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Warren Heritage Society producing a community-oriented calendar for 2019

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Original images on white porcelain, hand painted or tinted by an unknown artist. Photos show Byrd and Hannah (Hottel) Clapsaddle taken at time of their marriage in 1868, probably in Front Royal.

Many families in this area have strong ties that run for generations back to Front Royal and Warren County, according to Warren Heritage Society (WHS) Executive Director and she’s hoping that folks are willing to share some of their memories.

In an effort to help rev up local residents’ interest in their heritage, and also to raise funds for the local nonprofit, the organization is gearing up to produce a community-oriented calendar for 2019. This will be achieved in two ways.

First, a photo contest is underway, with the winning selections being featured as calendar-month pictures and the cover of the 2019 calendar. Second, patrons can “claim” a day by purchasing space to put a special message on the calendar.

Imagine your parents’ delight in seeing, “Happy 50th Anniversary John and Jane Doe” on their special day! It’s a great way to recognize a child for a special achievement, or just to say “I love you.” Ms. Marshner says some local businesses have even claimed days that coincide with the anniversary of their grand opening.

Whether you are around the corner or a pinpoint on a map, anyone with an interest in—or connection to– Front Royal and Warren County is invited to join in on the fun. It costs just $20 to claim a day and create your own personal message. Marshner said some dates have already been filled and she’s been fielding calls from citizens and businesses alike. “Imagine what a memento it will be for the future!” she exclaimed.

Days are first-come, first-served, and the calendar will go into production sometime next month, so the director suggested that folks move fast. Call the Society right away to claim your day at 540-636-1446 *#, email: whsexecutivedirector@comcast.net.

Marshner said she hopes to generate a large amount of photo content from the community through the photo contest. “Send in your pictures of important events in your life – anything from Front Royal’s or Warren County’s life. Your school plays last week or ten years ago are history now — so why not immortalize it and send some pictures to Warren Heritage? Maybe it will end up being chosen for inclusion in the calendar!” she said in an interview with the Royal Examiner.

Photo submissions can be brought into the WHS, mailed in or emailed in. The suggested donation (tax-deductible) is $15 for one picture, $25 for two, $30 for three. Checks can be mailed in or dropped off with photos. Patrons can also call the WHS at 540-636-1446 and provide credit card information by phone. The deadline for photo submissions is Dec. 10. Please include information about the photo’s content, what it depicts, and identities of those pictured, if available.

Businesses that might be interested in advertising in the calendar are encouraged to contact the Warren Heritage Society, according to Marshner. She said it can be a very cost-effective way for an entity to get its name in front of a lot of local customers for a month at a time. While some advertisers have purchased ads in the upcoming 2019 calendar, there is room for some more, the executive director said.

More about the image:

Original images on white porcelain, hand painted or tinted by an unknown artist. Photos show Byrd and Hannah (Hottel) Clapsaddle taken at time of  their marriage in 1868, probably in Front Royal.

Originals owned by Dr. Gene Clapsaddle of Moneta VA, who received them from his father, Clarence Clapsaddle, a son of Byrd. Byrd enlisted June 1861 in Co. E, 7th VA Cavalry under Turner Ashby. He reenlisted on 1 May 1862 at Conrad’s Store in the same outfit for the duration of the war. In September of 1862, the 7th along with the 2nd, 6th, 12th regiments and the 17th Battalion, were organized into the Laurel Brigade.

Byrd served throughout the war, having at least one horse shot out from under him. Byrd was captured by the enemy 29 Sep 1864 at Port Republic and exchanged on 17 Mar 1865 at Aiken’s Landing after arriving from the prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout MD. He was paroled on 25 Apr 1865 at Winchester. The Clapsaddles had 9 children after the war, 8 of whom survived to adulthood, and operated a farm off Totten Lane near Riverton in the Fork District north of Front Royal.

