- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 05:00
- Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 05:00
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Dennis Paulsen was the only School Board member to publicly comment on Brown’s decision to not permit county students to watch a live broadcast of President Barack Obama’s speech to students on the first day of school.
Brown had told The Journal she had received three comments on the division’s Web site, “Ask the Superintendent,” and about 12-15 calls at the School Board office asking in advance of the nationwide broadcast on Sept. 8 that students not see the speech.
After the speech had been published and broadcast, Brown told us the speech was taped, saying principals would make it available to teachers to show, but after they had sent home opt out forms.
During his board comments at the meeting on Sept. 9, Paulsen said, “I’m a little disappointed yesterday that our kids didn’t get to hear and listen to our president’s encouraging words and inspiring motivation.”
He added: “I read the speech prior to the event and found absolutely nothing wrong with it. So, besides parents and teachers and administrators, who else would you to inspire and motivate your children other than our president? Hopefully, we can work out something so the kids can hear those inspiring words that he had to share with everyone.”
— Phyllis Cook
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 05:00
- Published on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 05:00
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Superintendent says county requested a 3 percent surplus
The King George School Board is slated this week to discuss asking the Board of Supervisors for a portion of the more than $1 million revenue surplus that Superintendent Candace Brown did not spend in the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
A list of items is expected to be distributed by Brown at the meeting on Wednesday, following our press time.
At the previous meeting on Aug. 26, Brown said she wanted to provide supervisors with a list of one-time non-recurring items with cost estimates.
Brown said the items on the top of her list includes a handicapped accessible bus for $93,000 and a lawnmower for $9,000, along with an unspecified amount to provide a one-time payment to employees to pay the cost of their health insurance increase in the current fiscal year.
Brown wants to ask the county for an additional appropriation in the current fiscal year because at the last meeting, she told the School Board the division ended up with $1,259,131 left over at the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year.
The division’s operating budget had $598,212 left, with an additional $470,449 surplus in a lottery escrow fund.
Brown said the state’s General Assembly is allowing unspent lottery proceeds to be requested for appropriation back to the school division by Supervisors.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 05:00
- Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 05:00
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King George division Superintendent Candace Brown is compiling a list of requests to go to the county Board of Supervisors to ask for more than $1 million that was not spent in the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ended June 30, though encumbrances could be accrued back until the end of August.
At last week’s meeting on Aug. 26, Brown said the School Board ended up with $598,212 left in the division’s operating budget and an additional $470,449 surplus in a lottery escrow fund.
Those surplus figures do not include an additional $138,631 in federal grant funds that will be requested to be carried forward. Nor does it include a surplus of $51,839 to be carried forward in the Cafeteria Fund.
Brown also stated that the county’s required local matching amount of funding has come to $135,347 more than required by the state for the preliminary ADM number provided.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2009 01:53
- Published on Thursday, 20 August 2009 01:53
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We wish to credit and publicly congratulate the students, teachers, and staff of Potomac Elementary School for their success in making annual yearly progress (AYP). We apologize for a big mistake in the August 19 issue stating that the school had failed to make AYP. We incorrectly used the wrong online source document from the VDOE website. We sincerely regret the error.
The corrected article appears below:
Remaining three schools miss the mark for No Child Left Behind requirements
Potomac Elementary School and King George High School met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the 2008-2009 school year.
The two county schools were among 71 percent of Virginia public schools that made high grades, even as student achievement increased on Standards of Learning and other statewide tests in reading, mathematics and other subjects.
It’s good news that King George High School has achieved AYP for the sixth year in a row.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 21:08
- Published on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 21:08
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Not long after The Journal got on the street we received a call and letter from Beth Hedges about an error in the paper. The following is Phyllis Cook's reply and then the letter from Ms. Hedges.
Dear Ms. Hedges
Thank you for your letter.
You are 100 percent right and I was wrong.
Not sure how I did it, but I got to the wrong excel spreadsheet on the VDOE website and thought I was working off of the new report.
After I send this response to you, I will rewrite the article and send it to my boss for placement on our website.
I have likewise requested that the corrected replacement article also appear in next week's issue and have asked that my apology and correction regarding Potomac's success be placed in a prominent location on the front page.
I made a mistake and sincerely regret the error.
I received a copy of the Journal today, August 19, 2009 and read with total frustration your article entitled "School division, KGHS meet federal achievement objectives". I do agree that KGHS met the "mark under NCLB" , but you have your information wrong regarding Potomac Elementary School. As of last week, the Virginia Department of Education officially announced that Potomac Elementary did make AYP. The information is posted on the VDOE website. Letters have been received from VDOE stating that Potomac met AYP.
I serve this community in a variety of ways, one being the Math Resource teacher at Potomac. I know the hard work that the teachers and staff have been doing to "meet the mark". I know the hard work that the students have been doing to "meet the mark". I would appreciate it if you would finally step up and give credit to the students, teachers, and staff of Potomac and publicly announce that you have made an error in your article regarding our school.
Beth Jo Hedges
Math Resource Teacher
Potomac Elementary School
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 20:52
- Published on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 20:52
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King George Superintendent Candace issued capacity figures for the county schools last week, with an official current tally of space available on August 5.
School Board member Dennis Paulsen asked Brown what appeared to be a simple question about student capacities at the division’s schools at the last School Board meeting on July 22.
The answer to that question has never been simple and has always been a moving target in King George. This time was no different.
Paulsen asked, “Can someone give me the max numbers for each of the schools?”
Brown responded saying, “I need to know - which capacity do you want? Do you want the state number, the King George number? Do you want the architect number?”
Paulsen inquired, “What’s the difference between the King George number and the architect number?”
Brown said, “The King George number traditionally has accounted for lower class size. The architect, depending on the architect at the time, will come up with 22, 25 per class, whatever, and then allocate the number of classrooms. The difficulty is at King George Elementary School we have the gifted center there that occupies some rooms, we have some clustered special education programs there that takes up some smaller rooms. We can give you a general number, if you like.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 22:27
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 22:27
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The King George School Board got an update last week on results of a survey on the topic of possible changes that could be made to the division’s grading scale.
The grading scale committee was established in March by Superintendent Candace Brown.
Its purpose is to review the current grading scale and to research grading scales from other divisions with an eye to making recommendations concerning possible adoption of some changes.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 13:05
- Published on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 13:05
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School Board advised to instead use $500,000+ of current projected budget surplus
The King George Board of Supervisors declined to take action at last week’s meeting on a request from the School Board to give them an additional appropriation of $125,000.
Supervisors instead suggested that if the expenditures are really needed, the School Board should spend some of the more than $500,000 that it is expecting to have leftover in the current year’s appropriation.
The money was requested to buy stuff in the current fiscal year, which ends next week on June 30.
Prior to that agenda item on the June 16 meeting agenda, Supervisors had been provided a detailed written financial report by Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance.
The financial report indicated that as of May 31, the School Board was projected to finish the fiscal year with a surplus of $590,257.
Harper said she had conferred last week with Superintendent Candace Brown who she said had concurred that the division was still expected to end up with about $500,000 left over.