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Warren County School Board is seeking your input regarding the qualities of a new superintendent

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WCPS is seeking community input as they search for a new superintendent to lead our school system. All members of the community, parents of children, students, and any other interested citizens are encouraged to log on and fill out the survey that will take less than five minutes to complete. At the conclusion of the survey, there is a section for comments and suggestions.

Don’t miss your opportunity to have a voice in this process.

Enjoy this WHAT MATTERS interview with Dr. J. David Martin, President of Real Synergy, the retired superintendent lead search form committed to ensuring our community successful onboarding of the perfect candidate.

From Warren County Public School website:

The Warren County School Board is in the process of searching for a new superintendent. The members of the Board are seeking your input regarding the qualities the new superintendent should possess. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by rating the following statements Most Important to Least Important. You are asked to complete this survey one time. Paper copies can be obtained from the Warren County School Board office located at 210 N. Commerce Avenue Front Royal, VA.

Click here to go to the survey.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH INFORMATION
Warren County Public Schools, Front Royal, VA

The Warren County School Board is seeking a superintendent to lead the school division as it continues to pursue its Trek to Excellence, in accordance with its strategic plan. Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Central office and building ­level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The successful candidate will be required to live in Warren County.

Applications are due by February 16, 2015.

The Warren County School Board, with input from staff and the community, has identified qualities, skills and experiences needed for the  next superintendent. A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in the following areas, which are listed in no particular  order of importance.

  • Strong communication and effective team building
  • Visibility and involvement in community activities
  • Visionary educational leadership
  • Fostering community and/or intergovernmental partnerships
  • Developing and implementing strategies to recruit, grow, and retain high ­quality teachers
  • Communicating effectively within the school division and also externally throughout the school division, region and state
  • Using his or her position to promote and advocate for the educational interests of the students, staff, and community at-large
  • Being an instructional leader
  • Understanding budgeting and resource management to ensure continuation of quality teaching and learning processes
  • Leading by example to inspire others and instill confidence
  • Goal setting and monitoring of achievement.

Warren County is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley where it is surrounded by majestic, rugged mountains, is home to the “Andy  Guest” Shenandoah River State Park and serves as the northern entrance to the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. The population of Warren County is approximately 38,700.  The school division serves 5,400 students in eight schools, grades K­12, two alternative programs, and a career/technical center.

Warren County Public Schools is led by a School Board of five members, all elected by popular vote. The Superintendent serves at the  pleasure of the School Board and carries out the policies established by the School Board.

Applicants must complete the School Board’s required application package. You may obtain the application from the Warren County Public School’s website at www.wcps.k12.va.us. A completed application should be mailed to:

Mrs. Catherine R. Bower, Chairperson
Warren County Public Schools
P. O. Box 1916
Front Royal, VA 22630-­0040

Real Synergy, L.L.C. is assisting the Warren County School Board in the search process. Inquiries and questions should be directed to:

Dr. J. David Martin
President of Real Synergy
phone: 540-­270-­9637
email: jmartin1735@comcast.net


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Watch: 44th Military School Band & Festival Concert

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On February 23, 2020, the 44th Annual Military School Band and Choir Festival performed their culminating concert in the Melton Gymnasium on the R-MA campus.

The students have spent hours in clinics and rehearsing to bring this concert together. The Festival Concert Band Conductor was Lieutenant (junior grade) Joel Thiesfeldt of the U.S. Navy and the Festival Choir Conductor was Master Sergeant Kerry Wilkerson, USA, Retired.

The festival brought together the top musicians from eight military schools and colleges across the country, including bandsmen and singers from Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA; Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA; Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX; Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO; New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM; Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA; Saint John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI; and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

Watch and enjoy this exclusive Royal Examiner video.

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Military schools from around nation gather at Randolph-Macon Academy for Drum Major Competition

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On February 21-23, 2020, Randolph-Macon Academy hosted the 44th Military School Band & Chorus Festival.  The annual Military School Band & Choir Festival is a three-day clinic for the top musicians from military secondary schools and colleges from across the nation.

