Board Briefs November 14
Posted on 11/15/2017
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School Board Meeting November 14, 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


Public Hearing:
No citizens addressed the School Board on the sale of excess land of the proposed 13th high school. 

The School Board Approved:

  • December 4–10 as Computer Science Education Week;
  • December 4–8 as Inclusive Schools Week;
  • Appointment of student representative and alternative representatives to the School Board;
  • Documents necessary for the construction and operation of the “PW Parkway Elementary School”;
  • Documents necessary for the construction and operation of school facility additions to Marshall and Old Bridge Elementary Schools and Benton Middle School;
  • Sale of excess portion of the proposed 13th high school land; and
  • School Board meeting minutes of November 1.

Citizens’ Comments:

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Red Ribbon Week art contest winners;
  • Training for principals and assistant principals;
  • Equal resources for all schools;
  • American Education Week; and
  • Recall Petition.

Presentation: A powerpoint was presented on the Aquatics Center’s water safety school. 

Superintendent’s Time:

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

  • Victory Elementary School has been newly recognized by the Virginia Board of Education for academic progress. Victory received the Distinguished Achievement Award in the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program.
  • Fred M. Lynn Middle School has been designated as Partially Accredited: Reconstituted. Its accreditation status had been on hold since the Virginia Department of Education announced other schools’ status in September. Fred Lynn’s new partial accreditation reflects the ongoing work of teachers, staff, administrators, and community members that has been highlighted at School Board meetings for several months.
  • Prince William County Public Schools was honored for energy savings, with first place in the academic category of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.  Since 2012, efforts led by our Energy Management Team have helped the Division avoid more than $25 million in utility expenses through efficiency improvement and by creating a culture of conservation among staff and students. That means money can go to education instead of energy. Congratulations to our Energy Team, led by administrative coordinator Brian Gorham and Facilities Services Director John Windley. And to the schools, offices, and people who helped generate the savings.
  • Patriot Teacher Jarrod Haselbauer has earned recognition as a Master Teacher for the Project Lead the Way engineering program.
  • Reagan Middle School athletics coordinator Jonathan Bukva has met the rigorous criteria of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He is now a Certified Athletic Administrator.
  • There will be one additional School Board meeting in November, on Wednesday, November 29.  And there is only one December meeting, on the 13th. These dates show in our online calendars. I mention this because they differ from what’s in the printed Elementary and Middle School Guide and Calendar. That publication went to press before the change from the usual first and third Wednesday schedule had been finalized.
  • Congratulations to the newly elected members of our state legislative delegation. I thank the departing incumbents for their dedicated service. We will be meeting with both incumbents and newly elected legislators at the Division’s legislative breakfast on Monday, November 20.
  • And in conclusion, I wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

VSBA Academy Awards:

Mr. Ryan Sawyers, Chairman, presented Virginia School Boards Association Academy certificates to the School Board members, and Superintendent. 

Mrs. Lillie Jessie, Vice Chairman, presented a certificate to Chairman Sawyers. 

Volume 13, Number 6 – Publication Date: Thursday, November 16, 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.