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Warren County School Board Meeting May 15th: With budget approved, money starts to flow

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Superintendent Greg Drescher. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

At the Warren County School Board meeting on May 15, 2019, the board approved the consent agenda which included expenditures of $372,923.13.

As a result of the FY2019-2020 budget being approved on May 8, 2019, salary scales were approved. Positions on all scales except the Miscellaneous and Supplement Scales will receive a minimum of a 3% salary increase. Other revisions are as follows:

Implementation of phase I–Teacher scales as recommended by Paypoint’s Compensation and Classification study. Phase 1 includes addressing years of experience 11-25. Increase ranges from 7 % to 13% in order to be competitive within our region.

Implementation of phase 1—Bus Drivers as recommended by Paypoint’s Compensation and Classification study. Phase 1 includes addressing entire scale to be competitive within our region and provides a step to each returning contracted driver.

Click here to download the 2019-2020 salary scales.

Superintendent Greg Drescher requested and was approved to assign four previously unassigned positions in FY2020 budget as follows: two as English Language teachers, one as a middle school reading specialist, and the fourth be held pending the opening of school and an assessment of class sizes. Also that a fifth grade teaching position at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School be reclassified as a Dean of Students position at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School and that a fourth grade teaching position at A. S. Rhodes Elementary School be reclassified as a full-time Guidance position at that school.

Drescher also requested that the Board of Supervisors be requested to appropriate $491,226 of the FY2018 School Operating Budget surplus to the FY2019 Operating Budget. The proposed uses of the $491,226 available surplus are:

$225,000 to cover expected utility costs that are in excess of the current budget
$176,000 to cover the cost of the 1 to 1 technology initiative in grades 6-12
$ 90,226 to cover projected maintenance costs in excess of the current budget
$491,226 Total

The Board also discussed the Renewal of Maintenance Service Contracts for 2019-2020 School Year. Warren County Public Schools, Facilities Management Office contracts or outsources various building related services that are necessary for the continuous operation of school facilities. These contracts are awarded with a base performance period of one year with four (4) one year renewals with agreed upon annual price increases. The Facilities Management Office requested approval for annual price increases for the FY19-FY20 school year for eight (8) service contracts including elevator service, solid waste removal, pest control services, school intercoms and bell service, energy management systems, security systems monitoring, LP gas and heating fuel oil supply.Staff had reviewed all the service cost price increase requests from the vendors and where applicable, all price increase are within range of the CPI (Consumer Price Index) or All Urban Consumers dated March 19, 2019.

Superintendent Greg Drescher also discussed the Paid School Meal Prices for 2019-2020.

The Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school divisions participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. Schools charging less than $3.00 for paid lunches are required to adjust the full meal price to cover the difference.

Warren County Public Schools’ current lunch price for elementary students is $2.00 and $2.10 for middle and high school students. Based on the food services fund balance and the increased cost of food, we recommend increasing lunch prices by ten cents for elementary, middle, and high school students. The recommended new lunch prices for the 2019-2020 school year would be $2.10 for elementary students and $2.20 for middle and high school students. This will be the first time school lunch prices have increased since the 2016-2017 school year. The recommendation is to leave the breakfast price at $1.25. The last time the breakfast price was increased was the 2014-2015 school year.

In the personnel report, the following resignations and appointments were presented to the School Board:

The following resignations and appointments are to be presented at the Warren County School Board meeting on May 15, 2019.

RESIGNATIONS:

Jacylyn Balancia-SMS – Cross Country Coach – Effective – 05/08/2019
Morgan Briggs – SMS – Cheer Coach – Effective – 05/08/2019
Candice Henry – ASR – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Caitlin Himelright – ASR – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Leah Martin – Accepted Teaching Position BF – Instructional Assistant – Effective – 06/30/2019
Jerry Moore – MAINT – Maintenance – Effective – 05/17/2019
Lauren Paquette – WCHS – JV Soccer Coach – Effective – 06/01/2019
Katherine Smith – SS – Physical Therapist – Effective – 06/30/2019
Alexis Stiles – ASR – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Heidi Trude – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Heidi Trude – SHS – Academic Coach – Effective – 06/30/2019
Megan Windham – SMS – Cheer Coach – Effective – 05/06/2019
Phillip Barnes – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Anne Cobb – SMS – Dean of Students – Effective – 06/30/2019
Gwendolyn Edwards – SMS – Dean of Students – Effective – 06/30/2019
Bethany Kelly – SMS – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
William Martin – WCMS/SMS – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019
Amy Sealock – WCHS – Teacher – Effective – 06/30/2019

APPOINTMENTS:

