More Contract Awards for Less than Bonds Pulled on Agenda for April 3, 2013 School Board Meeting

Several items are on the Agenda for the Wednesday, April 3, 2013 School Board meeting that may be of interest to folks.

To find the Agenda for a meeting you have to go to the PWCS web site, click on Leadership in the red banner the runs horizontally across the page, highlight School Board and then Meeting Schedule.  That will launch the School Board Meetings page.  When that page launches you have to go to the far left hand side of the page, find the the section titled “Information and Links“, and click on the link for School Board Agendas (it should be in blue).  That will cause the Electronic School Board page to appear on your screen.  When that page launches you need to go to the far left hand side of the page and find and click on the tiny Agenda List, (which should be kind of teal-ish in color and under the Meeting Controls heading).  That will cause the Agenda List page to appear on your screen.  If you’re looking for the agenda for a future meeting, like the April 3rd meeting, you’ll need to make sure the Select Year drop down list says All Future Meetings and then find and click in April 3, 2013 in the list that appears below.  If you’re looking for the agenda for a past meeting, you’ll need to change the Select Year drop down list to the year in which the meeting you’re looking for was held.

Consent Agenda:

The Consent Agenda is where items are placed that tend to be non-controversial or don’t really require any discussion or debate.  Theses items are voted on and approved, generally unanimously, as a group.  All items on the Consent Agenda are listed on the electronic agenda and links to additional details about them are provided on the PWCS web site.

I tend to watch these items closely because sometimes things pop up on it that I think deserve a little more attention or discussion.

11. New Course Offering for 2013-14

The VA Dept Ed has decided that students must take a course in Economics and Personal Finance to graduate.  Brentsville High School, which is a Cambridge school, has asked the school board to allow them to substitute the Cambridge AICE Economics course to their course catalog instead of AP Economics.  Potomac High School will also be able to offer the Cambridge AICE Economics course instead of AP Economics.  This item isn’t controversial, but parents and students need to be aware that students entering 9th grade in or after the Fall of 2013 will be required to take a course in Economics and Personal Finance to graduate.

15. Confirmation of Board Poll dated March 8, 2013 – Parkside and River Oaks Addition Contracts

This item confirms the board poll awarding the contracts for construction of additions at Parkside Middle School and River Oaks Elementary School.

The bids received for the Parkside addition can be found here.  The lowest bids were between $8.5 million and $8.6 million.  Several bids in that range were received.    The agenda item does not note which company was the low bidder. Bonds in the amount of $10.559 million were approved for this project at the Feb. 6, 2013 School Board Meeting.

The bids received for the River Oaks addition can be found here. The lowest bids were between $5.4 million and $5.6 million.  Several bids in that range were received.    The agenda item does not note which company was the low bidder. Bonds in the amount of $5.913 million were approved for this project at the Feb. 6, 2013 School Board Meeting.

{Editor’s Notes:


(1) This is the 2nd time in two months that PWCS has issued bonds well in excess of the bid awards for construction projects.  While those bonds can be used for other capital improvements, a detailed accounting of the bonds we’ve issued and the projects they’ve been used to fund, which reflects the actual cost of the project and not the projected cost from the CIP, really should be available.  Additionally, the actual cost to complete projects, including land acquisition, studies, architecture and engineering, construction and site adaptation, and change requests should be disclosed for every bond funded project.

(2) These bids were awarded by a poll of school board members.  The poll was not conducted in public.  The results of that poll, in my opinion, should be disclosed to the public.}

Board Matters

Two items are on the agenda for Board discussion.  These items are:

  • Revision to Policy 662 – Graduation Requirements (for first read)
  • Eighth Grade participation in VHSL Freshman and JV level sports (for vote)
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