- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 00:00
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There is a budget dispute between King George School Superintendent Candace Brown and King George County Administrator Travis Quesenberry that has escalated to the level of the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, though it appears that school officials had tried to keep the dispute behind the scenes.
It’s about $249,000 that the School Board and Brown claim should not have been deducted from its budget proposal to reflect a decrease in health insurance costs for the School Board.
The dispute came to light at last Friday’s county meeting where supervisors unanimously approved the 2011-12 budget, with comments about it by
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:15
- Published on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:15
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Editor’s note: Readers have posted comments on The Journal’s website about ways to change the composition of the King George School Board. Some have suggested organizing a recall effort for the school board members. One commenter suggested running on a party ticket to prevent federal employees from running. Another has suggested returning to an appointed School Board. Because of the discussion about whether and how to recall members and
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:12
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Duane Duff, King George resident and parent of a high school student, stepped up to the podium during citizen comment at the March 28 School Board meeting. Duff chronicled the plight of his high-schooler who had been the target of bullying beginning in 2009. Duff recalled “many hours” meeting with school administrators and how the harassment changed the lives of their entire family. Duff summarized, telling the School Board his child would take advantage of an early graduation and “miss senior year” because of the “harassment campaign” his family endured.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:02
- Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:00
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Upset with the schools, King George citizens go online to vent, discuss, organize
Oftentimes when you have a problem concerning your child at school, whether it is a child with an IEP or a child who has been bullied or beat up, you complain to your family and maybe your friends and coworkers, but you stand alone before administrators when advocating for your child. The tide has turned in King George and parents are no longer standing alone. Parents across all ages, economic and social status in the county have found each other and have
- Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 01:16
- Published on Friday, 18 March 2011 01:16
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I am the parent of the sophomore student that was attacked at KGHS on Feb 4th and I attended the school board meeting on March 14, 2011, where the subject was school safety.
I sat at this meeting with my son as all of the public comments were made, and I am very disheartened at how Lynn Pardee handled herself during this time. There were parents and speakers addressing the issues they have and how the school board has failed each of these children and the community and Ms. Pardee was laughing, smiling and just making it all a big joke.
My son has been through more than any normal teenager should have to go through while attending high school and here this women sat mocking him, laughing in his face and acting like all of these comments were just made up because all of us parents just got bored and needed something to do. This is a serious problem for my family and many others that live in this community and all the time she just laughed. The three boys that had to stand there and watch her laughing and grinning should never have had to witness this from anyone. No one should make fun of any child and especially a child that has been threatened, beaten, or abused by the system. Two of these boys were bullied and here she sat bullying them more. Was what happens to them not bad enough that she has to add insult to injury?
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:11
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:11
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Concerned citizens pack School Board meeting Monday
Before a standing-room-only audience of approximately 80 parents, teachers, administrators and students, nine King George parents and grandparents spoke out about and demanded answers to very serious issues surrounding the safety of their children while in school and the way discipline for serious violations is meted out by the King George
- Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:02
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:00
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County to decide on $5 million in zero-interest bonds for Potomac Elementary renovations
The King George School Board this week agreed to forward a priority list to the county for potential renovations for Potomac Elementary School (PES).
It was announced on March 2 that King George was eligible for $5 million in zero-interest Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) funding.
The priority list was distributed at Monday’s meeting by Superintendent Candace Brown, saying it had been provided
- Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 21:44
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Teacher salary scale no longer equates to years of experience
The King George School Board has forwarded a budget request to the county that includes 2 percent raises for all school employees, including administrators.
The last time division employees got pay increases was three years ago, in 2008-09, when 4 percent raises were given to all employees.
Salaries have remained level since then, with no raises granted in 2009-10 or for the current budget year, 2010-11.
School Board members like to blame the Board of Supervisors for not providing them with enough funding. But it is significant that the money turned back by the School Board at the end of each of the last two years could have paid for 2 percent raises to at least keep pace with step increases in all the employee salary scales.