The Hottels were one of the earliest settlers of the Shenandoah Valley and one of the most prominent families of the lower Shenandoah. The Clapsaddles predate the formation of Warren County, having migrated from Pennsylvania to Frederick Co VA sometime prior to 1830. Byrd Clapsaddle also served on the committee for the unveiling of the Mosby Monument in Prospect Hill Cemetery dedicate to the memory of those Rangers who were executed while prisoners of war.

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Strasburg Mayor Orndorff seriously injured in RTV crash during Mayfest Friday night

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Mayor Orndorff was injured in an accident in which his recreational terrain vehicle struck the Strasburg Community Library Friday evening. He was airlifted to Hairfax Inova Hospital with serious injuries.

STRASBURG – Strasburg Police and the Virginia State Police are investigating a Friday night traffic crash involving Strasburg Mayor Rich Orndorff, Jr. that occurred the town’s annual Mayfest event.

According to police news releases, Orndorff was flown by helicopter to INOVA Fairfax hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
A Saturday media release from Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager said that Orndorff was involved in a crash at 10:46 p.m. Friday.

Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Coffey wrote in an email that “a recreational terrain vehicle (RTV) struck the Strasburg Community Library” at 10:46 p.m. Friday and that “the vehicle’s adult, male occupant was flown to INOVA Fairfax hospital with serious injuries but non-life-threatening injuries.”

Sager stated that the state police are investigating the incident and declined to answer any questions related to the Friday night incident.

Angie Orndorff, the mayor’s wife, and executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the Mayfest event, did not respond it inquiries about her husband’s status on Sunday.
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READY, SET, SUMMER! Memorial Day Weekend kicks off busy travel season

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RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is making your Memorial Day weekend travel easier by suspending most highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, May 24, until noon Tuesday, May 28.

While lane closures will be lifted in most areas, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full list of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.

VDOT’s travel-trends map helps plan around historically-congested times.

TRAVEL-TRENDS MAP HELPS PREDICT PEAK CONGESTION

VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Memorial Day holidays (2016-2018). While it cannot precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help plan travel around historically busy times.

According to the map, periods of moderate to heavy congestion will occur:

Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on both Friday and Monday
Saturday and Sunday midday
In addition, congestion is expected:

I-95 south and I-64 east from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon
I-95 north and I-64 west on Monday from around noon to late in the evening

NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:

On Monday, May 27, HOV restrictions on I-66 and I-395 and rush hour tolls on the 66 Express Lanes Inside the Beltway will be lifted.

Go online to find directional schedules for the reversible 95 Express Lanes. The free 495 and 95 Express Lanes app lets drivers check real-time toll prices and live traffic updates. Once drivers are on the road, pricing and traffic updates will be available on overhead signs; updates will be available online via Twitter (@VAExpressLanes).

HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes and 64 Express Lanes: HOV restrictions and express lanes tolls are lifted on Monday, May 27. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk are free and open to all motorists outside of normal operating hours, including weekends. To learn more about the 64 Express Lanes, click here.

REAL-TIME INFORMATION TRAFFIC INFO IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

VDOT’s free mobile 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org, or by calling 511 from any phone.

To report a road problem or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) around the clock.

SAFETY FIRST

Be cautious behind the wheel and remember that your actions impact yourself, your passengers and everyone else on the road. Do your part in making travel safer for everybody:

If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or use a ride service
Buckle up
Keep your eyes on the road
Take a break if you are drowsy
If you are a passenger, speak up if someone is driving distracted

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I-66 Outside the Beltway Project: Lane closures and traffic changes Week of May 19, 2019

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What’s Happening

There will be no lane closures from Noon on Friday, May 24, through Noon on Tuesday, May 28, for the Memorial Day weekend.

As weather conditions allow, crews will continue corridor-wide roadway maintenance and address issues as needed, with daily multi-lane closures during daytime and overnight hours on I-66 East and West. Additional activities include:

• Constructing bridge foundations at I-495, Route 28, and Route 234 Business interchanges and Bull Run Drive overpass

• Constructing retaining walls along I-66 and Route 28
• Clearing trees and brush, grading, and installing drainage throughout the corridor
• Demolishing closed ramps at Route 123 interchange
• Grading, installing drainage at the future Gainesville/University Boulevard Park and Ride Lot
• Grading and installing drainage at the future Manassas/Balls Ford Road Park and Ride Lot
• Grading and excavating for the new E.C. Lawrence Park Access Road and temporary realignment of Braddock Road
• Relocating underground and overhead utilities along I-66 and Route 28

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will add express lanes stretching 22.5 miles from the Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville, rebuild major interchanges along the I-66 corridor, create thousands of new park and ride spaces, and expand trail options for cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more at Transform66.org.

Upcoming Lane Closures and Traffic Changes
The following planned lane closures are expected to have significant traffic impacts. All work is subject to change based on weather and schedule. Find the latest information on travel conditions and work zones by visiting 511virginia.org or downloading the Virginia511 app.

ROUTE 29 / GAINESVILLE
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 234 BUSINESS (SUDLEY ROAD) / MANASSAS
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 28 (SULLY ROAD) / CENTREVILLE
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 286 (FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 50 / FAIRFAX
I-66 West from Waples Mill Road to Monument Drive
Sunday, May 19: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Three lanes will be closed to implement long-term lane shifts for construction. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns along westbound I-66.

ROUTE 123 (CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD) / OAKTON – CITY OF FAIRFAX
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 243 (NUTLEY STREET) / VIENNA
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

Commuter Alternatives
VDOT and the project team have invested in a broad range of programs to help commuters and others stay mobile and safe during construction. Learn more about carpool, vanpool, telework, and commuter bus alternatives.

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R-MA Soccer wins DAC Championship, qualifies for state tournament

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R-MA Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team. Photo courtesy of R-MA.

When the R-MA girls’ varsity soccer won against Fredericksburg Academy by a score of 1-0 in their first game of the season, Head Coach Brandy Hudson took it as a good sign.

“I felt, “There’s definitely opportunity here, because Fredericksburg Academy is in a higher division within the DAC, but I knew it would be a challenge,” she said.

The team benefited from the core group of long-standing veterans such as Josey Mbakassy ‘19, who has been a part of the team since her eighth grade year. A talented group of newcomers bolstered the team up to the point where Coach Hudson had trouble naming outstanding individuals, because her bench was so deep. In fact, five of the girls were recognized for being named First Team, All-Conference within the Delaney Athletic Conference: Rana Diallo ‘19 (the powerhouse defensive player who was also named R-MA’s MVP), Sophia Wagner ‘23 (who was also honored with the R-MA Coach’s Award), Maggie Acquaah ‘20, Cecilia Paredes ‘22, and Abigail Stewart ‘21. The Yellow Jackets had more All-Conference players than any other team in the conference.

Going into the DAC Tournament week, the Yellow Jackets were seeded at #2 because they had one more tie than the #1 seed. “When we played Foxcroft in the semi-final on Thursday, I just felt, ‘They’re peaking right now. This is it, they’ve come so far,’” said Coach Hudson. “I felt like I had found all the correct positions everyone should be in.”

After defeating Foxcroft 2-0, R-MA went on to play Tandem Friends at home in the Championship on Friday, May 10th. “Tandem came in as the number four seed,” Coach Hudson explained. “They beat Quantico on Tuesday to win the quarterfinals. They moved onto the semifinals to play the number one seed, winning that game. So they’ve got the momentum and we only beat them 3-2 during the regular season, it wasn’t like it was a big win. It was only a one goal differential.”

That knowledge kept Coach Hudson and her team on edge. “At halftime, it was two-nothing, but that’s a very dangerous place to be,” she said. “When we played them at their place, we were down one-nothing, and then we tied it one-one, then we went up two to one, then we went up three to one. Then they scored right away, it was three to two. So you just don’t know.”

