In a continuation of the joint School Board and Town Council meeting from February 13, Colonial Beach officials agreed to loan the school system the initial $25,000 needed to start the process of relocating the elementary school. While the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was not signed due to the SB wishing for time for their attorney to go over it, they agreed to continue to work with the TC.
The MOU includes a clause where if the school system does not repay the loan amount of $484,000 from insurance payments, it would come out of the 2014-2015 school budget. Tim Trivett, chair of the School Board told the gathered crowd, “We can’t commit to this. If the town cut’s the school budget by $500,000, schools would close.”
Town Mayor Mike Ham proposed that they consider the option initially proposed last year when this began. It was suggested that the School Board turn property over to the town to pay for the loan. Once students are relocated, not only will the elementary campus be unused, but so would the land at the Water Tower.
The relocation of the elementary students came to the front several months before the blaze of January 5th. In September and October of 2013, the TC and the SB met to discuss the needs of the school system. Several options were given by Superintendent Kathleen Beane. The option chosen as the most timely was putting a modular unit on the high school campus.