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Pre-school program approved

The King George School Board took some significant actions and got some news on the stadium this week at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. 

VIRGINIA PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE

The School Board voted to approve the establishment of two classes of pre-school under the Virginia Preschool Initiative beginning this fall. Supervisor of Special Education Ann Bueche and Coordinator of Mandated Services & Preschool Pari Paluszak presented the initiative, saying that no additional funding was needed for the program other than to approve and request an appropriation by the Board of Supervisors for $29,822 coming through available state funding. 

It will be a half-day program housed in the same wing of Old King George Elementary School as the Early Childhood Special Education program and will serve a total of 16 eligible four-year-olds, some with disabilities.  

The information in the meeting packet stated that the program requires matching funding of $18,178, which is already in the budget as an in-kind contribution, and requires no additional staffing, as staff is already allotted. 

The state has offered similar nominal funding for several years, but King George opted out in the past on the recommendation of the former superintendent, saying it would cost too much. This will be in addition to the existing Head Start program for eligible four-year-olds. It will provide the ability for the division to serve more at-risk children to get them ready for kindergarten. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

The School Board approved establishment of baseball and softball teams at King George Middle School on a request by principal Kevin Newman and middle school athletic director Kevin Linza. The division will fund the program a maximum of $9,268 to go towards costs for uniforms, game officials and equipment, with additional expenses envisioned to be picked up by a booster club. Coaches will not receive stipends during the first year, but will serve on a volunteer basis with approval by the School Board. 

STADIUM UPDATE

The School Board heard from project manager Dave Barlow from CHA Construction, who provided an update on the status of the construction of the new stadium at King George High School. Barlow noted that the contract calls for a substantial completion date of Aug. 16 and a final completion date of Sept. 16, saying that the general contractor is behind. 

He added, “The county has thrown everything on the table to try to get this done by the first home game on Aug. 31,” but admitted that it may not be ready to receive an occupancy permit, with use of Hunter Field as the fall-back, as had been expected.

There are several items that need finishing, including the stairs, installing a pre-fabricated press box on order, along with finishing up restrooms and team rooms. It’s more possible that the stadium might be available for the following home game on Sept. 21. 

 

Phyllis Cook

 

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