- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 15:37
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:23
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:21
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 16:16
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 16:07
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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.