Growing from its roots as a festival attended only by bandsmen from the military schools located in Virginia, The Military School Band & Choir Festival has grown into a national event, drawing schools and colleges from across the United States. This year’s festival roster includes more than 100 cadets and bandmasters, choir directors and chaperones from eight military academies.  This year’s festival participants are from schools in California, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Connecticut, and Virginia.

Each festival is structured to include a festival concert band conducted by a noted current, or former, military conductor, and a drum major clinic instructed by an active duty military drum major. A recent addition, now in its third consecutive year, is a festival choir conducted by a noted military choral conductor.

The drum major competition was held on February 22nd in the Melton Gymnasium on the R-MA campus. This was an opportunity for the drum majors to show off what they had learned in the clinics and compete for the Gold Medal: Outstanding Drum Major.

Watch the competition on the exclusive Royal Examiner video and an interview with Senior Chief Musician Michael Bayes from the U.S Navy Band. MUCS Bayes is also the drum major for the Navy Band and conducted the clinic.


Drum Majors and links to the participating schools:

James BongardU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Jonathan KattnigU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Gavin McGaheyU. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Dylan DeVineyMarine Military Academy, Harlingen, TX

Tristyn GavulicHargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA

Liam GriffinSaint John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield, WI

Devonte KnightMissouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO

Diego LopezMissouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO

Yuqi LiuArmy & Navy Academy, Carlsbad, CA

DonDiego RainsNew Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM

Barry ZhuRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Austin JohnsonRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Sean LoeberRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

Jacob GehlyRandolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA

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Lt. Robbie Seal weighs in on proposed FRPD Community Resource Officer budget cut

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Lt. Robbie Seal describes his duties as the CRO with Roger Bianchini in the Royal Examiner studio. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

Having noticed a part-time salary cut in the proposed the Fiscal Year 2021 Front Royal Police Department budget, Royal Examiner inquired as to what position was being proposed for elimination.

FRPD Chief Kahle Magalis confirmed that the position noted as Line Item 41003 on page 35 of the proposed FY 2021 Town Budget, page two of the “Department of Public Safety” section was FRPD’s Community Resource Officer (CRO). It is a position recently vacated when Robbie Seal transferred to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to take on the same duties for newly-elected Sheriff Mark Butler on January 1.

While acknowledging the proposed cut was not suggested departmentally, Chief Magalis declined to get into a discussion of the department’s proposed budget this early in the FY 2021 budget cycle.

So, we reached out to now WCSO Lt. Robbie Seal for a description of his duties as the CRO, first for five years with FRPD and now in his second month at the sheriff’s office. Seal consented to a video interview to describe his past and present work as a liaison officer between law enforcement and the communities in which they operate.

He explained his decision to leave FRPD as simply accepting a challenge presented to him by Sheriff Butler to bring the Community Resource Officer function to a physically more far-ranging community.

In this Royal Examiner video interview, hear Seal’s enthusiasm for his Community Resource Officer’s jobs, both past, and present, as well as his belief that eliminating the position from the town police department that brought it to this community five years ago is a bad idea:

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US Navy Band – Country Current performs at Randolph-Macon Academy

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On Friday, February 21, 2020, the US Navy Band Country Current performed a concert in Boggs Chapel at Randolph-Macon Academy. The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble.

If you missed the concert, watch on this exclusive Royal Examiner video:

United States Navy Country Current plays concert February 21, 2020

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VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for February 24 – 28, 2020

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The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new entry or a revised entry since last week’s report.

INTERSTATE 66

*NEW* Mile marker 16 to 13, westbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 13.

INTERSTATE 81
No lane closures reported.

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 613 (Bentonville Road) – Northbound right shoulder closures for utility work at various locations between Route 340 (Stonewall Jackson Highway) and Route 730 (Shangri-La Road), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through February 27.

Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming. Monday through Friday during daylight hours.

Vegetation management may take place district wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

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Town Talk: A conversation with Gary Kushner

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Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, topic or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com

In this Town Talk, we’ll have a conversation with Gary Kushner. Gary has been outspoken at the Board of Supervisor meetings, as well as, Town Council meetings. Gary comes prepared with researched data and presents reasonable solutions to issues facing local government. With time restraints imposed by our governing bodies, the Royal Examiner offered some additional time to Gary to present some solutions to be considered, or at least serious thought to be given.


