- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 05:00
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Division shutdown over winter break gives three extra days of paid leave
The King George School Board unanimously agreed to an impromptu request by Superintendent Candace Brown to close down the entire school division over the winter holiday break.
The action took place at last week’s meeting on Dec. 9.
Brown requested at Wednesday’s meeting to add a “holiday break” action item to the agenda.
The School Board was asked to take action to close down the entire school division at the end of the business day on Dec. 23 and stay closed until the morning of Jan. 4, when school reopens according to the adopted calendar.
Brown provided no handouts or written rationale, but noted the proposed action would save some costs for electricity and heat.
The action by the School Board also results in providing three additional days of paid leave for all 12-month employees who would otherwise be required to go to work.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2013 20:47
- Published on Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:22
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Payne Kilbourn is set to give his final presentation as an elected member of the King George School Board at tonight’s meeting. Kilbourn has earned a reputation for provocative presentations. (to see Payne Kilbourn's PowerPoint presentation, please follow this link)
For example, on June 11, 2008, he outlined his plan to “overcome the local press,” blaming newspaper reports for the School Board’s failure to get as large a budget as it wanted.
At that time, Kilbourn provided comments on the budget session that had recently ended culminating in the adoption of the county and School Board budgets for fiscal year 2008-2009.
He spoke of his disappointment, saying, “This is my second budget cycle as a member of the board. Despite in-depth review of the school’s needs and a well-crafted budget presentation and supporting documents, particularly this last cycle, this board has been unsuccessful in convincing the community and the Board of Supervisors that more funding is required.”
Yet, in that fiscal year where he complained the division did not get enough money for the year that ended this past June 30, 2009, more than $1 million was left unspent by the division administration.
At last month’s meeting, Kilbourn had requested a spot on the Dec. 9 agenda noting his slide presentation was already e-mailed and on the way to the other members of the School Board, saying, “It identifies a number of metrics we can use to identify school performance.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 18:37
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The parents of a King George Middle School student are questioning the legal validity of a written response from the School Board to their two third-party complaints filed on Sept. 23.
They think more is required of the School Board under state law.
The two-sentence written response from School Board Chairman Sherrie Allwine on Nov. 17 said, “I am writing in response to the Third Party Complaints that you submitted on Sept. 27, 2009 against Dr. Candace Brown and Ms. Seidah Ashshaheed. Please know that the School Board completed an investigation of the Third Party Complaints and has determined there is no basis for further action.”
Due to privacy issues, we are not publishing the names of the parents, student, or teacher involved in the alleged incident.
But the School Board publicly revealed at meetings on Oct. 1 and Oct.14 that Ashshaheed was the subject of one of the pair of third-party complaints by its wording of motions for closed session discussions at those meetings.
That would also indicate it’s a middle school teacher who is alleged to have assaulted a seventh- or eighth-grader last spring.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 05:00
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The King George Board of Supervisors agreed again last week, as it had at a meeting on Nov. 5, to put off whether to grant a request by the School Board for some of the surplus money Superintendent Candace Brown was not able to spend last school year.
The decision was postponed because Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance, told supervisors she received some additional memos from Brown after her written recommendation went to the board in its meeting packet.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:14
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Meeting proposed to discuss shift of all Potomac Elementary students next year
The King George School Board is still unsure about what to do with the former middle school building which was closed by the division in June.
School Board members indicated last week at a meeting on Sept. 23 they are leaning toward the idea of shifting all Potomac students to the old middle school next year in September 2010.
Superintendent Candace Brown first floated that scheme to move Potomac students and staff next year to the middle school building at a meeting on Sept. 9.
That use of the former middle school building would be for the short term because the School Board desires Potomac to be renovated during 2010-2011 and wants it empty during that construction.
Then the division would move Potomac students back to the renovated school, along with going through a formal redistricting process that would end up changing the elementary school attendance areas to get more kids at Potomac and a better distribution of student numbers at the other elementary schools.
According to the current scheme, that redistricting of students among the elementary schools could likely not take effect until at least 2012-2013 and might also include conversion of the former middle school building into a permanent elementary school.
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- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 05:00
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Dennis Paulsen was the only School Board member to publicly comment on Brown’s decision to not permit county students to watch a live broadcast of President Barack Obama’s speech to students on the first day of school.
Brown had told The Journal she had received three comments on the division’s Web site, “Ask the Superintendent,” and about 12-15 calls at the School Board office asking in advance of the nationwide broadcast on Sept. 8 that students not see the speech.
After the speech had been published and broadcast, Brown told us the speech was taped, saying principals would make it available to teachers to show, but after they had sent home opt out forms.
During his board comments at the meeting on Sept. 9, Paulsen said, “I’m a little disappointed yesterday that our kids didn’t get to hear and listen to our president’s encouraging words and inspiring motivation.”
He added: “I read the speech prior to the event and found absolutely nothing wrong with it. So, besides parents and teachers and administrators, who else would you to inspire and motivate your children other than our president? Hopefully, we can work out something so the kids can hear those inspiring words that he had to share with everyone.”
— Phyllis Cook