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KGES: Only school to meet federal AYP achievement objectives

Remaining four county schools miss the mark for No Child Left Behind requirements

King George Elementary School is the only county school that met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the last school year.  
That’s according to national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings released last week for 2010-11 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicating the progress being made toward the goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.
For a school, a school division or the state to make AYP, it must meet or exceed 29 benchmarks for student achievement including participation in statewide testing.
Missing a single benchmark may result in a school, a school division or the state not making AYP. The main focus is for schools to meet benchmarks for proficiency in reading and math.  
The AYP announcement for 2010-12 was made last week on Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  At the same time, it posted information on each of the schools and divisions across the state.  To see the complete listing of AYP for each school in the state as a pdf, click here.
Additional information about each school can also be found at the VDOE website in the School Report Card section, https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/.

Read more: KGES: Only school to meet federal AYP achievement objectives

Potomac Elementary School renovation assessment presented

Four pricey options range between $7.4 & $9.6 million for renovations

An assessment report for Potomac Elementary School was presented at a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and School Board last Tuesday.
The price tags for the four options presented by the Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates study were higher than expected.
The presentation on Aug. 3 took about 40 minutes and left the Board of Supervisors and School Board members with little to say on the topic.
Earlier this year, County Administrator Travis Quesenberry indicated to Supervisors during a budget work session that the price tag to renovate Potomac could be upwards of $5 million. 

The assessment provided four options for renovations, some with an addition, with the cheapest at $7.4 million and the most expensive putting it at $9.6 million. 
The study indicated the current replacement value of the school at $12.92 million.

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School Board mulling $600K+ energy program

Claims it can save up to 30 percent on schools’ utility costs

The King George School Board is mulling a proposal from a company that says it can save the division 20 percent to 30 percent on its utility costs, proposing a net savings to the division of $4.2 million over the next 10 years.
The company, Energy Education, Inc., estimates that over the 10-year timeframe, the division would pay about $869,383 toward the company’s program costs, including $600,000 in fees to the company, $205,600 for a stipend/salary for a part-time position of an ‘energy education specialist,’ $31,000 for conference travel for that person hired, and about $32,783 for software costs.
A commitment to energy conservation would need to be made by the division leadership and its employees in order to reap savings on utility bills, which in King George are primarily electricity costs for lighting, heating and cooling.
Energy Education, Inc. provides such a program. Its proposal booklet estimates $4.2 million in division utility savings over the next 10 years. That baseline figure used is $1.4 million, taken from the 2009-10 original budget. But that figure was too high and subsequently cut last month.
Prior to the 2009-10 fiscal year’s end on June 30, the School Board’s utility line of $1,429,515 was cut by a $250,000 transfer, with School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee telling supervisors on June 1 the surplus was due to savings realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

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Regardless of the starting point, Energy Education, Inc. stresses that its comprehensive recommendations, when implemented, will save 20 percent to 30 percent off the division’s utility bills. The company says that allows the savings dollars to be redirected toward other programs that focus on kids.
Two retired school division superintendents, Carl O’Dell and Blaine Dugan, pitched the presentation at last week’s meeting on June 28, telling the School Board about their current jobs with Energy Education, Inc., an energy management company that specializes in implementing people-driven conservation programs.  
The company guarantees that the annual energy savings by the division will cover the cost of implementing its energy program, or it will refund the difference.
The firm incorporates use of software to measure, manage and save costs by tracking utility usage and costs.
The company requires the division to hire and maintain a new position for an energy-education-specialist, saying it could be part-time at a first-year annualized salary of $18,000, which it says includes $5,000 for night, weekend and holiday work.

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School Board gets $250K transfer

Textbook adoption not in 2010-2011 budget request
At last week’s meeting of the King George Board of Supervisors, one topic was a request by the School Board to transfer $250,000 from Operation & Maintenance to Instruction.
Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisor Joe Grzeika both pressed for answers about money matters, but most were deflected by two members of the School Board prior to Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. putting an end to the discussion by making a motion to approve the categorical transfer as requested by the School Board. The motion passed unanimously.
With Superintendent Candace Brown out of town, School Board Chairman Lynn Pardee and member Renee Parker had appeared at the podium to address questions by supervisors regarding the transfer request.
Pardee said the savings was realized from utilities due to more efficient systems at the new high school.

Read more: School Board gets $250K transfer

KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

School Board will ban community use of the stadium

 

 The King George School Board this week agreed to let Superintendent Candace Brown assign maintenance duties for Hunter Field to King George High School teacher Stan Mitchell and his landscaping class.

They also directed Brown to notify the King George Youth Athletic Association, a youth football organization, and any other community groups, that the stadium field will be off limits to uses other than the football teams from the high school and middle school this fall.

Brown proposed the plan for Mitchell to take over maintenance of Hunter Field at the May 24 meeting, saying he volunteered to take it on.

“Let me emphasize we by no means are going to be able to get it into prime condition, and it would not be a permanent solution,” Brown said.

School Board member Rick Randall agreed.

Read more: KGHS teacher takes on Hunter Field maintenance

Exceptions will not be granted for redistricted students

The King George School Board this week voted “not to adopt any new variance policy for 2010-11.”  The motion by Dennis Paulsen was approved on a split vote of 3-2.
Interestingly, when The Journal asked Superintendent Candace Brown for the existing School Board variance policy after the meeting, she said there is no policy that appears in writing, meaning it is a practice handed down by oral tradition.
For the action regarding the practice of granting variances, Chairman Lynn Pardee cast the deciding vote to not make changes to the way they are currently granted.  

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