Report from June 7, 2022 King George Board of Supervisors Meeting
Claudette T. Jordon
On June 7, 2022, The King George County Board of Supervisors voted to form a new Ralph Bunche Advisory Committee. This is a momentous step in the effort to revitalize Ralph Bunche High School.
The next day, Cathy Dyson reported in The Free Lance-Star:
The board voted Tuesday to resurrect an old idea—forming a Ralph Bunche Advisory Committee—but with new members. A similar committee assembled in the previous decade and eventually disbanded, and Supervisor Annie Cupka believes the climate is right to bring it back, along with its capital campaign to raise money.Dyson, Cathy. “King George has ‘new ambition’ to save Ralph Bunche school.” The Free Lance-Star, 8 June 2022.
She also asked fellow supervisors for their consensus to direct staff to apply for a second $500,000 from the National Park Service African–American Preservation Grant Fund Program. The county has already received that much from NPS to replace the leaking roof, and Cupka believes King George can get a second grant to address hazardous materials in the building and replace a foundation.
And, she wants staff to look into what’s required to create an ordinance that would classify the school as a revitalization area, in order to access more funds and grants from private, state and federal resources.
“We have a new roof coming and new ambition to address the building,” Cupka said. “And I believe we have the leadership and political will on this board to do so.”
With the formation of the advisory committee, supporters of the revitalization of Ralph Bunche High School will be able to move forward in cooperation with King George County to conduct studies and organize funding for the building’s future restoration. This is a tremendous step forward!
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