When the score remained at 0-0 about ten minutes into the game, Maggie Acquaah ‘20, who had scored both goals in the game against Foxcroft the day before, was already thinking ahead to the end, wondering if they were going to end up deciding the championship by PKs (penalty kicks). So when she went for the first goal, she put the pressure on herself. “I was thinking, ‘I gotta do this, I gotta get this goal right now,’” she recalled later. “That’s when I fell. I was right by the goal and I kicked it, and I fell. I didn’t know if it went in, I was just looking up. And that’s when I heard the crowd go crazy.”

Maggie’s shot had indeed gone in, and she managed a second goal before halftime. When Maggie put in her third goal of the game, Coach Hudson breathed a slight sigh of relief, but she recognized that Tandem was determined to score, and that kept her from completely relaxing. Her worry was needless. The Yellow Jackets won the game 3-0.

Having the home field advantage definitely helped keep the momentum going in the Yellow Jackets’ direction, according to Maggie. “When you score, or do something that makes an effect in the game, the crowd goes crazy. Knowing that you have your friends that you go to class with, and your closest peers with you, that they support you and they’re cheering you on, it makes it ten times better,” she said. “The energy is so different. It’s positive regardless of if you miss the shot or you make a bad pass. You have more than just your team to fall back on after.”

The girls’ season wasn’t over with the DAC win. For the past ten years, Coach Hudson has had a personal objective of getting her girls’ team into the VISAA (Virginia Independent School Athletic Association) State Tournament. For the first time, the Yellow Jackets earned that honor, with a ranking of #11 in the state. Though they lost in the first round to North Cross School in Roanoke, with only two seniors on this year’s team Coach Hudson is hopeful that the girls will see a return trip to the State Tournament next year. With her leadership as a coach, they have a strong chance of doing so.

“Every year, it’s about having them understand commitment and dedication,” said Coach Hudson. “The first week, I send out the schedule for the whole season, where they’re supposed to be and when. It’s about being on time. Just being firm about my expectations. It’s a culture that’s just been built up over the years. It’s like this every year. It’s just an awesome group of girls. They get along. It makes it more fun, and easier for me.”

“We were all positive most of the time,” said Maggie. “We all bring different personalities. Some of us are loud, some of us are quiet, but I definitely think that we bring each others’ personalities out more. We really got the quiet ones to talk more on the team.”

Coach Hudson’s high expectations include Sunday evening practices starting in December. While she didn’t expect athletes involved in other sports to play, those who were available usually made the effort to attend. The Sunday practices continued through the winter, with a few more held during the regular season when there were Monday games. Even on Friday mornings, when other cadets were enjoying a sleep-in, the varsity girls’ soccer team could often be found persevering through another extra practice.

“She definitely pushes us to our limits,” said Maggie. “But at the end of the day, it’s all with the purpose of making us better athletes. Whether it’s soccer or whatever sport that we play, she just wants us to be good at what we do. For example, when she makes us run, we’re not too happy about the running, but she always reminds us, ‘Conditioning. It’s conditioning. We need it for the game.’ And we noticed that it helps us during the game, so we’re not as tired and we have more energy to run back down the field if we need it. She’s definitely a good coach for us. She pushes us to keep playing.”

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Defense motions filed in Biggs Drive massage parlor case

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Mayor Hollis Tharpe speaks with constituent following March 25 council meeting, three weeks prior to his indictment and five weeks prior to his resignation as mayor. Royal Examiner File Photo/Roger Bianchini

On Friday, May 17, just two days after her arrest the attorney for a woman facing multiple charges related to an alleged prostitution operation being run out of a massage parlor at 312 Biggs Drive in Front Royal has filed Discovery Motions on his client’s behalf. Cynthia Atkinson Bailey attorney David Downes also questioned whether dates referenced in the complaint against his client might indicate a one-year statute of limitations on at least some charges may have expired.

Later on Friday Downes issued a press release in which he called his client’s prosecution “retaliatory” and “selective” due to her assertion to authorities that she would plead her Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate if asked to testify regarding clients, one in particular (see related story).

