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  • March 17, 2021

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    School Board Meeting of March 17, 2021

    View the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.
    Watch the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV.

    The School Board Approved:

    • The Agreement of Sale (PDF) to purchase 16.5 acres of land from Belno II, LLC for construction of the 14th High School for $3,593,700. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the Agreement, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
    • The Agreement of Sale (PDF) to purchase 0.4382 acres of land from Danaco, Inc. for construction of the 14th High School for $99,000. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the Agreement, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
    • The Agreement of Sale (PDF) to purchase 18.38 acres of land from the owner of 13105 Telegraph Road, LLC for construction of the 14th High School for $2,401,899. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the Agreement, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
    • The March 15, 2021 Board Poll sent out on the consensus recommendation (PDF) of the PWCS high school principals that the Advanced Placement (AP) tests be offered to students during Administration Window #2 and Window #3;
    • The award of a contract for the construction of Rosemount Lewis Elementary School to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), V.F. Pavone Construction Company in the total amount of $35,000,000;
    • The award of a contract for the procurement of Vehicles - Step Vans to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Eustace Merchant Ford, dba Battlefield Ford, in the total amount of $388,494;
    • Authorizing its Chairman At-Large to execute, in the name of the School Board, all documents necessary or convenient for the construction and/or operation of the new "Rosemount Lewis Elementary School," including Deed of Dedication, utility easements, and reservation of areas required by law;
    • An easement (PDF) to the Prince William County Service Authority, across property at Gainesville High School. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents pertaining to the easement, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
    • The March 3, 2021 School Board meeting minutes (PDF);
    • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 CIP and the FY 2022 Budget (PDF) in the total amount of $1,660,253,712;
    • The revenue sharing agreement (PDF) between the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the Prince William County School Board that provides 57.23% of general county revenues be transferred to the School Division for the operations of FY 2022;
    • Directing the Superintendent to forward the requested school budget by fund totals to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors;
    • Requesting the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to approve and appropriate the FY 2022 school budget by lump sum appropriation in the amount of $1,660,253,712 by fund totals as in previous years;
    • The FY 2021 year-end spending (PDF); and
    • Directing the Division Superintendent and staff to prepare and present to the School Board by May 5, 2021 a reopening plan for the 2021-22 school year which provides for five days a week of full-time, in-person instruction for all students in all grade levels; and further that the plan provide an option for 100% virtual instruction for all students in all grade levels.

    Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

    • Return to In-Person Learning plan
    • FY 2022 Budget

    Student Matters:

    • In-person graduation ceremonies
    • AP tests and final exams

    Superintendent's Time:

    • I would like to begin with a moment of silence for our three staff members who passed away from COVID-19: Denora Mejia, custodian at Potomac View Elementary School, Flor de Luz Cervantes, School Food and Nutrition Services employee at Woodbridge Middle School, and Richard Zuckernick, math teacher at Gar-Field High School. I also want to share this tribute that Jake Tapper from CNN broadcast regarding Mr. Zuckernick. Please observe a moment of silence. Thank you.
    • A year into the pandemic, it has become clearer how crucial it is to ensure equity in education. March is the Virginia School Boards Association Equity in Education Month. As a Division, we have been working very hard to use equity as a lens when making decisions.
    • Our teachers and staff members continue to shine during the pandemic. I would like to recognize Dr. Patrick Ware, music teacher at Fitzgerald Elementary School, who has been named Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the American Orff-Shulwerk Association (AOSA). The new position will oversee the important work to elevate the importance of identifying and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of AOSA's national programs.
    • I would also like to thank our teachers and staff who have continued to successfully return students in-person who have chosen to do so. This has been a tremendous team effort by all our schools and employees, including more than 225 central office and retirement opportunity program employees - also known as ROP employees - who volunteered to work in our schools to cover for staff who were out due to reactions to their second vaccinations.
    • Our School Division also continues to earn awards during a pandemic. The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded PWCS with the Meritorious Budget Award for the 2020-21 budget year. This is the 23rd consecutive year that PWCS has earned this award, and PWCS was the first school division in Virginia to earn this award in 1997. This award recognizes best practices for budget presentations for school districts. Congratulations to John Wallingford, associate superintendent for Finance and Risk Management, and his staff, for their continuous outstanding work in this area.

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