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School Board balks at proposed lease to library

During its expansion library plans to use closed middle school

The King George School Board postponed approval of a proposed lease of the former middle school building to the Smoot Library Board until changes are made to the document to limit its liability for providing safe drinking water and tighten other clauses to improve the School Board’s position regarding potential costs.

The draft lease as reviewed at the June 13 meeting proposed the library pay the School Board the nominal fee of $10 per month in addition to $500 per month for all utilities, regardless of actual usage or billings. The term of the lease was proposed at one year, and then month-to-month until two months following the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the main library, following expansion completion, unless otherwise terminated or extended.


FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
The School Board ceremoniously closed the former middle school building to students two years ago, in June 2009, when it realized its schools were no longer overcrowded, but instead had excess capacity following the opening of a new 1,700-pupil high school earlier in 2009, at a cost in excess of $42 million.

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School Board requests amendment to correct categorical amounts

The King George School Board adopted a categorical budget for 2011-12 at its last meeting that took place on May 23. The 2011-12 fiscal year begins on July 1. The School Board’s operating budget was set at $32,948,145 by the Board of Supervisors and adopted by categories as provided in state law.

The categorical amounts set by the School Board differ from the ones approved by the Board of Supervisors in the end of April. Supervisors are provided the authority in state law to adopt the School Board’s budget either by lump sum or by categories.

In early April, the county had requested from Superintendent Candace Brown a categorical breakdown. Because Brown did not provide it, t

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School Board explores new KGHS electives

The King George School Board last week asked Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts to try to get a new elective lined up to offer to students at King George High School this fall. Roberts has been working for months on getting a Criminal Justice elective offered beginning this September.

The topic was discussed at last week’s meeting on May 9, when Roberts gave an update on that and three other potential electives he has been working on, some of which have been discussed at School Board meetings for the

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School Board details $412K in ‘unanticipated revenue’

Asks for unspent funds to ‘rollover’ to 2011-12

The King George School Board approved three motions last week having to do with money. The School Board voted to ask the county for $412,125 in “unanticipated revenue” and also for the rest of any unspent surplus to be appropriated into the next fiscal year.

That was the substance of two of the three motions written out and provided by Superintendent Candace Brown that were approved by the School Board at a meeting on May 2.

The third approved motion will provide $500 bonuses for “all employees,” to be paid in the end of June at an estimated cost of

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SB claims $249K budget ‘glitch’

There is a budget dispute between King George School Superintendent Candace Brown and King George County Administrator Travis Quesenberry that has escalated to the level of the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, though it appears that school officials had tried to keep the dispute behind the scenes.

It’s about $249,000 that the School Board and Brown claim should not have been deducted from its budget proposal to reflect a decrease in health insurance costs for the School Board.

The dispute came to light at last Friday’s county meeting where supervisors unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget, with comments about it by

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Discontent with School Board members sparks talk of recall

Editor’s note: Readers have posted comments on The Journal’s website about ways to change the composition of the King George School Board. Some have suggested organizing a recall effort for the school board members. One commenter suggested running on a party ticket to prevent federal employees from running. Another has suggested returning to an appointed School Board. Because of the discussion about whether and how to recall members and

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