[ APPLAUSE ]
THAT WAS WONDERFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR
BEAUTIFUL VOICES TONIGHT AND PARENTS, THANK YOU, TOO, FOR
BRINGING YOUR CHILDREN OUT HERE AND FOR SHARING THEIR TALENTS
WITH US. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
PRINCIPAL ADAM EBREK HERE FROM DANIELS RUN. IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH
2.2-737-D, SINCE THE FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CONVENED A
CLOSED MEETING, TO THE BEST OF EACH MEMBER’S KNOWLEDGE ONLY
BUSINESS MATTERS AS WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE MOTION
CONVENING THE KROEZED MEETING WERE HEARD, DISCUSSED OR
CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD DURING A CLOSED MEETING. DO I HAVE A MOTION? MOVE BY MRS. CORBETT SANDERS,
SECONDED BY MRS. STRAUSS. HYNES, HOUGH, SCHULTZ, CORBETT
SANDERS, STRAUSS, EVANS, McLAUGHLIN, DERENAK KAUFAX,
McELVEEN. THOSE OPPOSED. THOSE ABSTAINING, PALCHIK, MOON
AND WILSON. THAT MOTION PASSES. A FEW ANNOUNCEMENTS, IF YOU
WOULD HIKE TO REVIEW A COPY OF THE AGENDA THAT INFORMATION IS
ON THE TABLE AT THE AUDITORIUM ENTRANCE. YOU CAN GO TO THE FCPS WEBPAGE. THE MEETING IS BEING STREAMED
LIVE ONLINE, SELECT SCHOOL BOARD AND CLICK ON THE WATCH LIVE
BUTTON. PLEASE TURN OFF OUR SILENCE YOUR
CELL PHONES. I WILL NOW CALL ON MS. CHU FOR
ANNOUNCEMENTS. THANK YOU, CHAIR. READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY IS ON
MARCH 2. THE NATIONAL EDUCATION
ASSOCIATION READ ACROSS AMERICA NOW IN ITS 20th YEAR IS AN
ANNUAL READING MOTIVATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAM THAT CALLS FOR
EVERY CHILD IN EVERY COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE ON OR AROUND DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY. THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATION IS GRAB
YOUR HAT AND READ WITH THE CAT. TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO DELVE
INTO BOOKS TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WHILE BECOMING
LIFE-LONG READERS. TEACHERS, TEENAGERS, LIBRARIANS,
ACTORS, ATHLETES, PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS DEVELOPED THE
N.E.A.’S READ ACROSS AMERICA TO BRING READ EXCITEMENT TO
CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. GOVERNORS, MAYORS AND OTHER
ELECTED OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND WHAT READING MEANS TO THEIR
COMMUNITY. ACTORS AND ATHLETES HAVE
CHALLENGES. TEACHERS SEEM TO BE WILLING TO
DYE THEIR HAIR GREEN TO BOOST THEIR EXCITEMENT. THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE HONOR
SOCIETY HAS SPONSORED NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK SINCE
15957. THE THEME FOR 2017, FIND THE
MISSING PIECE, LEARN A LANGUAGE. SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO
HIGHLIGHT LEARNING WORLD LANGUAGES AND OTHER CULTURES AND
CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSES OF WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. WE MOVE TO ITEM 2.04,
RECOGNITION OF KAITLYN HYUN. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. TONIGHT I’M HONORED TO JOIN WITH
THE BOARD TO RECOGNIZE KAITLYN HYU NEXT. EARLIER THIS ACADEMIC YEAR SHE
WAS CROWNED MISS TEEN OF VIRGINIA AND WON SECOND RUNNER
OCCUPY IN THE NATIONAL MISS TEEN OF AMERICA%. IT IS A SCHOLASTICALLY BASED%,
RECOGNIZING WELL-ROUNDED TEACHERS JUDGES IN SIX DISTINCT
CATEGORIES, SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT, SERVICE TO SCHOOL
AND COMMUNITY, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, PERSONALITY, POISE
AND FORMAL WEAR, INTERVIEW. MISS HYUN EXEMPLIFIES THE TRAIT
IN PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE. ONE THING YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT
HER IS SHE DRAWS UPON HER PASSIONS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY. ALONG THOSE LINES SHE SERVES AS
FOUNDER OF THE OAKTON MUSIC ENSEMBLE. SHE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED TENNIS
PLAYER WHO SERVES AS HER TEAM CAPTAIN AND LEADS HER TEAM TO
STATE LEVEL FINALS EVERY YEAR SHE HAS BEEN AT OAKTON. SHE HOLDS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
IN TENNIS SINGLES. DRAWING ON HER PASSION TO RAISE
RACKETS. SHE SERVES VICE PRESIDENT AS HER
SENIOR CLASS, ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY, MATH HONOR SOCIETY,
LEADER OF THE OPUS WRITING MAGAZINE AND HONORED FOR WRITING
AND PHOTOGRAPHY. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE KAITLYN,
HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, TO JOIN THE BOARD FOR A PHOTO AT THE
