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Bobby’s struggle for special ed services

This story is being written to document the educational regression of a 14-year-old student at King George County High School. It will be written as a series of articles. I am writing it in the hopes the people of this county will stand up and demand answers. Our Special Education system is broken. As evidenced by our recent AYP failures, the Special Ed Department is failing our children. These failures will continue until we care enough to demand changes. The story you are about to read is about one child; I have no way of knowing how many other children are affected. I am going to try and save that one child. The people of King George will need to stand up together to save the rest.

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School Board gets explanation for $686,427 surplus

The King George School Board was provided explanations last week for why it ended up with a surplus of $686,427 to turn back to the county for fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30.
Wilma Ward’s report was added to the meeting by Superintendent Candace Brown as a change to the agenda of the Oct. 25 meeting.
“We were asked to explain the money that was remaining at the end of the year, and I’m going to try to break that down for you,” Ward told the School Board.
Ward works at the School Board office, having replaced financial secretary Annette Thompson after she resigned about a year ago. Thompson coincidentally resigned not long after it was reported that the division had ended the previous fiscal year 2008-09 with $1.19 million.

Read more: School Board gets explanation for $686,427 surplus

School Board at odds over closed meeting protocol

Agenda item sparks discord over late arrival to student discipline hearings
The King George School Board cannot agree on whether members should be allowed to enter the meeting room where there is an ongoing closed meeting if they arrive late.
A curious discussion item, “Board Members Arriving Late to Closed Meetings” appeared on last week’s regular meeting agenda, which sparked discord among School Board members.
The agenda item had been requested by School Board member Rick Randall.  
Randall said he asked for it to be on the agenda, so it could be discussed and decided openly.

Read more: School Board at odds over closed meeting protocol

AYP results explained to King George School Board

The King George School Board received details explaining the latest federal accountability data for annual yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.  
School administrators provided reports at a meeting on Sept. 13.
The meeting and slide presentation are posted on our website.
60 percent of Virginia schools made AYP.  That translates to 1,104 out of 1,836 schools achieving AYP.
But four out of the five King George schools missed it.

Read more: AYP results explained to King George School Board

Renovation options for PES narrowed

School Board estimates costs at $9.6 million plus design & engineering

The King George School Board this week took a look at the four options presented last month for renovations proposed for Potomac Elementary School (PES).
The firm of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates had presented an extensive study on Aug. 3 at a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors.
At this week’s meeting on Sept. 13 the discussion resulted in narrowing the four options to two. Those options are listed in the study as Option 2 and Option 3, both estimated at $9,646,672 for construction costs.
School Board members asked Superintendent Candace Brown to put that cost into their upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP) request to the county.

Read more: Renovation options for PES narrowed

Hunter Field bleacher foundation evaluated

 

Hunter Field Pilings
(from evaluation report)

Engineer says OK for now, remediation for erosion is needed

Division Superintendent Candace Brown was last week provided a structural evaluation from engineers saying, based on an observation earlier in August, the foundations of the metal bleachers “should adequately support the metal bleachers when in use.”

The professional opinion from Draper Aden Associates next states a disclaimer, saying, “Our opinion is based exclusively on the conditions observed during our site visit, and we cannot guarantee future stability based on the unpredictable nature of erosion progression.”

The Aug. 24 Draper Aden report came through County Administrator Travis Quesenberry, who had requested the evaluation from county-contracted engineers. See the evaluation report here.

The engineering evaluation was based on its site visit to Hunter Field on Aug. 11.

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