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Stanley Jones named interim superintendent

Stanley Jones, who served as Caroline County school superintendent from 2002 to 2008, has been hired as interim superintendent for King George County.
He will begin work in January at $500 per day.

Jones will replace Superintendent Candace Brown who is leaving at the end of the year. Under state law, all superintendent contracts must end on June 30 of any year.

The King George School Board met last week to interview three candidates for interim superintendent. After meeting in closed session the school board took action to name Jones to

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Open letter to Candace Brown, King George School Superintendent

Editor’s note: This letter was emailed to The Journal along with a long list of local and state officials.   

I am a federal employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren with over 14 years of National Service. I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information Technology and am currently working on my PhD at George Mason University. I have served this nation as a Nuclear Reactor Operator on fast attack submarines and as an officer of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, United States Department of State. My wife she is fully fluent in Turkish, Arabic and English and also served in the diplomatic arena.  What I am going to state in this email is fact, not conjecture. My conclusions are based on quantitative evidence and backed by subject matter experts’ assessments.
At the end of last school year, I had to write an email to Dr. Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education seeking help and guidance for my six-year old daughter who attends Potomac Elementary School in King George County. As a result of that email, I was put in touch with Mr. Hank Millward. Mr. Millward was extremely helpful in explaining our (my wife, myself and most importantly, my daughter’s) rights and how the system works. After reviewing my complaints, Mr. Millward stated that he had serious concern that there were procedural violations. He explained that we could pursue state complaints, mediation and due process hearings as forms of relief. Rather than escalating matters further (and with encouragement from Mr. Millward), I decided to try to work through Patrick Nealon to get my daughter’s education back on track. I always prefer to resolve conflict at the lowest level possible. Nealon and I met and discussed the issues that I had. The result of that meeting was not conclusive, but it was a step in the right direction. I felt encouraged that we could come to an agreement without further intervention from higher authority.

 

Read more: Open letter to Candace Brown, King George School Superintendent

School Board asks for $48,000 more for Old KGES roof repair

Superintendent Candace Brown appeared at last week’s Sept. 20 meeting of the King George Board of Supervisors on behalf of the School Board to ask for an additional appropriation of $48,181 to add to the $342,297 already appropriated to get the roof fixed at old King George Elementary School.

Bids were opened Aug. 11 for repair and replacement of various portions of the roof sections of the building, with all bids coming in higher than the budgeted amount. Gilday

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Teachers enthusiastic about land bequest

The King George School Board last week was informed that King George High School teachers are enthusiastic about a land bequest that is in the offering for the division.
Superintendent Candace Brown told the School Board at its meeting on Sept. 12 that science teachers and others had come up with several ideas for use of the 8.81-acre property that M. Elois Rogers bequeathed to the division. The wooded acreage is located

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Land bequeathed to King George division

The King George School Board was informed that the division was recently bequeathed some land within the county.

Superintendent Candace Brown provided scant information to the three School Board members who were in attendance at a meeting on Aug. 22, with Mike Rose and Lynn Pardee absent.  

Brown distributed an Aug. 3 letter from a law firm in Media, PA, which included a formal notice of the estate administration in regard to the school system being named a beneficiary in the will of M. Elois Rogers, who died on June 26, 2011.

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Four KG schools fail AYP

Of five division schools, only KGHS passes

King George High School is the only county school that has met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the last school year. The four other county schools missed the mark by failing to meet federal accountability standards.

That’s according to national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings released last week for 2011-12 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Ratings for the

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