January 22, 2020
Posted on 01/28/2020
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School Board Meeting of January 22, 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.

  • Amanda McCulla, principal of Pennington Traditional School, David Anderson, assistant principal, Erin Merrill, teacher and coach, and students shared about their award-winning We the People program.

Annual Organizational Meeting:

  • The Annual Organizational Meeting agenda;
  • The Prince William County School Board elected Loree Williams, Woodbridge District, as Vice Chairwoman for 2020.
  • The Prince William County School Board appointed Deborah H. Urban as clerk of the Prince William County School Board for 2020. The salary for the clerk shall be as currently budgeted.
  • The Prince William County School Board appointed B Simpson as deputy clerk of the Prince William County School Board for 2020. The salary for the deputy clerk shall be as currently budgeted.
  • The Prince William County School Board approved requiring a corporate surety bond in the amount of $10,000 for the clerk and the deputy clerk to the School Board, conditioned upon the faithful performance and discharge of their duties; with the premium for such bonds to be paid for by the School Board.
  • The Prince William County School Board approved times, dates, and locations of School Board Meetings for 2020.
  • The Prince William County School Board appointed Keith Imon, deputy superintendent, as the designee of the Division Superintendent to attend meetings of the School Board in the absence or inability of the Superintendent to attend.
  • The Prince William County School Board approved membership in professional organizations and appointment of representatives of School Board members for 2020.

The School Board Approved: 

  • The recommendation to name the Auxiliary Gym at Brentsville District High School the Coach Kiesnowski Wrestling Room;
  • The award of a contract for the renovation of barracks 1 and 2 (PDF) located on the Independent Hill Complex, to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Miller Gregory LLC, in the total amount of $3,224,800;
  • The award of a contract for a multi-room HVAC replacement (PDF) at Marumsco Hills Elementary School to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, ColonialWebb Contractors Company, in the total amount of $321,000;
  • The award of a contract for a renovation of Woodbine Preschool Center (PDF) to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Alta Vista Consultants, in the total amount of $1,311,324;
  • February 12, 2020, as “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (PDF)”;
  • Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) between Prince William County Public Schools and Prince William County Preschool Programs/Head Start Agency;
  • Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) between Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, and further authorize the Superintendent to enter into such agreement;
  • February 2020 as "National African American History Month (PDF)";
  • February 2020 as "National Career and Technical Education Month (PDF)";
  • February 3-7, 2020, as "National School Counseling Week (PDF)";
  • January 19-25, 2020, as “School Principals Week (PDF)”;
  • Resolution (PDF) authorizing Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, to submit all reports and other necessary filings for the receipt of Impact Aid and to provide all assurances otherwise required by the "Improving America's Schools Act of 1994," Public Law No. 103-382;
  • November 2019 Payrolls (PDF) in the amount of $61,496,568.85;
  • School Board Meeting Minutes for December 4, 2019;
  • As provided in School Board Policy 135, the Prince William County School Board appointed Dr. Babur Lateef to serve on the Joint Board for the Governor’s School @Innovation Park for a two-year term;
  • The Prince William County School Board appointed Jennifer Wall, Loree Williams, and Lillie Jessie to serve on the Joint CIP Committee for a two-year term; and
  • The Prince William County School Board confirmed the School Board Poll (PDF), conducted on January 7, 2020, specifically, that “in light of inclement weather and related Code Red, closing PWCS schools on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the School Board meeting of the same date be canceled for reasons of public safety.”

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Woodbridge High School;
  • Student equity;
  • Location of the 14th high school;  
  • Fund our Future Rally;
  • Considerations for School Board meetings affected by weather;
  • The boundary policy;
  • Creating a mission statement for the School Board;
  • Support of plans to increase natural light in schools;
  • Settle the Debt;
  • Request for support and attendance of events to educate the community on dangers to students; and
  • Athletic trainers job description and pay rate.

Student Matters:

  • Early start times;
  • Increasing parent involvement in schools;
  • Education on opportunities after graduation;
  • Student decriminalization;
  • Food management;
  • Increasing opportunities for special education and low-income students; and
  • Report on the first student senate meeting.

Staff Presentation Topics:

  • Current protocols for the referral of individual concerns to the Office of the Superintendent. 
  • Report to the School Board on the School Board/County Joint CIP Committee.

Superintendent's Time:

  • Good Evening. I would first like to congratulate and welcome our three newest School Board members – Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Wall, and Mrs. Zargarpur. I look forward to working with each of you, along with the rest of our School Board team, to ensure we are Providing a World-Class Education for our students.
  • Kudos to Tobin Traxler, instructional technology coach at Leesylvania Elementary School, who has been named the Virginia Computer Science Educator of the Year. Mr. Traxler was chosen from over 40 teachers across the state who were nominated. Channel 7 visited Mr. Traxler earlier this month to broadcast a story on his accomplishment.
  • Congratulations to Katie Fielding, instructional technology coach at Woodbridge High School, who was selected as the Virginia Society for Technology in Education 2019 Coach of the Year. Ms. Fielding has a special interest in using educational technology to improve homebound instruction for chronically ill students. Her life with cystic fibrosis has informed her concern for this group of students.
  • Also at Woodbridge High School, congratulations to William Calli, a senior at the school. William was selected as one of Virginia’s five nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars for Career and Technology Education. William’s information has been forwarded to the national office, with the announcement of the U.S. Presidential Scholars scheduled for May.
  • Drew Miller, who leads the turf program at Brentsville District High School, is pictured on the front page of Golf Course Industry magazine. The magazine also published an outstanding story on this award-winning program. Additionally, Mr. Miller was named a Pioneer in the Field by Pioneer Athletics for his work to push the industry forward.
  • Educators from Fairfax County Public Schools visited Gar-Field and Stonewall Jackson High Schools last week to learn more about the success our schools have had with the graduation rate for English Learners. Congratulations to our English Learners teachers and students for their accomplishments.
  • PWCS is one of three school divisions receiving top awards in the 2019 Virginia School Boards Association’s Green Schools Challenge. This competition is designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions generated by both the local school divisions and the broader community.
  • And speaking of going green, PWCS will receive two electric school buses through the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program. The electric school buses will serve as a grid resource by creating additional energy storage technology to support the company’s integration of distributed renewables such as solar and wind.
  • I would like to mention that Governor Northam has proclaimed this week as Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week. I would like to publicly recognize the hard work and dedication of our school principals, and thank them for their support of our students, teachers, and staff.
  • In closing, I would like to share how much I enjoyed the Martin Luther King Day 35th Annual Program and 30th Youth Oratorical Competition – Let Freedom Ring. Zion Fozo, a Potomac High School student who gave a moving speech about slavery, won first place in the oratorical competition.Visit www.pwcs.edu for a listing of the writing contest winners.

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