Here is a planned presentation Gary planned to give to the Town Council on February 19, 2020. As Gary mentions in the video, he had requested time to present, but 4 out of 6 councilmembers declined to hear his remarks.

Planned Presentation at the February 19, Special Council Meeting:

Few were satisfied with the February 10 Council session where frustration and emotions were on display by many in attendance. I believe some of the rudeness and criticisms leveled in the public presentations prevented a cohesive communication from being received by Council.

I’m attempting to provide a more organized and effective communication to the Council on some relevant issues and offer suggestions that may help in the development of the 20/21 budget. Also, I heard Council comments that they’ve listened to the silent majority in contrast to most of the Feb 10 in-person citizen opinions. However, I believe there’s the silent majority that supports much of the in-person testimony the Council heard as well.

Also, I’m known as a straight shooter and generally not inclined to sugar coat things. So, to ensure there’s no misunderstanding with my perspective, I try to be very direct. However, I intend that these comments will be taken constructively.

Regardless of the criticism heard at Council meetings, I think the majority of the public is appreciative of their efforts and that members sincerely try to represent the interests of the citizens.

I believe there is much common ground between the citizens and the Council.

– I think there’s consensus that having a fiscally conservative Govt is the right direction.

– Having Operational expenses grow 35% over the past ten years when the population has only grown 4% indicates things have gotten a bit off-course, and Right-Sizing efforts are needed.

– There’s a limited appetite for increases in taxes and fees.

– Virtually everyone agrees that Maintenance of Infrastructure is essential, and ‘kicking the can down the road’ isn’t a responsible position.

– Maintenance needs to involve quality and permanent solutions, not temporary ones. Most agree that applying a slurry solution to roads instead of using asphalt is penny wise and pound foolish, and curbs and gutters are valuable.

– Aggressively addressing the waste/water Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) is preferable to having undesirable consequences imposed by outside authorities.

– That is, having citizens involved with their government is a necessary thing. Citizens want to be represented, not ruled. The government is a shared responsibility. Getting feedback from citizens should create better solutions and distribute accountability between the Council and the public. A collaborative approach ensures that all sides of an issue are analyzed and avoids having a limited perspective.

So lets’ address some specific issues;

You heard significant opposition to the proposed reorganization that would have Community development and Tourism outsourced.

Some of the key arguments presented included:

– AppalachianTrail Committee Co-chairman Susan Tschirhart highlighted that Front Royal had achieved an ‘Appalachian Trail Community’ designation that was special and created a better promotion for our community.

– She noted steady tourism revenue growth in the last 5 years.

– There were 5 new recreational based businesses, 3 being on the main street.

– The Front Royal Visitor Ctr was rated Second only to Skyline Caverns as a top attraction site.

– Virginia Tourism Corp reported that in 2018 Warren County received $151 mil from tourism and there were 1,700 jobs with a $23 mil payroll

– She confirmed that Town staff were motivated and had been effective in their efforts to promote tourism.

– and The Joint Town/County Tourism Advisory Board was an effective organization.

The bottom line here is that evidence exists that the previous organization and staff were achieving good results. So, what was the justification in not observing the principle of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’?

Explicit statements were made by the Interim Manager that there were no negative performance issues related to the fired employees, and the proposed reorganization was solely to expand Tourism results. Considering that the firings occurred so quickly and that positions were funded through the end of the year, there is reasonable public concern that other factors were at play here that was not honestly reported. That being said, public trust is a very important element, so all efforts are warranted to maintain that trust.

There was opposition not only to the proposed re-organization but to its implementation as well.

– The ‘midnight massacre firings’ was anything but compassionate and not well thought out.

– No consultation occurred with the Joint Tourism Advisory committee

– No plan was immediately available to address the responsibilities of staff that was fired just before the beginning of the Spring/Summer tourism season.

– And regardless of the HR legal opinion that the firings met muster, some believe the Town may have subjected themselves to legal jeopardy because of other personnel issues.

There were also several negative factors relevant to outsourcing being proposed as the solution.

