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October 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday: New contract for superintendent

1992: Superintendent Tony Lease, who started here in 1989, said he wants to work four more years before retiring.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Oct. 2, 1992

Settling for less, school superintendent gets 2-year pact
Fauquier School Superintendent Tony Lease has agreed to a new, two-year contract, but he won’t get the raise initially requested.

The school board voted, 4-1, Monday night to approve a “straightforward, fair contract” that reflects tough budget times, Larry Czarda (Marshall District) said.

While the board is generally pleased with Lease’s performance, Czarda acknowledged that in a year when most school employees received $500 bonuses and no salary increases, “a raise would be very, very difficult to sell politically.”

Lease, 56, whose current term expires June 30, 1993, will receive $89,500 annually, plus travel reimbursement under his new contract.

Gone from the superintendent’s original, 1989 contract, which guaranteed him about $91,000 annually for four years, are housing and auto allowances and life insurance supplements. The original contract includes a salary of $77,498, plus other payments totally about $13,500 a year.

New addresses are in the mail
Taking another step toward an E-911 emergency dispatching system, the county has begun official street naming and addressing.

Every resident of Fauquier will be notified through certified letter or hand delivery of his/her official address, said Community Development Director Al Goldsmith.

Residences have been divided into three categories:

• Those on already-named streets or roads.

• Those on previously unnamed roads.

• Farms with unnamed private lanes serving three or more homes.

“If they don’t like the street name assigned, we want to try to give them a reasonable chance to come up with a new one,” Goldsmith said.

Local credit union will expand
The Vint Hill Federal Credit Union will open a branch this month at a busy Warrenton intersection.

The non-profit credit union, headquartered at the Vint Hill Farms Station Army base, last month purchased the old Ameribanc Federal Savings Bank branch at Lee Highway and Winchester Street for $250,000. Workmen have begun cleaning and remodeling the 1,000-square-foot, single-story building.

“We’re hoping to open by the end of October,” Manager Marsha Borland said. “We have some cosmetic things to do first.”

The credit union has 4,200 members and $11 million in total assets. Mrs. Borland will move three of her 10 employees to the new branch.

S.W. Rodgers wins award
S.W. Rodgers Inc. of Gainesville earned the “1992 Subcontractor of the Year” award from the Associated Builders’ and Contractors Metropolitan Washington and Virginia chapters.

President Stephen W. Rodgers of Warrenton accepted the award Sept. 16 during the annual ABC awards banquet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Tysons Corner.

The organization recognized Rodgers for its excellence in site development work. The firm also served as the site development contractor for three projects that won best of category awards from ABC.

Former mayor of The Plains dies
John Page Turner, 70, former mayor of The Plains, died at his home there on Sept. 28 after a long illness.

In addition to serving several terms as mayor, Mr. Turner was active in community affairs. He was a member and treasurer of The Plains Community League and a registrar of voters in the area. He was a trustee, vestryman and lay preacher known for his sermons at Grace Episcopal Church.

Debit cards make school lunch a SNAP
Fauquier pubic schools have a new computer system that over the next three years will all but eliminate the need for daily lunch money.

Parents at three pilot schools — Marshall Junior High and Coleman Elementary and Northwestern Elementary — can deposit money into their children’s accounts throughout the year and receive printouts of what kind of food the youngsters choose. They also can stipulate their children use credit for meals only — instead of a la carte items such as cookies.

The system, planned for all schools by 1994, also removes the stigma from free and reduced-price lunches, Food Services Director Gregg Ferguson said.
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