November 19, 2019
Posted on 11/22/2019
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School Board Meeting of November 19, 2019

View the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.
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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.

  • Gretchen Drzewucki, principal of Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School, as well as students and staff, highlighted the only school in Virginia named a Microsoft Showcase School.

The School Board Approved: 

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Associate Superintendent;
  • Education and safety concerns for special education students;
  • Virginia Education Association “Fund our Future” rally;
  • Athletic trainer job improvements;
  • Kindergarten enrollment; and
  • Woodbridge High School

Student Matters:

  • Benjamin Kim, student representative, introduced his reason and mission for applying to be a student representative for the School Board.

Staff Presentation Topics:

  • Report to the School Board on the School Board/County Joint CIP Committee

Superintendent's Time:

  • It is the year of the cat for cheer teams in PWCS, as both the Battlefield Bobcats and the Brentsville Tigers won state championships in Richmond. This year’s Class 3 state title is the third in the span of 12 years for the Brentsville District High School Tigers.
  • The cheering Battlefield High School Bobcats have been district champions six times, as well as regional championships for the past two years, but this season’s Class 6 state title is the first in Battlefield school history. Congratulations to both teams.
  • Last week I had the opportunity to attend the PWCS Nutrition 30th Annual Food Show, which included a three-course meal and a final course of blueberry shortcake. I joined attendees in trying a vegetarian breakfast burrito, grandma pie, kickin’ pasta, and much more. We were given the opportunity to vote on the food, providing feedback to PWCS Nutrition staff on future school meals. Adam Russo and his staff did an excellent job with this event, and I appreciate their efforts to solicit student and parent feedback while expanding food options in our cafeterias.
  • Qualcomm, Inc. has awarded $10,000 to Cedar Point Elementary School to upgrade and extend student access to learning in the Think-A-Bit Tech Lab. Cedar Point was an original recipient of a tech lab grant from Qualcomm in 2017. The newest grant will help the Think-A-Bit lab offer a summer camp in 2020.
  • Kilby Elementary School’s Tiger21 Learning Center is among 310 locations in the country chosen as a NASA Engineering Design Challenge site. The Engineering Design Challenge is a partnership between NASA and You for Youth, the Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program support organization. Approximately 25 students in Kilby’s Tiger21 program are part of the afterschool club that will work in teams of three to five students to solve a real-world problem facing NASA scientists and aerospace engineers. At the end of the challenge, the Virginia Department of Education will hold an event in which select teams will be chosen to attend the event and present their work to NASA representatives.
  • On Wednesday, October 16, the County sold $109.1 million in tax-exempt bonds in a competitive sale through the Virginia Public School Authority. The market demonstrated strong demand for the County’s highly rated triple-AAA bonds. The County achieved a record-low True Interest Cost of 2.176 percent over the 20-year series. The new money proceeds will be used for the acquisition and construction of school facilities including three new schools, six additions, five school renewals, two auxiliary gyms, and two stadium upgrades. Last Friday, the County negotiated a refunding of $31.8 million of existing debt using taxable bonds. The transaction produced a net present value savings of $2.95 million or 9.3 percent of refunded par. Debt service savings will exceed $200,000 per year through year 2034. The negotiated transaction allowed the County to expand the pool of potential bonds for refunding and to time the transaction to coincide with the planned tax-exempt issue.
  • I would also like to congratulate and welcome our two new student representatives to the School Board, Benjamin Kim, a junior at Stonewall Jackson High School, and Tahera Hamidi, a senior from Freedom High School. Congratulations also to Eliana Black, a senior at Hylton High School, who has been selected as the alternate, as well as all new members of the Student Senate. We are looking forward to working with all of you.

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