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Benson, new school superintendent, in town

King George’s new division school superintendent Rob Benson is in town this week and was introduced at Monday’s School Board meeting by Chairman Mike Rose and provided a welcome token gift of a pictorial book of the history of King George County. Benson will likewise also be introduced by Rose to the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting this week (following our press time).

If you’ve missed those two opportunities, you can catch him again this week on Thursday, June 29, at a town hall meeting, 7-9 p.m. at King George Middle School (former high school building) auditorium, located at the corner of Dahlgren Road and Kings Hwy (Routes 206 & 3).  

School Board member Ken Novell will introduce Benson at the town hall meeting jointly hosted and conducted with Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo. 

Benson is in town for a few days to meet and greet various school officials and gain more impressions of the school division that he will officially head effective July 1. 

Benson said while he was here this week he wanted to get some ideas for at least a temporary home for his family, with his spouse, Shelley, to take over that job when she gets here, along with their son, Samuel, in the next couple of weeks. 

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School Board hires Robert Benson as Superintendent

 

The King George School Board this week voted to hire Robert Benson as the new division superintendent beginning on July 1 for an initial term of four years. 

SALARY & BENEFITS

Benson’s starting salary is $134,400 for the first year along with additional benefits noted in his nine-page contract, including $5,000 per year to an annuity or deferred compensation plan. In addition, there is a complicated formula to convert unused vacation and sick leave towards Benson’s annuity at the end of each contract year. 

Read more: School Board hires Robert Benson as Superintendent

School budget still projecting deficits

School budget still projecting deficits

The King George Board of Supervisors last week reviewed monthly financial reports for the School board for the current year with actual figures plugged in through the end of January and projected expenditures used for the remainder of the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

The finance report on Feb. 21 was provided by Donita Harper, King George’s deputy county administrator and director of finance.

Read more: School budget still projecting deficits

County to refinance debt to save money

Refinancing school debt will save $3,000,000 on debt service

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed in concept last week to go forward with refinancing two chunks of school debt, adding up to nearly $33 million, to save nearly $3 million on debt service. That is expected to happen by getting a loan with a lower interest rate while keeping the existing payback date of 2036.

Supervisors will likely be provided a resolution next month for their approval when Davenport & Company LLC comes back with additional details.

As part of its service as financial consultants to the county, Davenport routinely

Read more: County to refinance debt to save money

Search for new school superintendent begins

The King George School Board held a special meeting last week on Feb. 16 to discuss its upcoming superintendent search. Four members were present to meet with a representative from the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), with Rick Randall missing the meeting.

Following the two-hour meeting to learn about the process of hiring a new superintendent, the group provided a press release to mark the event which also

Read more: Search for new school superintendent begins

Two percent raises approved for KG school employees

The King George School Board unanimously voted this week on Monday, Feb. 13, to implement 2 percent raises for all contracted employees retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year.

The last time division employees received a pay hike was nearly four years ago, in July 2008. Raises have been on hold since that time due to the beginnings of the sliding economy, which remains sluggish overall, but is particularly affecting states and localities going forward into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That’s because state and local tax revenues are decreasing and two-year federal stimulus dollars

Read more: Two percent raises approved for KG school employees

 

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