Hot Times in the Kelly Center Tonight!

There is a school board meeting tonight, January 2, 2013, and it should be interesting.  There will be a Work Session on the CIP following the regular meeting.  Both the meeting and work session are open to the public.

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Playing Politics in Woodbridge – UPDATED & UPDATED AGAIN!

by Kim Simons

As most of the you know, Denita Ramirez, who long served the residents of Woodbridge on the PWC School Board, resigned from the school board in November.  Shortly after she announced her resignation PWCS issued a press release stating that the election to replace Denita would be sometime in the Spring of 2013.  This struck me and several others as odd, so I contacted Mr James Fagan, the school division counsel, to understand why the election would be in the Spring and not the Fall.

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Want to Represent Woodbridge on the School Board?

Here’s how…

“Prince William County School Board Announces Process to Fill Woodbridge Board Vacancy

November 19, 2012

The Prince William County School Board is soliciting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving on an interim basis to fill the School Board vacancy created by the departure of Woodbridge District member Denita Ramirez. Mrs. Ramirez tendered her resignation on November 7.

As required by Virginia law, the School Board will appoint an interim member who must be a qualified voter and bona fide resident of the Woodbridge District. The appointment must be made within 45 days of the occurrence of the vacancy, or by January 14, 2013.

Under the law, a special election to replace the interim appointee will be held in the spring of 2013. The timing is tied both to the date of the departing member’s original election, and to the time of her resignation. Mrs. Ramirez’s resignation is effective November 30.

Eligible persons may apply for the interim appointment by filing an application with the Clerk to the School Board, before 4:30 p.m., on December 14, 2012. The application form is also available in the School Board Office, Room 3400, Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, or on the School Division’s Web site at Completed applications can be delivered to the Clerk’s office or transmitted electronically to Applications must be submitted by close of business, 4:30 p.m., on December 14, 2012.

A public hearing on the Prince William County School Board’s interim appointment of the Woodbridge District representative will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in the School Board meeting room at the Kelly Leadership Center. Residents may sign up to speak at the hearing by contacting the Clerk of the School Board by telephone or email, no later than noon on the day of the hearing. Would-be speakers may also sign up in person from 6–6:55 p.m. on the night of the meeting.

Each speaker will be provided up to three minutes to make comments. Applicants for the position are invited to speak for up to five minutes. Only those whose names are considered at the public hearing will be eligible for appointment as the interim School Board member. The School Board plans to schedule a vote on the interim appointment at the School Board meeting on January 2, 2013.

Contact the School Board Office at 703.791.8709 for additional information.”

Copied in full from this PWCS announcement

Lillie Jessie to Represent Occoquan District Residents

Congratulations to Lille Jessie!  Ms Jessie will be representing Occoquan district residents on the PWC School Board.

Questionnaire for Occoquan District School Board Candidates

Below is our questionnaire for candidates running to represent Occoquan District citizens on the Prince William County School Board.  We have attempted to send the questionnaire to all candidates.  If you are a candidate and have not received a questionnaire, please contact us at PWC_ED_REFORM @ and we’ll send you a questionnaire.

We will publish any responses we receive from candidates, as well as any updates or clarifications we receive from them, as soon as we receive them.  Current school board members are welcome to answer the questionnaire if they so choose.  We will publish any of those responses as well.

Click below to read the questionnaire.

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Milt Johns For Chairman of the PWC School Board

Milt Johns has lead the PWC School Board for the past 4 years. His leadership style is best described as calm. He strives for consensus and has worked tirelessly to achieve that goal. He’s repaired the relationship between the school board and Board of County Supervisors and pushed the BOCS to pass a resolution ensuring that the school board’s opinion is provided any time a development of more than 100 homes is proposed. He pushed PWCS to develop a curriculum that exceeds to SOLs rather than just accept whatever the state tells us to do. He lead the effort to lobby the state to ensure that PWCS received its fair share of state education funds.

The Chairman has a difficult balancing act to play between the school district and citizens who are breathing fire. Milt’s leadership style has sometimes appeared to us to be too conciliatory and in several cases we felt a bit more fight from the Chairman might have improved the decision making process. In the hopes that we’ll see a bit more fire in the future, we endorse Milt Johns as Chairman of the Prince William County School Board.

Lisa Bell For Neabsco School Board Representative

The Prince William County Education Reform blog proudly endorses Lisa Bell to represent Neabsco District residents on the Prince William County School Board.

Lisa Bell has been a breath of fresh air on our school board since she was appointed to complete Julie Lusas’ term. She’s a tenacious fighter who is willing to do her homework and ask tough questions, and has been a strong advocate for greater transparency from the school district. PWC Schools are good, but can be better. As she’s already demonstrated, we believe Lisa Bell will help push PWCS in the right direction and are proud to endorse her to represent Neabsco District residents on the PWC School Board.