Shenandoah County GOP


Morning Round-up
July 15, 2008, 8:17 am
Filed under: Election 2008, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics

Six stories you should know about. Lots of local news:

-In a stunning reversal of fortune, it appears that the bust of Peter Muhlenberg will be staying put right in front of the old county courthouse (well, once it gets back in place, that is). Town officials, the DAR, and the Board of Supervisors had been negotiating for months over the issue, but by June it appeared that both sides were deadlocked. Congratulations to the DAR for showing what a grassroots movement can do. 

-Mt. Jackson Clerk and Treasurer Judy Fultz will be leaving the town as full-time treasurer effective November 1st, although it appears she will continue in at least a part-time capacity as clerk for a bit afterwards. 

The County has begun real estate reassessment. Put your garage on wheels before its too late!!

-The School Board is working on its capital improvement plan for the next five years. The total: nearly $54 million. A vote will take place next month. 

Also considered urgent for next year is $235,000 in improvements to the Stonewall Jackson High School track, $120,000 for architectural changes to the entrances of buildings for safety and security reasons, $100,000 for school bus leases, $70,000 to resurface gym floors at W.W. Robinson Elementary School and $35,000 for the purchase of cars for student transportation.

Other major expenditures in the draft plan are $300,000 for network phone improvements to the middle schools and central office in 2010-11, and then the same amount for the elementary schools in 2011-12 and high schools a year later; $250,000 for new lights at Strasburg High School’s baseball and softball fields in 2013-14; and $200,000 for the completion of a wireless network update in all schools next year.

Of note: the article mentions that Robinson gym teacher Thad Hockman is leading parents in raising money for the floors there. 

-Apparently, Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is not being vetted as McCain’s veep. 

-The Special Session called by Governor Tim Kaine cost taxpayers over $179,000. Thanks again Governor Kaine for calling a session with no realization that the Warner strategy wasn’t going to work–there’s a new sheriff in town.

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