School board members accepted the resignation of Colonial Beach High School Principal Clint Runyan during their February meeting. Runyan is slated to start a new position at Luray High School in Page County, on July 1. Page County is where former superintendent Dr. Donna Power worked following her resignation from the school system. According to Runyan, he found the position opening while researching where Power was moving.
Also during the February meeting, Superintendent Kathleen Beane introduced the initial budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Due to the fact that Governor Robert McDonnell’s budget is incomplete at this time, the budget may change if funding from the Commonwealth changes.
It is expected that Colonial Beach Schools (CBS) will receive $827,000 less in federal funding due to the ending of several Federal grant programs. In order to help bridge this gap CBS is asking for an additional $395,348 from the town. This increases the amount of funding to $2,153,198 from town funds.
The lost funds originate from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as ARRA. While additional funding is ending, according to Beane, the schools still need at least a portion of the funding to continue with a balanced budget.
The entire anticipated budget for 13-14 is $6,750,107. It is anticipated that the commonwealth will fund CBS ast $3,652,890, with Federal funding of $590,373 and $82,000 from the remaining ARRA funding. Governor McDonnell’s budget includes a one-time allocation of funds to help give all Standards of Quality employees a 2% raise. CBS would receive $41052. This would leave CBS to come up with $30,505 to give the same raise to non Standard of Quality employees.
Randy Long and Todd Davis, principal and assistant principal of Northern Neck Technical Center(NNTC) presented the forthcoming Governor’s School for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmetics (STEM) to the board.
NNTC is in Warsaw and there are students bused to the center from CBS on a daily basis. Due to the distance from town, some students are unable to attend programs that would be worthwhile for them. If the program is approved, NNTC hopes to enroll a minimum of 25 CBHS students in the STEM distance learning program.
The program could offer students college credit while still in high school. In some of the programs that RCC and area high schools have worked together on there have been students who graduate with an Associate’s degree from RCC in May of their Senior year.
In other school board business Principal Runyan presented members of the School Board with presents from students as part of School Board Appreciation week. The High School and Middle School’s assigned members received plates of cookies, while the school board members assigned to the Elementary students received artwork and a cookbook made by the students themselves.
The next regular school board meeting is set for March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Center.