– The Town had previous experience with outsourcing that did not produce good results.

– Other Valley jurisdictions had bad outsourcing experiences as well.

– The employees of a contracting business would not have a personal investment as do staff who live in our area.

– Having Town staff conducting tourism promotion provides a continuity year to year that would not be guaranteed with contractor employees. Such personal relationships between local staff and business interests is an important element and should not be undervalued.

– Contracting tourism support would not be as ‘agile’ as having local staff. Contracts are for specific tasks, to get well-defined deliverables, in a specified time frame. Tourism is a dynamic area, and outsourcing would not provide the flexibility available with using in-house resources.

With all that said, subsequent comments from Council has me hopeful that they will be re-visiting the proposed outsourcing plan.

Next, let’s address the EDA:

Everyone references the organization as the EDA, but the formal name is; The Industrial Development Authority of the Town of Front Royal, Va. And the County of Warren, Virginia. Its purpose is to represent the interests of both jurisdictions.

In a Memorandum of Agreement for the New Market Tax Credit Program signed by Mayor Tharpe, Manager Waltz and the Town Attorney May 2017, Paragraph 1. says: “ It is anticipated that loan funding would be acquired by the EDA from the Program at 1.5% interest annually for the first seven (7) years of financing, at which time the Town will have to secure refinancing for the unpaid outstanding principal balance on the Town projects from another source”. With the operative word being ‘anticipated’.

Paragraph 3. states; “ The Town will fund, to the extent legally permissible, one hundred percent (100%) of the EDA’s debt service through an annual appropriation and expenditure from the Town’s adopted budget associated with the a) Police Dept HQ on Kendrick Lane: …..”. This evidences Town liability in my mind that goes beyond the moral one.

Thereafter, the Town was encouraged by Brian Phillips of PEOPLE Inc. (who managed the New Mkt Tax Credit program) to take a 2.65 % loan rate but the Town elected to ‘roll the dice’ for the 1.5% rate that they never qualified for.

A loan for 3% was eventually obtained for the Town’s Police Dept. construction. The EDA recently offered an interest rate of 2.25% but the Town continues to think they deserve the 1.5% rate and have authorized $45k for accounting services and $200K for legal services supposedly to get it!

The difference between the 1.5% interest rate the Town wants and the 2.25% rate EDA offered is only $87,240! The EDA is eating the difference between the offered rate and the actual 3% rate on the loan. What sense does it make to budget $245K to address a possible $87k loss? Let’s look further.

The Town originally filed suit against EDA for $3 million, supposedly to guard against being affected by a statute of limitations. However, no specific evidence was ever advertised to support that justification. Later, the Town increased the amount to $15 million but without any documented specification of damages. Now the suit is being amended again to who knows how much!

The EDA owned properties are now assessed at $31.5 million, but they have $40.8 million in debt. There’s no surplus to get! And if the Town thinks they’re going to get a property as a possible court-ordered payoff, that’s a pipe dream. Is it reasonable to consider that the courts would give the Town precedent over the loan holders?

Jennifer McDonald and the prior EDA Board, who were allegedly responsible for the misdeeds and losses, are GONE. The new Exec. Director and Board have been working diligently to clean up the mess and get back to producing good results for the Town and County.

It’s been alleged that the EDA was mostly focused on County projects but the truth is just the opposite. They’re working on the Happy Creek Technology Park, and they did the Leech Run Project, they’re actively marketing the Avtex property and many others. On February 19, they hosted an event with the Blueridge Assoc. of Realtors and visited 28 sites, 21 of which were in the Town.

Plus, the Town is not without fault in this whole affair, in my opinion.

– They gambled with the PD loan rate with the New Market Tax Credit program.

– They virtually abandoned involvement with the EDA Board well before the skulduggery was discovered.

– When a Council member first raised a red flag years ago, they were not only ignored but were seriously criticized.

– Now, the Town is withholding even the principal payment on the PD loan making EDA’s financial situation more precarious.

