The School Board adopted four goal areas for the FCPS Strategic Plan: Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, and Resource Stewardship. The Board also adopted the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate, where the FCPS graduate will engage in the lifelong pursuit of academic knowledge and interdisciplinary learning by being a: communicator, collaborator, ethical and global citizen, creative and critical thinker, and goal-directed and resilient individual. The Board approved the installation of tobacco-free signage on all FCPS fields and playgrounds. Superintendent Garza presented the Opening of School Report for the 2014-2015 school year. Six FCPS middle and high school choral directors performed the National Anthem.
At its first regular business meeting since the official start of the 2014-2015 school year, the School Board introduced as new business the four goal areas of the FCPS Strategic Plan and Portrait of a Graduate, both of which will be discussed at the September 8 work session. The National Anthem was performed by Annandale High School students Steve Aderton, David Furney, Leif Jomuad, and Michael McLean -- 2014 Cappies winners for Best Ensemble in a Musical.
The School Board approved the revenue and expenditure adjustments in the FY 2014 final budget review, as amended, and also approved minor adjustments to the approved 2014-2015 standard school year calendar. The Board appointed Kristen Michael as Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services, and also recognized Office of Language Acquisition and Title I Director Teddi Predaris on the occasion of her retirement from FCPS. The McLean High School Symphonic Clarinet Quartet performed the National Anthem.
The School Board elected Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) as chairman and Ted Velkoff (At Large) as vice chairman for a one-year term. The Board appointed Dr. Jane Lipp, South County High School principal, to Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, effective August 1, 2014. In addition, the Board listened to presentations on the FY2014 Final Budget Review and revisions to the Approved 2014-2015 Standard School Year Calendar. Samantha Dempsey, 2014 Cappies Winner of Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Little Shop of Horrors), performed the National Anthem.
The School Board voted to approve the Master Calendar Revision for the 2014-2015 school year, which modifies the approved 2014-2015 Standard School Year Calendar. The Board also voted to adopt Regulation 2601.28P, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and to accept the 2014 Passages Monitoring Report. There were several individuals recognized by the Board for their leadership and service to FCPS, including departing Cluster 2 Assistant Superintendent James J. Kacur, Professional Learning and Accountability Assistant Superintendent Terri L. Breeden, and the Student Representative to the School Board William "Will" Ashe. The Board named the library at Parklawn Elementary School in honor or retiring principal Susan G. Akroyd. Sixty five FCPS employees were recognized as recipients of the FCPS Excellence Award for exceptional job performance. The Spring Hill Elementary School Harmony Ensemble performed the National Anthem.
The School Board honored retiring Interim Deputy Superintendent Daniel Parris for his 31 years of service to FCPS. The Board also recognized the 2014 School Board Character Award recipient, Kelly McConnell, and the 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Melissa Porfirio. In addition, Sherry Mull and Phyllis Krapf were recognized as the Virginia Department of Transportation Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2013. The evening also included the recognition of Police Officer First Class Michael Scott Davis as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished School Resource Officer award. Rounding out the evening’s awards was the Board recognition of over 50 schools which earned a 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) award for advanced learning and achievement from Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education, and two schools which received the Title I Distinguished School award. The Board members reviewed the Passages Monitoring Report and Presentation. The Robert E. Lee High School Madrigals performed the National Anthem.
The School Board voted to adopt the FY 2015 Approved Budget, as amended. Two follow-on motions were approved concerning the development of a joint School Board and Board of Supervisors committee to collaborate on the budget development process and the Board’s commitment to employee compensation increases in FY 2016. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Steven Lockard as the Deputy Superintendent of FCPS, effective August 1, 2014, and the appointments of certain FCPS officer positions that were recommended by Superintendent Garza. The Board also recognized National Adult and Continuing Education Week, and Ramona Morrow, president of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, for receiving the Volunteer Fairfax Lifetime Achievement Award. The West Springfield High School Madrigals performed the National Anthem.
The School Board adopted a resolution naming the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at West Potomac High School “Clifford S. Hardison Governor’s Health Sciences Academy” in memory of former principal Clifford Hardison. The Board also reviewed the adjustments proposed for the FY 2015 approved budget. In addition, the School Board viewed a Spotlight on Learning presentation on the Global Awareness Technology Project. The Sandburg Middle School Jazz Band performed the National Anthem.
The School Board voted to accept the monitoring reports for Student Achievement Goal 2. Develop Essential Life Skills and Goal 3. Responsibility to the Community and the World. The Board adopted a resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. the Board of Education, and also adopted a resolution supporting the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County and its “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most” Campaign. The Board recognized Better Hearing and Speech Month and heard remarks from Timber Lane Elementary School student Katherine Pawlowski, the 2014 Walk4Hearing Ambassador for the Hearing Loss Association of America. School Nutrition Employee Week was also recognized. The Keene Mill Elementary School Chamber Orchestra performed the National Anthem.
The School Board designated the second campus at the Eastern Fairfax Elementary School site “Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences.” In addition, the School Board reaffirmed the approved 2013-2014 Standard School Year Calendar, including the employee contract end dates, and designated Wednesday, June 25, 2014, as the last day of school. They also accepted the Infrastructure Financing Committee Report and reviewed a presentation on Student Achievement Goal 2. Develop Essential Life Skills and Goal 3. Demonstrate Responsibility to the Community and the World. Mosby Woods Elementary School principal Mahri Aste was recognized for receiving the 2013 Outstanding Principal Award from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation. The Stuart High School Select Vocal Ensemble performed the National Anthem.
The School Board recognized 22 FCPS teachers who had earned or renewed National Board certification during the 2012-2013 school year and commended FCPS librarians in recognition of National Library Week/School Library Month. The Board also adopted a resolution nominating Apple Federal Credit Union and Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and Time Warner Cable to the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll. The Bren Mar Park Elementary School 4th and 5th Grade Chorus performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved the FY 2014 Third Quarter Budget Review and awarded the contract for the Eastern Fairfax Elementary School (Bailey’s) Tenant Build-Out Project. The Board also recognized TJHSST assistant principal Shawn DeRose for being named the 2014 Outstanding Assistant Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition, the Board reviewed a Spotlight presentation on STEM and STEAM Initiatives in FCPS. The Fairhill Elementary School Chamber Strings performed the National Anthem.
The School Board reviewed a Spotlight on Learning presentation demonstrating how Google Apps for Education is transforming teaching and learning. In addition, the Board recognized FCPS social workers and athletic trainers in honor of National Social Work Month and National Athletic Training Month. The Board also reviewed revenue and expenditure adjustments as reflected in the FY2014 Third Quarter Budget Review. The McNair Elementary School Advanced Strings performed the National Anthem.
The School Board recognized the Westfield High School Marching Band as the first FCPS school to participate in the Tournament of Roses parade. The Board unanimously adopted the FY 2015 Advertised Budget, and also approved a follow-on motion to direct the Superintendent to identify any savings that may result from transportation route efficiencies identified in the spring of 2014 from the annual bus route review and to specifically earmark these savings to offset costs related to an implementation of later high school start times.
The School Board approved the FY 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program, as amended. Related to the CIP, the Board also approved a resolution regarding the renovation of Legacy High Schools in Fairfax County which were built in the 1960s, and agreed to discuss key CIP policy issues at a future work session. National School Counseling Week, National Career and Technical Education Month, and Custodian Appreciation Week were recognized by the School Board.
Superintendent Garza presented the FY Proposed 2015 budget of $2.5 billion to the Board. The Board also approved media materials recommended by the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee on Teen Sex Trafficking for grades 6-10 and 12.
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October 13, 2014