There is a School Board meeting tonight, December 19, 2012.
Candidates for interim appointment to the Woodbridge seat on the school board will be speaking tonight. Candidate names and application’s are not available on the PWCS site.
Other than that, there is only one item on the calendar that appears interesting – the 2013 – 2014 School Year Calendar.
Lisa Bell (Neabsco) asked why the proposed calendar had elementary students out on Monday January 27 for a teacher workday, back in school on Tuesday January 28, and then out for a half day on Wednesday January 29 for parent teacher conferences. As there wasn’t really a strong reason for that schedule, I’d suggest that the calendar be changed so that the half day for conferences in on Tuesday.
Next year PWCS will start classes on Tuesday September 3 – the Tuesday after Labor Day. Parents of younger students probably don’t realize this, but the AP & IB exams are given on set dates across the nation, so when we start 2 – 3 weeks after everyone else, our kids have 2 -3 fewer weeks of instruction time to prepare for those exams. That puts our kids at a disadvantage compared with other kids across the US and in Virginia and, once the exams are over, has them twiddling their thumbs for as much as 1 – 2 months.
Both Loudoun and Fauquier start before Labor Day, and they’re adjacent to PWC, so the VA DOE would need a good reason for denying PWCS’ application (or PWCS would need a good reason for not requesting a waiver).
So, while I recognize that this won’t affect next year’s schedule, I would like someone to ask whether the school division applied for a wavier from the VA DOE to be allowed to open before Labor Day. If the application for a wavier was denied or if PWCS didn’t apply, I’d like to know why.
If you want to read the agenda go to PWCS.edu, click on Leadership then click on electronic school board. When the Electronic School Board page launches click on the Agenda List on the right hand side of the page. Once that page launches make sure the drop down list at the top of the page reads “All Future Meetings” then find the line for Dec 19 2012, which should be at the top of the list, and click on it.