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Warren County School Board sets aside action on proposed WCPS 2023 budget

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Seeking higher employee raises and more time to review the proposed fiscal year 2022-2023 budget for Warren County Public Schools (WCPS), members of the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, March 2 voted to table action on the proposal.

During the board’s regular meeting, the School Board majority voted to have WCPS staff conduct more work on the proposed budget before they vote to approve it. The Warren County Board of Supervisors also must approve the school division’s roughly $70.93 million proposed budget for next year.

Board Vice-Chair Ralph Rinaldi, for instance, pointed out that he would like to see more money than what’s in the currently proposed budget go to teachers to solve some of the school division’s teacher retention issues. Right now, the proposed budget would provide WCPS teachers with a 5 percent salary increase, inclusive of a step up in their years of experience.

“I would rather see more money going to the teachers in order to solve a lot of problems, one of them being the teacher exit,” Rinaldi told WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger, who presented the proposed budget for board action. “I would like to see if there’s anything we could do to stretch that raise back up a little bit so that we can retain our teachers.”


Rinaldi called WCPS a “training academy,” in reference to the fact that WCPS teachers tend to get lured away by higher salaries offered to them by surrounding school divisions.

“And you know, folks,” Rinaldi said, turning to the audience, “it’s not only teachers. It’s firemen, sheriffs, and everybody else on the County payroll that’s affected by this. I guess I’m tired of being the training academy for Loudon County and Prince William County and the rest of them.”

In fact, during the community participation portion of the School Board’s meeting, Warren County Education Association President of Secondary Education Amy Flora, who is a math teacher at Warren County High School, offered board members some numbers to consider.

For instance, according to one media report, Flora said that Virginia has increased open teaching vacancies by nearly 62 percent since 2018. Additionally, Business.org reports that Virginia ranks last among 50 states when comparing average state teaching salaries.

And when comparing WCPS salaries with Loudon County Public Schools (LCPS), the pay difference amounted to $17,942 a year for the 2021-2022 school year for teachers having the same experience, with LCPS paying more. Prince William County paid the same experienced teachers $8,347 a year more than those working for WCPS, Flora said.

The 5 percent salary increase that’s proposed, Flora said, is actually a state mandate that is not coming from the WCPS budget. Every county in Virginia is being incentivized with state funds to give a 5 percent raise. “But WCPS is combining that money with what teachers would have gotten for a step increase due to years of experience,” she said.

Flora also pointed out that 5 percent is not equal across salaries. In Loudon County, for example, that increase means $3,508, while in Prince William it means $3,028. “But in Warren County, it is only $2,611,” she said.

“I came to you last month with great concerns about teacher loss. This discrepancy in pay is only widening the gap between Warren County and surrounding areas,” Flora said. “We still have unfilled positions.

“What is the County prepared to do when we don’t have enough teachers to run the system? When we are relying on substitutes — as great as they may be — to get kids through the SOLs, which affects accreditation and, thus, affects state funding?” she asked School Board members. “What is Warren County doing to encourage teachers to stay?”

Ballenger’s explanation of the proposed 5 percent salary increase, inclusive of step, bolstered Flora’s comments. And he acknowledged that the state’s incentive for the 5 percent salary raise “is not going to touch” what school divisions in the Commonwealth actually need to give everybody within their division 5 percent.

The superintendent explained that if a teacher is in step one and there’s a one percent difference between that and step two, under the proposed budget a WCPS teacher would get the one percent raise with an additional 4 percent tacked on to make it a total 5 percent raise that is inclusive of the step.

Rinaldi asked what it would cost WCPS to offer a 5 percent raise, plus a step, for teachers.

WCPS Finance Director Robert Ballentine answered that giving teachers a step plus a 5 percent raise would cost WCPS an additional $444,111. To do that for all WCPS employees it would cost an additional $678,000.

