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    School Board Meeting October 5, 2016

    Select this link to view the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.

    Select this link to view the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV.

    School Board Approved:

    • The purchase of 16.7 acres of land located on Wellington Road for the construction of the western bus facility;
    • The cooperative agreement concerning the establishment and operation of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology with Fairfax County Public Schools for the 2017‒18 academic year;
    • The Gifted Education Advisory Committee appointments for 2016‒17;
    • The contract award to Sorensen Gross Construction Services, LLC for the addition of an activity room at Dale City Elementary and Minnieville Elementary Schools;
    • The contract award to Brinjac Engineering, Inc. and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. for automatic temperature control system design and commissioning services on an as-needed basis;
    • The increase in FY 2016‒17 budget and appropriation for The Governor's School @ Innovation Park for donations received from Lockheed Martin;
    • November as National American Indian Heritage Month;
    • November 4‒10 as National French Week;
    • November 13‒19 as National Geography Awareness Week;
    • Payrolls for August;
    • The Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program Memorandum of Agreement with Northern Virginia Community College;
    • School Board meeting minutes for September 21;
    • The recommended 2017‒18 annual school calendar known as the "Trenum Hybrid Calendar";
    • The Legislative Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session;
    • The proposed sale of VPSA bonds to finance certain capital improvement projects for School Division purposes;
    • The appointment of Mr. Charles Ronco to represent the Coles District for the Special Education Advisory Committee; and
    • The proposed revision of Policy 137, "Polling of the Prince William County School Board."

    Policies and Regulations: First reading on revisions to Policy 131, "Regular, Special and Closed Meetings." (No action is required on first reading.)

    Citizens' Comment Time:
    Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics: ·

    • PWCS student world archery winners;
    • 2017‒18 school calendar and election dates;
    • Policy on nondiscrimination and commitment to equity; and
    • Resource Officers' role in the schools;

    Presentations and Information:

    • View summary of the Title I Part A Program presented to the School Board by Student Learning and Accountability;
    • The multi-tiered systems of student support for all students at all levels presentation by Student Learning and Accountability;
    • Select presentation to view improving advanced placement scores for all students; and
    • The School Board discussed the possibility of forming a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Task Force.

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

    • The School Division has taken another step to give teachers more time to teach. This involves the "orange literacy folder" that elementary teachers had been required to keep on their students. Based on teacher input, we have eliminated duplication in data collection, cut paperwork, and streamlined required assessments. Teachers will continue to assess students, as needed, to diagnose and properly address their learning needs in reading and writing, and we are confident this approach will provide extra time for planning and instruction.
    • September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month, our nation recognizes the valuable contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country's history. There are numerous events sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College during this time. Check out the college's Global Learning Center website under news and events for details.
    • The second college fair will take place on October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gar-Field High School. All juniors and seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend and explore post-graduation options. You will have a chance to meet representatives from colleges and universities, technical schools, and the military.
    • October is Bullying Prevention Month. This observance reminds us that bullying of any type has no place in our schools or in the lives of anyone, anywhere. The School Board approved a resolution at its last meeting to recognize the importance of programs that encourage positive behaviors and discourage bullying behaviors. Among these programs is the widely acclaimed "Rachel's Challenge."
    • A reminder to parents and community members of a roundtable on bullying Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m., at the Kelly Leadership Center. Courtney Burkey, a nationally known expert on bullying, will meet with parents to discuss subjects such as cyber-bullying and ways to help students affected by bullying.
    • The Prince William County Police Department Youth Services Bureau's will give a presentation on social media and sexting on October 12 at Patriot High School. This presentation will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and all students and parents are invited to attend.
    • Now is the time to learn about the many middle school specialty programs our School Division offers. These are rigorous programs that help students acquire in-depth knowledge in a field of interest to them. Middle school information sessions will be held on October 10 and October 17 at the Kelly Leadership Center, and will cover math and science, world languages, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
    • The annual Great Southeast ShakeOut will be held Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. PWCS will participate in this multi-state earthquake drill.
    • Mrs. Loree Williams, our School Board representative from the Woodbridge District, was recently elected to serve as Chairman of the Joint Board for the Governor's School @ Innovation Park for the 2016-17 academic year. She served as Vice Chairman last school year.
    • Congratulations to PWCS 2016 National Merit Semifinalists:
      • Christopher Chi and Kimberly Zhang, who attend Battlefield High School;
      • Camryn Phillips from Brentsville District High School;
      • Christian Ellis and Tian Tian Low, students at Woodbridge High School; and
      • Gregory Bastian, Victoria Bevard, and Jonathan Buchinsky, who are students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
    • Two Patriot High School Marching Band members, Aaryanna Nijar and Natalie Wong, have been selected for the U.S. All-American Marching Band. This band will perform at the U.S. All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. Hats off also to Patriot Director of Bands, Mr. David Van Gelder for his work with these talented musicians.
    • A record number of PWCS students graduated on time last school year. The 2016 on-time graduation rate is 91.8 percent, which continues a steady climb from 83 percent eight years ago, and again outpaces the statewide results. This kind of success can only be achieved because of the important work that begins in our elementary schools, continues through our middle schools, and culminates in our high schools. On behalf of the administrative leadership team and the School Board, I thank and congratulate all of our 11,000 employees for their outstanding work, as we all strive together to Provide A World-Class Education.

    Volume 12, Number 2 - Publication date: October 6, 2016

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    School Board Meeting Information:

    Individuals who wish to address the School Board under Citizens' Time should notify the Board Clerk in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703-791-8709; or by email at prior to noon on the day of the Board meeting and will be placed on the list of speakers. Or, individuals may also sign onto the list of speakers maintained at the entrance to the School Board meeting room at the beginning of a regular Board meeting, but prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting. Please provide your name, address, phone number and topic you would like to speak about. Any deviation from these procedures shall be at the discretion of the Chairman.

    All speakers must provide the School Board Clerk with their address and phone number in order to verify their residency and permit the Clerk to contact them if necessary. Upon request, the Clerk will not release to the public the address and phone number of the speaker.