The Town’s continued adversarial behavior is damaging the organization that is presently, and has been, trying to support it! The past EDA embezzlement and misdeeds are enough of a black eye itself. Still, the contentious environment the Town is promoting is making things worse and further damaging our community’s reputation. What business wants to make a serious investment where there is so much chaos, drama, and uncertainty?

In Conclusion,

To promote improved communications between the Council and the public, to promote Economic Development activities and to address having a balanced 20/21 budget, the following suggestions are offered.

Communications:

– Increase the public presentation time at Council meetings to 4 or 5 minutes per citizen but be less lenient with speakers who cannot observe that limit. This would enable citizens to communicate w/ Council better and demonstrate an honest desire by the Council to encourage citizen participation in their government.

– Institute a provision for public interaction at the work sessions. This could be limited to just questions and be controlled either by a time boundary (30-60 min?) or limit it to a specific # of issues. Or consider having written questions submitted to the Mayor when the work session items are finished, and a short break is taken. Then have the Mayor choose which issues are most relevant to address when the work session is reconvened.

– Implement the ‘town hall’ sessions previously identified in the prior Communications proposal, with only the Mayor representing the Council positions. Try them monthly, to begin with, and then evaluate and adjust based on experience. I believe the Mayor is addressing this already.

– Support the creation of public committees on specific issues such as infrastructure, finance/budget, etc.). I believe the Mayor may be considering this already.

– When significant issues or organizational changes are being considered, produce a documented analysis, and advertise it to the public, before final decisions are made. Now, some in the public think why show up at Council meetings and provide feedback since decisions are being advertised rather than being proposed?

– Since there seems to be meaningful animosity and distrust between the Interim Mgr and the public, consider having a special town hall session where concerns can be honestly expressed, and explanations can be offered to dispel any rumors and misunderstandings.

Anyone who doesn’t see the disconnect between the public now and the Council maybe has their head in the sand. Simply continuing business, as usual, will not create different results and is the definition of ‘stupidity’.

Tourism:

– Re-establish the in-house Community Development/tourism structure that was so effective previously and abandon the outsourcing plan that’s been emphatically opposed by much of the public

– Encourage engagement with the Joint Town/County Tourism Advisory Board.

EDA:

– Direct the Town’s finance representative to meet with the EDA accountant so available records can be reviewed to arrive at an overpayment figure such that options can be developed to resolve that matter without unnecessary attorney involvement.

– Accept the EDA offered an interest rate of 2.25% on the Police Dept loan and begin making full payments. If this option is not pursued, at least begin making principal payments that the Town is moral, if not legally, obligated to which is not in question.

– Withdraw the litigation against the EDA.

– Use the remainder of the budgeted $245K planned for EDA accounting and attorney services for other 20/21 needs.

– Withdraw the Virginia legislation proposal to permit a separate Town EDA. That proposal sends the wrong message.

– Begin a fully cooperative engagement with the EDA Board.

– Engage more fully with the Town/County Liason Committee.

20/21 Budget:

– Eliminate the proposed Asst. Town Mgr position for a savings of well over $100K in salary and benefits. This proposed new position is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Include this responsibility in the Finance Director’s position in that they are most knowledgable about all Town issues. When you’re looking to down-size government, creating new positions is counterproductive.

– Evaluate eliminating the 12 existing vacant positions referenced at the February 3rd work session that may not be critical.

– Apply the ‘last in, first out’ policy on the positions that were expanded in the preceding several years and eliminate positions and operational programs that are not critical.

– Abandon the proposal to obtain a Landscape Architect and hire a well-qualified replacement for the landscape person who recently retired. In-house staff will be more nimble and should cost less than outsourcing. Plus, you get what you pay for.

– Consider adjusting the employee benefits package to get a rate that does not exceed the budgeted 3% increase from last year. My understanding is that the existing benefits package is very generous.

– Instead of providing the third full traunch of the compensation study this year, split the balance in half and extend it to 4 yrs rather than finish it in 3 years. This would have a minimal effect in that a COLA is also shown in the budget.

– Direct the Interim Manager to document any possible government improvements that may be identified henceforth but leave them for the permanent Town Manager to consider for possible implementation.

That concludes the presentation I would have made to the Council had I been permitted to address them at the Feb 19 work session.

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