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U.S. grant funds unused in K.G.
[December 11, 2012]

U.S. grant funds unused in K.G.

Dec 11, 2012 (The Free Lance-Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- BY LINDLEY ESTES The King George County School Board hopes to carry over $220,907 in federal grant funding into the next fiscal year.

That amount is left over from $1.5 million in federal grants for economically disadvantaged children and children with disabilities.

The board approved carrying over the funds at a meeting Monday, but the final decision on the funds will fall to the county Board of Supervisors.

If the money does not stay in the school budget, it will go back to the federal government.

If it is appropriated in next fiscal year's budget, the money will be used according to federal guidelines: only for programs for economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks Jr. said, "I think if they use it for the betterment of the school then it's a good idea." He also mentioned that the School Board tends to ask the supervisors for additional funds.

Also at Monday's meeting, the School Board evaluated Superintendent Robert Benson's performance.

Benson began the job in July, replacing former schools chief Candace Brown, who resigned in January.

Benson was formerly an assistant superintendent in Cobb County, Ga. He began his career in education in Prince William County, where he grew up, as a music teacher.

The evaluation covered Benson's performance in five key areas: planning and assessment, instructional leadership, safety and organizational management for learning, communications and community relations, and professionalism.

Benson was rated "exceeds expectations" in most categories.

The report stated, "Anything short of exceeds expectations reflects limited time in the position and insufficient time to see measurable results." The board cited Benson's strengths as being personable and communicative, and having a professional demeanor and a willingness to listen.

Benson said he was "very happy" with the evaluation.

He said going forward he hopes to focus on working through the next year's budget, updating the strategic plan and supporting teachers and principals.

"I've enjoyed getting to know people in the community and being a part of the community," he said. "I've met a lot of families who are very engaged, and that is key to the picture of our young scholars' success." Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976 ___ (c)2012 The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) Visit The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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