What is the biggest issue facing Prince William County Public schools right now? Is it student achievement, testing, class sizes, overcrowded schools, technology, teacher compensation and benefits, or teacher training? If the school division were to find its annual recurring budget increased by $20 million, what should they spend it on – reducing class sizes, increasing teacher compensation, increasing access to technology in our schools?
Based on the people who have addressed the school board in public session, the answer is none of the above. Based on public feedback, the biggest issue facing PWCS right now is inadequate indoor pools.
To date more than 40 parents and students have addressed the school board in support of the school division spending its scarce resources to build and operate an indoor pool. Fewer than 10 have addressed them about class sizes.
Based on public sentiment expressed at school board meetings, it seems we Prince William County residents believe indoor pools are a higher priority than reducing class sizes.
The squeaky wheel gets the oil, folks. If you think reducing class sizes is a higher priority than indoor pools, you might want to start squeaking.
The next school board meeting is Wednesday, November 6. The meeting will start at 7PM. If you want to speak you’ll need to sign up in advance with the clerk (email firstname.lastname@example.org phone (703) 791-8709) or at the door before 6:15.