February 2, 2022
Posted on 02/04/2022

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School Board Meeting of February 2, 2022

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

The School Board Approved:

  • The proposed appointment (PDF) to the Safe Schools Advisory Council;
  • The award of a contract for furnishing and installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Limestone Drive and Wentworth Green Drive to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Phillip C. Clarke Electrical Contractor, Inc., in the total amount of $374,672;
  • The award of a contract for the HVAC replacement at Brentsville District High School to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Service Mechanical, Inc., in the total amount of $2,886,471;
  • The award of a contract for the HVAC replacements at Graham Park Middle School to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Paramount Mechanical Corporation, in the total amount of $2,718,000;
  • The award of a contract for the skylight replacement at C.D. Hylton High School to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Woodbridge Glass Company, Inc., in the total amount of $290,000;
  • February 9, 2022, as “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (PDF)”;
  • Granting street dedication and various easements to the Prince William County Service Authority and the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, across property at Signal Hill Elementary School. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the dedication and easements, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
  • Granting a storm sewer easement to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, across property at Patriot High School. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the easement, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
  • February 28, 2022, as “Rare Disease Day (PDF)”;
  • The textbook selections recommended by the Science Textbook Adoption Committee (PDF);
  • The appointment of the following representatives to the Joint Environmental Taskforce;
  • February 14-18, 2022, as “School Board Clerk Appreciation Week (PDF)”;
  • December 2021 payrolls (PDF) in the amount of $66,688,849.45;
  • The January 19, 2022 School Board meeting minutes (PDF);
  • The Launching Thriving Futures Strategic Plan (PDF); and
  • That, at the first School Board meeting in March, the Prince William County School Board be provided by the Superintendent and the Office of Division Counsel with information regarding the impact of Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Law on PWCS, including any resolutions and/or policy changes necessary should the School Board vote to implement a similar requirement for construction contracts with the Prince William County Public Schools.

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • The Strategic Plan
  • FY 2023 Proposed Budget
  • Health mitigation measures
  • Prince William Digital Gateway
  • Citizen Comments time

Student Representative Matters:

  • Later school start times
  • Dress code policies

Superintendent's Time:

  • I want to begin this evening by acknowledging the sacrifices of Bridgewater College Campus Police Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer JJ Jefferson. Both officers lost their lives yesterday protecting the students and staff at Bridgewater College during an active shooter situation. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these brave men, as well as the Bridgewater College community. I am also thankful to our school resource officers and security personnel, who work each day to ensure our schools and our students are safe.
  • Moving on to more positive news, you may have noticed the colorful banners, beautiful posters, personal artwork, and hand-written thank-you letters created by our talented students. February is School Board Appreciation Month. The Virginia School Boards Association proclaims February as School Board Appreciation month to salute the service of the almost 850 school board members in Virginia. It is an opportunity for school divisions and communities to build a stronger understanding of the crucial role school boards assume in a representative democracy. I share my appreciation for the important responsibilities of serving on a School Board, especially during our challenging times, and I thank each one of our dedicated School Board members for their commitment and engagement in service of our School Division.
  • February is also Black History Month. I encourage you to watch our website, social media, and The Scoop! for features from the Division and our schools throughout February as PWCS recognizes this annual celebration of achievements and heritage of African Americans.
  • I would also like to mention that Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is February 9. As we work collaboratively with our community to ensure our students arrive to and from school safely, I recognize and appreciate the critical role of our crossing guards.
  • Before introducing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 proposed budget, I want to take a moment to acknowledge February 7 through February 11 as National School Counseling Week. As we all try to survive this difficult pandemic, it is increasingly evident how important it is to support the mental health of our students and staff. I appreciate each and every one of our school counselors and their efforts in supporting our schools. Thank you for your commitment to the well-being of our students.
  • Mr. Chairman, this concludes our regular Superintendent’s Report. We will now transition to our presentation on the Superintendent's FY 2023 Proposed Budget and Capital Improvements Program (PDF).

Board Matters:

  • Update on the Governor's School @ Innovation Park