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.
The School Board recognized retiring Deputy Superintendent Richard A. Moniuszko for eight years of service and leadership to FCPS. The Board also accepted the monitoring report on Student Achievement Goal 1. Pursue Academic Excellence, and approved revenue and expenditure changes reflected in the FY 2014 Midyear Budget Review, as amended. A presentation on the FY 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Program was reviewed by the Board.
During its regular business meeting on December 5, the School Board conducted a public hearing on the acquisition of property located at 6245 Leesburg Pike by condemnation or other means. Later during the meeting, the Board adopted a resolution approving the proposed public use of the property as an elementary school. The Board also approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar and reviewed the annual monitoring performance report on Student Achievement Goal 1. Pursue Academic Excellence.
The School Board approved the FY 2014 Audit Plan and adopted a resolution on state assessment and accountability reform. The Board also recognized members of the 2013 School Bond Committee and the 114 schools that received 2012-2013 G.O.L.D.E.N. Wellness Awards.
The School Board recognized FCPS school psychologists in honor of School Psychology Awareness Week, November 11-15, 2013. The members also listened to a Spotlight presentation on fostering critical and creative thinking skills in FCPS Fine Arts programs.
The School Board voted to adopt the 2014 Fairfax County School Board Legislative Program, as amended, and to approve the Divisionwide Comprehensive Plan. The Board also recognized retiring Division Counsel Anne McCully Murphy for her outstanding service to Fairfax County Public Schools for over 30 years.
The School Board voted to approve the recommended science instructional textbooks that were reviewed and recommended by the Science Basal Instructional Materials Adoption Committee. The Board also introduced Mr. John Foster, who will serve as the new Division Counsel for FCPS, effective December 1, 2013.
The School Board reviewed a presentation on the JEB Stuart High School International Baccalaureate Career Certification program, which incorporates principles of the IB program for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The Board also adopted a resolution honoring the Oakton High School varsity athletes and coaches for setting a new school record by earning 11 district titles.
The Board unanimously approved the resolution supporting the Virginia School Boards Association/Norfolk City School Board lawsuit regarding the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI), and also adopted revised Policy 3355, High School for Science and Technology. Superintendent Garza presented the 2013-14 Opening of Schools report to the Board members.
The School Board recognized retiring Cluster 6 Assistant Superintendent Leslie L. Butz for 34 years of leadership and service to FCPS. The Board also named the playground at Orange Hunt Elementary School in honor of former principal Dr. Judy Ryan. The Board authorized submission of a grant application to the Department of Defense for the renovation and construction of elementary schools located on the Fort Belvoir military installation, and approved the revenue and expenditure adjustments in the FY 2013 final budget review, as amended.
The School Board elected Ilryong Moon (At-Large) as chairman and Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) as vice chairman for a one-year term. The Board recognized retiring Superintendent Jack Dale for his excellent leadership of FCPS for the past nine years. Other recognitions included the presentation of an honorary Marshall HS diploma to retiring Delegate Jim Scott for his 40-year public service career, and two Emmy Awards to FCPS staff for the award winning film Flight School: On the Red Planet. The Passages Monitoring Report was accepted by the School Board.
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March 8, 2014