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    School Board Meeting of April 20, 2022

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

    Launching Thriving Futures Focus: 

    • The School Board presented a resolution recognizing April as the month of the Military Child to Colonel Michael L. Brooks, Marine Corps Base Quantico Commanding Officer. The School Board also recognized state swimming champions and their coaches, and the Gold Medalist for the 2022 USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, all from Battlefield High School.

    The School Board Approved: 

    • The Purchase and Sale Agreement (PDF) that includes the sale of excess property at 14575 Potomac Branch Drive (Ann Ludwig School), to Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Inc. for $1,134,372. Further, the Chairman At-Large and Clerk are authorized to sign any necessary documents, subject to approval as to form only by the Division Counsel;
    • The Purchase and Sale Agreement (PDF) that includes the purchase of 4.6874 acres of land from Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Inc. at 1550 Prince William Parkway for construction of the "Woodbridge Area Elementary School" for $3,650,000. 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 award of a contract for the Bristow Run Elementary School Renovation and Addition to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Henley Construction Company, Inc., in the total amount of $12,599,700.00;
    • The award of a contract for the Signal Hill Elementary School Renovation and Addition to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder (PDF), Dustin Construction, Inc., in the total amount of $12,594,000.00;
    • Recognizing May 9-13, 2022 as "Exceptional Children's Week (PDF)";
    • Recognizing May 2022 as "Jewish-American Heritage Month (PDF)";
    • Recognizing May 11, 2022 as "National School Nurse Day (PDF)";
    • Recognizing May 15, 2022 - June 15, 2022 as "National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (PDF)";
    • Recognizing May 2-6, 2022, as "Teacher Appreciation Week (PDF)";
    • The April 6, 2022, meeting minutes (PDF).

    Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

    • Jewish-American Heritage Month.
    • Contract Awards
    • Boundaries policy changes.
    • Overworked school employees.
    • School library appreciation month.

    Student Representative Matters:

    • Testing Season.
    • Student Start Time Survey being finalized. Students, parents, and staff will be given a survey.
    • Earth Week and Earth Day - Composting.

    Superintendent's Time: 

    • Good evening. I am honored to share that Amy Schott, currently the principal at Henderson Elementary School, has been named the 2022 Washington Post Principal of the Year. Ms. Schott was the principal at Rockledge Elementary School for 13 years before moving to Henderson Elementary this school year.
    • Ms. Schott was featured in an article in the Post on Monday morning, and we will recognize her at an upcoming School Board meeting. Congratulations to Ms. Schott.
    • The American School Counselor Association recently announced the 2022 RAMP schools. Congratulations to Sinclair Elementary School and Minnieville Elementary School for their RAMP designations. RAMP designations are provided to schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. This year, only 69 schools in 19 states earned this recognition. The RAMP designation is good for five years. This is a new designation for Minnieville, and a re-designation for Sinclair. Congratulations to both of our schools.
    • I am excited to share that PWCS students experienced unprecedented results at this year's state science fair. Out of 16 categories, our students earned six first-place titles. Tony Bright, Arman Lateef, and Gabriel Ralston, who attend Colgan High School and the Governor's School at Innovation Park, earned the grand award and first place prize with their project on concussion recovery in youth optimized using a comprehensive App-based program.
    • Rania Lateef, also from Colgan High School, won first place in the animal sciences category. Jadesola Akinbi and Comfort Ahajunwa, students at Osbourn Park High School and the Governor's School at Innovation Park, earned first place in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and Gabriella La Cour and Anisha Ramakrishnan, who both attend Osbourn Park High School and the Governor's School, and Alahna Moreno, who attends the Governor's School, earned first place in microbiology.
    • Naman Argawal, who attends Patriot High School and the Governor's School, placed first in plant sciences, and Desmen Boykin, who attends Forest Park High School and the Governor's School, also won the grand prize at the 2022 National American Indian Science Fair. Due to our talented students and staff, PWCS will be sending six projects to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
    • This is National Volunteer Week, and I want to express my appreciation for the thousands of volunteers donating their precious time and talents to support our students and staff. We appreciate your efforts to help in a variety of areas, ultimately improving our schools and community.
    • This week is also National Environmental Education Week. The 52nd anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated across our Division on April 22. The PWCS Energy Management and Sustainability Team has developed a calendar of activities and teaching modules for our schools to use as a resource when recognizing the importance of protecting and preserving our environment.
    • Next week is Administrative Professionals Week and we will celebrate our committed and hard-working administrative and clerical employees. In PWCS, our administrative professionals help set a positive tone in our schools with their warm reception in our front offices. They also provide critical support to our Division leadership in many ways, and I recognize that our success is dependent upon these outstanding individuals. I appreciate the work of each one of our administrative professionals, and I hope you will join me in celebrating them next week.
    • Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching. I hope our students, parents and community members will join us in celebrating the selfless contributions of our teachers, May 2-6. I know our teachers appreciate a variety of expressions of gratitude. Also watch our school division and school social media platforms as we will be celebrating our wonderful teaching staff throughout the week.
    • My report this evening will be concluded with two presentations. One report includes the Third Quarter 2021-22 Data Update (PDF), and the second report is a School Start Times (PDF) Overview as we are exploring this concept. Dr. Jennifer Cassata, director of research, accountability, and strategic planning, will share the Third Quarter 2021-22 Data Update.
    • Thank you, Dr. Cassata.
    • Up next is a presentation on School Start Time. Dr. Cassata will also share this information. Mr. Al Ciarochi, chief operating officer, and Mrs. Rita Goss, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, will be available to help address any questions that Board members may have regarding school start time.
    • Thank you, Dr. Cassata, Mr. Ciarochi and Mrs. Goss. Mr. Chairman, this concludes Superintendent's Time.