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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, January 26, 2017 Southwest delegation hosts meeting with local school superintendents and General Assembly leaders General Assembly lead- ers and legislators respon- sible for negotiating the details of Virginia's budget met with public school superintendents from across Southwest Virginia this week. School systems across Southwest Virginia are experiencing a sharp decline in school funding due to a loss of enrollment population. The loss in enrollment is spread across all classes and grade levels. To address the problem, legislators representing Southwest Virginia coordi- nated a productive meeting on. Wednesday between the superintendents and the members of House and Senate leadership. "Education is one of the most important functions of government. SWVA is blessed with dedicated teachers and some of the brightest young minds in the Commonwealth, but our school systems are at a critical mass in terms of declining enrollment ver- sus ever-increasing costs," said Del. Jeff Campbell (R- 6th). "It is imperative to investigate, develop, and implement new funding methodologies for oiar schools to bridge this fund- ing gap." "The meeting with the school superintendents reinforced the concerns we all have about Southwest Virginia," noted Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford). "It is a very significant and urgent issue that needs to be addressed. I am confi- dent the General Assembly wilt take steps to address it and help Southwest." "We were pleased to meet with our school superintendents to discuss funding concerns and solu- tions with our legislative leaders," said Delegate Todd Pillion (R- Washington). "We are proud to be working together to ensure we have effective legislative pro- posals that take immediate steps to help our school districts in Southwest Virginia." "The educational sys- tem in Southwest Virginia is a prime example of edu- cators continuously doing great things with fewer and fewer resources," observed Delegate Israel O'Quinn (R-Grayson).. "I am glad that leaders from both the House and the Senate have shown concern for the problems we are facing. They understand that in order for our schools to continue to provide the same high level of excel- lence w6 as a state must do something now to help them." "Today, the southwest Virginia legislators had a great meeting with leader- ship of the House and Senate and southwest Virginia Superintendents," said Delegate Te.rry Kilgore (R-Scott). "The superintendents presented the case for needed resources for the rural school divisions of the Commonwealth. I am happy that Speaker Bill Howell, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, Senate Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle, and budget conferees Tag Greason and Steve Landes attended the meetingand were very supportive of finding solutions." "While I was not able to attend yesterday's meeting with the Region VII super- intendents, I support their creative efforts to address the region's shrinking state funding for sch0ols," Senator Charles W. "Bill" Carrico Sr. (R-Grayson) remarked. "This session, Southwest legislators have introduced several bills "and budget amendments to address these concerns. I am hopeful we will be suc- cessful in securing addi- tional funding this year." The members present from House and Senate Leadership agreed to help address the problems fac- ing Southwest Virginia. A hold-harmless amendment to the budget has been pro- posed and will be dis- cussed this General Assembly SeSsion. If the provision passes, school systems suffering from the decline in enrollment would receive additional funding to make up for their losses. The fund would help stabilize and balance their school budg- ets. Concluding the announcement, Senator Ben Chafin (R-Russell) said, "I want to thank Speaker Howell, Senate Majority Leader Norment, our superintendents, and everyone that attended. We made great progress during the meeting in making sure we will reach a solution for our school systems this session. The funding issues Southwest Virginia schools are facing is a pri- ority for all of us. A strong public education system is essential to our economy and our future." Calendar ...... From Page 1 Items of interest... "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Meinorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-t2 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise: Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives OnBoard meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can" help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754 AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new members. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You are not required to have served over- seas or have seen actual com- bat. Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number. Transfers are welcome. The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Inn at Wise, Wise, Virginia. Quesenberry's Inc. announces new leadership Highly-Regarded Commercial Contractor Selects Third-Generation President Big Stone Gap, VA: Abran S. (Abe) Quesenberry, PE, has been named president of Quesenberry's, Inc., a commercial contractor and construction manager who has served southwest Virginia and surrounding states for over 70 years. Quesenberry previously served as vice president of the firm. He succeeds Spencer D. Quesenberry, PE, who will continue in the day-to-day operations of the company as vice president. education projects such as the David J. Prior Convocation Center and new Library at UVa-Wise, tO numerous smaller proj- ects serving local educa- tion, infrastructure, and community needs. He is currently overseeing the construction of a 15,000 square-foot expansion for Northeast State Community College's Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) in Kingsport, TN that is scheduled to be completed this fall. Quesenberry holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered engineer in V ginia. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is certi- fied by the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Commissioning Authority with' Building Enclosure Knowledge Requirements. He is a member of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. Abran Quesenberry "I'm honored and excit- ed for the opportunity to lead this tremendous com- pany," Quesenberry said. "Quesenberry's success is directly attributed to the hard work of our skilled employees as well as the relationships we have built with our clients, sub-con- tractors, architects, and design teams." "Under the past two generations of leaders, this company has continued to grow and prosper. Quesenberry's is now rec- ognized'as one of the pre- mier contractors in our region. My goal is to con- tinue to provide the out- standing construction serv- ices our clients have come to expect while building on the success and past accomplishments that we have worked so hard to achieve," he continued. Quesenberry has been involved in all facets of the construction process, working his way up from general laborer to President. His recent proj- ect-related experience ranges from large higher David Rock As part of this leader- ship change, Quesenberry's has also named David C. Rock as Operations Manager. Rock comes to his position with 18 years of construc- tion experience. As the former president and Owner of Rock Construction, Inc. in Roanoke, VA for eight years, he led construction projects in the retail, municipal, healthcare, and financial sectors. Prior to founding his own compa- ny, Rock worked for con- tractor Breakell, Inc. as project manager and exec- utive vice president. He attended Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies.