September 16, 2015
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The School Board Approved:

  • Authorizing the signatures of Ms. Rae Darlington, Mr. David Cline, Mr. John Wallingford, and Mrs. Rita Goss with the Virginia Department of Education in the absence of the Division Superintendent;
  • October 19‒23 as Custodial Services Employee Week and School Bus Safety Week;
  • October 5‒9 as Virginia Farm-to-School Week;
  • October as:
    • Disability History and Awareness Month;
    • Filipino American History Month;
    • National Italian American Heritage Month; and
    • Polish American Heritage Month;
  • The  Fourth Affiliation Agreement between George Mason University and the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park;
  • October 6 as German American Day;
  • The revised Stone Haven rezoning comments submitted to the Prince William County Planning Office. The revised Development Impact Statement reflects the changes due to the reduction in residential units, thereby generating fewer students;
  • The confirmation of the School Board poll dated August 27 regarding an early readmission appeal for a student;
  • The School Board meeting minutes for September 2; and
  • The revisions to Policies 403, “Smoke-Free Environment” and 464, “Price of Meals.”

Policies:
First reading on proposed revisions to Policy 651, “Counseling Services, Elementary, Middle, and High School.” (No action is required on first reading.)
 
Citizens’ Comment Time:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Two students explained how they produced illustrations for a video that included Dr. Michael Otaigbe, Coles District School Board member;
  • The results from a survey produced by Prince William County Federation of Teachers and recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month;
  • Tobacco free schools.

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

  • The first college fair will be held on September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Osbourn High School in Manassas—that is Osbourn, and not our Osbourn Park. The second will be on October 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hylton High School. All juniors and seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend one of these fairs to explore post-graduation options. You will have a chance to meet representatives from colleges and universities, technical schools, and the military.
  • Congratulations to Joshua Lim, a student at Porter Traditional School, who is one of five Virginia finalists in the Library of Congress’ summer essay contest. Joshua wrote about a favorite book titled, “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry.
  • Congratulations to Gar-Field High School on receiving authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate organization’s newest program - The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme. Gar-Field is the seventh school in Virginia authorized to offer this program. Current career pathways available to Gar-Field students interested in pursuing this IB Certification include: Project Lead the Way Pathways, Marine Corps Junior ROTC, Virginia's Teachers for Tomorrow, and over 10 different career clusters offered through the Virginia Department of Education.   
  • September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month our nation recognizes the valuable contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country’s history. There are numerous events sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College during this time.
  • The second community meeting to help select the location and look of the next high school will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at Patriot High School at 7 p.m.
  • On behalf of the School Division, for those celebrating the Jewish New Year this month, I wish you “L’Shana Tova” or good wishes for the New Year.