October 16, 2019
Posted on 10/23/2019

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School Board Meeting of October 16, 2019

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.

  • Dr. Michelle Roper, director of Special Education, highlighted the use of assistive technology within the School Division. She was joined by Lauren Fennel, teacher at Swans Creek Elementary, and Deborah Magill, teacher at Fitzgerald Elementary School. 

The School Board Approved: 

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • School Advisory Councils;
  • Net zero schools;
  • Green Team;
  • Patriot High School coach; and 
  • Red Ribbon Week.

Staff Presentation Topics:

Superintendent's Time:

  • Thank you Chairman Lateef and members of the board. In addition the good news we shared at the last board meeting about our school accreditation, I want to share that the on-time graduation rate in Prince William County Schools continues to increase. The 92.4% on-time graduation rate for PWCS surpasses the overall state rate of 91.5% and is higher than the graduation rate in neighboring Fairfax.
    • The 2019 graduation rate marks the 12th consecutive year of improvement, increasing more than nine points since 2008. The on-time graduation rate of African American, Hispanic, White, and economically disadvantaged students surpasses the state rate. PWCS has the highest graduation rate among school divisions with 100 or more English learners and students with disabilities in PWCS surpassing the state average by two percentage points.
    • This continuous improvement represents the amazing work of our teachers and staff, beginning in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. I congratulate our students and staff on their dedicated work.
  • I am proud to share that nine of our schools were awarded recognition as Purple Star schools for being military-friendly schools by demonstrating a major commitment to students and families connected in our nation's military. PWCS now has 12 total schools with the Purple Star designation.
    • The nine schools in PWCS that recently earned the designation are Henderson, Fitzgerald, Pattie, Kyle Wilson, and Springwoods Elementary Schools; Benton and Gainesville Middle Schools; and Forest Park and Woodbridge High Schools. The three existing schools include Ashland and Penn Elementary and Porter Traditional. Congratulations to all 12 schools for this prestigious recognition.
  • Thanks to the generosity of our outstanding staff, PWCS is leading the school divisions in Northern Virginia for giving to the United Way. Our annual campaign is currently in progress and I hope you will consider giving again this year to the United Way to help those who are hungry, homeless, victims of violence, and those who need a helping hand, as well as many other non-profit organizations.
  • Foodservice Director has named Prince William County Schools the Foodservice Operation of the Month. Adam Russo, director of Food and Nutrition Services, and the outstanding food service program are featured in a two-page story in the magazine. Congratulations for serving up success.
  • Last Thursday night, I had the pleasure of presenting at this year's first meeting of the Superintendent's Advisory Council on Instruction. The room was packed with new and returning parents. I want to express my appreciation for the tremendous engagement of the parents during the town hall-style question and answer session. Thanks for working collaboratively to improve our schools.
  • Yesterday morning, I attended a fantastic celebration at River Oaks Elementary School. The school, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and SPARK, our education foundation, cut the ribbon on the new Think Big Space. Educational activities that take place in this new space are designed to promote career awareness, engineering design, coding, and gamification. The students were very excited about the space and we had a little fun bringing a cell to life using augmented reality. And I just wanted to say, this is the first school classroom, this big space, of its kind in the world. So, again, thanks to Amazon and our partnership.

Policies:

First Readings-No action is required on first readings. 

  • Revision of Policy 124 (PDF), "Student Representative(s) to the School Board"