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Behind-the-wheel driver education could be reinstated

The King George School Board is once again talking about the possibility of reinstating behind-the-wheel driver education for 10th graders.  
The School Board had eliminated behind-the-wheel instruction as part of its driver education program last February to save money.  
The behind-the-wheel portion had originally been deleted to save an estimated $13K for the remainder of the last school year due to a significant revenue shortfall from the state.  
The deletion of the program was carried forward into the 2008-09 budget and the current school year, so only the classroom portion of the driver education program is being offered at King George High School.
The School Board took action on September 24 to revise a policy addressing the provision of driver education.  The revised policy was adopted by a vote of 4-1, with Lynn Pardee voting against the action.  
Adoption of the revision resulted in removing references to providing behind-the-wheel instruction.
But the topic was discussed again at a meeting last month at Pardee’s request.  
At the November 12 meeting, Pardee pushed for the School Board to consider reinstating the program.
“I really feel there is a real population out there that would like to have it offered,” Pardee said.  
Pardee had noted at a meeting on September 10 that a section of state law provides the ability for divisions to request authorization to assess a surcharge in order to further recover program costs that exceed state funds distributed through basic aid to school divisions offering driver education programs.
Pardee said at the last meeting, “There really is no cap in what amount we can request to charge.”
She added that the division should probably absorb some of the costs, but could come up with a fee that reflects a portion of the true costs for the program.  
Pardee got agreement to look at offering the program beginning in 2009-10 from School Board members Renee Parker and Payne Kilbourn.  
Chairman Dennis Paulsen asked Superintendent Candace Brown to bring back additional information at a future meeting.  
Paulsen said, “I would like to know what is out there and what kids are doing and costs, etc.”
He added, “I would be happy to entertain it for next year’s budget, but it may not even be necessary to do it.”  
Paulsen also asked, “Is there any kind of outsourcing that we could do for that?”  
Brown said she would check into different options and report back.

By Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter

Supervisors hold off on School Board’s request for spending down $226K leftover from Sealston Elementary School construction funds

The King George Board of Supervisors last week showed little enthusiasm to let the School Board spend down $226K in funds remaining after the construction of Sealston Elementary School, which opened in September 2004.
Superintendent Candace Brown has publicly mentioned several times in the last few years that the Sealston construction fund had over $200K in it.  
But it wasn’t until earlier this month that Brown decided to address that money pile by suggesting at a meeting on November 12 that the School Board ask Supervisors if they could spend the money on playground equipment and other items for the elementary school.
The School Board approved the request and forwarded it to the county board.

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Superior Paving Corp expanding business in King George Industrial Park

The King George Economic Development Authority (EDA) took action on a request by Superior Paving Corporation to authorize the sale of Lot #2 in the King George Industrial Park to the asphalt paving company.  
The action took place earlier this month at a meeting on November 13.  
The lot, which contains 5.1 acres, will be purchased for $229,500, which comes to $45,000 per acre.  
The lot being purchased is adjacent to another lot owned by Superior Paving.
A written offer from Superior’s Executive Vice President James A. Mitchell provided more information about the company’s plans for the property.  

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KGHS Dodgeball Tournament sponsored by DECA at KGHS

The Fourth Annual King George High School Dodgeball Tournament rounded out a full week of extra-curricular activities for KGHS. The tournament was planned by the Advanced Sports Entertainment and Recreation Marketing class, taught by Ms. Leigh Lawrynas, as a class project. DECA at KGHS (an Association of Marketing Students) also used the event as their “Learn and Earn” Project, where marketing students learn how to put on an entertainment event which is open to the public. Mr. Martin Wolowicz’s IT Fundamentals class assisted with advertising the event as their class project. Several local businesses sponsored the event: Chandler, the Daily Grind, Domino’s Pizza, Golden Skate World, Rocky Top Embroidery, and Brad Butler. All proceeds raised benefit the DECA at KGHS competition travel funds.

Senior Allyson Gallamore and junior Joey Embrey were the student managers of the event, overseeing everything involved with the tournament. The most challenging part of organizing this event, according to Embrey, was that “Two days before the event we found out that we couldn’t have it at the high school because the gym floor was being re-waxed. So we went to all of the principals at the other county schools to ask if we could use their gym.” Embrey and Gallamore were relieved when Sealston Elementary’s principal agreed to allow DECA at KGHS to host the tournament there.

Eleven teams consisting of eight players each registered to play in the tournament. Each team was guaranteed at least two games, as it was a double elimination tournament, and each game consisted of the best 2 of 3 five-minute matches. The team names were entertaining in their own right: Cotton Candy, Oreo’s Supra Freaks, Illy, Da Hammas, Albino Gorillasessez, Sugar Plum Fairies, The Fresh-men, Balls of Fury, KGB, and MonStars.

The day wouldn’t have been complete without the master of ceremony team of David Campbell, Katie Lawrence, and Preston Kasper, who kept the fans and players abreast of every detail throughout the tournament, as well as entertained by their antics.

After many games played, and all but two teams were eliminated, the Championship round began between the undefeated Supra Freaks and the Da Hammas. It was a hair-raising series of matches, as both sides’ players jumped and dodged every ball coming their way. Round One went to the Supra Freaks, but the Da Hammas came back in Round Two to bring the game into a third “sudden death” match. With less than one minute left, the Supra Freak’s Kelly Pierce single-handedly knocked the last Da Hammas player out, bringing his team to victory.

At the end of the day, one team triumphed, but all had a great time. And the class projects were deemed a success. Congratulations, Supra Freaks! Good job to all of the students who worked so hard on this event!

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