Rinaldi said that it’s not just teachers who deserve the raise, “but also the bus drivers and anybody else who’s in contact with a kid in the system. And I wouldn’t mind seeing that. It sort of sets the stage and the perception that we’re trying to keep these teachers here,” he said.

One suggestion on how to come up with additional funds to support a 5 percent raise, plus a step, came from board member Melanie Salins, who asked about the need for a new full-time WCPS Communications Director position, which is included in the proposed budget.

“Improved communication is certainly something I wanted to see, but I had no idea that it was going to come as a full-time position and a price tag of $100,000 a year,” Salins said. “When there’s a 7 percent inflation rate and we’re giving teachers a raise less than the inflation rate, and to then hire someone to communicate for $100,000 year seems like a real slap in the face to our teachers.”

Ballenger said the proposed Communications Director salary amount is based on the administrative pay scale for a professional having 10 years of experience. However, if someone was hired having fewer years of experience, then the salary would be less. Likewise, if someone with more than 10 years of experience was hired, then WCPS would be “in the hole” for the difference in salary.

And Ballenger said that a full-time position is warranted because the job would require more than just issuing infrequent press releases and would entail completing tasks associated with the ongoing release of information via various WCPS outlets, such as its website, for instance.

“I’m cringing at that one,” Salins said.

Rinaldi thanked Ballenger and Ballentine for the details they provided on the budget, acknowledging how complicated the process is this year.

Salins made a motion to table the vote until the School Board can meet with the Board of Supervisors on it, and to also provide board members with more time to go over the line items.

“I would really like for you guys to work hard on finding places that you can cut things on this budget” that don’t include teachers’ pay, she said.

The motion received a second from Rinaldi and the board members voted 4-1 to carry the motion with School Board Chair Kristen Pence, Rinaldi, Salins, and Antoinette Funk voting aye and board member Andrea Lo voting nay.

Superintendent’s response
The Royal Examiner asked Superintendent Ballenger if — considering the many important budget priorities for WCPS next year — there are areas where cuts could be made to find more money for teacher raises.

“In order to give all staff additional compensation, with the current figures we have, the only place to gain funds is to reduce the additional proposed positions, reduce the cost for grounds, or not move funds into the textbook fund for future expenditures to name a few,” Ballenger wrote in an email today. “We can also see additional revenues from the state and that could have an impact, as well.”

Ballenger also said he plans to have a revised proposed budget ready for the School Board’s review at its March 16 work session.

Other action
WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Administration George “Buck” Smith presented School Board members with two food service contracts needing renewal for the upcoming school year.

The first was the Food Service Management Contract Renewal with Sodexo America LLC, which has managed the foodservice operations for WCPS since 2019. The agreement contains a clause that allows the contract to be renewed annually for four additional one-year periods upon the mutual consent of both parties.

Smith highlighted items in the contract that Sodexo plans to continue into the next agreement, such as a guaranteed return of $72,750; a $6,000 annual scholarship; a $6,500 donation to the WCPS Backpack Food Program; and a $2,500 grant to introduce new programs in Warren County.

“Sodexo will also continue to employ the foodservice employees and train the employees on proper food handling, customer service, and safety,” Smith explained, noting that there is 48 staff across the kitchens and four total in administration, all working onsite.

The agreement’s cost increase for the 2022-2023 school year is 5 percent for general support services and 5 percent for the management fee, although the management fee would not be paid unless the program generates a minimum guaranteed financial return of $72,750, said Smith.

“The actual cost of increase is less than a percent of one cent per meal served and if we maintained at the current serving levels that would be around $11,000,” Smith said. “Our current reimbursement per meal and school nutrition fund would have no issue absorbing this small increase and as previously stated, the increase only applies to meals served not the overall budget, so reimbursement easily handles this cost.”

The School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract renewal.

The second Sodexo contract up for renewal regards the management of the WCPS custodial operations for an additional one-year period beginning July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

The initial contract agreement for the 2021-2022 school year included a 12-month contract in the amount not to exceed $2,082,501. The proposal for the 2022-2023 school year includes a 2.5 percent increase totaling $52,063 for a total contracted price not to exceed $2,134,564, according to Smith.

