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Nine state complaints filed for Bobby

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.
This week, Jenn, Bobby’s mom, filed the first wave of complaints with the VA Department of Education. It might be the only way we are going to get an effective individual education plan (IEP) for Bobby. We attended a third IEP meeting that lasted for 2 hours and accomplished very little. The complaints are a last ditch effort to get the division to comply with state and federal laws regarding Bobby’s right to a free and appropriate education.

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KGEA asks for 3% raises

The King George School Board kicked off its budget deliberations last week by hearing from the King George Education Association (KGEA).
Co-presidents Urzetta Lewis and Kathy Heil provided a list of compensation issues that were developed at a meeting of about 80 school employees.
The top three compensation issues were highlighted by the pair.
Those include 3 percent salary increases, a freeze on the employee portion of health insurance costs by having the division absorb any increases.
The top compensation issue is to provide a raise to school employees earning minimum wage.
Heil told The Journal that those would include some substitutes who work as bus aides or cafeteria workers.

PERSONAL LEAVE POLICY CHANGE REQUESTED    
The KGEA also asked for a change in a policy about use of “personal leave.”
“Personal leave” is somewhat unique to school divisions, particularly teachers.  
Like other division employees, teachers receive sick leave and other types of leave, including bereavement leave.
But teachers do not receive annual leave or vacation days because their salaries and benefits are based on a shorter work year than most other full-time jobs.
The teacher work year is a little more than 9 months, with teachers scheduled time off during parts of June and August and all of July.
They also get more than a week off at both Christmas and Easter.
So, in lieu of vacation or annual leave, teachers in King George receive up to four days per year of personal leave.
Personal leave is designed to allow eligible employees to attend to urgent personal business that cannot be transacted outside the regular school hours, or to attend to emergencies that require the presence of the employee and are not permissible under the sick leave plan.
The KGEA provided a proposed amendment to a School Board policy that would allow a percentage of those who get paid personal leave to take it directly preceding or following holiday or other break periods.
In addition to the KGEA presentation, six division employees spoke during public comment, with most urging higher salaries.
Those speaking included Yvonne Richard, saying she was co-president of another division employee group, Virginia Professional Educators, saying she was in the midst of surveying its members on employment issues.
Others speaking were high school teachers Raymond Mikula, Faith Calleson and Nicole Lowe, along with middle school guidance secretary Kelly Mitcheltree and middle school teacher Hope McCullough.

Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

Dobson’s name to go on wing of new law enforcement building

Sheriff Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson will be long remembered in King George for his 35 years of service as the head law enforcement officer in the county.
Dobson, who is retiring at the end of this month, earned his legacy and the Board of Supervisors ensured that it’s permanently remembered.
Chairman Dale Sisson announced that Dobson’s name will be on a wing with the lobby and office for the sheriff in the new King George County Sheriff’s Office. That building portion will be called, “The Clarence W. Dobson Law Enforcement Center.”

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Local, Local Christmas

Dina Kipreos (left) and Androulla Koufoudakis load up Sally Budnick with kourabiedes, koulourakia, tsoureki and other Greek breads and pastries, while Jane Rowland takes a peek at the goodies. Kipreos and Koufoudakis joined other local vendors, bakers and artisans Saturday, Dec. 11, for The Journal’s and King George Farmers’ Market’s Holly, Jolly, Local, Local Christmas shopping event.

Stadium design review

Cost now estimated at $3,890,000
The King George Board of Supervisors and School Board OK’d a stadium design at a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30. Concept drawings are posted at our website, journalpress.com.
That stadium will be constructed adjacent to King George High School and will hold 2,000 spectators — 1,500 home seats and 500 visitor seats.
The field size will accommodate competition football, soccer, field hockey and future lacrosse.
It will have a support building to contain team rooms, concessions and restrooms.  It will have a press box and two ticket booth entrances. 

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