November 1, 2017
Posted on 11/02/2017

School Board Meeting November 1, 2017

Select this link to view the agenda on the Electronic School Board web page.
Select this link to view the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV. 

The School Board Approved:

  • The cooperative agreement concerning the establishment and operation of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology with Fairfax County Public Schools for the 2017‒18 academic year;
  • The contract award to Virco Manufacturing Corporation to provide a ready source for educational, classroom, miscellaneous support furniture, and related products and services;
  • The biennial funding agreement with George Mason University and the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park;
  • The Memorandum of Understanding with Laurel International Corporation for students and staff from Hylton and Osbourn Park High Schools to participate in exchange activities with students and staff from HoHot Schools in China;
  • The new high school course offerings for the 2018–19 school year;
  • The payrolls for September;
  • The October 18 School Board meeting minutes; and
  • That the School Board attend Multicultural Training on a date to be determined.

Citizens’ Comments:

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Students spoke about their educational experiences at Henderson Elementary School;
  • Board Members’ inclusion in customer satisfaction survey and smart goals; and
  • Enrollment for online classes.

Presentation: Strategic Plan Report (Part two, Goals 2-5). Part one, Student Achievement, was presented at the October 18 meeting. The Strategic Plan includes test results, program participation rates, graduation information, discipline rates, teacher licensure/endorsement data, organizational data, and Divisionwide Survey results.

Superintendent’s Time:

Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:

  • Much of tonight’s meeting and our previous session focused on successes in achieving the School Board’s 2017–18 goals for me and for the School Division. While you’ve heard a lot more information tonight, I think it’s appropriate to celebrate a specific achievement.
  • As you know, we’re proud of our overall on-time graduation rate for all students. But it’s noteworthy to point out that the on-time graduation rate for black students in Prince William County rose from 91.8 last year to 92.7 percent in 2017. That’s 92.7 percent compared with a rate of 88.4 percent statewide.
  • Among Northern Virginia divisions, it exceeds black student performance in Fairfax, and trails only Loudoun County and Manassas Park. I highlight it because it reveals remarkable success among our students, and is the result of a great job by all our administrators and teachers.
  • Another goal of the School Board was the development of action plans based on the spring 2017 reports received from the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction, the Special Education Advisory Council, and the Gifted Advisory Council. As directed by the School Board, these plans were submitted prior to the November 1, 2017, deadline.
  • Congratulations to School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie on her induction to the Prince William Walk of Fame. This honor recognizes the people of Prince William County who have gone “above and beyond” in their contributions to the quality of life in our community. Mrs. Jessie will be honored with a permanent installation of a plaque on the grounds of Tackett’s Mill at Lake Ridge.
  • The Budget Office received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. This honor recognizes excellence in school budget presentations and is given only to school districts with budgets that undergo rigorous review by financial professionals, and meet or exceed the program’s stringent criteria. It reflects the extensive effort that goes into making sure our community is getting its money’s worth for its investment in education. 

Volume 13, Number 5 – Publication Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 

School Board Meeting Information:

 Individuals who wish to address the School Board under Citizens’ Time should notify the Board Clerk in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu prior to noon on the day of the Board meeting and will be placed on the list of speakers. Or, individuals may also sign onto the list of speakers maintained at the entrance to the School Board meeting room at the beginning of a regular Board meeting, but prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting. Please provide your name, address, phone number, and topic you would like to speak about. Any deviation from these procedures shall be at the discretion of the Chairman. All speakers must provide the School Board Clerk with their address and phone number in order to verify their residency and permit the Clerk to contact them if necessary. Upon request, the Clerk will not release to the public the address and phone number of the speaker. Presentation: Strategic Plan Report (Part two, Goals 2-5). Part one, Student Achievement, was presented at the October 18 meeting. The Strategic Plan includes test results, program participation rates, graduation information, discipline rates, teacher licensure/endorsement data, organizational data, and Divisionwide Survey results.