The Fairfax County School Board approved the 2015-2016 Standard School Year Calendar, with the first day of school on September 8, 2015. In addition, the Board authorized the establishment of a new advanced academic program (AAP) center in September 2015 at Poplar Tree Elementary School; approved revenue and expenditure adjustments as reflected in the FY 2015 Third Quarter Budget Review; and approved the FY 2015 Internal Audit Work Plan, for the period January through June 2015. The Board also recognized 24 FCPS teachers who have been awarded the advanced teaching credential of National Board Certification. The White Oaks and Sangster Elementary Schools Chamber Ensembles performed the National Anthem.
The March 5 regular School Board business meeting was canceled due to the inclement weather. All the presentations, actions items, and new business items from the March 5 meeting have been rescheduled to the March 26, 2015, regular School Board business meeting.
The School Board approved revisions to the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) charter that were recommended by the Board’s Comprehensive Planning Development Committee. The Board also recognized National Social Work Month and National Athletic Training Month, March 2015. In addition, six FCPS students who participated in the 2015 U.S. Army all-American Marching Band were recognized by the Board. The Daniels Run Elementary School Singers performed the National Anthem.
The Board unanimously adopted the FY 2016 Advertised Budget. The School Board recognized Custodian Appreciation Week and Superintendent Garza recognized February as School Board Appreciation Month by presenting each Board member with a certificate of appreciation. The Oakton Elementary and High Schools Orchestra performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved the FY 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Program, as updated. The Board also recognized National School Counseling Week and National Career and Technical Education Month. The Chantilly High School Chamber Chorale performed the National Anthem.
Superintendent Garza presented the $2.6 billion FY 2016 Proposed Budget. Additionally, the Board adopted resolutions naming the sports complex at Westfield High School “The Francis L. Dall Sports Complex” in memory and honor of the former teacher and coach and recognizing the month of January 2015 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The Board approved the revised beliefs and mission statements, as amended, and approved the recommendations of the Joint Budget Development Committee.
The School Board accepted the monitoring report on Student Achievement Goal 1. Pursue Academic Excellence. In addition, the Board adopted a resolution concerning the funding of public education in Virginia and approved revenue and expenditure changes reflected in the FY 2015 Midyear Budget Review. The Board also approved a revised charge for the Board’s Audit Committee and reviewed a presentation on the FY 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Program. The Irving Middle School Philharmonic Orchestra performed the National Anthem.
The School Board reviewed the Annual Monitoring Performance Report on Student Achievement Goal 1: Academics, which will be further discussed at the December 8 work session. The Board also briefly reviewed the FY 2015 Midyear Budget. In addition, Board members adopted a resolution naming “The Clayton Joyner ‘Reach For the Wall’ Jaguar Record Boards" in memory of Falls Church High School Head Swim Coach Clayton Joyner. The South County Middle School Mustang Jazz Band performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved changes to the list of middle and high school course offerings for the 2015-2016 school year. The Board also viewed a presentation on the MakerSpace concept and its relationship to Portrait of a Graduate, highlighting programs at Camelot Elementary School and Kilmer Middle School libraries. The West Potomac High School Chamber Choir performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved the 2015 Legislative Program, as amended, and adopted Policy 1450, Nondiscrimination. In addition, Board members recognized departing Communications and Community Outreach Assistant Superintendent Barbara M. Hunter, and School Psychology Awareness Week. The Board also adopted a resolution naming the Spirit Shop at Hayfield Secondary School “The David S. Tremaine Spirit Shop” in memory of former principal David S. Tremaine. The Union Mill Elementary School 6th Grade Strings performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved and adopted Blueprint for Change Hybrid Preferred Option #3 for starting high schools later, between 8 and 8:10 a.m. and ending between 2:45 and 2:55 p.m. Middle school students will attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and all secondary school students will start at the high school start time. The elementary school window remains unchanged with elementary school students beginning their day between 8 and 9:20 a.m. The change in school start times will take place in the 2015-16 school year. The Board also appointed Pat Hynes to serve as the fourth member of the Audit Committee and recognized November as National Career Development Month. The Key Middle School Patriot Choir performed the National Anthem.
The School Board approved the addition of a fourth School Board member to the Audit Committee membership, and the creation of an Auditor General position. They also approved the FY 2015 Audit Plan. In addition, Board members recognized Longfellow Middle School principal Carole Kihm for her selection as Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. The Board also recognized FCPS school bus drivers and attendants in honor of National School Bus Safety Week. The Sandburg Middle School Choralettes performed the National Anthem.
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.
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April 10, 2015