December 12, 2018
Posted on 12/14/2018

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School Board Meeting of December 12, 2018

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Positively PWCS:

Each School Board meeting begins with presentations about the good things that our schools are accomplishing. These presentations are intended to focus on how we are preparing our students academically and socially for success in college and careers.

  • Rockledge Elementary School Principal Amy Schott and members of the Rockledge PTA were proud to announce that Rockledge Elementary School has been chosen to be a National PTA School of Excellence. 

The School Board Approved: 

Citizen Comments:

Citizens addressed the school Board on the following topics:

  • Concerns regarding the proposed revisions to the Citizen Comments policy;
  • A student from the Brentsville Turf Grass program gave an update of the school's program; 
  • Concussion concerns and turf fields; 
  • "Red for Ed" and Governor Northam's proposed budget that includes an investment of $265.7 million for k-12 education; 
  • Upcoming boundary rezoning;
  • Crumb rubber turf field concerns; 
  • Paraprofessionals
  • A Hylton teacher thanked School Board member Alyson Satterwhite for participating in Leaders Enriching Academics Day; and 
  • Concerns regarding Woodbridge High School's aging building. 

Student Matters:

  • Sasan, student representative, met with student leaders at Hylton who expressed that they would like for there to be better preparation for sophomores and juniors on how to pay for college, more specifically things such as room and board, or books. Another financial concept discussed was the cost of SAT/ACT tests. Students expressed a desire for a SAT/ACT prep after school club as an alternative to costly SAT/ACT prep classes. Again, students addressed a desire for a transparent parking permit process that explains the cost of the permits to the students. Also mentioned was ESOL programs, and a desire to have more integration for students, so that ESOL students can practice their English skills.
  • Sasan brought attention to the January 5, Student Summit at Hylton High School that will take place from 8-11 a.m. held in conjunction with the Parent Summit. The student summit is open to juniors and seniors and will focus on mental health. There is a cap of 100 students.

    Staff Presentation Topics: 

    Superintendent's Time:

    • Two weeks ago, due to issues with transformers, two schools lost power – Westridge Elementary School and Fred Lynn Middle School. Because of the weather, the Westridge students spent the day at Lake Ridge Middle School. I would also like to thank transportation services for their work to quickly transport the students from Westridge to Lake Ridge. Thankfully, the Fred Lynn building had partial power, so they did not have to relocate. I would like to thank the staff at Westridge, Lake Ridge Middle School and Fred Lynn, our Facilities personnel and Prince William County Police and Fire Departments for working to keep our students safe. And of course, thank you to School Food and Nutrition Services for ensuring are students were served lunch.
    • Speaking of Fred Lynn, the school principal, Hamish Brewer, was named Principal of the Year by Education Dive: K-12, a leading industry news publisher. Congratulations and thank you to Mr. Brewer for everything you do for our students.
    • Congratulations to the Freedom High School football team for advancing to the state finals last weekend. Although the Eagles fell short of winning the state title, we are very proud of the hard work and determination they displayed in advancing to the state final game. Great job.
    • As you heard earlier tonight, the School Division continues to work on addressing items identified in the special education audit. Last week, Michelle Roper, director of special education, met with our elementary principals to share best practices and resources available to best serve students with special needs. She will continue to provide support to our schools throughout the school year.
    • More than half of our schools, 56 to be exact, were recognized last week as Schools of Excellence in Prince William County. Congratulations to our students, staff and community members for this accomplishment. The school division is planning a recognition ceremony for January to honor these schools.
    • Last week we shared the nominees for principal of the year and teacher of the year. Congratulations to all the nominees, who are listed on our website at www.pwcs.edu. A reception honoring the nominees will be held at 6 p.m. on January 31 at Colgan High School.

    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.