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Thinking of running for local office in Nov. 09?

LoBuglio may challenge Howard for Supervisor seat

   As winter winds down, hints of spring spur plans for the coming year, and some in King George might consider adding a possible run for local election to their calendars.
   If you’re interested in seeking a position in public service, it’s time to start gathering 125 signatures on the required petitions now.
   There are four elected positions up for grabs in King George later this year, including two on the Board of Supervisors and two on the School Board. 
   Running for local office is not as difficult as many think.  Sure, there are a few complicated forms to fill out, but it’s not such a tough hurdle for those who wish to give back to the community with a job in public service. 
   So far, John LoBuglio is the only non-incumbent seeking signatures for his petition to consider a run for the James Monroe seat on the Board of Supervisors. 
   That seat is currently held by Jim Howard, who was first elected to the seat in 1999 and is seeking a 4th consecutive term as representative from the James Monroe election district.
Howard has a long history of public service and served on the School Board in the 1980s, after a previous term on the Board of Supervisors.
   LoBuglio gathered signatures and introduced himself to voters during the recent Home & Craft Show. 
   LoBuglio told The Journal, “Many friends and neighbors have contacted me to ask that I seriously consider running and that I would serve our community well in this capacity if the voters so elect it.”
   LoBuglio is a bachelor and has worked as a federal government employee in the Department of Defense and Navy for over 31 years.  He is a senior business financial manager on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program. 
   LoBuglio earned an associate’s degree in 1973 in business administration from Erie Community College in Williamsville, NY and a bachelor’s in business administration in 1975 from the State University College of NY at Fredonia, NY.
   He has been active and involved in activities in the King George community since 1989, prior to purchasing property in 1996 moving here from Northern Virginia in early 1999.
LoBuglio is a member of St. Anthony Mission Parish, a charter member of the Friends of Caledon Natural Area State Park, and the King George Animal Rescue League, Northern Virginia Gun Club and King George Republican Committee. 
   “I love the rural atmosphere that exists here and want to protect that character and guide future growth.  I’ve lived through the growth and sprawl in Northern Virginia and how it can easily become out of control by so many various factors that completely change the community character over the course of just a few years,” LoBuglio said. 
   “Having lived there, I have a deeper appreciation of why I love this community and the need to protect what this community has to offer its citizens and generations to come.  I am a conservative and try to always keep a perspective of what immediate decisions have on long range planning for future implications.  I believe in fiscal responsibility and protecting future generations from unnecessary tax burdens and constraints.”
   o    SUPERVISOR SEATS UP FOR ELECTION    In addition to the term coming up for election on the Board of Supervisors in James Monroe, the Shiloh position held by Cedell Brooks, Jr., is also up for grabs. 
   Both incumbents have said they are planning on seeking reelection. 
The terms are for four years.  Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time.  Members of the King George Board of Supervisors are paid $5,000 per year.
   o    SCHOOL BOARD SEATS UP FOR ELECTION    For the School Board, the terms coming up mirror those in the same districts as the Supervisors. 
The James Monroe School Board seat is held by Payne Kilbourn.  The Shiloh School Board position is currently held by Sherrie Allwine. 
   Neither incumbent has publicly announced their desire to run for reelection at this time.  Nor has any resident announced an intention to run for either position.
   The terms are for four years.  Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time.  Members of the King George School Board get $3,600 per year, with an additional $500 going to the chairperson. 
   o     REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FOR OFFICE   If you are interested in running for local elected office, you may do so as long as you meet certain basic requirements. 
You must be a registered voter.  You must also be a resident of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election; a resident of the election district to be represented by the time of filing; a United States citizen; and at least 18 years old, though any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance. 
The necessary forms can be downloaded free from the state Board of Elections website, or purchased from the state Board of Elections for $10.00. 
The Registrar’s office can provide an info sheet for those interested in finding out more about running for office, which lists the state web address.  Her office will also supply copies of blank petitions for potential candidates. 
   o    BECOMING A CANDIDATE    Those seeking election for any of the local elected positions must file 125 signatures on candidate petition forms with the county registrar by 7:00 p.m. on June 9.
   Petitions can be circulated either by the candidate or another person who is registered, or eligible to be registered, to vote in the district in which the candidate is seeking election.
When each petition sheet is completed, the person circulating the petition must affirm before a notary or other person authorized to administer oaths, that she/he personally witnessed the signatures.
   Falsely taking the affidavit is a felony under Virginia law.  This means that petitions can never be left unattended, for example on a counter at a store, restaurant, business, etc.
[Those who decide to seek candidacy are encouraged to contact The Journal, so we can include the information in an upcoming article.  Please contact Phyllis Cook, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

By Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

School Board presents request for $33,667,370 for 2009-10 budget

Two more spending lists also ask for an additional $1M+ 

The King George School Board last week presented its 2009-10 budget request to the Board of Supervisors, asking for $39,722,566, which includes a proposal for $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.
The total budget request of $39.7M includes $4.7M for debt service and $1.3M for the Cafeteria Fund.  
The School Board’s budget request was presented to the Board of Supervisors last week on March 3.  Superintendent Candace Brown and Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided an overview of the request.
Brown said the School Board’s budget priorities were threefold, as noted in the slide presentation, to maintain current staff, provide a safe environment and meet the academic needs of all students.  
That would presumably be accomplished with the requested $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.  
But, not so.  Several additional spending lists were presented to the Board of Supervisors as noted below.
Brown also said the division exceeds requirements for the Standards of Quality (SOQs) in several areas.
Those include no requirement for any assistant principal at Potomac Elementary, since the SOQs call for one half-time assistant principal at an elementary school once the student population reaches 600 students.  Potomac Elementary only has 486 students.
Brown noted that the number of assistant principals at the high school also exceeds the SOQS.  High schools must have one assistant principal for each 600 students.  King George High School has 3 assistant principals with an enrollment of 1,247, which is just over the line for needing 2 assistants.
Secondary guidance was also noted as exceeding SOQ requirements.  That’s likely why Brown had proposed cutting guidance hours.  The School Board has put it on a list to add it back into the budget, if additional funding can be secured from the county.  
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL NEEDS LISTS    School Board Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided numerous additional spending lists, requesting funding an additional $1,071,637 for items called “Critical Needs.”  The lists are enumerated below.
$376,379 FOR CRITICAL NEEDS     Allwine provided four additional spending lists for “Critical Needs for Safety & Remediation,”  “Critical Instructional Requirements,” “Other Priority” for more guidance hours and for “Head Start.”
The four lists total $376,379.
The Safety & Remediation list is further broken down. 
SAFETY NEEDS    The items on the spending list for safety comes to $124,680 and includes the following:
$25,000 for a part-time physical education teacher at the high school
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional (aide) at Sealston Elementary
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional at King George Elementary
$5,400 for an after-school hall monitor at the high school, $4,018 for 10 walkie-talkies at King George Elementary
$21,847 to add a custodian at the high school
$21,847 to add a custodian at the middle school (at the old high school)
$14,568 to add a bus paraprofessional
REMEDIATION NEEDS    The items on the spending list for remediation comes to $102,552 and includes the following:
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the high school
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the middle school
$57,552 for an activity bus run
$9,000 for supplements for speech teachers
OTHER PRIORITY NEEDS    Allwine also noted another School Board priority was to provide for additional hours for guidance counselors:
$13,393 is the cost for additional hours for guidance.
HEAD START PROGRAM   At all School Board budget meetings, keeping the Head Start program was noted at a cost of $96,668.
For the benefit of the Supervisors, the additional transportation cost for transportation was also provided to bring the total cost to $135,754: 
$96,668 to be paid to the Regional Head Start program
$39,086 for transportation costs
It’s not clear why the Head Start program has been deleted from the proposed School Board budget.  At budget meeting after budget meeting, the School Board has unanimously agreed that Head Start will be put back into the budget, even if they have to delete something else, if they don’t get any additional funding over their current request.
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS    Allwine presented another spending list adding up to $727,258, calling this one critical instructional requirements. 
The spending list is enumerated below.
$25,000 for a part-time career/technical education (CTE) teacher at the high school
$75,000 for 1.5 full-time equivalent elective teachers at the middle school
$16,000 for a paraprofessional (aide) for K-1st grade at Potomac Elementary
$2,700 for purchase of a kiln at Potomac Elementary
$50,000 for an additional 1st grade teacher at Sealston Elementary
$150,000 for 3 computer lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 science lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 reading resource teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$108,558 for technology hardware
REQUEST FOR LOCAL FUNDING    The School Board is requesting $13,445,008 in county funding from the Board of Supervisors, compared to $10,696,752, as required by the state for local funding from King George.
That comes to a request for $2,748,256 more than the required local effort. 
County Director of Finance/Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper has noted that each penny on the real estate tax equates to $261,970.
The School Board’s request for more local funding than the state requires would equate to a 10.5-cent increase on the real estate tax rate.

By Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

Some students are just perfect!

King George High School students earn perfect scores on SOLs
King George Superintendent Dr. Candace Brown last week released the names of King George High School students achieving perfect scores on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests taken during the first semester.  
SOLs are given at the high school twice each year, since the school is on a 4-block system which provides students the ability to earn full-year course credits during each semester.  The rest of the county’s schools take SOLs in the spring.  

