March 4, 2015
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The School Board Approved:

  • Contracts awarded to Air Tech Solutions, Inc. for replacement of roof systems at Hylton High School; Northeast Contracting Corporation for replacement of roof systems at Lake Ridge Middle School; and Marion Construction for an addition at Rippon Middle School;
  • March 13 as Digital Learning Day;
  • March 25 as Greek Independence Day;
  • March as:
    • Irish-American Heritage Month;
    • Music in Our Schools Month;
    • Purchasing Month;
    • Theatre in Our Schools Month; and
    • Youth Art Month;
  • April as School Library Media Month;
  • April 19–25 as National Environmental Education Week;
  • April 20–24 as Playground Safety Week and Public School Volunteer Week;
  • May 4–8 as School Food and Nutrition Services Employee Recognition Week;
  • The increase of 2015 revenue funds in the amount of $8,795 for The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park for receipt of donations;
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Manassas City Public Schools for alternative educational services;
  • The payrolls for January;
  • The Disciplinary Hearing minutes for January 28;
  • The confirmation of the February 2 Board Poll regarding the 2015 Legislative Bills, and the Board Poll of February 18 regarding cancellation of the School Board meeting;
  • The School Board meeting minutes for February 4;
  • The Memorandum of Understanding with the Virginia Department of Education to expand the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus Program; and
  • The sale of VPSA 2015 Spring Bonds.
Citizens’ Comment Time:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the topics of possible School Division budget cuts, full day kindergarten, and preschool;
  • Dr. Sheila Huckestein, principal of Saunders Middle School, Mr. Sean McDonald, assistant principal, and teachers Mr. Kenneth Harkins, Ms. Jacqueline Ashley, Mr. Matthew Smith, and Ms. Kathryn Heasly, gave a presentation on the implementation of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning best practices. The team explained that they are beginning a journey in deconstructing standards, developing student friendly targets, and aligning assessments to meet the needs of all students. Ms. Mary Rehberg, assistant principal, contributed to the presentation but was not present.
  • Mr. John Wallingford, director of Financial Services, gave a review of the FY 2015 quarter budget.
  • Mr. Milton Johns, Chairman At-Large, and Mr. David Beavers, supervisor of Planning and Financial Services, gave an update on the progress of the naming committee for “Devlin Road” elementary school in Bristow. Mr. Beavers explained the new process of naming a school facility or School Division building. The School Board will vote on the name at the March 18 meeting.
Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:
  • Students from three of our schools performed at the Kennedy Center by special invitation of the China Arts Education Federation. These included: The eighth-grade choir, orchestra, band, and drama group from Saunders Middle School; An a cappella singing group from Woodbridge High School;
  • and the Forest Park High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
  • The Future Educators Association is changing its brand and motto. Instead of focusing on only the high school level, it will be a networking collaboration of high school students, colleges and universities, and teachers new to the profession.
  • A reminder to our high school students who are looking for summer jobs. Our School Division will hold two job fairs. The first will be on Tuesday, March 17, at Freedom High School, and the second on Thursday, March 19 at Stonewall Jackson High School.  Students must complete an online application before the job fair and bring a copy of that application with them. Visit the Human Resources web page at
  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Prince William County Public Schools is a leader in concussion awareness training. Our model of mandatory parent and athlete training in this area has been implemented in many other school divisions across the state. There is a new video titled “Chloe’s Story,” about the experience of one of our own student athletes that will be incorporated in our concussion training for the next school year. You can watch this compelling video on the PWCS YouTube site.
  • I attended several School of Excellence celebrations recently. Special congratulations to Bel Air, Penn, McAuliffe, and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools, Porter Traditional School, and Benton Middle School. It was great to be at these schools and I look forward to visiting other schools in the coming months.
  • Special thank you to all of the PWCS employees who helped to keep us going through snow, ice, and cold, and then prepared our schools to reopen for instruction.
  • As a result of inclement weather and the announcement of no school tomorrow, we will have approximately 15.6 hours, or just over two and a half days, remaining before we fall below the state minimum attendance requirement.