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Family Fun Day packs the house

Family Fun Day packs the house

More than 600 attend; event ‘a great success

More than 600 people participated Nov. 8 in the 2nd A...

Art and wine lovers unite at Caledon State Park

Art and wine lovers unite at Caledon State Park

The chilly weather and slight drizzle didn’t deter the droves of attendees at the Nov. 1 Caledon Art...

Commission to examine local fracking rules

The King George Planning Commission soon will begin its review and analysis of the county’s zoning o...

Sealston girl, 12, is doing her part  to make a difference in animals’ lives

Sealston girl, 12, is doing her part to make a difference in animals’ lives

This past Saturday, Oct. 25, was National Make a Difference Day, a day when volunteers from across t...

Project Faith wants $300K from county

Attorney says group will give land back for that amount
Project Faith Inc., wants $300,000, or “any r...

Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Call it the great debt debate.
No one disputes King George has about $91.3 million in capital debt; t...

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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

KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

School Board will ban community use of the stadium

 

 The King George School Board this week agreed to let Superintendent Candace Brown assign maintenance duties for Hunter Field to King George High School teacher Stan Mitchell and his landscaping class.

They also directed Brown to notify the King George Youth Athletic Association, a youth football organization, and any other community groups, that the stadium field will be off limits to uses other than the football teams from the high school and middle school this fall.

Brown proposed the plan for Mitchell to take over maintenance of Hunter Field at the May 24 meeting, saying he volunteered to take it on.

“Let me emphasize we by no means are going to be able to get it into prime condition, and it would not be a permanent solution,” Brown said.

School Board member Rick Randall agreed.

Read more: KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

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

 

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