December 17, 2014
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The School Board Approved:
  • The agreement for PWCS students to participate in classes at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for 2015–16 academic year;
  • The contract award to Sumter Contracting Corporation for renovation and interior construction of barracks #3 located at Independent Hill Complex;
  • The contract award of cafeteria smallwares to Acme Paper and Supply and Calico Industries;
  • The School Board meeting minutes of December 3;
  • The revisions to Policies 361, 361.02, and 661.05, and deletion of Policy 661.03;
  • The resolution concerning the funding of public education in Virginia; and
  • The 2015–16 School calendar with the pre Labor Day option. Key dates in option:
    • August 31 – First Day of School
    • September 7 – Labor Day Holiday
    • October 12 – Divisionwide Professional Learning Day
    • November 2–3 – ES/MS/HS closed for students  
    • November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday

Citizens’ Comments:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:
A student spoke about the opportunities offered at The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park and the advanced math and science classes that are not offered at traditional high schools.
School calendar and budget concerns.
Mr. Keith Imon, associate superintendent for Communications and Technology Services, and Mrs. A. J. Phillips, supervisor of Instructional Technology Services, gave a presentation on “1-to-1 Computing: Student Learning Anytime, Anywhere.”  One-to-1 computing is the ability for each student to have a computing device, such as wireless laptop or tablet, in order to learn at home or school at any time. Click to see PowerPoint of presentation. Mr. Steve George, director of Information Technology Services, contributed to the presentation but was not present.
Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Schools, made the following announcements:

  • A parent summit is scheduled for January 10 at Hylton High School.
  • Dylan Noles, a 6th-grader at Bull Run Middle School, won 2nd place in a national poster contest sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Rachel McArthur, a Patriot High School sophomore, won the 6-A state title November 15 and the girls’ championship division on November 29 at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional Meet in the 5,000-meter race. Rachel then participated in the Nike Cross Nationals on December 6 in Portland, Oregon.
  • Dominion Virginia Power recently provided $35,000 in funding for a welding simulator and metal shear to support our new welding program at Potomac High School. Additionally, volunteers from Dominion installed an outdoor classroom at Piney Branch Elementary School. Working with Virginia Cooperative Extension, curriculum for the use of this outdoor classroom is being developed and will be provided to Piney Branch as well as other schools. Dominion’s commitment to this outdoor classroom initiative is over $6,000. Each year Dominion provides every 3rd-grader with a seedling to plant through a program called Project Plant It. Dominion continues to support SPARK, our education foundation, as they have for more than 20 years, and was instrumental in initiating and annually supporting the Superintendent’s Business Breakfast.
  • Forest Park High School students visited Westridge Elementary School to donate computers to about 30 families through our VA STAR computer refurbishment program. They will be doing the same at Loch Lomond Elementary School. Training is provided to the families who pick up the computers.  Since 2010, the VA STAR program has refurbished and donated over 4,700 computers and the students who work on the computers gain valuable technology skills that can lead to industry certification.
  • A very generous donation was made to the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center from Mr. Chuck Leopold, founder of Minnieland Academy. He gave the riding center $70,000 to continue the therapy services provided to Forest Park High School students.  Minnieland Academy is a partner with the School Division and is represented on the SPARK Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Walts wished everyone a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the New Year.