Dorthy Marshall – FS – Cafeteria Substitute – Effective – 05/09/2019
Selissa Blakely – TRANS – Car Driver – Effective – 05/16/2019
Donald Bradner – Replaced Jonathan Murphy WCMS – Band Director – Effective – 08/05/2019
Mary Buchanan – Replaced David Templeton – WCMS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Anthony Clingerman – Replaced Hunter Stewart – SHS – JV Basement Coach – Effective – 05/16/2019
Gwendolyn Edwards – Replaced Melissa Ritter – SMS – Assistant Principal – Effective – 07/01/2019
Melissa Fox – Replaced Ethan Mummert – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Kaitlyn Gerber – Replaced Alexa Vadala-Schaffer – LFK – School Counselor – Effective – 08/05/2019
Kari Gershon – Replaced Amanda Zangari – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Windy Glahn – Replaced Phillip Barnes – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Eric Jones – Replaced Russell Bryant – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Gwynnavier Jones – Replaced Erin Rainard – WCHS/SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Kaitlyn Kitchen – Replaced Eric Michael – HJB – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Jaclyn Lawall – Replaced Haley Coloso – WCMS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Brittany Lewis – Replaced Linda Kroll – SHS – Instructional Assistant – Effective – 08/08/2019
Leah Martin – Replaced Tara McKechnie – BF – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Darren McKinney – Replaced Michael Abel – BRTC – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Julie Morton – Replaced Megan Windham – SMS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Emily Roy – Replaced Elizabeth Comstock – WCMS/SMS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Allison Rudacille – Replaced Jessica Campbell – LFK – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Krystina Sasser – Replaced Amanda Purrier – SMS – School Counselor – Effective – 07/10/2019
Sara Sullivan – Replaced Pamela Foster – HJB – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019
Graeme Wright – Replaced Heidi Trude – SHS – Teacher – Effective – 08/05/2019

Title IV Summer Programs

Rita Werner – Title IV Summer Program Director
Jessica Ryan – Title IV Summer Program Director
Jaimie Marion – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Melanie Catron – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Krystal Hall – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Rebecca Hutson-Hodge – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Melissa Hammond – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Amanda Jenkins – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Candace Ferst – Title IV Summer Program Staff
Jennifer Cameron -Title IV Summer Program Staff

Released to WC Government Grounds

Kenneth Baker – MAINT – Grounds Maintenance – Effective – 06/30/2019
Leonard Weaver – MAINT – Grounds Maintenance – Effective – 06/30/2019

Also some 50+ cafeteria employees were released due to outsourcing with Sodexo, Effective on June 30, 2019.

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Sunday night house fire ruled arson – occupant charged

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On Sunday, May 31, 2020, at approximately 10:20 pm, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was dispatched to 121 E. 14th Street, Front Royal, for a reported residential structure fire.

Fire, Rescue, and officers from the Front Royal Police Department arrived at the scene and observed an active fire in the basement with a significant amount of smoke coming from the doors and windows of the first floor. Firefighters initiated a rapid search of the residence and determined no one was trapped inside the home. The fire was quickly extinguished, however, the residence was rendered uninhabitable with an estimated $80,000 in damages. One of the occupants of the home has received assistance from the American Red Cross.

An investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was caused by an act of arson and requested assistance by the Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

As a result of the investigation and consultation with the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Lauren T. Roberts, a 33-year-old Front Royal resident, has been charged in connection with the fire incident. Ms. Roberts has been charged with a single felony count of Virginia Code § 18.2-77 Burning or destroying a dwelling house. Roberts was transported to the Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren (RSW) Regional Jail where she was held without bond. The court date for this offense is on July 28, 2020, at 9 am in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Lauren T. Roberts. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal G. Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Detective M.R. Ramey with the Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-636-2208.

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Royal Comfort Shoe Center relocates and trades spaces with the OPEN HOUSE meeting space on Main Street

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WHAT MATTERS Warren—Despite the plethora of challenges faced by retail establishments the past few months, Mark and Yuliya Poe, owners of the Daily Grind and Royal Comfort Shoe Center, have taken a leap of faith that has strengthened their dedication to their Main Street businesses and to the community in which they serve. As of last month, their establishments are now adjacent to each other in the Middle of Main building and the doors of The Daily Grind now open into the delightfully appointed Royal Comfort Shoe Center. The couple can now share resources and staff as the shoe center benefits from a better location closer to the heart of historic Main Street.

