December 3, 2014
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The School Board Approved:
  • The 2015 Annual Audit Plan;
  • The dedication of 9,201 square feet for a public sidewalk at Featherstone Elementary School;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding to provide the coordination and utilization of the Prince William County Community Services assistance to students enrolled in Prince William County School Division;
  • The payrolls for October 2014;
  • A well lot easement at the maintenance facility on Hooe Road;
  • The School Board meeting minutes for November 18; and
  • The revisions to Policies 311 and 610.01 and the deletion of Policies 610.02 and 612.
Policies and Regulations:
First reading on revisions to and deletions of Policies: 361, 361.02, 661.03, and 661.05.  (No action is required on first reading.) 

Citizens’ Comments:
Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:
  • Woodbridge High School theatre arts program;
  • Budget funding for public education;
  • School boundaries for elementary and middle school students living on Hoadly Road; and
  • A student spoke about her book that has been published. 
Presentation:
Dr. Jennifer Cassata, director of Accountability, presented the proposed 2015–16 school calendar. The School Board is scheduled to vote on the final calendar on December 17.

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

  • Parents of eighth-grade students and high school students across the county are invited to a High School Parent Summit on Saturday, January 10 at Hylton High School from 8–11 a.m. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Go to our high school Web pages to register.
  • Several schools, teachers, and administrators are receiving special incentives provided through the Division’s Teacher Incentive Performance Award program – better known as TIPA. The awards recognize student growth and achievement, quality teaching, and a school environment essential for significant educational progress. This year’s awards include Bel Air, Dale City, Ellis, Featherstone, King, Loch Lomond, Minnieville, Mullen, Occoquan, Potomac View, River Oaks, and West Gate Elementary Schools, and Godwin Middle School.
  • Forty-Six Prince William County Public Schools have been designated a School of Excellence. This is the highest recognition awarded to schools by our School Board. It is based on high levels of academic performance, state accreditation, achieving the Annual Measurable Objectives, and moving toward the goals of our School Division’s Strategic Plan. See our Web site for a complete list.
  • The application process is now open for our School of Practical Nursing at Osbourn Park High School for the next session starting in September 2015. Hundreds of students have graduated from this program well prepared for a professional career in nursing.
  • Registration for the spring session of the PWCS Virtual High School will open on January 7 and close February 2. If you are a student and want to get an idea of what a virtual course looks like and how it works, you can find out through a Web site demonstration video. Go to:  virtualhigh.schools.pwcs.edu.
  • The deadline to apply to The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park is February 6. Check out this STEM school, listed under high schools on our School Division Web site.