June 17, 2015

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The School Board Approved:

  • The nomination of Jim Barnes, freelance reporter; Jan Davis, reporter for the "Bull Run Observer"; and Bonny Fahy, reporter for the "Old Bridge Observer"; for inclusion on the 2015 VSBA Media Honor Roll.
  • The agreements with Manassas City and Manassas Park City School Boards for their students to participate in several PWCS programs for the FY 2015–16 school year;
  • September 6–12 as Arts in Education Week;
  • Authorization to the Superintendent and supervisor of Purchasing to award contracts to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder(s) and approve change orders from June 18 through September 2, 2015;
  • Contract awarded to Daly Computers, Inc., for business-grade desktop computers, laptops, servers, peripherals, accessories, and value-added services;
  • The FY 2015 encumbrances and unencumbered balances, to increase the FY 2016 fund budgets by these amounts;
  • The FY 2016 state technology grant intent to reimburse;
  • The annual tuition rates and fees for FY 2016;
  • The May 2015 payrolls;
  • The Prince William County School Board’s nomination of Mr. Milton C. Johns for the 2015 VSBA Regional School Board Member of the Year;
  • The appointment of Mrs. Loree Williams to the Joint Board of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park;
  • School Board meeting minutes for June 3;
  • The proposed revisions to the Strategic Plan for FY 2016–20; and
  • The following appointments to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council for a two-year term: Ms. Judy Rokosz Merring, Ms. Zuzana Steen, Mr. Walter (Alan) Weaver, Mr. Sanjeet Bagga, Ms. Tiffany Howell, Mr. Steve Wise, and Ms. Erin E. Stanton. 

Citizens’ Comment Time:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Teacher salaries, caseload, and putting kids first;
  • Speech specialist caseloads;
  • Advanced online classes for middle school students; and
  • Individual needs for special education students.    


  • Mr. John Wallingford, director of Financial Services, gave a brief update on the FY 2015 budget.
  • Mr. Edward Bishop, director of Transportations Services, gave an update on the Synovia Solutions GPS/AVL System which was purchased by the Office of Transportation Services in May 2014. The system has four major components. Mr. Bishop explained the status of the implementation of each of the components and talked about the next steps for full implementation of the system.
  • Mrs. Betty Covington, Potomac District, presented a SENG Honor Roll achievement certificate to Ms. Sherri Croghan, a gifted teacher at Pattie Elementary School. SENG stands for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted.

Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:

  • A team of Woodbridge High School students was crowned state champions in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.
  • Woodbridge High School junior Danny Waldman won a Cappie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Captain Beatty in “Fahrenheit 451.”  Danny is enrolled in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge High School.
  • Reagan Middle School archery coach Jonathan Bukva reports that students are awesome as they prepare for the World Tournament in Nashville in July. Four of the Reagan archers met or broke last year’s world records during practice. 
  • The language of Latin is flourishing in Prince William County Public Schools. Almost 900 students are studying Latin at seven high schools and at Pennington Traditional School. Many excelled on the National Latin Exam and at the Virginia Junior Classical League.
  • Bristow Run Elementary School boasts some very talented art students. Art Teacher Karen White’s students won the top three spots in the Virginia Department of Transportation School Bus Safety Contest.
  • Forest Park graduate Ali Krieger is representing the U.S. National Team as a starting player in the Women’s World Cup Soccer Tournament.
  • Students from Patriot, Battlefield, and Brentsville High Schools earned five state titles in the State Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Some will move on to national competition.
  • Battlefield High School’s girls’ soccer team earned the title of state champion for the second year in a row.
  • The Men’s Junior Eight and the Women’s Lightweight Four teams representing Woodbridge High School Crew brought home state titles.
  • Ms. LoriAnn Pawlik, a third grade teacher at Penn Elementary School, has been named Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year in the Kindergarten to Grade 8 category by the Air Force Association.
  • Our School Division has an outstanding program to grow our own future educators that begins in high school. I attended the first “Growing Our Own” recognition program to honor 89 seniors who will be entering college to become teachers.
  • The School Division was recently recognized for excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award is for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.
  • Continuation grants were received from Potomac Health Foundation to support several programs, including:
  • $86,236 for Coordinated Mental Health Support for At Risk Youth;
  • $74,719 for Human Trafficking Prevention, Identification, and Referral; and
  • $57,000 to support the new Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program at Osbourn Park High School.
  • A reminder to students and parents to continue the learning process during the summer. Make time to read. Read to your children and encourage them to read. The summer reading list is posted on the School Division’s website under the “Parents” tab on the left. In addition, all Prince William County libraries have school reading lists.
  • Thanks to PWCS employees, School Board, parents and guardians, students and their families, business partners, elected officials, and the community in general for all your support this year. I wish everyone a safe and restful summer and look forward to coming back in August to another great school year in Prince William County Public Schools.
  • Dr. Walts stated that he attended the Benton Middle School concert, a number of high school graduation ceremonies, and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology symposium, and all of the presentations were wonderful.