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    School Board Meeting September 21, 2016

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    School Board Approved:

    • The month of October 2016 as:
    • Bullying Prevention Month;
    • Filipino American History Month;
    • National Cyber Security Awareness Month;
    • National Italian American Heritage Month;
    • Polish American Heritage Month;
    • Virginia Disability History and Awareness Month;
    • October 3‒7 as Virginia Farm-to-School Week;
    • October 6 as German American Day;
    • October 17‒21 as Custodial Services Employee Appreciation Week and School Bus Safety Week;
    • School Board meeting minutes of September 7;
    • Memorandum of Understanding with Prince William County Public Works that will allow a Saturday refuse and recycling collection service at The Nokesville School. This service would be provided for county residents only, no commercial collection; and
    • The appointment of Mr. Shawn Brann of Bristow as the acting member of the School Board for the Brentsville Magisterial seat to serve during the military deployment of elected School Board member Mr. Gil Trenum and until such time as Mr. Trenum resumes the duties of this office.

    Policies and Regulations:

    • The vote on revisions of Policy 060, "Nondiscrimination and Commitment to Equity," was delayed until the last School Board meeting in June 2017.
    • The vote on revisions of Policy 137, "Polling of the Prince William County School Board," was postponed until the next School Board meeting on October 5.

    Citizens' Comment Time:
    Citizens addressed the School Board about Policy 060, "Nondiscrimination and Commitment to Equity."

    Presentations and Information:
    Mr. John Wallingford, Director of Financial Services, talked briefly about the proposed sale of VPSA bonds for projects totaling $83,385,000.

    Superintendent's Time:

    Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, opted to forego his comment time and said that his comments (below) will be placed on the PWCS website.

    • Steps have been taken 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. As always, 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.
    • College fairs are scheduled for September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Battlefield High School and 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 one of these fairs to explore post-graduation options. You will have a chance to meet representatives from colleges and universities, technical schools, and the military.
    • On Thursday, October 6, at the Kelly Leadership Center at 7 p.m., parents and community members will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local and national experts on cyber-bullying; what causes bullying; ways to help students affected by bullying; and how to access the resources in our schools and community. The presentation is part of the ongoing efforts to equip everyone with the power to "Take Away Bullying." You can find more information on our PWCS home page.
    • As a reminder to parents about another health and safety matter, our schools require proper documentation and authorization for all medications, treatments, and medical procedures for students. All medical authorization forms can be found on our website or in school health offices. Parents, please contact your child's school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
    • 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 public is invited to attend a community meeting to hear details of a new school planned along the Prince William Parkway near the Chinn Center. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Woodbridge Middle School. The new school will address overcrowding at Vaughan, Westridge, Kerrydale, and other elementary schools along the Prince William Parkway in eastern Prince William County.
    • Congratulations to our 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.
    • For those celebrating the Jewish New Year in October, I wish you "L'Shana Tova," or good wishes for the New Year. And for those celebrating the Islamic New Year, also in October, "'Aam Hijri Sa'eed," or Happy Islamic New Year.

    Volume 12, Number 2 - Publication date: September 22, 2016

    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.