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  • November 4, 2015

    The School Board Approved:

    • November 16-20 as American Education Week and International Education Week;
    • November 18 as Education Support Professionals Day;
    • Contract awards to Apex Companies, LLC. and Applied Environmental, Inc. to provide environmental and industrial hygiene engineering services;
    • Contract award to Lincoln Financial Services for supplemental retirement plans 403(b) and 457(b) for Prince William County Public Schools;
    • Dedication of a sanitary sewer easement at Freedom High School;
    • The Memorandum of Understanding with Shenandoah University to continue its partnership related to the Teachers for Tomorrow Dual Enrollment Program;
    • The new course offerings for the High School Course Catalog for the 2016-17 school year:
      • AICE Mechanics (Level A);
      • Approaches to Learning;
      • Cabinetmaking I;
      • Cabinetmaking II;
      • IGCSE Italian III;
      • Landscaping II;
      • Project Lead the Way Biomedical Innovation;
      • Project Lead the Way (PLTW - HBS) Human Body Systems;
      • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Medical Interventions;
      • SL Chemistry I;
      • SL Chemistry II;
      • SL IB Global Politics;
      • The Dual Enrollment agreement with Northern Virginia Community College for students wishing to complete a general education certificate program while completing high school;
    • September payrolls;
    • School Board meeting minutes for October 21;
    • Revisions to Policies 681 "Non-Traditional Education Programs," and 721, "Student Transfers"; and
    • The appointment of Mr. Victor Gaither to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council for the Gainesville District.

    School Board Decision on 13th High School Design:
    After considering the design used for Patriot and Colgan High Schools, or a new and larger hybrid plan, School Board members voted to stick with their previous decision to base the new school on Battlefield High School. The Battlefield design, constructed in 2004, will be updated to comply with current building codes. Two possible school sites are under consideration; the school site must be available by mid-January to meet the planned opening date in the fall of 2020.

    Citizens' Comments:
    Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

    • Porter Traditional School mentoring program;
    • Opposition to new design for the 13th high school and tribute to outgoing School Board member Betty Covington;
    • Services for special needs children;
    • Access to local high school tracks; and
    • Class size reduction.


    • Mr. John Wallingford, director of Financial Services, gave a report on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget which covered revenues and expenditures for July 1 to September 30, 2015.
    • Mrs. Rita Goss, associate superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability; Mr. Kenneth Bassett, director of Student Learning; and Mr. Doug Wright, supervisor of Career and Technical Education, gave a presentation on the current efforts made to expand Career and Technical Education opportunities to students.
    • Mr. David Cline, associate superintendent for Finance and Support Services, and Mr. Michael Mulgrew, associate superintendent for High Schools, discussed with the School Board why middle school tracks are open to the public and high school tracks are not.

    Superintendent's Time:
    Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:

    • On Thursday, November 12, the Office of Adult Education will be recognized at a reception and celebration at the Prince William County Skills Source Center. This is a One Stop Center for workforce employment. The Office of Adult Education, along with Skills Source Center and Virginia Employment Commission partners, recently received the William Harris Equal Opportunity Award presented by the National Association of State Work Force Agencies. This award recognized excellence in the field of equal opportunity.
    • Hylton High senior Sara Michelle Howell won the top female award as National Youth Leader of the Year at the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference last month.
    • Congratulations to Gainesville Middle School drama teacher and director Barbara White and her students on the Gold Trophy they won for their performance of "The Great Pandemonium" at the Virginia Theatre Association's State Festival. The group also received a separate trophy for having the highest score. Student Aidan Ritchie won the Top Male Actor award for the entire festival.
    • Dr. Walts attended a meeting of the Potomac Health Foundation, a private foundation that provides grants to nonprofit entities in eastern Prince William and parts of Fairfax and Stafford counties. Potomac Health Foundation has been a supporter and partner of PWCS since the Foundation's inception in 2009. The Foundation has awarded our School Division nearly $611,000 since 2011. These grants have supported programs and initiatives including: School of Practical Nursing; Human Trafficking Prevention, Identification, and Referral; Coordinated Mental Health Support for At-Risk Youth; and Biomedical Science in the Project Lead the Way engineering program.
    • With yesterday's election behind us, Dr. Walts offered his sincere thanks to those who have served our schools and community over the years and will not be returning to their positions in January. And to those who will be joining the School Board in Providing A World-Class Education in their newly elected roles, Dr. Walts stated that he looks forward to working with them.
    Volume 11, Number 5 - Publication date: November 5, 2015

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    School Board meetings are held in the School Board Meeting Room at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. Citizens who wish to address the School Board under Citizens' Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in writing, by phone, or by electronic mail prior to noon on the day of the meeting. Citizens may also sign up to speak prior to 6:55 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

    Closed Sessions start at 6 p.m. and are followed by public sessions, which start at 7 p.m.