Fall 2008 Perfect SOL Scores for End of Course Tests:
• English – Writing:  Christopher Braccini, Margaret Gruen, Phillip Hinkes, Devon Jeffery, Sarah Lundberg, Diana Mendez, Caroline Merryman, Richard Portner, Hollis Pultz, Sloane Salkey, Stephanie Such, Michael Torres.
• English – Reading:  Christopher Braccini, Margaret Gruen, Sarah Lundberg, Daniel Pearson, Hollis Pultz.
• Algebra II:  Kathleen Gilmer, Beth Loudin, Brett Wilson.
• Geometry:  Hunter Josemans, Adam Shelkey.
• VA & US History:  Christopher Braccini, Darren Breton, Jamie Clift, Joshua Cordes, Joseph Embrey, Benjamin Hankins, Crystal Kimbro, Sarah Lundberg, Dylan Manard, Austin Miller, Tyler Nobles, Daniel Pearson, Hollis Pultz.
• World History II:  Alexander Askin, Alexandra Bentz, Christiana Bentz, Tyler Collins, Taylor Coxon, Joseph Durling, Joshua Johnson, Taylor McDermott, Stephanie Merryman.
• Earth Science:  Tasha Barker, Michael Bewick, Katherine Canaday, Sean Collins, Tyler Collins, Tyler Furjes, Christen Green, Margaret James, Travis Kline, Matthew Payne.
• World Geography:  Sean Collins, Brett Wilson.

 

By Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter


 

Devastating house fire

Per David Moody, the Fire Chief:
911 was called shortly after 7:00 PM Monday evening reporting that the car was on fire in the garage.  Fire crews arrived on scene to find the home almost completely engulfed in fire.  Fire crews battled the fire from the outside vs. trying to go inside due to the roof collapse.  

No human casualties, however one dog was lost in the fire but a cat was saved.  One person was treated for smoke inhalation but did not require transport by EMS.  

Some of the challenges that we had that evening were the location, water supply and the wind helping to feed the fire.  

Fire crews responded from King George in addition to crews from Stafford County, Charles County (Fire Boat to supply water from the Potomac River).  We also had a crew from Westmoreland County to back-fill Company 1 and a crew from Charles County back-fill Company 2 in case we received any additional calls.  As far the number of firefighters on-scene, we had a total of approximately 50 firefighters from King George and mutual-aid units that were on-scene.  The fire did in fact start from the garage area of the home, but the cause is still under investigation.

The guiding light

Her hands are the inspiration of beauty and the guiding light of King George County.

   Ida Bertha Hodge’s life-long dream of providing hair care in the form of cosmetology for the residents of her beloved community has lasted for nearly 50 years. In 1962, during the days when the state of Virginia required beauty salons to have licensed operators, Ida Bertha Styling Salon was established in the heart of King George—adjacent to her home.
   Her presence was unique in several respects. Not only was she an accomplished beautician, but also, she became the first licensed African American beautician in King George County—and remained the only one for many years.
   Her salon offers relaxers, permanents, coloring, cutting, sets, treatment for damaged hair, and the “back in the day” hard press and curl. Although clients have come and gone, after 52 years of making the ladies beautiful and on occasion, making the male clients handsome, her business continues to thrive.
   Before embarking on her career in hair care, Hodge realized that she needed a firm foundation built on education. She graduated from Edgehill Training School, before graduating from Apex Beauty College in Richmond, Virginia.
   She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cosmetology in 1973 at the National Convention in Denver, Colorado. In order to keep abreast of the latest trends, she attends clinics and workshops related to her vocation. Throughout the years, Hodge has won numerous State and National awards and certificates.
   An ardent believer in sharing her craft with aspiring beauticians, she has also been an instructor for hair coloring classes.  Her vibrant and classy personality transcends into her unique style of fashion. To date, she is known throughout the Virginia Beauticians Association [VSBA] as a fashionable model, and as the lady who can model those hats.
   Hodge has also given back to the community in the form of volunteerism. She is a 50-year member of the Guiding Star Chapter, #216, Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated, King George Chapter of the NAACP, King George County Officer of Elections, King George Democratic Party, Lifetime Member of the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association, Fredericksburg Local Beauticians Association [50 years], Board of Directors for VSBA, National Beauty Culturist League Association, Little Ark Baptist Church [Usher Board, Kitchen Committee, Trustee Board, Choir], and volunteer for nursing homes.
   Her late husband, Lawrence Hodge, Sr. was also an entrepreneur in King George County as the owner of Hodges Welding Service for 45 years and a retiree from NSWC, Dahlgren Laboratory after 36 years of dedicated service.
Hodge is the proud mother of Lawrence Hodge Jr., who served in the United States Air Force and retired from the United States Postal Service. Her daughter Gail is a graduate of Hampton Institute [University] and a Program Analyst, currently supporting the United States Navy as a defense contractor.
   She has seven living siblings: Mageline, Adelle, Alice, Rosie, Benjamin, Eugene and Mary Ann.  Her three deceased siblings are James, Tommy and Sadie.
   Through segregation, to integration, Hodge has been steadfast in her convictions to strangers, friends and family that anything is possible if you strive to achieve and keep the faith in God. And achieve she has; her chosen profession and a life long of lasting friendships. Most recently, she was honored by the NAACP annual banquet that was held at the King George Citizens Center.
   She has always lived by the biblical passage, Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

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