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KG Board updates Tech Advisory committee

The King George Board of Supervisors added another member to a planned Technology Advisory committee...

Fracking resolution nixed

Board to request state fracking legislation  requiring environmental review prior to explorator...

Supervisors postpone remainder of School Board appropriations; call for August joint meeting

At a meeting the previous week on June 24, Supervisors had approved allocations of funding for the f...

Landfill vertical expansion explored

King George officials have been considering vertical expansion and gathering information about it si...

KG Service Authority ended year with sizeable surplus

The King George Service Authority’s most recent financial report last month indicated it would end t...

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KG Substitute teacher charged with carnal knowledge of a child

According to King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey, Deaunta Jerrell Campbell, age 22,was arrested on Feb. 14, 2011 for one count of carnal knowledge of a child.
Campbell was a substitute teacher with the King George School system at the time of the offense. The victim was a student.
The defendant has made certain admissions regarding his conduct.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this case, including additional victims, the Sheriff's Departments ask that they contact Detective Karen Richards at 540-775- 2049.
The school officials have been informed throughout this investigation and have been very supportive.
Campbell is being held without bond.

Sophomore suffers jaw fractures in cafeteria attack

On Friday, Feb. 4, a sophomore at King George High School went to School Assistant Principal Duane Harrison at the start of the school day and reported that he had been threatened with “getting jumped” at school. At 2:44 p.m., approximately 7 hours later, a dispatcher with King George Sheriff’s Office called 911 to request aid and transportation to the emergency room for the sophomore who was later diagnosed to be suffering from two fractures to his bottom jawbone and one fracture to his top jawbone.
What happened in between the time the sophomore requested assistance from Harrison and the time the sophomore was treated for

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Bobby starts classes at new school

Editor’s note: Linda Davis has served as coach for the King George Little League Challengers and is coordinator for King George Special Olympics. Her years of experience working with children in the special education program gives her a unique perspective on how the program is serving children with special needs. This is not a traditional news story — this is one woman’s perspective of one child’s situation.
On Jan. 24 an IEP meeting was held at the central office to determine the appropriate placement for Bobby. The IEP team determined because of the regression Bobby had suffered and the inability of the division to offer a remedy, it would be best to send him to a place that was better equipped to educate him. On Monday Feb. 7 Bobby headed for ERI in Fredericksburg. ERI is a private day school for kids with special needs. They specialize in intense instruction and transition. The division is required to pay all costs for this accommodation for as long as it is deemed necessary or until Bobby reaches 22

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Long time law enforcement officer to challenge Dempsey

King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey had hardly been sworn in, gotten the new stripes sown on his uniform and comfortable in “Moose” Dobson’s chair when he found he is going to have a challenger for his seat in the November elections.

Long-time law enforcement officer Freddie Hottle, recently a part-time deputy in the King George Sheriff’s office, announced today he is going to challenge Dempsey for the coveted seat of Sheriff of King George County.  “I’m running,” he said.
He gave the news to Dempsey last Friday, just three weeks after Dempsey took his new position.
Hottle said Dempsey brought him into his office, asked him if he intended to run and “I told him yes,” said Hottle. “Dempsey told me that was a ‘slap in his face’ and that if I intended to run, he would fire me. I asked him to put that in writing, but he wouldn’t.”
Dempsey told The Journal that he did not fire Hottle but accepted his resignation on Monday, Jan. 24.
As of last Friday, Hottle joined the ranks of the unemployed and plans to spend his time on a door to door campaign for the Sheriff’s seat.

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Nine state complaints filed for Bobby

Editor’s note: Linda Davis has served as coach for the King George Little League Challengers and is coordinator for King George Special Olympics. Her years of experience working with children in the special education program gives her a unique perspective on how the program is serving children with special needs. This is not a traditional news story — this is one woman’s perspective of one child’s situation.
This week, Jenn, Bobby’s mom, filed the first wave of complaints with the VA Department of Education. It might be the only way we are going to get an effective individual education plan (IEP) for Bobby. We attended a third IEP meeting that lasted for 2 hours and accomplished very little. The complaints are a last ditch effort to get the division to comply with state and federal laws regarding Bobby’s right to a free and appropriate education.

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KGEA asks for 3% raises

The King George School Board kicked off its budget deliberations last week by hearing from the King George Education Association (KGEA).
Co-presidents Urzetta Lewis and Kathy Heil provided a list of compensation issues that were developed at a meeting of about 80 school employees.
The top three compensation issues were highlighted by the pair.
Those include 3 percent salary increases, a freeze on the employee portion of health insurance costs by having the division absorb any increases.
The top compensation issue is to provide a raise to school employees earning minimum wage.
Heil told The Journal that those would include some substitutes who work as bus aides or cafeteria workers.

PERSONAL LEAVE POLICY CHANGE REQUESTED    
The KGEA also asked for a change in a policy about use of “personal leave.”
“Personal leave” is somewhat unique to school divisions, particularly teachers.  
Like other division employees, teachers receive sick leave and other types of leave, including bereavement leave.
But teachers do not receive annual leave or vacation days because their salaries and benefits are based on a shorter work year than most other full-time jobs.
The teacher work year is a little more than 9 months, with teachers scheduled time off during parts of June and August and all of July.
They also get more than a week off at both Christmas and Easter.
So, in lieu of vacation or annual leave, teachers in King George receive up to four days per year of personal leave.
Personal leave is designed to allow eligible employees to attend to urgent personal business that cannot be transacted outside the regular school hours, or to attend to emergencies that require the presence of the employee and are not permissible under the sick leave plan.
The KGEA provided a proposed amendment to a School Board policy that would allow a percentage of those who get paid personal leave to take it directly preceding or following holiday or other break periods.
In addition to the KGEA presentation, six division employees spoke during public comment, with most urging higher salaries.
Those speaking included Yvonne Richard, saying she was co-president of another division employee group, Virginia Professional Educators, saying she was in the midst of surveying its members on employment issues.
Others speaking were high school teachers Raymond Mikula, Faith Calleson and Nicole Lowe, along with middle school guidance secretary Kelly Mitcheltree and middle school teacher Hope McCullough.

Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

Dobson’s name to go on wing of new law enforcement building

Sheriff Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson will be long remembered in King George for his 35 years of service as the head law enforcement officer in the county.
Dobson, who is retiring at the end of this month, earned his legacy and the Board of Supervisors ensured that it’s permanently remembered.
Chairman Dale Sisson announced that Dobson’s name will be on a wing with the lobby and office for the sheriff in the new King George County Sheriff’s Office. That building portion will be called, “The Clarence W. Dobson Law Enforcement Center.”

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Local, Local Christmas

Dina Kipreos (left) and Androulla Koufoudakis load up Sally Budnick with kourabiedes, koulourakia, tsoureki and other Greek breads and pastries, while Jane Rowland takes a peek at the goodies. Kipreos and Koufoudakis joined other local vendors, bakers and artisans Saturday, Dec. 11, for The Journal’s and King George Farmers’ Market’s Holly, Jolly, Local, Local Christmas shopping event.

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