8:58 a.m. EDT, June 12, 2013
GLOUCESTER — The School Board will consider at its June 25 work session whether to redistrict 32 students who live in neighborhoods along Indian Road from Botetourt to Petsworth elementary schools.
The proposal is designed to lighten the enrollment at Botetourt Elementary School, which parents have complained is crowded.
But members of the School Board aren't so sure they want to send 16 fourth- and fifth-graders to another school — again. In 2009, a redistricting sent the students from Petsworth to Botetourt, and now they would be heading back.
The 32 students live in neighborhoods on Indian Road between Figg Shop and Harcum roads, said Gloucester Assistant Superintendent John Hutchinson. The travel time for the students would be about the same, he said.
School Board member Anita Parker said she lives in the area and won't support the redistricting because it's a hardship on families.
"I don't think this amount of children will make enough of a difference because they are split up into enough grade levels," Parker said. "I cannot support moving any of these children back to Petsworth once again."
The proposal would move three kindergartners, four first-graders, three second-graders, six third-graders, six fourth-graders and 10 fifth-graders, according to school documents.
School Board Member Carla Hook said the fourth- and fifth-graders would be attending their third school and is concerned about that. Elementary school students shouldn't be forced to go to more than two schools, she said.
Chairman Randy Burak said the fifth-graders comprise one-third of the group and would move to middle school after one year.
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Gloucester sheriff's weekly arrest report
In the 4700 block of George Washington Memorial Highway
The business alarm at Hampton Pipe & Tobacco was activated at 3:35 a.m. on May 21. Someone gained entry through the front door of the business by apparently breaking the glass with a cinder block. Cigarettes and general merchandise valued at less than $200 were taken.
In the 2000 block of Kathleen Place
A resident reported on May 21 a breaking and entering of a detached garage that had occurred overnight. Forced entry was made to the side door. An LG cellular telephone was taken from an unsecured vehicle inside the garage. The value exceeded $200.
In the 10400 block of Foxes Creek Drive
A resident reported on May 21 that his Langley Federal Credit Union credit card had fraudulent transactions on May 18 and May 20 in Michigan. The total charges were $310.
In the 6700 block of Main Street
An employee of Laurel Shelter Gift & Thrift Shop reported on May 21 that sometime overnight a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 belonging to the business had its ignition damaged. There were no signs of forced entry.
In the 7000 block of Woodsville Road
An employee of Earth Friendly Pest Exterminating reported a breaking and entering on May 21. Sometime between the afternoon of May 20 and 2 p.m. on May 21 forced entry was made to the front door. An industrial drill hammer and 12-volt battery charger were taken, with a combined value exceeding $200. An undisclosed amount of cash was also taken.
In the 4400 block of Canvasback Drive
A resident reported on May 21 that her Langley Federal Credit Union credit card had a fraudulent online transaction that day for $325.88. The credit union contacted the victim in an attempt to verify the transaction.
In the 8400 block of Little England Road
A resident reported on May 22 a larceny that had occurred overnight from an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a residence. Prescription medication was taken.
On John Clayton Memorial Highway
A traffic stop in the area of Route 14 and Ware Episcopal Church on May 22 resulted in a traffic summons issued to Kenneth Carl Hurst, 51, of John Clayton Memorial Highway in Gloucester, for driving with a suspended license and failure to wear a seat belt.
In the 7500 block of Justice Drive
A 20-year-old woman reported on May 22 that she left her wallet unattended in the restroom of Applebee's restaurant between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. When she realized it was gone and returned to the restaurant, the wallet was not located and had not been turned in. The wallet contained an undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards.
In the 5600 block of Millwood Drive
A resident reported on May 23 that her BB&T credit card had fraudulent online charges for $167.39 that occurred on May 21.
Theberge defeated by Meyer in vote
GLOUCESTER — Political newcomer John C. Meyer Jr. soundly defeated incumbent Louise Theberge in Tuesday's Republican Party primary, setting up a race against another political newcomer in November for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Meyer received 1,089 votes, or 59 percent, to the 762 votes tallied for Theberge, or 41 percent, according to results from the Gloucester County Voter Registrar's Office. Meyer, who moved to Gloucester in 2005, will take on W. Grant Keller in November for the At-Large seat on the Board of Supervisors to be vacated by Theberge.
With the pending departure of Theberge, as well as the departures of Petsworth Supervisor John Northstein and York Supervisor Carter Borden, the Board of Supervisors will not have a member with more than one term of experience when it's seated at its first meeting in January 2014.
The only caveat to that is if former Supervisor Graham C. Blake, who served in the 1990s and through 2003, wins election in November in a three-way race in the York District. Other candidates in that race include political newcomers Marcia J. Mickle and Phillip N. Bazzani.
In the Petsworth District, Michael R. Winebarger faces Michael D. Jenkins.
The School Board races all have single candidates to include:
•Charles B. Records in the At-Large District;
•Incumbent Carla B. Hook in the York District;
•Incumbent Anita F. Parker in the Petsworth District;
•Incumbent Troy M. Andersen in the Gloucester Point District. Andersen is seeking to fill an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2015.
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Our congratulations to John Meyer on his recent win. The people really do want limited government that is responsible to the people and responsive.