May 06, 2015

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The School Board Approved:

  • The Perkins Local Plan and Budget for Career and Technical Education;
  • June as Caribbean American Heritage Month;
  • The documents necessary or convenient for the construction and/or operation of the Kilby Elementary School replacement;
  • May 15 – June 15 as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month;
  • The payrolls for March 2015;
  • The Virginia Retirement System member contribution by salary reduction resolution;
  • The confirmation of  the Board poll concerning the purposed Ferlazzo school site;
  • The School Board meeting minutes for April 22;
  • World language textbook adoption timeline and evaluation criteria;
  • The revenue sharing agreement between the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the School Board that provides 57.23% of general county revenues be transferred to the School Division for the Operations of FY 2016;
  • The FY 2015 year-end spending as presented to the School Board; and
  • The FY 2016 school budget and the 2016-2025 CIP.

Citizens’ Comment Time:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Two students from Battlefield High School spoke about how much they enjoyed their music program and performances at special events;
  • Recognition of Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals award recipients;
  • Sign language interpreter and vision specialists;
  • Teen suicide; and
  • The naming of the 12th high school.

  • Mrs. Carolyn Custard, director of Student Learning, and Dr. Renee Lacey, director of OMS, gave a presentation and recommended revisions to the 2015–16 Code of Behavior.
  • Mr. David Beavers, supervisor of Planning and Financial Services, gave information on the naming criteria for new schools and an update on the progress from the naming committee for the 12th high school.
  • Mr. John Wallingford, director of Financial Services, gave the third-quarter budget report. The budget covered revenues and expenditures for January – March.
  • Mr. David Cline, associate superintendent for Finance and Support Services, discussed the Class Size Reduction Grant that was included as part of the adoption of the budget this year. This grant provides the School Division the opportunity to access an additional $1,000,000 that must be matched by the Division. The total of $2,000,000 must be used to reduce class size. The resolution passed by the BOCS requires that a separate agreement will be negotiated and then agreed to by both boards.
Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:
  • The Odyssey of the Mind team at Gravely Elementary School placed first in the state tournament. The team now advances to the World Finals at Michigan State University this month.
  • All PWCS high schools are in the top 10 percent nationally, according to the Washington Post in its annual ranking of high schools that encourage students to take rigorous college-level courses. Patriot High School ranks in the top three percent.
  • Our robotics students are well accomplished and have won awards at regional, national, and world events. For details, please see the robotics page on our website.
  • Dr. Walts stated that he attended School of Excellence celebrations at Alvey, Buckland Mills, Glenkirk, and Leesylvania Elementary Schools and Bull Run and Woodbridge Middle Schools. He also accompanied third grade students from Swans Creek Elementary School on their field trip to Windy Knoll Farm.
  • The annual county Expo is this Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium. The Potomac Nationals game follows at 6:30 p.m.