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BOS nixes meeting with School Board

Says School Board needs to first make decisions on use of school buildings
The King George Board of Supervisors last week nixed a request for an additional joint meeting with the School Board prior to the next quarterly meeting expected to take place in November or December.
That discussion took place at last week’s meeting on Sept. 21, with Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisor John LoBuglio the most vocal about postponing a requested meeting with the School Board until that body decides what it wants to do with the former middle school, old King George Elementary School (OKGES, also known as the current School Board office) and renovations at Potomac Elementary School (PES).
School Board members had decided at a Sept. 13 meeting they wanted to again bring the supervisors into their long-running discussion about what to do with some of their school buildings.
A decision about what to do with the former middle school building has been under discussion by the School Board for more than five years.  
Since at least May 2005, the School Board has been talking about what use to put that building to once a new high school opened.

Read more: BOS nixes meeting with School Board

Wording proposed for ordinance amendment to regulate the use of outdoor wood boilers

    On July 20, Supervisors agreed to give the go-ahead for a formal review of draft rules to address the use of outdoor wood boilers in King George.
    To be clear, the proposed ordinance would have no effect on wood stoves operated inside homes, since regulations are already in place for them.
    Outdoor wood boilers are also called outdoor wood furnaces.  They are freestanding units that provide heat and hot water for residences.  They heat water by burning wood or other fuel stuff, 24 hours/day, some in use every day of the year.
    (See related article in the 9-1 Journal Paper.)
    Earlier this month on August 10, the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinance change for outdoor wood furnaces.

Read more: Wording proposed for ordinance amendment to regulate the use of outdoor wood boilers

School Board looking at $257K+ surplus for ’09-’10

$26K lawn mower under ‘Instruction’ in June spending

The King George Board of Supervisors was given some preliminary end-of-year projections for unspent budgeted funds leftover at the end of the 2009-10 year that ended on June 30.
The news was provided by Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper at last week’s meeting on Aug. 17.
Calling the numbers, “very, very preliminary,” Harper said she was projecting surpluses for both the county and the School Board.

Read more: School Board looking at $257K+ surplus for ’09-’10

Boards will discuss costly school projects

School funding for capital projects and direct services could go toward RLE

The King George Board of Supervisors last week settled on four agenda items for discussion at next week’s joint meeting with the School Board.

Those items were suggested by the School Board could add up to millions of dollars more to be spent by the county to fund for schools.

But before more capital projects are approved for the school division, it was agreed at last week’s supervisor meeting that how funding is provided by the county will be given another look

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Read more: Boards will discuss costly school projects

Fireworks display back in KG?

Staff to report on feasibility for next July 4; cost and other issues being considered

Since 2008, King George residents have had to go out of the county if they wanted to view a professional fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

The Board of Supervisors has tasked county staff to take another look at the feasibility of reinstating those annual displays, which were canceled by the county at the Dahlgren base two years ago.

Chairman Dale Sisson brought up the topic a couple of days after Independence Day, at a county meeting on July 6.

He got concurrence from board members to have staff take a look at the possibility of bringing back a county fireworks display, which is a traditional culminating event to Independence Day for many families. 

Read more: Fireworks display back in KG?

Supervisors want new stadium at HS

Instead of a grass field, synthetic turf is being considered

A decision to build a new stadium in King George was all but decided last week on July 6.

The School Board will have the chance to provide its views at a joint meeting with Supervisors Aug. 3 and also talk about the option of synthetic turf versus natural grass. 

The high school athletic complex is proposed to consist of a new stadium to support football along with field hockey, soccer and future lacrosse.
The concession area, rest rooms and team rooms are expandable and the county has the ability to phase them by starting small. The schematic plan shows they will be sited so they can be used by the baseball and softball fields on the other side.

The proposed stadium project has been in the county capital plan for years, but had been put off in the past due to cost and the downturn in the economy. 

 

Read more: Supervisors want new stadium at HS

KGHS stadium decision pending

A stadium decision is pending in King George.  
What should be done about a high school sports venue?
Members of the King George County Board of Supervisors and of the School Board are mulling that question.
Each were provided copies of a draft location report that provides information toward making a decision on whether to build a new high school stadium or modernize and renovate Hunter Field.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry received the draft location report from CHA Inc., an engineering/design firm, in early June and made it available to the elected officials at the same time.

CHA is the same firm that in May had provided an estimate of $120,000 for a short-term solution for Hunter Field to get it into playing shape for this fall.

That option was proposed to also solve some drainage problems and address safety issues that were raised by soccer and football referees to school division officials earlier this spring.

Read more: KGHS stadium decision pending

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