T he POSTAL CUSTOMER King George Pages 13-14 Volume 37, Number 45 Real estate appraisal notices sent out Phyllis Cook Commissioner of Revenue Jo Ann Ando reports that reassessment notices for real estate were mailed out by Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal Company from Staunton last Friday, Nov. 1. Landowners who wish to discuss their assessments with the county’s real estate appraisal company are requested to call to schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge, (540) 775-3354. Meetings with Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal Company are being held by appointment only in the County Administration Building Board Room, 10459 Courthouse Dr., Suite 105. The county administration building is the Revercomb Building, located behind the King George Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.). The final date to schedule an appointment is Friday, Nov. 15. Property owners who disagree with their valuations will have a second opportunity to dispute them. In addition to an appointment with Blue Ridge, landowners will also be able to schedule an appointment to meet with a Board of Equalization for the county. Appointments to the Board of Equalization are expected to be made Wednesday, November 6, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community by the end of the calendar year by the Circuit Court from nominations to be made by members of the Board of Supervisors, as early as this week (following press time). The Board of Supervisors this week meets on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Members proposed for a Board of Equalization will by nominated by the Board of Supervisors from county residents. Following appointment by the Court and training, that equalization board will convene to further consider appeals of the assessments by landowners. The board must be composed of between three and five members, with an option for alternate members, if Supervisors request. Appointees must attend a basic course of instruction given the Virginia Department of Taxation. At least one member must be a resident of the county and a majority of the members must be freeholders of real property in King George. Thirty percent of the members must be commercial or residential real estate appraisers, other real estate professionals, builders, developers, or legal or financial professionals. State Code also requires that at least one such described professional must sit in all cases involving commercial, industrial or multi-family residential property, unless waived by the taxpayer. Working the polls Benson reports on Comp Plan for schools Nothing gets in her way! Phyllis Cook Leonard Banks From the start of the Conference 22 4A North Cross-Country Championship, girls’ individual champion Miranda Green (middle) sets the tone for the rest of the race with a her patented stride and unbreakable concentration. Green has dominated dual meet competition throughout the 2013 season. Davis reports on schools’ food service Phyllis Cook The King George School Board last week received a comprehensive annual report on the division Food Service program at its meeting on Oct. 28. The review was provided by Anita Davis, who is in her second year as coordinator of the cafeteria program, which also entails managing the Cafeteria fund, a separate component of the School Board budget. Davis had been named Food Service Coordinator in June 2012. She has extensive experience in the division in its food service program and had been promoted at that time from her previous position as cafeteria manager at King George High School. Prior to Davis taking on the position, the responsibility for managing food service had been tacked onto duties assigned to a former supervisor of facilities & custodial services. Davis provided a report on the food service budget, noting that at the beginning of the previous fiscal year 2012-13, the fund had a balance of $109,459. The 2012-13 food service budget ended the year with a balance of $5,267. Unlike the other funds under the School Board’s spending authority, the Cafeteria Fund, like the activity funds at each of the schools, may carry forward any year-end surpluses for use in later years. EQUIPMENT PURCHASES IN 2012-13 Davis recapped how that balance had been spent down for the previous year, with the bulk of it going toward the purchase of much-needed kitchen equipment, as had been approved by the School Board. Those purchases included $19,582 for a kettle and steamer for Potomac Elementary School, $46,206 for a walk-in freezer and cooler with shelving at the middle school, and $6,535 for a salad bar at the high school. See davis, page 2 KG Artists’ Studio Tour There are artists in King George County? You bet’cha and plenty of them. Potters Shirley Buckler and Julie Moore are making it their business to bring these folks to the public’s attention. On Nov. 23 and 24 from 10 to 5, ten participating artists and fine craftsmen will be opening their studios/homes to the public in the sixth Annual King George Studio Tour. Their work will be set up on display and available for purchase. Included this year will be pottery, pen and ink drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, photography, multimedia, stained glass, jewelry, woodworking and more. More information about each artist, as well as maps to participants’ studios/homes, can be found at www.dirtybirdpottery. com. — Submitted by Julie Moore Shiloh Supervisor Cedell Brooks and his opponent Shawn Lawrence posed for a photo during a lull working the poll Tuesday morning. Look for election results on The Journal’s website. Burrell’s Quilt takes honors at State Fair Marty van Duyne News Net News Doswell — A quilted image of one of the famous covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa earned a Blue Ribbon at the State Fair. Mandie Burrell of King George created a decorative wall hanging of the Cutler - Donahoe Bridge currently located in Winterset City Park. The borders of the quilt are traditional patterns, but the image of the bridge provides a center of visual interest in the 44x40-inch wall hanging. The image of the bridge is surrounded by trees with intricately quilted leaves, some of which are interspersed with the latticework that runs lengthwise on the side of the bridge’s peaked roofline. A Gold Finch sits atop the fence leading to the bridge, and pink flowers below the trees add a delicate touch of “bling” that glistens in the light. Four traditional quilt stars with sequined centers adorn the corners of the wall hanging and help highlight the reflective quality of the flowers. The quilt took the first place award in the Adult Wall Hanging or Art Quilt category. Burrell described her submission as, “My vision of Iowa is a 44x40 wall See Quilt, page 3 >> Mandie Burrell’s Cutler Donahoe Bridge quilted wall hanging took first prize at the State Fair of Virginia Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journalpress.com GERMANNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE A College Education - What is stopping you? Register for Spring 2014 classes at Germanna Community College. In-person or Online at www.germanna.edu Germanna’s Welcome Centers are available to assist you with the free application, your questions and financial aid opportunities. For a list of current course offerings visit the class schedules at www.germanna.edu. 540-891-3000 • www.germanna.edu REVISED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UNDERWAY Development of a new division Comprehensive Plan is now underway, which began in September. All divisions are required by state law to develop, implement, update and report on their Comprehensive Plan, which was formerly referred to in the state’s Standards of Quality as the Six-Year Plan. The plans are expected to be reviewed and revised on a two-year schedule. At a meeting on Sept. 9, Benson had kicked off the process and provided a proposed plan structure, purpose and timeline for the process. The division’s plan starts with a vision statement and a mission statement. The existing vision and mission statements were reviewed at the September meeting, with no changes made at that time. They appear below. ~ VISION STATEMENT King George County Schools will provide the highest quality education whereby each student will emerge as a life-long learner, a competent and responsible citizen, and a competitive contributor to a global society. ~ MISSION STATEMENT The mission of King George County Schools is to prepare our students to be valuable contributors to society by providing the highest quality education that will engage and challenge our students by transforming them into life-long learners. The students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become active participants in society and face the challenges of the future. ~ STANDARDS-BASED The Comprehensive Plan is standardsbased, with five standards and indicators. Those are purpose and direction; governance and leadership; teaching and assessing; resources and support; and using results for continuous improvement. Benson also noted at the September kickoff meeting that while the division-wide plan is being developed, each of the schools will also be reviewing and completing their existing school improvement plans at the same time. Benson had explained that the See Benson, page 3 Marty van Duyne/News Net News Culpeper • Fredericksburg • Locust Grove • Stafford Superintendent Rob Benson last week provided the King George School Board with a required biennial review of the last division Comprehensive Plan. The presentation was provided to the School Board at its meeting on Oct. 28. The biennial status report was provided in the form of a slide presentation that Benson said would be posted on the division website for the public school community to view. The 34 slides provide a detailed scrutiny of how the goals and strategies in the plan were met or were not met. The report of a public review of the previously-adopted plan is required by state law to be held at a School Board meeting prior to Nov. 1 in each odd-numbered year. YOUR FUTURE. OUR COMMITMENT.