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KG division hoping for a 2nd $100K school grant

Funding would go for school security equipment for Sealston and King George Elementary

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School Board adopts revised budget reflecting state funding decrease

The King George School Board last week on June 30 amended its 2014-15 budget amounts and categorical...

New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification...

Case moves forward in KG double shooting and murder

A joint preliminary hearing in King George Circuit Court last week resulted in charges of murder, at...

S&P upgrades King George’s financial ratings to ‘AA+’

The King George Board of Supervisors got good news last week from Travis Quesenberry, county adminis...

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff receive...

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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.

Read more: Nine state complaints filed for Bobby

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.”

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

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.

Stadium design review

Cost now estimated at $3,890,000
The King George Board of Supervisors and School Board OK’d a stadium design at a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30. Concept drawings are posted at our website, journalpress.com.
That stadium will be constructed adjacent to King George High School and will hold 2,000 spectators — 1,500 home seats and 500 visitor seats.
The field size will accommodate competition football, soccer, field hockey and future lacrosse.
It will have a support building to contain team rooms, concessions and restrooms.  It will have a press box and two ticket booth entrances. 

Read more: Stadium design review

BoS and School Board, together again

 Stadium and money matters on agenda
The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board held a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30, primarily to discuss money matters.
The money discussion was often at cross purposes.  
All members of both boards were present, except for Supervisor Cedell Brooks, who is believed to remain hospitalized since Nov. 22, after reportedly having one or more strokes, with no news on his condition being made public.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and Division Superintendent Candace Brown were also present at the discussion table last Tuesday, along with Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper.  Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts was also at the meeting, but viewed it from the audience instead of having a seat at the discussion table.
There were four items on the agenda, with a presentation of the design of a planned sports stadium at the top of the list. Everyone liked the stadium design. With the bulk of the estimated $3,890,000 for construction already set aside by the county, there was little disagreement.  (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)
But it was downhill after that, when talk turned to two unfunded capital requests from the School Board, which also include a proposal to increase yearly operating costs beginning in 2012.
The topic of “cost reductions” was tossed into the middle of those agenda items by supervisors for good measure.
School Board members asked what supervisors had up their sleeves to continue to fund the school division in the manner to which it has become accustomed.
But instead, supervisors informed the School Board that if lower revenue predictions come true, the division may have to address lower expectations and service provision.

Read more: BoS and School Board, together again

After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

When Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson first took office as sheriff  35 years ago, he promised King George County citizens “24-hour full-time” professional law enforcement activity.  And he was determined to carry out his pledge despite the fact there weren’t enough full-time officers besides himself at the time to carry out the task.
“When I took office in 1976 there were only three full-time deputies,” he remembered.  “The sheriff’s department was mostly an 8 till 4 operation before then, so if you needed to call for a deputy, you had to call the scales at the weigh station or from the book until you got someone, because we didn’t have a uniformed deputy after working hours. Still, I promised the people a 24-hour sheriff’s department when I ran for office. But when the three deputies met me at the door, I realized that we would need four people for a 24-hour operation.  So we established a six-days-on and two-days-off shift beginning on Jan. 1, 1976, with myself on duty along with the other three.”

Read more: After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

King George department heads, constitutional officers and agency heads got the word last week to begin their budgeting requests for next fiscal year 2011-12 by not exceeding the budget amount they actually expended in 2009-10, the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
The school division received a separate budget guidance memo this week.
The budget direction came in a memo from Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper, who added guidance from County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and gleaned from the Board of Supervisors.

Read more: KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

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