Bailey, 55, was arrested by Front Royal Police along with three other people on May 15, and charged with maintaining a “bawdy (defined as gross, indecent or overly graphic) place”, receiving money from earnings of prostitution, prostitution, and cruelty to children. According to the felony warrant the latter charge involved the presence of a juvenile in the residence who “answered phone calls, arranged appointments and walked clients to the rooms.”

Also arrested on similar or related charges were Brandy Nicole Atkinson, Jesse Thomas Atkinson and Joshua Allan Stamper. According to Bailey attorney Downes, Brandy and Jesse Atkinson are his client’s daughter and son and Stamper is her son-in-law. The referenced juvenile may be a grandchild.

Courtesy Photos FRPD/Regional Jail System

According to an FRPD press release issued on May 16, coincidentally Cynthia Bailey’s 55th birthday, the arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation that began in late January of 2018.
It appears that investigation also resulted in the charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharpe. Tharpe’s April 15, 2019 Grand Jury indictment, perhaps ironically signed by Tharpe’s old political adversary Matthew Tederick as grand jury foreman, references a May 31, 2018 incident in which Tharpe allegedly offered “money or its equivalent to another for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts … and thereafter did a substantial act in furtherance thereof against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth …”

Bailey was initially arrested one week after the referenced Tharpe massage parlor incident, on June 7, 2018 on a charge of prostitution. That charge was dropped by the commonwealth on October 2, 2018.

Tharpe has identified Biggs Drive to this reporter as the location of the massage parlor involved in the charge against him. While maintaining his innocence, Tharpe initially placed himself on administrative leave the day the indictment was handed out. Then four days later on April 19, Tharpe announced his resignation effective May 2. In both his leave and resignation decisions, Tharpe expressed a desire not to create an undue distraction to the conduct of town government business while the prosecution is hanging over his head.

As press releases fly, plot thickens in Tharpe sex solicitation case

In fact, Bailey’s June 7, 2018 arrest for prostitution plays into defense counsel Downes’ motions filing for his client regarding the Statute of Limitations issue. Citing a one-year statute of limitations related to at least some of the charges, defense counsel notes the current charges filed on May 15, 2019, cite activities occurring between May 1 and June 7, 2018.

“Where the alleged offenses, in part, supposedly occurred two weeks after … the expiration of the statute of limitations, does the Court bar the prosecution of all or some of the Commonwealth’s case?” Downes asks, presenting two possible courses of action.

“If the Commonwealth were to amend the warrants to reflect that the offense occurred on or about May 15, 2018 to June 7, 2018, that would be in compliance with Virginia Code § 19.2-8. However, if the warrant of arrest was filed in good faith and the affiant, Detective D. L. Fogle, was unable to more precisely identify when the illegal conduct occurred, than the entire prosecution should be barred without probable cause to believe that the subject offenses occurred within the one-year statute of limitations.”

Downes may see the writing on the wall, or more precisely in the Criminal Complaint tied to Bailey’s felony warrant of receiving money “from the earnings of a person engaged in prostitution.” The complaint specifies the visit of undercover operative to the massage parlor on June 7, 2018.

So were the statute of limitations issue resolved as Downes predicts it could be, he continues to request Discovery regarding the allegations against his client, including her receiving earnings from prostitution from others; as well as raising the possibility his client is facing unconstitutional double jeopardy in being charged a second time for the same offenses leading to her initial indictment last year.

“Without identifying the specific date, or dates, that the Defendant is alleged to have committed these offenses, the Commonwealth may be unconstitutionally subjecting the Defendant to multiple punishments for the same offense,” Downes writes of the vagueness of the “on or about May 1 to June 7, 2018” timeframe cited in the warrant and her June 7, 2018 arrest.

The Criminal Complaint attached to the May 15, 2019 warrant describes Bailey and Brandy Atkinson meeting an undercover operative who was given “a menu that laid out prices and services” for hand massages by “a topless and/or panties only” masseuse “which included a ‘happy ending’.” The undercover operative then asked about “additional sexual activities such as oral sex” leading to a $150 price offer involving both women, the complaint states.

