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  • January 6, 2021

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    School Board Meeting of January 6, 2021

    View the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.

    Watch the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV.

    The School Board Approved:

    • Lisa Zargarpur as Vice Chairwoman of the Prince William County School Board for 2021;
    • B Simpson as Clerk of the Prince William County School Board for 2021;
    • Brandynn Reaves as Deputy Clerk of the Prince William County School Board for 2021 with the salary for the Deputy Clerk as currently budgeted;
    • Requiring a corporate surety bond in the amount of $10,000 for the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk to the School Board, conditioned upon the faithful performance and discharge of their duties; with the premium for such bonds to be paid for by the School Board;
    • The location of the Prince William County School Board's regular School Board meetings at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia, on the first and third Wednesdays of the months January through June and September through December of 2021. Closed session meetings shall convene at 5:00 p.m., and public meetings shall convene at 6:00 p.m. Adjustments will be made to the established times and meeting schedule should it be necessary to do so and the public will be notified as such;
    • Appointing Keith Imon, Deputy Superintendent, as the designee of the Division Superintendent to attend meetings of the School Board in the absence or inability of the Superintendent to attend through June 30, 2021;
    • Appointments for the organizations/committees;
    • The attached resolution (PDF) designating the Associate Superintendent for Finance as its Agent, and the Director of Finance as its Deputy Agent, as provided by Policy 380, "Payment Procedure and Approval of Warrants" and Virginia Code § 22.1-122;
    • November 2020 payrolls (PDF), in the amount of $60,021,828.34;
    • November 18, 2020 School Board meeting minutes (PDF);
    • December 2, 2020 School Board meeting minutes (PDF);
    • December 8, 2020 Joint Board to Board meeting minutes (PDF);
    • A resolution (PDF) to request that the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Prioritize the Vaccination of Education Professionals; and
    • Authorizing the Office of Division Counsel to immediately hire a third attorney and executive assistant, with costs to be paid under the current budget.

    Citizens Addressed the School Board on the Following Topics:

    • Return to Learn Plan
    • Renaming of Gainesville High School

    Student Matters:

    • Update on the Student Senate

    Staff Presentation Topics:

    Superintendent's Time:

    • I appreciate the opportunity to update the School Board, staff members, parents, students, and community members on the important work occurring during this pandemic.
    • I would like to thank Loree Williams for serving as the vice chairwoman of the School Board during the past year. Her service is sincerely appreciated, especially in light of the difficult times we have faced because of the pandemic. I would also like to congratulate and welcome Ms. Zargarpur to the role of vice chairwoman. I look forward to working with you.
    • During a pandemic, our students continue to participate in special projects to demonstrate their learning. Before the holiday break, I had the opportunity to meet with Collin Ropella, a student at Unity Reed High School who is doing a video project on the renaming of the school. It was great to meet Collin and be interviewed on camera to share more information on the process the School Board followed to change the name of the school to honor a beloved, long-time security assistant at the school, Arthur Reed. I look forward to seeing the finished project.
    • As this pandemic continues, all high school counselors and principals have been reminded to ensure all available support is provided for students with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) including virtual help sessions and other targeted supports for both students and parents throughout the college application season.
    • The Prince William County Department of Economic Development notified AlphaBEST recently that the funding they previously provided through the CARES Act has been extended into 2021, beginning last Monday, January 4. This funding will continue to provide scholarships for full-day care and virtual learning support program, AlphaAcademy, to PWCS families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. AlphaBEST has communicated this information to all AlphaBEST families.
    • During a pandemic, our community continues to display their generosity. Between July and December, our community donated more than $118,000 through DonorsChoose for educators at more than half of our schools. This money funded several projects, including educational kits and games, science lab equipment, art supplies, books, instructional technology, flexible seating, sports and exercise equipment, musical instruments, computers, and tablets. Congratulations to all of the educators whose projects were funded. If you would like to support the projects of our amazing educators, go to DonorsChoose.org, and add your zip code to see local requests. Thank you again to our giving community members.
    • Not even the pandemic could prevent six Prince William County Public Schools from being selected to participate in a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction grant-funded project. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Prince William County government $88,000 for the project, which will be implemented in collaboration with PWCS. Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle organic food scraps such as orange rinds and banana peels, apple cores, grape vines, and strawberry stems from school cafeterias. The grant from the USDA will provide composting and gardening education to students and staff at Ellis, Mullen, Piney Branch, and Victory Elementary Schools, Gainesville Middle School, and Unity Reed High School. The grant money will also be used to purchase bins, composting signage, waste audit supplies, and cover the costs of disposing of organic matter. Congratulations to these schools for this recognition.
    • As many of you know, during a pandemic, our nurses become even more valuable to our students and staff and our schools. I want to recognize Shuiping Carpenter, nurse at Minnieville Elementary School. The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corp recognized Ms. Carpenter as a school nurse standout for her efforts to fit-test N-95 masks for school employees. She was also one of the first school nurses to respond to the Virginia Medical Reserve Corp Volunteer request to answer phones in the call center. Her nominator said, "She is an angel that works so hard and never calls attention to herself or asks for recognition. She just wants everyone to be safe! She is amazing!" Congratulations Ms. Carpenter.
    • Thank you and stay safe and healthy.

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