March 4, 2020
Posted on 03/09/2020

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School Board Meeting of March 4, 2020

View the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.
Watch the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV.

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.

  • Tracy Hannigan, deputy director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, shared information about their community partnerships with Prince William County Public Schools and how that partnership is helping to enhance the quality of the education we provide to our students.

The School Board Approved:

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Woodbridge High School;
  • Fossil free and net-zero schools;
  • Location of the 14th high school;
  • Institutional corruption and racism;
  • Climate change;
  • Possible partnership with private accredited preschool programs;
  • Budget addressing substitute teachers and teacher assistants; and 
  • Employee compensation.

Student Matters:

  • Updates on Student Senate committee goals;
  • All for One Ball;
  • Student music festival;
  • Mental health days;
  • Student representatives attending Parent-Teacher-Student Organization meetings;
  • Creation of a Teacher Senate;
  • Lunch sharing programs;
  • Student decriminalization;
  • Stonewall Jackson High School students mentoring students from Ellis Elementary school;
  • Freedom High School’s celebration of Black History Month;
  • Woodbridge High School’s Leadership Summit;
  • Brentsville High School’s Black Student Union meeting;
  • Woodbridge High School’s student-teacher volleyball game;
  • Potomac High School’s Heritage Night with ESOL parents;
  • Osbourn Park High School students making homeless care packages;
  • Hylton High School’s World Language Day; and
  • Student representative applications for next year.

Staff Presentation Topics:

Superintendent's Time:

  • I would first like to congratulate Neil Beech, who has been selected as the principal for the 13th High School, which will open for the 2021-22 school year near Jiffy Lube Live. Mr. Beech has successfully led Osbourn Park High School as principal since 2010. We are very excited about the experience and leadership skills that Mr. Beech is bringing to our 13th high school.
  • The School Board approved a resolution for Equity in Education Month. This resolution supports our efforts to look at everything we do through a lens of equity, including educational settings, supplies, technology, staffing, and school buildings. As I mentioned at our last meeting, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Equity began meeting this year and I look forward to hearing their recommendations.
  • As we begin the month of March, which is Social Work Month, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our school social workers for everything they do to further the educational, personal, and social growth of our students by linking them to school-based and community services. Our social workers are very important, and for that reason, I added the hiring of 11 more social workers to the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget.
  • Congratulations to Yukiko Dove, a teacher of students with special needs at Leesylvania Elementary School. The Prince William County Human Rights Commission awarded Ms. Dove with a Human Rights Award for her work in advocating for families with children with special needs.