- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 19:23
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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, one woman’s opinion based on first-hand knowledge.
Bobby’s IEP team finally has a plan. Not an actual IEP but a plan to get one. First, Pat Nealon, Supervisor of Special Services for KG County Schools, will no longer have any role in the process. Bobby’s mom requested he be removed from the case based on our last meeting with him.
There have been rumors flying since I started this series. It seems teachers are worried they will be blamed for the lack of education Bobby has received. I can’t help that, if they had a part in the under-education of Bobby, then they might have to answer for that. That’s not my decision. Personally, I think the rot starts at the top. I think the teachers involved were afraid to lose their jobs by suggesting Bobby needed more, so Bobby’s education was neglected. I don’t know when we became more concerned about dollars than children.
As far as the teachers or administrators, I wouldn’t worry too much, this division is hardly known for disciplining employees. Superintendent Candace Brown has been included in the process from the beginning. We will never know if she is going to hold Nealon accountable for the sad and illegal state of Bobby’s IEP, or for the egregious way he treated Jenn at the last meeting. We will never know if she asked him why he sent draft after draft disregarding the team’s changes, embarrassing the division with his obvious disregard for protocol. We know the School Board members aren’t going to involve themselves. First, they haven’t received their orders from Brown, so they probably don’t know what to do until Candace tells them what they should do. They still haven’t figured out that she works for them and not the other way around.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:55
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The King George School Board authorized Superintendent Candace Brown to negotiate terms for a contract with Energy Education Inc. to supply services for the division to save money on utility costs through employing energy conservations practices. That action took place on Nov. 15.
Brown said she would be joined in the negotiations by the members of a selection committee, of which she is a member.
The other members are King George County Procurement Manager Kelly Dixon, King George Service Authority General Manager Chris Thomas, county General Properties Manager Matt Clift and division Facilities Coordinator Don Hall.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:42
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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.
And just as each student’s experience is unique, so are the qualities of their teachers.
This is a continuation of the series written to document the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process of a student at KGHS. Part one of the story was printed in the Nov. 17 issue of the Journal.
By the time the first article was published we had already attended one meeting. Before I tell you about that, I want to tell you a little more about Bobby and his family.
By now you know Bobby is 14 and he is in the ninth grade at King George High School. He has Down syndrome. We started this process because Bobby has regressed. Bobby’s mom asked me for help, I looked at his IEP and so the journey began.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:20
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This story is being written to document the educational regression of a 14-year-old student at King George County High School. It will be written as a series of articles. I am writing it in the hopes the people of this county will stand up and demand answers. Our Special Education system is broken. As evidenced by our recent AYP failures, the Special Ed Department is failing our children. These failures will continue until we care enough to demand changes. The story you are about to read is about one child; I have no way of knowing how many other children are affected. I am going to try and save that one child. The people of King George will need to stand up together to save the rest.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 15:01
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The King George School Board was provided explanations last week for why it ended up with a surplus of $686,427 to turn back to the county for fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30.
Wilma Ward’s report was added to the meeting by Superintendent Candace Brown as a change to the agenda of the Oct. 25 meeting.
“We were asked to explain the money that was remaining at the end of the year, and I’m going to try to break that down for you,” Ward told the School Board.
Ward works at the School Board office, having replaced financial secretary Annette Thompson after she resigned about a year ago. Thompson coincidentally resigned not long after it was reported that the division had ended the previous fiscal year 2008-09 with $1.19 million.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 00:00
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Agenda item sparks discord over late arrival to student discipline hearings
The King George School Board cannot agree on whether members should be allowed to enter the meeting room where there is an ongoing closed meeting if they arrive late.
A curious discussion item, “Board Members Arriving Late to Closed Meetings” appeared on last week’s regular meeting agenda, which sparked discord among School Board members.
The agenda item had been requested by School Board member Rick Randall.
Randall said he asked for it to be on the agenda, so it could be discussed and decided openly.