bone Place, Cedar Lane, Clare Street, Dixie Drive, Hickory Lane, Jones Place, Lee Street, Miller Place, Poplar Street, Pratt Place, Shady Lane, Taylor Place.

CHESTNUT TRAILER PARK - Palona Circle, Chestnut Drive.

 

> ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM SES TO KGES

Individual Roads: Students affected – 10

Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Ernest Ellis Lane/Carriage Lane, north to the intersection of Indiantown Road (Rt. 610), Deer Lane (off Route 3), Kings Highway - south side of Kings Highway only, beginning at the eastern intersection of Stanley Road and continuing to the intersection of Dahlgren Road (Rt. 206) & north and south sides of Kings Highway, beginning at the intersections of Foxes Way/St. Anthony’s Road, continuing west to the  intersection of Dahlgren Road (Route 206).

Developments – Communities: Students affected – 70

ARNOLD’S CORNER COURT APARTMENTS

BROOKE HAVEN - Carriage Lane, Chaps Way.

PRESIDENTIAL LAKES (Main Section on south side of Kings Highway) - Adams Drive, Arthur Drive, Ashland Drive, Blair House Drive, Buchanan Drive, Capitol Circle, Cleveland Drive, Congress Circle, Constitution Circle, Eisenhower Drive, Filmore Drive, Franklin Circle, Garfield Drive, Grant Court, Hancock Drive, Harding Court, Harrison Drive, Hayes Court, Hoover Lane, Independence Circle, Jackson Drive, Jefferson Drive, Johnson Drive, Kenmore Drive, Liberty Drive, Lincoln Drive, Madison Drive, McKinley Drive, Monroe Drive, Monticello Drive, Mount Vernon Circle, Pierce Court, Polk Place, Roosevelt Drive, Senate Circle, Strafford Drive, Taft Court, Thurman Drive, Tyler Court, Van Buren Drive, Washington Drive, White House Circle, Wilson Circle.

WILLOW HILL - Manning Drive, McKenzie Lane.

— Phyllis Cook

 

Board approves new 2010-11 school calendar

The King George School Board this week approved a different school calendar for next year, 2010-11, which is markedly different from the original calendar they approved on March 22.
The main differences with the newly-approved school calendar are that a week off for spring break is before the Easter holiday, winter break is three days shorter, and school gets out in June a week earlier.
Director of Personnel Bill Wishard provided an oral report at Monday’s meeting on April 19.

Read more: Board approves new 2010-11 school calendar

Question time!

Supervisors and School Board both want budget answers

The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board both want answers to several budget questions they each submitted in advance of a joint meeting scheduled for this week.
The questions are listed below.
The joint meeting is on April 6 (following our press time), with questions distributed in advance, so each board might get a better understanding of the budgeting process on the other side.   
The suggestion to provide advance questions was made by Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. at a budget work session on March 23.
Board members also agreed they wanted the School Board to likewise provide its questions for supervisors in advance.
The biggest question from supervisors is also the issue from which many of the rest of the questions stem.
Supervisor Chairman Dale Sisson said he wanted the School Board to provide “actual” figures for expenditures in the same format as its itemized budget request.
Superintendent Candace Brown only provides the School Board with “budgeted” numbers.  Her budget request detail adopted by the School Board contains no “actual” figures for expenditures, but only “budgeted” numbers.
Budgeted numbers are obsolete at this point, since Brown turned back an unspent surplus of more than $1 million at the end of the last school year.  Also, the “budgeted” numbers for the current year were amended earlier this year to match significantly lower state revenue amounts.
In addition, Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper’s monthly financial reports indicate that Brown is currently executing a budget that is about $2 million less than originally budgeted, at a current $32.79 million for 2009-10.

 

Read more: Question time!

School Board approves 2010-11 school calendar

The King George School Board last week approved a school calendar for next year, 2010-11.
The action took place at a meeting on March 22.  
King George Education Association (KGEA) co-chairman Urzetta Lewis and division Coordinator of Testing & Instructional Support Jennifer Collins had developed and presented several calendar versions to the School Board in February with the assistance of a committee.
The calendar version that was most popular with staff members was presented in February from five that had been the subject of online and paper surveys distributed to school staff.
At the Feb. 22 meeting, the School Board agreed to a request from Mike Rose to have snow days built into the recommended calendar version.  
Last week, Lewis and Collins were back, this time with two versions.  Following discussion of the merits of the two calendar drafts, the School Board voted 3-1 for the approved calendar detailed below. Four members of the School Board were present at the meeting, with Lynn Pardee absent.  Rick Randall voted against the motion.

 

Read more: School Board approves 2010-11 school calendar

Getting parents’ reactions to redistricting proposal

A plan to redraw the attendance lines for King George’s three elementary schools is drawing criticism from an increasing group of parents.
If the School Board approves redistricting as planned by Superintendent Candace Brown, it will result in switching schools for about 225 elementary students beginning this September 2010.
Brown’s recommendation is to redraw boundary lines for attendance that would move an estimated 75 students from Sealston Elementary School (SES) to King George Elementary School (KGES). and would also switch an estimated 150 other students from KGES to Potomac Elementary School (PES).  
That attendance change would take place beginning this fall with the opening of the new school year.
The King George School Board held a public forum on March 8 and heard from only four parents, with three opposed to the plan to change attendance lines for students in the division’s three elementary schools next school year.  

Read more: Getting parents’ reactions to redistricting proposal

Board asks to delay stadium construction

Instead, wants cash for operating budget
The King George School Board has postponed a plan for construction of a new sports stadium at the site of the new King George High School.
The decision to ask the county to postpone the building of a stadium was made by the School Board earlier this month at a meeting on March 8.
The School Board decided that the stadium could be put off for now, with the rationale of instead trying to see if they might get the project money for next year’s operating budget.
Superintendent Candace Brown conveyed the School Board’s request to postpone construction on the following day to the Planning Commission.
The School Board also agreed to postpone a request for a proposed addition to the former middle school building.

Read more: Board asks to delay stadium construction

School Board to update its financial policies

King George school division Superintendent Candace Brown last week informed the School Board that she would be providing recommendations to update 25 financial policies at an upcoming meeting.
Updating those polices is overdue, since the School Board’s accounting and procurement functions were consolidated under the county nearly six years ago, on July 1, 2004.
Virginia code §22.1-253.13:7, Standard 7 of the Standards of Quality, specifically addresses the requirements for school board policies, saying, “Each local school board shall maintain and follow up-to-date policies. All school board policies shall be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed.”
Eight of the 25 policies have revision dates on them after the July 2004 date, but most of the policies were last revised in April 2004, prior to the consolidation of financial and procurement functions.
Brown brought up the topic as an item in her “Superintendent’s Report” which she distributed at the meeting on March 8, along with a sheaf of 25 School Board policies.
“On several occasions we have talked about the need to revise these policies since we now have centralized accounting and, in many cases, fall under county policies and procedures,” Brown said.
“We are not following some of these policies. I would like to put them on the next agenda so we have policies and procedures that you want to follow and ones that coordinate with what we are actually doing.”
Only the current policies were provided with no recommendations for amending them to bring them in line with existing practice.

Read more: School Board to update its financial policies

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