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     Baseball America projects Chad Pinder to start for Oakland A's by 2018, he'll participate in Poquoson Baseball Benefit Golf Tournament on Dec. 29
Former Poquoson High baseball star Chad Pinder is rated the No. 7 prospect in the Oakland Athletics baseball organization in the most recent edition of Baseball America Magazine, which projects him to be the starter by 2018.

Pinder batted .288 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI this past season for the A's high Class A team in Stockton, California. The article said that Pinder is expected to play this year for Midland, Texas, the A's AA farm team.

The article also mentioned that Pinder's work in the weight room has led to improved power. Pinder, drafted in the 2nd round out of Virginia Tech in 2013, will get a chance to show that power off of the tee in the 1st Annual Poquoson Benefit Golf Tournament at the Kiln Creek Country Club on Dec. 29.

Pinder and former Poquoson teammate Kyle Crockett, a standout rookie this past season for the Cleveland Indians, are expected to be joined by New York Yankees prospect and Bruton High grad Mark Montgomery in the golf tournament. The best ball, four-player captain's choice event will begin at 10 a.m. at Kiln Creek.
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   Daily Press      Monday - December 15, 2014

     Poquoson fourth-graders top parents in computer coding
Poquoson Elementary School student Kate Lee typed "noStroke" into Khan Academy's Hour of Code program and an outline around white clouds disappeared.

Lee is one of 18 fourth-grade students taking Tim Hatok's "math express" class. This week, they were coding computer-generated drawings.

For one week Hatok's gifted-and-talented fourth- and fifth-grade students used Khan Academy's free, online coding program in an effort to begin preparing students for the technology-saturated world. Students in regular fourth- and fifth-grade math don't use Khan Academy in class but are encouraged to use the website at home for various subjects, Hatok said.

Khan Academy is a nonprofit educational organization that offers free online classes in math, science, arts and humanities and computing. Its website, which has more than 10 million users, provides tutorials and challenges to teach visitors how to write code used for designing websites, apps and video games. That makes some of the students more tech-savvy than their parents.

Hatok said he can tell the coding activity is making an impression on the students because if they finish their typical math lesson early and there is time to use the computers they choose to code. They can also code on Khan Academy's website from home and he can tell how often they log on, he said.

The goal is for students to become independent learners, explore and "take a chance," he said.
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   Daily Press      Saturday - December 13, 2014

     Poquoson officials discuss resolution calling for increased education spending
The Virginia School Board Association is circulating a resolution that calls for the state to increase public education spending to 132 school boards across the state. The hope is that about 100 school boards sign the resolution, which would send a message to the Virginia General Assembly. The resolution was discussed at the City of Poquoson's joint meeting between its school board and City Council Wednesday evening. The school board is scheduled to vote on the resolution next Tuesday. Other local school boards are also expected to have a vote on the resolution.

"Yes, I am in favor of it because the state budget cuts we have endured over the last six years have created severe challenges for us," said Poquoson City Public School Superintendent Jennifer Parish. "And it is time for the state to step up and provide the funding they are required to provide us."

At the presentation Wednesday evening, Parish said that the average per pupil state expenditure had gone from $5,274 in 2009 to $4,880 in 2014. She said the decrease would have been even deeper if it weren't for additional state funding that went to the school division but was ultimately sent to the Virginia Retirement System.
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   Daily Press      Thursday - December 11, 2014

     Poquoson anticipates property assessment decrease and revenue decline
The City of Poquoson estimates that property assessments could decrease 1 to 2 percent on average, which means that tax revenue could decrease by $600,000 over two years. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to transfer $600,000 from its excess fund balance to a newly created Fiscal Stability Reserve Fund to prevent having to raise taxes, said Poquoson City Manager J. Randall Wheeler. The fund was created to deal with short-term revenue variations, he said.

"If the reassessment is the way we think it will be, we will have the necessary funds," Wheeler said. "We are setting aside a portion of our savings to deal with the possible impact so we don't have to deal with raising taxes."

Not all property assessments are projected to decrease, Wheeler said. But the assessment values on average are anticipated to decrease, he said.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - December 9, 2014

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