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    School Board Meeting May 18, 2016

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    Mr. Ryan Sawyers, Chairman, and Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, presented awards of recognition to the Business Partnership Award winners: Bookworm Central and Coles Elementary School; Micron Technology and Pennington Traditional School; Potomac Pediatric Dentistry and Minnieville and Montclair Elementary Schools; and Partner in Education: Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (VA STAR), and Belmont Elementary School.

    The School Board Approved:

    • The Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative framework among the Lead Agency and the Member Agencies to implement a cooperative effort to apply for the Virginia Department of Education Office of Adult Education and Literacy Virginia Adult Education and Literacy Competitive Grants and to operate the regional adult education program as detailed in the grant application.
    • The adjustment to the School Operating Fund due to the new revenues, the increase in grant programs where notification to the School Division was after the approval of the budget, and receipt of donations;
    • The final resolutions of the five-percent member contribution to PWCS VRS;
    • The School Board meeting minutes of May 4;
    • Return the contract hours of PWCS teachers from 7.5 to 7.0 hours for the 2016‒17 school year;
    • The proposed attendance area boundaries, as presented by the Office of Facilities Services. Affected students will have the option to change to the new school assignment or remain with their existing school assignment;
    • The Superintendent, following guidance in preparing his revised proposed budget, to accommodate for the difference between the funding included in the School Board's current unanimously-approved budget, and the approximately $8.1 million of that amount currently not being allocated by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) through the adopted tax rate and the 57.23% Revenue Sharing Agreement incorporated in the BOCS approved budget: 1. Incorporate the reduction of approximately $8.1 million in revenue resulting from the BOCS approved budget; 2. Exclude any reduction to, or delayed implementation of, the step increase for all employees; 3. Continue plans to implement any appropriate class-size reduction plans consistent with current, approved funding; and
    • The Board Clerk to schedule professional development training for the School Board members through the Virginia School Board Association.

      Citizens' Comment Time:

      Citizens addressed the Board on the following topics:

    • Teacher contract work day;
    • School nurses and administering student medications;
    • AP Capstone Program at Osbourn Park High School;
    • Korean classes at Hylton High School;
    • Chapter of Family and Community Leaders at Patriot High School;
    • Appreciation for Physical Education classes;
    • Forest Park High School suicide awareness walk;
    • Site base management;
    • Every Student Succeeds Act;
    • Students rights;
    • Main entrances and security at schools;
    • Workload, class sizes, compensation, and the survey;
    • Budget and upgrades to school facilities infrastructure.


      Presentations on the Following Topics:

    • Recommended revisions to the 2016‒17 "Code of Behavior";
    • Safe Schools Advisory Council Annual Report of accomplishments for 2015‒16 school year;
    • Same gender programs at Woodbridge Middle School; and
    • Purchasing and procurement process.


      Superintendent's Time:

      Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following comments:

    • Osbourn Park High School student Arij Elfaki was one of two first-place winners in the annual Congressional Art Contest. She will receive $1,000 and her artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.
    • Brentsville High School sophomore Ashley Dimino submitted artwork to the Virginia Holocaust Museum and made it to the final round. This means that her work will be on display at the Museum in Richmond.
    • The School Division has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The certificate recognizes the quality of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
    • "Save the Date" for three ribbon cutting ceremonies coming up at the end of the summer:
      • Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School will take place on Monday, August 22 at 6 p.m.
      • Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m.
      • George M. Hampton Middle School's ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m.
    • The second annual Suicide Awareness Walk from Forest Park High School to Hylton High School is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 beginning at 9 a.m.

    Volume 11, Number 17 - Publication date: May 20, 2016

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