“Once the terms were established and agreed upon units converged on the residence,” the complaint describes how the police operation of June 7, 2018 concluded.

The involvement of the men charged is explained as providing security for the massage parlor operation and it is noted in parentheses “Joshua drove Brandy to the appointment on 6/07/19” though the year appears to be a typo since that date has yet to occur unless you have a time machine like famed British TV character Dr. Who’s TARDIS.

It is elaborated in the criminal complaint that Jesse Atkinson used the Biggs Drive address to obtain a business license for a “handyman/landscaping service” under the name Blue Valley Services.

That business license expired in 2017 but according to the Criminal Complaint the massage parlor advertised its services at various online sites at the Blue Valley Services business address.

“During the investigation several ads were located on Craigslist and Facebook pertaining to the massage parlor. During the investigation it was revealed that additional activities were taking place at the ‘massage parlor’,” the complaint states. One hint may have been an employment post on Craigslist noting, “Let’s face it, if you are young and pretty you will make more money here.”

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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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Upcoming Events

May
20
Mon
10:00 am Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Calling all artists!! Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch and save homeless animals. Pick up a chair from the SPCA Thrift Shop, build a chair, up-cycle a chair, paint a chair, or upholster[...]
May
21
Tue
1:30 pm Watercolor Landscapes: In and Ou... @ Art in the Valley
Watercolor Landscapes: In and Ou... @ Art in the Valley
May 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Watercolor Landscapes: In and Out of the Studio @ Art in the Valley
This four week course will focus on learning basic skills to create watercolor landscape paintings: basic composition and use of color and value to create a sense of depth and distance. During the first class[...]
May
22
Wed
6:30 pm Rose Wine Class @ Element
Rose Wine Class @ Element
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rose Wine Class @ Element
Join us for Rose’ Wine Class & Tasting at Element on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30pm led by our own Caitlin Love! APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY ROSE! Come join us as we celebrate the[...]
May
23
Thu
9:30 am Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Painting: Composition and Color @ Art in the Valley
Explore your painting potential by creating unique compositions. We’ll find out what motivates you to paint and how to express your point-of-view on canvas. Learn methods of developing a composition and how to best use[...]
1:30 pm Portraits for Beginners: People ... @ Art in the Valley
Portraits for Beginners: People ... @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Portraits for Beginners: People and Pets @ Art in the Valley
Learn to create realistic portraits of people and pets. Students will practice drawing and painting techniques used in portraiture. Class meets once a week for five weeks. Students are required to bring their own reference[...]
3:00 pm The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
May 23 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Employer Expo @ War Memorial Building @ Jim Barnett Park
Have you been thinking about a career change? Are you nearing graduation and not quite sure what you want to do, or what your next step should be? Are you a parent of a student[...]
6:00 pm Painting the Landscape with Oils... @ Art in the Valley
Painting the Landscape with Oils... @ Art in the Valley
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Painting the Landscape with Oils: Late Spring @ Art in the Valley
This class provides a hands-on experience for painting with oils. Students will focus on techniques for painting landscapes. Class meets once a week for five weeks. Students are recommended to bring their own reference photos[...]
6:30 pm Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Confederate Memorial Day ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery's Soldiers Circle
The Warren Rifles Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will again lead the annual Confederate Memorial Day ceremony on the anniversary of the Battle of Front Royal. Where: at Prospect Hill Cemetery’s Soldiers[...]
May
25
Sat
1:00 pm Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet the Author: Stephen Hudak @ Royal Oak Bookshop
Of Dreams and Leadership: Learning to lead and sharing along the way by local author, Stephen Hudak In this collection of essays, Stephen Hudak shares his thoughts on Leadership and Learning.
May
27
Mon
10:00 am Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Calling all artists!! Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch and save homeless animals. Pick up a chair from the SPCA Thrift Shop, build a chair, up-cycle a chair, paint a chair, or upholster[...]