Board sends $30K back to school

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday (Aug. 6) to reallocate more than $30,000 towards repairs at Rappahannock County High School (RCHS). At the request of school superintendent Aldrich Boone, the money will be used primarily for resurfacing the blacktop behind the elementary school, though it will also help renovate the gymnasium.

That money is what remains from the school’s 2011-2012 budget. At the end of each fiscal year (June 30), any unspent funds are returned to the county, where they can be reallocated as the supervisors see fit. After announcing its return to the county’s general fund at the supervisors regular monthly meeting, Boone then asked for a chance to put the remaining $31,321.45 to use on some much-needed improvements.

The resurfacing is expected to be complete before school begins on Aug. 13, but Boone noted that some gym renovations (including a new sound system and the completion of a new heat and air conditioning system) will likely take more time.

“We thought it was important to prioritize,” Boone told the supervisors. “And in this case, the resurfacing takes precedent.”

Boone also announced the start of a new cooperative Farm to Table effort with the Blue Rock Inn. Boone said RCHS students will be working in conjunction with the restaurant/inn, located just across U.S. 211 from the school, to grow produce to then be used in both the school cafeteria and the inn itself.

The board members thanked Boone for his hard work; Stonewall-Hawthorne district supervisor Chris Parrish congratulated him for “balancing the budget while still managing to keep the school’s standard up.”

In other action, the board voted unanimously to support a motion to name the new U.S. 522 bridge in Sperryville after local resident and longtime board member Charles K. “Pete” Estes.

Estes – who passed away while in office – spent more than 50 years serving the county in various roles, from sheriff to supervisors’ chairman. As the motion was passed, chairman and Wakefield supervisor Roger A. Welch read the resolution aloud “in honor of Pete.”

Despite Parrish’s concern that naming local structures after people could “set a risky precedent,” the motion passed. “Bridges, especially, are named after people all the time. All the bridges on I-95 have names,” said Hampton district’s Bryant Lee.

The motion now heads to the Virginia General Assembly for its approval.

Board members also voted to adopt the new performance contract for Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services (RRCS), a regional health services provider which currently aids more than 6,000 people, 300 of whom are in Rappahannock County.

The board also heard a reminder from McCarthy of the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Pick-Up Day on Sept. 22. McCarthy encouraged residents to participate, but reminded them that there are some things not to bring.

“No live ammunition,” he said with a smile. “We frown on that.”