The board also voted unanimously to approve this contract renewal.

Following that action, the School Board went into a closed meeting to discuss a student disciplinary matter.

To view the Warren County School Board March 2 regular meeting in its entirety, go HERE.

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Rotary Club of Warren County: Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions

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Congratulations to several Rotary Club of Warren County members on their Paul Harris Fellow Recognition this month.

ELLEN ADERS – Ellen has been a very active member this whole year. A driving force behind pulling club members together for breakfast meetings at Mom’s Kitchen before we began gathering in person again. Always ready to participate in service projects and ready to tackle challenges. She has served the club as Secretary this year. This recognition is also for her hard work organizing the children’s toy drive for Kentucky families who suffered tornado devastation this December. And amazing work gathering sponsorships for the Ride with Rotary.

ROBERT HUPMAN +4 – Robert Hupman is a dedicated club member who participates in service projects…with a favorite passion for cleaning up our environment! Shenandoah River clean up projects are top of his list. Robert was also the mastermind behind the spontaneous trip to Kentucky for Christmas toy distribution. He hopped in his truck with friend TJ to bring toys and gift cards to children for Christmas! Robert built the shower trailer for the homeless this winter. He has a “can do” attitude and really cares about Warren County.

JEN AVERY +1 – Jen has worked as PR Chair ever since joining the club almost 3 years ago. She also helped with the Project: Christmas in Kentucky with Ellen, Robert, and Kahle. She helps with most of the social media posts (including this one…LOL), created LinkedIn account, and creates custom videos for the club.


MICHELLE SMELTZER – Michelle managed our Club Service Projects Chair this year when the need emerged. She is connected to our community in so many ways that she is able to bring community needs to the table easily within the club. Michelle and Robert worked on the Thermal Shelter shower trailer this year and has managed several drives for the homeless and those in need. She always has a positive attitude and a smile even when going gets tough!

DAVE HARDY +8 – At this point he and his wife Carol are Major Donors!!! This year Dave spent endless hours organizing the inaugural Ride with Rotary to benefit Cars Changing Lives and Reaching Out Now. Dave strategically planned every detail of the event, above and beyond what the club could have imagined. We are so grateful for his work on this very successful fundraiser.

HANK ECTON +2 – Hank has won numerous awards for his glorious newsletter. Packed with every detail you could ask for, Hank has set the standards on what a club’s newsletter could/should look like! We are all thankful for Hank and his years of dedication!!

*The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Patient of the Week: Striped Skunk

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This infant Striped Skunk was spotted all alone and wandering outside of his den. If mom dies or does not return to the den, babies who are typically too small to leave the den will venture out to find her.

Photos / Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

After monitoring the situation for a few days, it became apparent that mom was not returning and the baby came in for care.

Although thin and dehydrated upon admission, this kit was eager to eat on his own once rehydrated. We expect him to do well and be releasable later this year!


If you have unwanted skunks denning near your home, please do not intervene until AFTER baby season is over in the early fall to prevent creating orphans.

Generally, skunks are not aggressive animals and actually make good neighbors! They are most active at night and eat insects, rodents, and carrion (dead animals)—making the environment healthier for everyone.

If a skunk is behaving oddly or appears ill, or if you believe there are babies in need of help, do not try to handle them yourself. Skunks are considered a high-risk rabies vector species and handling or feeding them can result in life-threatening consequences for you and them. Call your local permitted rehabilitator as soon as you believe there is an issue.

Did you know?

Skunks do not have an infinite amount of liquid in their scent glands to spray, so they only use it when they think their lives are in danger.

Skunks will typically stomp their front paws to warn potential predators and they will even raise their tail as a threat at those who ignore this first warning. Finally, if the threat continues, they will spray. This spray causes eye irritation and has an extremely potent smell meant to distract and discourage predators from continuing their threatening advances.

