School board members reveal election plans
School Board chairman Timothy Trivett announced last week that due to the fact that no one else had stepped forward, he will seek re-election as a write-in candidate in November. Michelle Payne is also running for re-election as a write-in candidate.
Payne had collected enough signatures to be placed on the ballot, but some of them were invalidated as people who were not registered to vote in the town of Colonial Beach. Michael Looney, whose seat is also up for grabs, is not running for re-election, nor has anyone stepped forward to run for his seat.
Vicki Roberson and Wayne Kennedy are not up for re-election this year.
Kennedy spoke of the former superintendent of schools, Dr. Donald Warner, with tears in his eyes as he let everyone know of his passing on Oct. 8. Warner served Colonial Beach Public Schools for 17 years, during which time the new high school was built. He was integral to that process and to helping Colonial Beach keep its own public school system during times when many in Westmoreland County thought consolidation would be better for both school systems. Kennedy then asked for a moment of silence to remember Warner and all he did for the town of Colonial Beach.
Clint Runyan, principal of Colonial Beach High School, remarked that there have been issues with parents passing school buses, with lights flashing, in the parking lot. This is being dealt with at the school for now, although it is illegal in the state of Virginia. All parents are asked to pay attention to the school buses with flashing lights to help keep all students safe.
Superintendent Dr. Donna Power said that the state fire marshal had been in to the schools and the report was much better this year. Last year’s compliance measures cost more than $18,000, where as this year’s will cost approximately $11. The number from last year did not include money spent on new fire alarms.
Power also presented all students who had earned a 600 on one or more SOL tests a certificate of achievement. Twelve of those students were present, with a number more attending sports events for the school.
CBPS were also informed that they had passed all six benchmarks in their Annual Measurable Objective, across the board. Only 33 other school districts in the state passed all six. Westmoreland County Schools did not pass all benchmarks.
Financial Officer John Martin reported that CBPS was being audited by James Driver of the IRS. During the payroll audit the only issue found was five 1099s that had not been filed for 2010. Expenditures for September were $868,244.64. This number is higher than normal due to some obligations being paid in full at the start of the school year.