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The School Board Approved:
- December 3–7 as National Inclusive Schools Week;
- The Cooperative Agreement between the Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) relating to the children who receive education services in the state Operated Program at the Juvenile Detention Center;
- The School Board meeting minutes for November;
- The development of a Divisionwide Budget Advisory Committee for the 2013–14 budget year, consisting of one appointee from each Board Member;
- The printing service expenditures for additional copies of the CIP, CAFER, and the FY 13 approved budget to Board member committees and committee members; and
- Directing the Superintendent’s Staff to draft an implementation regulation that will enable the Board to assess implications of a proposal to allow PWCS eighth-graders to participate in some high school sports.
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:
- Research suggesting the desirability of alternative summer school programs for student retention and enhancement of subject matter.
- PWEA opposition to VA proposals to curtail teacher “Continuing Contracts.”
- Two students from Porter Traditional School spoke about their role as members of the Porter Geek Squad. They shared how the Geek Squad started as well as their responsibilities and involvement with technology at Porter.
- Mr. John Wallingford, director of Financial Services, and Mrs. Deborah Sparks, director of Benefits and Retirement Services, gave a presentation on salary and benefits in comparison to other local school divisions.
- Mr. Fred Milbert, supervisor of Health, PE, Driver Education, JROTC, and Athletics, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the potential advantages and challenges of allowing eighth-grade students to participate in the Virginia High School League and club sports.
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:
- Congratulations to student winners in the Virginia School Boards Association video contest. Kyle Towns, Springwoods Elementary School, won first place in the elementary level award and a group of students at Woodbridge Middle School led by teacher Mr. Matthew Korona won first place in the middle school category. Students were asked to create a 30second video around the theme, “Preparing for the Future...There’s No App for That.”
- The Virginia School Boards Association also named PWCS a “Green Certified School Division.”
- The College Board has selected PWCS for the third Annual AP District Honor Roll. PWCS is the largest of the 12 VA divisions that met Honor Roll criteria. Last year, 51% of students taking Advanced Placement exams received scores of 3 or higher, up from 45% in the 2010–11 school year.
- Godwin Middle School won a $10,000 grant from the National Football League. Health and physical education teacher Tim Miller entered the PLAY 60 contest for the school.
- Students in the drama club at Gainesville Middle School for the Arts and Sciences won first place at the Young People’s Theatre Festival in Lynchburg. This is a statewide competition for middle schools. Congratulations to the students and drama teacher Barbara White.
- Woodbridge Middle School has been invited to present its experience with school culture change at the Breaking Ranks 2013 School Showcase in February. The conference will be sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and The Center for Secondary School Redesign.
- This past Saturday, PWCS was honored to have 21 of our seniors from eight of our high schools participate in the 2012 Virginia Honors Choir Concert held in Hot Springs, Virginia.
- Dr. Walts, on behalf of the School Division, warmly welcomed Mrs. Lillie Jessie to the School Board, noting her commitment to creating a child-centered environment and pathways to success for every student during her long tenure as a PWCS employee. Dr. Walts also thanked Dr. Michael Wooten for his service to PWCS as the School Board’s interim Occoquan District Representative.
School Board Members, Dr. Walts, and Division Counsel Mr. James Fagan each individually thanked departing Board Member Denita Ramirez for her long and distinguished service to the Board and to PWCS. Ms. Ramirez praised the Board and PWCS staff members for the quality of educational commitment and stewardship.
Volume 8, Number 6 – Publication Date: November 21, 2012