Once they use their full amount, it can take days for skunks to “recharge,” leaving them potentially vulnerable to predators looking to test their luck.

Stay away and don’t get sprayed! Give skunks ample room to move away from you and try not to make quick movements. Sudden movements can make animals nervous and send them into defense mode. Keep pets on a leash when outside in an un-fenced area to help prevent them from being sprayed!


Looking for an easy way to help native wildlife? Become a monthly BRWC donor! For as little as $5/month, you can provide year-round, sustainable support that helps us fulfill our mission.

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Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center Annual Fireworks Show

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The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is pleased to again host the 2022 Independence Day Celebration. This year’s event will be on Friday, July 1st, at the 4-H Center; 600 4H Center Drive, Front Royal.

Parking will open at 5:00pm and festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening, including live patriotic music performed by the American Legion Community Band. Also, food trucks will be set up so guests can enjoy some dinner while listening to the band until the capstone event of a professional fireworks display – which is sure to produce many “oohs and ahhs!”. Food trucks include: Fearless Eats (burgers and hot dogs), Rutz BBQ, Mike’s Concessions (pizza, funnel cakes, and cotton candy), Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet, and Lemon Squeezers.

Parking will be available and Warren County Sheriff Department will be present for security and egress traffic support. A voluntary donation (recommended $5 per vehicle) will be requested at the gate to help offset the cost of the event.

New 4-H Center Director Katie Tennant says “We heard such great feedback about last year’s show that we contracted with the same vendor to provide another spectacular event! I am excited to help host this annual celebration for the community and meet more of the residents and businesses who support us throughout the year. This event would not be possible without the generous sponsorships we receive.”


The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate experiential learning programs for youth, families, and adults. Since 1981, the 4-H Center has offered year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. In addition to nine weeks of summer 4-H camp, the Center offers a full range of day and overnight camps, environmental education and team-building programs, and conference and meeting facilities and services. The 4-H Center provides meals and lodging for campers and adult guests, as well as access to the Appalachian trail, a challenge course, outdoor pool, pond fishing, sports fields, and horse stables.

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Bethel Assembly of God hosts memorable flag presentation service

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Bethel Assembly of God (111 Totten Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630) was honored to host Sergeant Major (US Army Retired) James McGruder on Sunday, June 26th, 2022, for a very memorable flag presentation service. The service was arranged by Tim Wolfe, a church member and Warren County resident, and was planned to coincide with the church’s annual Independence Day celebrations.

SGM McGruder entered the U.S. Army in February 1983 and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was awarded the MOS 13B Field Artillery. After basic training, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas as part of the 1st 92nd Field Artillery, 8 Inch Battalion (BN).

Sergeant Major (US Army Retired) James McGruder

SGM McGruder deployed to Iraq with Alpha Battery 5-18 Field Artillery as part of Desert Shield/Storm in November 1990. While in Iraq, he risked his life to extinguish a fire in a M548 ammunition carrier in order to save the M110 Howitzer’s combat ammunition load; he took this action selflessly, without hesitation and without formal recognition of his heroism.


SGM McGruder is passionate about mentorship and ensuring the future success of the NCO Corps. In 2003, as the Senior Professional Development NCO for the Field Artillery Branch in the Human Resources Command (HRC), SGM McGruder managed over 24,000 Soldiers and expertly advised the Branch Chief and Sergeant Major on military education requirements, career progression and Military Occupational Specialty structure. While assigned to HRC, SGM McGruder was selected over more than 26 NCOs to serve as the President of the Human Resources Command, Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

SGM McGruder has also been instrumental in developing young Officers. In July of 2009, SGM McGruder was selected by the Cadet Command CSM to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, United States Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. His selfless service and devotion to mission accomplishment made lasting impacts in training operations and opportunities throughout the command.

