School Board Chairman At-large Ryan Sawyers announced in a Facebook video that the Prince William County School Board will explore the option of granting additional days off school to compensate for unused snow days this year.
The division is expecting 2,420 new students at a cost of $26 million to the school budget. As a result, employees will only receive a two percent cost of living increase in their salaries.
Gainesville school board member Alyson Satterwhite defended the Jan. 4 special meeting of the Prince William County School Board and the vote to accept $21.2 million in funding for new Prince William school construction during school board members’ time at the Feb. 1 meeting.
At the Prince William School Board meeting, held Jan. 18, the board voted to rescind the minutes from the special meeting held two weeks prior, and in doing so, invalidate the vote taken then to approve the PRICE model for the new high school.
“During the 2015 election, I don’t remember any candidate for the school board stating that current class sizes were appropriate or that portable classrooms were an acceptable learning facility. Quite the contrary, all current school board members ran on a platform of reducing class sizes. Yet a year after the current board took office, we don’t see them working to revise or accelerate the Capital Improvement Plan to fulfill that promise and we have yet to see a comprehensive strategy against which we, the voters, can measure progress.”
A group called “More Recess for PWC” is planning a pep rally event before and during the Wednesday school board meeting when they will advocate for increased recess times.
Prince William County Schools’ administration does not expect a delay in the construction of the 13th county high school due to a letter school board members sent to the Department of Justice requesting an investigation.
Prince William School Board members sent a letter to the United States Department of Justice, alleging that the county supervisors’ grant would favor white, affluent students.
In a special meeting that almost did not happen, Wednesday night, the school board approved the PRICE model, agreeing to accept the County Board of Supervisors $21.2 million grant.