October 4, 2017
Posted on 10/05/2017
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School Board Closed Session October 4, 2017

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The School Board Approved:
• The appointment of Gifted Education Advisory Committee for 2017–18;
• October as Bullying Prevention Month, Energy Action Month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Native American Heritage Month;
• October 2–6 as Virginia Farm to School Week;
• October 23–31 as Red Ribbon Week;
• November 1–7 as National French Week;
• November 6–10 as Attendance Officer Appreciation Week;
• November 12–18 as National Geography Awareness Week;
• The contract awarded to Americlean Services Corporation for air conveyance cleaning and special treatment services;
• The PWCS comprehensive local plan for the education of gifted students that includes components identified in Virginia’s regulations governing education services for gifted students;
• The Memorandum of Agreement with Prince William County Community Services to provide for the coordination and utilization assistance to students enrolled in PWCS;
• The Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and Manassas National Battlefield Park, for the establishment of a sixth-grade hands-on science exploration program at Manassas National Battlefield Park;
• August payrolls;
• The School Board meeting minutes for September 20;
• The appointments to the Safe Schools Advisory Council for Mr. H. Tracy Williams to represent the Gainesville District, and Ms. Wendy Dempsey to represent the Woodbridge District;
• The appointments to the Special Education Advisory Committee for Ms. Melora McVicker, Ms. Kristie Bowe-Young, and Mr. Anthony Friedman to represent the Superintendent; and Ms. Debbie Patnesky to represent the Coles District;
• The revisions of Policy 737, “Searches and Seizures.”

Citizens’ Comments:
Citizens addressed the School Board on recognition of Red Ribbon Week and words of appreciation to Mr. Shawn Brann, Acting member for Brentsville District, for his work while on the School Board.

Presentations and discussion on the following topics:
• The proposed 2018‒19 annual school calendar;
• First reading of Policy 757, “Administering Medications and Temporary First Aid” (no action required on first readings).

Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:
• October is Bullying Prevention Month, which reminds us that bullying has no place in our schools or anywhere else. PWCS works together with students, employees, and parents to prevent it.
• The School Board approved a resolution for the upcoming observance of National Red Ribbon Week, and you heard some of our students speak. We ask everyone to work with your school to help share information on drug abuse prevention and join us and wear red on Red Ribbon Day. (A brief video public service announcement was presented on Red Ribbon Week.)
• Now is the time of year to learn about the many middle school specialty programs our School Division offers. There will be two Middle school information sessions held on October 9th and 10th at the Kelly Leadership Center, and will cover math and science, world languages, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
• PWCS will participate in the annual Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill across many states on Thursday, October 19, at 10:19 a.m. Just six years ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia. All families are urge to review their safety plans for all natural disasters.
• We have met one of the School Board’s 2017–18 goals for the Superintendent and the School Division. 91.8 percent of our students in the Class of 2017 graduated on time, which continues to outpace the statewide and national results. In fact, our on-time graduation rate has risen every year for the past 10 years. This kind of success can only be achieved because of the important work that begins in our elementary schools, continues through our middle schools, and culminates in our high schools. On behalf of the administrative leadership team and the School Board, I thank and congratulate our more than 11,000 employees for their outstanding work, as we all strive together to provide a World-Class Education.
• On behalf of the Superintendent’s Staff, all our employees, and our students and their families, I offer sincere appreciation to Acting Brentsville School Board member Shawn Brann for his service while Gil Trenum was on deployment. We wish you continued success and thank you for your support of Prince William County Public Schools.

Volume 13, Number 3 – Publication Date: Friday, October 5, 2017

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