October 7, 2015
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The School Board Approved:

  • The agreement for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) students to participate in classes at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for the 2016–17 academic year;
  • November 4–10 as National French Week;
  • November 9–13 as Attendance Officer Appreciation Week;
  • November 15–21 as National Geography Awareness Week;
  • November as National American Indian Heritage Month;
  • The Class Size Reduction Grant Memorandum of Agreement with the Prince William Board of County Supervisors for the purpose of providing funding for a class size reduction initiative;
  • The award of a contract for the construction of an activity room addition at both Tyler and Enterprise Elementary Schools to Hammerhead Construction of Virginia, Inc.;
  • The award of a contract for the construction of an activity room addition at Kerrydale Elementary School to Sorenson Gross Company;
  • The Cooperative Agreement between PWCS and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired;
  • The application for Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) status for Battlefield, Forest Park, Gar-Field, and Patriot High Schools and Bristow Run Elementary School;
  • The space usage agreement by and between the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park and George Mason University. This agreement defines the terms regarding the use of the campus facilities;
  • The Payrolls for August;
  • The Pathway to Baccalaureate Program Memorandum of Agreement. This agreement is to offer a supportive environment to facilitate the successful transition, retention, graduation, and transfer of participating students from high school, through NOVA, and on to a university of the student’s choice.
  • The Virginia Retirement System Resolution “NOT to allow eligible employees to direct hybrid voluntary contributions to an employer-sponsored hybrid 403(b) retirement plan”;
  • School Board meeting minutes for September 16;
  • The Legislative Priorities for the 2016 Legislative Session;
  • The appointments to the Special Education Advisory Committee for Ms. Amy Mersereau-Cooper and Ms. Joi Funches to represent the Superintendent; Ms. Melissa Vilar for the Brentsville District, Ms. Marie Stevenson for the Neabsco District, Ms. Elizabeth Myers-Suarez for the Woodbridge District, and Ms. Melinda Vaikasiene for the Coles District;
  • The appointment of Mr. Jerry Lewis to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council; and
  • Revisions to Policy 651, “Counseling Services, Elementary, Middle, and High School”;
Policies and Regulations:
First review of revisions to Policies 006, “Prayer at School Function”; 527, “Alternative Scheduling-Managers”; and Deletion of Policy 553, “Anniversary Date.”  (No action is required on first reading.)
 
Citizens’ Comments:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:
  • Students spoke about their visit to the Library of Congress to meet two authors who won the Americas Award for their contributions to literature for young people that positively depict Latino people;
  • Legislative Priorities and goals for teachers;
  • Caseload of school counselors;
  • Recognition and welcome to new PWCS employees;
  • High school running tracks for public use; and
  • Polices for health care and nurses in the schools.
Presentation of Award:
Mrs. Carol Bass, supervisor of World Languages, presented Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, with the Friend of Foreign Language Association of Virginia Award. Dr. Walts is the first Superintendent to receive this award.

Presentation:
  • Mr. David Cline, associate superintendent for Finance and Support Services, Mr. John Windley, director of Facilities Services, and Mr. David Beavers, supervisor of Planning and Financial Services, presented information to the School Board about the 13th high school design prototype. Public meetings were held to present information and receive input from the public regarding both the potential sites and school building prototypes. The 13th high school is scheduled for a fall 2020 opening. Mr. Johns, Chairman At-Large, requested that the 13th high school design prototype be placed on the agenda for the October 21 School Board meeting for further review.
  • Mr. Ron Crowe, director of Risk Management and Security Services, Tiffany Minor, facilities use specialist, and Ms. Tracy Hannigan, Recreation and Services Chief, discussed proposed changes to the Cooperative Agreement  between the School Division and PWC Department of Parks and Recreation for elementary and middle school athletic fields. Click link to see Cooperative Agreement Overview.
Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:
  • Two grants were awarded to the School Division by the state:
    • A grant of $25,000 will support a Jobs for Virginia Graduates program at Stonewall Jackson High School. Prince William County Public Schools is one of five school divisions receiving this state funding. Seniors will get support to master skills that will help them find and keep quality jobs. We will then be able to follow-up with the graduates a full year after graduation.
    • A school security equipment grant of $83,000 will be used for security upgrades at eight high schools and 11 middle schools.
  • Thursday, October 15 will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut. Prince William County Public Schools will participate in this multi-state earthquake drill. As a reminder, it was only four years ago that a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia.
  • The School Division installed programmable time clocks to enable staff to monitor the schedules for flashing lights in school zones. We used to have to send someone to every school zone light to manually make adjustments and to turn it off. This technology has saved hundreds of work-hours and freed maintenance staff to do other things.
  • Congratulations to this year’s top ten Youth Salute finalists, runners-up, and overall winner Sara Michelle Howell of Hylton High School.
  • Ms. Maria Burgos was recently elected as the new Chairperson of the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action. Ms. Burgos is the supervisor of Global Learning and Culturally Responsive Instruction.
  • Mrs. Loree Williams, our School Board representative from the Woodbridge District was recently elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Joint Board for the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park for the 2015-16 academic year. We offer congratulations to her and we also thank Dr. Michael Otaigbe of the Coles District for his longtime service on the Joint Board, including Chairman for the 2013-14 school year.
  • I am extremely proud to announce that a record number of Prince William County Public School students graduated on time last school year. The new on-time graduation rate of 91.4 percent for students who entered high school in the fall of 2011 and graduated in 2015 continues a steady climb from 83 percent seven years ago, and again outpaces statewide results.