More than just a shoe store, the Center offers custom fittings, consultation, and a wide range of high-end footwear. Opened in 2018, they have expanded to now offer 250+ different styles of well known and leading brands in the comfort shoe industry including SAS, Vionic, Propet, Thorogood Boots, Naot, Jambu, Samuel Hubbard, Taos, Sanita, Crocs, Drew, Clarks, Aetrex, Birkenstock, Florsheim and New Balance, and they are constantly adding new brands. In addition to high quality, comfortable, stylish footwear and orthotics, they offer specialty socks as well as shoe repair and shoe lifts (all work is completed in-house). Owner Mark Poe is also proud to provide his guidance from his expertise as a Certified Pedorthist (C-Ped). His decades of experience in the industry ensure customers find the footwear that best supports their individual needs.

The entrepreneurs did much more than embrace relocation and expansion during these trying times surrounding the COVID crisis. They have dedicated their former shoe center storefront at 114 E. Main Street to become the new OPEN HOUSE space and will continue to fulfill the mission of the community meeting space Beth Medved Waller began funding four years ago. In mid-April, as Waller prepared for another month of investing her $2,000 per month commitment to fund the OPEN HOUSE space (unused due to the quarantine since early March), she did some sobering soul-searching. As much as she loved providing the free meeting space, she forced herself to face the reality that she had already invested $4,000 in a building that was sitting empty and would be for the considerable future. “One of my favorite WHAT MATTERS Initiatives was sponsoring OPEN HOUSE. It always warmed my heart to drive by Main Street and see wonderful people of our community gathered and meeting. Great connections, service, ideas, and memories have originated within the space throughout the years. But I couldn’t justify spending thousands more to fund an initiative that would likely be dormant for many months,” said Beth.

Yuliya Poe, who has been the neighbor to OPEN HOUSE for years as she operates The Daily Grind shared, “When we learned of Beth’s decision to close OPEN HOUSE, we offered to immediately take over her lease. We respect the commitment she has for the community and loved what she was doing with the space. When we ran into her in the hallway, and she proposed using her furnishings at OPEN HOUSE to convert the former shoe center location into a meeting space for the community, we did what we do—followed our hearts. Within 24 hours, plans were being made to turn the former shoe center space into a non-profit center and carry on the mission she started.”

Stay tuned for updates about the new OPEN HOUSE, which will be sponsored by their businesses and expanded to offer even more to the Front Royal/Warren County community. And when you find yourself ready to click on Amazon for your next shoe purchase, or drive to neighboring zip codes to open your wallet, be sure to stop by The Royal Comfort Shoe Center instead and give your feet the benefit of friendly local expertise and your heart the privilege of supporting a business that gives back to our community (and of course you’re welcome to enjoy a cup of Daily Grind coffee while you shop). Learn more on Facebook or call 540-749-2741. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 10 to 5, and Saturday from 9 to 2.

WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Governor Northam COVID-19 update briefing – June 2, 2020; addresses protest, Phase 2 starts Friday

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Governor Northam joins the Virginia Emergency Support Team to share the latest updates on the COVID-19 response. Here are the highlights:

The Governor began the June 2 briefing by discussing the protests across Virginia. His message to protesters is “I hear you,” and that he pledges to stand with them. Several spoke with the Governor including 70th District Del. Delores McQuinn, Shirley Ginwright with the Virginia African American Advisory Board, and Jim Bibbs, chief human resources officer for the Virginia Port Authority.

The Governor announced most of the state can move into Phase Two of reopening the state this Friday, June 5. He said Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Accomack County will stay in Phase One.

Here are some changes under Phase Two:

  • Restaurants can have indoor seating at 50 percent capacity
  • Gyms can have indoor classes/ workouts at 30 percent capacity
  • Pools can open with some restrictions
  • Museums/zoos can open with restrictions
  • Recreational sports allowed but there can be no shared equipment
  • Gatherings limited to 50 people rather than 10
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Changing a life, one car at a time

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — Bill and Sandy Long, owners of the Auto Care Clinic in Front Royal, had no idea in 2018 that their car giveaway event would prompt them to start their own 501 (c)(3) nonprofit a year later. The generous couple has a goal of giving away one car per month through “Cars Changing Lives” and they have already donated 7 cars to those in need. Learn more about their efforts as they passionately describe their nonprofit during this video:

The Longs have a long history of giving back to the community they love. They enjoy providing uniforms for several sports teams, monetarily supporting local non-profits and completing charity repairs for local churches. They’ve also raised significant funds through area fundraisers. They are partnering with case managers of local non-profit organizations such as Phoenix Project, United Way, Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, and Valley Assistance Network (VAN), to discover recipients for their free vehicles. If you or someone you know is in need of transportation, contact a local nonprofit to inquire about being nominated.