SGM McGruder on August 7, 2014 had the distinct privilege of introducing former president Barrack Obama prior to him signing The Veterans Affairs Overhaul Bill.  This bill signed into law a 16.3 billion dollar measure to help overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency that in recent months had faced intense criticism for long wait time for health care and manipulation of records. This was the first time in American history that an active duty Sergeant Major had ever introduced a sitting president.

SGM McGruder’s last assignment was at Fort Belvoir Garrison operations, where he served as an Enlisted Advisor to the Garrison Commander. After more than 32 years of military service, SGM McGruder retired on February 28, 2015. SGM McGruder is married to the former Tammy Buerl and they have been married for 34 years. They have two children, daughter Jamecia and son James.

The Flag Presentation Service honored Pastor Steven A. Schetrom II for his dedication to the community. Bethel Assembly of God is a growing and community-minded church working to positively impact the Front Royal-Warren County community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As an example of its dedication to the community, the church is currently working to distribute gift bags to community agency employees and volunteers to show their appreciation and support for the hard work those individuals do in the community.

Weekly services are held at Bethel Assembly of God each Sunday at 10:30am. The church also hosts or sponsors several small groups each week. The church’s mission is “to be a vital community of loving disciples committed to building one another up so that each reaches their full potential.” More information about the church can be found online at www.bethellife.org or by emailing info@bethellife.org.

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Financial advisor Bret Hrbek receives Edward Jones Spirit of Caring Award

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Bret Hrbek, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Front Royal recently received the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Hrbek has demonstrated unyielding dedication to giving back, which has positively impacted his clients, colleagues and community.

The award is given to only one financial advisor in each of the firm’s 316 regions and is determined by a vote of his peers.

“Edward Jones is a partnership. That structure is not just financial, it’s a philosophy,” Hrbek said. “We work together, help each other and all share in the rewards of working with long-term individual investors. That brings out the best in everyone. I am humbled to be this year’s recipient of the Spirit of Caring Award.”


The Edward Jones branch-office business model, with more than 15,000 branches throughout North America, allows the firm’s nearly 19,000 financial advisors to identify what matters most to each individual client and create personalized strategies, with the goal of developing long-lasting relationships to help keep them on track toward their goals.

Hrbek’s office is located at 986 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal, Virginia.


Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 firm, provides financial services in the U.S. and through its affiliate in Canada. The firm’s nearly 19,000 financial advisors serve more than 8 million clients with a total of $1.7 trillion in client assets under care. Edward Jones’ purpose is to partner for a positive impact to improve the lives of its clients and colleagues, and together, better our communities and society. Through the dedication of the firm’s 50,000 associates and our branch presence in 68 percent of U.S. counties, the firm is committed to helping more people achieve financially what is most important to them. The Edward Jones website is edwardjones.com and its recruiting website is careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Rotary Club of Warren County names Rotarian of the Year, Jennifer Avery

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Every year the Rotary Club of Warren County awards one dedicated outstanding club member as Rotarian of the Year. This year the award goes to Jennifer Avery!

One of the biggest contributions Jen makes to the Rotary Club of Warren County is social media, photos, videos, community engagement, and public relations in general.

A few highlights of the year Avery shared included registering the club with We See You, Warren County through the Warren Coalition, representing Rotary at the Humane Society’s Polar Plunge, creating the club’s LinkedIn profile, and expanding social media reach.

Avery reflects on the year, “Helping the homeless has grown into my biggest passion. It comes easy and is so rewarding to see how the community has responded so enthusiastically and graciously! My Rotary family has been incredibly supportive through grants, event participation, and donations. I feel so grateful and so do the men we have helped at the House of Hope.”


In addition to 2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year, Avery was recognized earlier this month by Reaching Out Now with the Service Above Self award at the “Eye to See” Leadership Gala, April 2022 the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, and 2020 BRAR Community Service Award by the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors.

Avery has served on several boards over the past few years including Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, House of Hope, and Humane Society of Warren County. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Warren County serving as the past PR Chair. However, top of the priority list of important roles Jen plays is MOM to Shiloh (15), Jordan (13), and Easton (12).

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