Those interested in learning more about their ministry, volunteering, contributing tax-deductible funds, donating vehicles (running or not) or helping with preparing cars for grateful new owners are encouraged to contact them at (540) 635-2455 or carschangingliveswarrencounty@gmail.com. Be sure to visit their website and like their Facebook page.


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Local NAACP leadership and police show unity and outrage over Floyd death

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Leaders of the Front Royal and Warren County black community met with Town and County political and law enforcement leadership Monday afternoon, June 1, in a show of unity surrounding the potential of protests here stemming from public outrage over the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota a week ago, on May 25.

A crowd arrives inside FRPD headquarters for a masked, socially distanced meeting illustrating unity between all of this community and its law enforcement apparatuses. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini – Royal Examiner Video/Mark Williams

Demonstrations have developed around the nation, some turning violent, in the wake of widespread viewing of video recording of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s pinning Floyd, who was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a nearby delicatessen, to the ground with his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd can be heard in cell phone video taken by bystanders pleading for his life, calling to his dead mother, saying he could not breathe and was dying.

The four involved Minneapolis police officers were fired the following day and Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder. But the delay in charging the three other involved former officers and some aggressive police responses to demonstrations in Minneapolis, including targeting a CNN news crew for arrest, and firing “pepper” rounds at an NBC news affiliate team and rubber bullets into crowds in Louisville, Kentucky, has led to escalating hostility, rioting and violence.

A.D. Carter III, left, and the Rev. Alfred Wood began and ended the meeting with prayer.

That rioting has drawn scathing comment from black leaders, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and rapper Killer Mike, among others. Controversy has also erupted about the potential of white “agent provocateurs”, in particular one identified as the “black umbrella man” in inciting peaceful demonstrations toward violence.

Monday’s meeting between black community leaders and local police was called to show that years of “community policing” networking has paid off in placing our black community and our local law enforcement apparatuses at a common point of mutual interest in assuring that the type of thing that happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota would not happen here.

Moderating at the noon event held in the outdoor foyer area of the Monroe Avenue Front Royal Police Department headquarters was Warren-Page County NAACP President Alford D. Carter III. Carter was accompanied by his son, Alford IV, the Reverend Alfred Wood who performed an invocation and closing prayer, and about five other members of the black community. In addition to FRPD Chief Kahle Magalis and Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler, attending were Front Royal Mayor Gene Tewalt, County Board and Emergency Management Team Chairman Walt Mabe and County Emergency Services Deputy Manager Rick Farrall, among other officers from both local law enforcement agencies. Joining that crowd was Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sagar.

Above, Warren-Page NAACP President A.D. Carter III greats the assembled to a show of common purpose. Below, WC Sheriff Mark Butler flanked by FRPD Chief Magalis and town officers, said law enforcement officers who wear badges for the ‘right reasons’ are also outraged by George Floyd’s death in police custody.

The message was clear – what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis in police custody is NOT acceptable, not only to the black community but to the law enforcement community here and across the nation for those wearing a badge after swearing to “serve and protect”.

With a nod to his FRPD counterpart Chief Magalis, Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler cited not only outrage within minority communities, but in law enforcement at the Floyd killing at the hands of law enforcement officers.

“I got a call from my son, who is in security forces. And he’s like, ‘Dad, can you believe this?’ And I said, ‘Well, how do you feel about it?’ And he goes, ‘He (Officer Chauvin) just disgraced our entire profession. And I’m sure, the chief will probably go along with me on this one, any professional law enforcement officer will literally sit and tell you, ‘That is NOT who we are. That is NOT what we raised our hand to be or to do.’

FRPD Chief Magalis agreed that ‘community policing’ does not mean abuse of any portion of the community being served by its law enforcement agencies.

“And I can promise that any person who is wearing a badge for the right reasons would never do anything to harm someone intentionally. And we have just as much anger towards that incident as anyone else – we really do,” Sheriff Butler told those assembled.

See the full, approximately 50-minute NAACP-sponsored community meeting, with remarks from a variety of perspectives on where we as a community, and a nation, are and hope to be in the future, in this exclusive Royal Examiner video:

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Warren County Public Schools Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year

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WHO:
  • Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2020
  • Register at the school in which you are zoned to attend
WHERE
AND
WHEN:
DOCUMENTS NEEDED:
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Number
  • Physical Form (physical must be within the last 12 months prior to the first day of school)
  • Proof of Residence (utility bill, lease, mortgage statement, etc.)
  • A notarized residency affidavit is required if living in another household

 

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD EVEN IF ALL OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN OBTAINED

If you have any questions, please call (540) 635-2171, extension 34236.

Technical Questions: contact Amy Himes (540) 635-7123, extension 46125, or Kathy Gross (540) 635-7123, extension 46124.

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