DAIS. [ APPLAUSE ]
[ APPLAUSE ] ITEM 2.05, RECOGNITION OF
SOCIAL WORK MONTH. I CALL ON MS. McLAUGHLIN FOR A
MOTION. ACTUALLY, FOR A RECOGNITION. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN EVANS. THIS IS ALWAYS ONE OF MY
FAVORITE RECOGNITIONS AS A TRAINED SOCIAL WORKER, IT IS
REALLY WONDERFUL THAT I GET ANT OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE AND
HONOR THE SOCIAL WORKERS IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WHO MAKE AN
INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF
OUR STUDENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY IN FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOLS. I WANT TO JUST THANK YOU FOR THE
CONTRIBUTIONS YOU MAKE TO OUR STUDENTS AND PLEASE KNOW YOU ARE
DEEPLY VALUED BY ME AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE. SO WITH THAT, THE FORMAL
RECOGNITION OF THE NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH. FOR MARCH 2017 READS, MARCH IS
THE NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH AND THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “SOCIAL
WORKERS STAND UP!” SOCIAL WORKERS TACKLE SOME OF
THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES IN OUR SOCIETY, IN EVERY CITY, EVERY
COMMUNITY, THEY DEVELOP SOLUTIONS TO MAKE MENTAL HEALTH
AND HEALTH CARE MORE AVAILABLE TO REDUCE POVERTY, TO ELIMINATE
INJUSTICE AND DISCRIMINATION AND TO PROTECT VULNERABLE CHILDREN
FROM HARM. SOCIAL WORKERS CONTRIBUTE AT ALL
LEVELS OF SOCIETY, WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND
SCHOOLS TO MEDIATE CONFLICT, FOSTER POSZTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
AND CREATE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE IN NEED. SOCIAL WORKERS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
PUBLIC SCHOOLS USE THEIR TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND SCHOOL STAFF
MEMBERS IN THE EFFORT TO REMOVE PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
OBSTACLES SO THAT WE CAN HAVE OPTIMAL STUDENT ACADEMIC
PERFORMANCE. SOCIAL WORKERS ARE COMMITTED TO
HELPING EVERY CHILD ACHIEVE IN SCHOOL AND TO BECOME
SELF-SUFFICIENT, EMOTIONALLY HELLY, SOCIALLY WELL-ADJUSTED
AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO
INVITE THE SOCIAL WORKERS IN OUR AUDIENCE TO JOIN US AT THE DAIS
FOR A PHOTO WITH THE BOARD AND AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR
FANTASTIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ]
[ APPLAUSE ] NOW TURN TO ITEM 2.06,
RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH AND I CALL ON MS. SCHULTZ. OKAY, SO I HEARD YOUR
OVERVIEW, MS. McLAUGHLIN, WHY
YOU LOVE SOCIAL WORKERS. I LOVE SOCIAL WORKERS, TOO. I JUST HAD TO GET A DRINK. BUT I LOVE BEING A MOTHER OF
FOUR BOYS, THE OLDER, ACTUALLY, THEY ARE ALL ATHLETES NOW, I
LOVE NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH BECAUSE YOU GUYS KEEP MY
KIDS SAFE AND IF THEY ARE NOT SAFE, YOU HEAL THEM UP. SO MARCH IS NATIONAL ATHLETIC
TRAINING MONTH AND THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “YOUR PROTECTION IS OUR
PRIORITY. THANK YOU. AN APPROPRIATE SLOGAN REFLECTING
THE IMPORTANT ROLE CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINERS EMPLOYED BY
FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PLAY IN KEEPING OUR STUDENTS
SAFE. THROUGH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR
STUDENTS, PARENTS, COACHES, PRESEASON SCREENINGS, THESE
NATIONALLY CERTIFY AND STATE LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
ARE DEDICATED TO PROMOTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENT
ATHLETES, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PRACTICES AND
COMPETITIONS. THE ATHLETIC HEALTH CARE
SERVICES PROVIDED BY SERD CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINERS
INCLUDE THE PREVENTION, RECOGNITION, EVALUATION,
TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES AND ILLNESS. FCPS CONTINUES TO BE RECOGNIZED
AS A LEADER IN ADOLESCENT INJURY EPIDEMIOLOGY RESEARCH AND
SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL
ATHLETES. OUR ATHLETIC TRAINERS WORK
COLLABORATIVELY WITH PARENTS, SCHOOL STAFF AND COMMUNITY
MEDICAL PROVIDERS TO PROMOTE SAFE PARTICIPATION FOR 25,000
ATHLETIC PARTICIPANTS EACH YEAR. IN FACT, DURING THE 2015-2016
SCHOOL YEAR, OVER9,300 INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS RECEIVED
CARE FROM AN FCPS ATHLETIC TRAINER, ACCOUNT R FOR OVER
75,000 TOTAL VILTS TO OUR 25 ATHLETIC TRAINING FACILITIES. FCPS IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS
A LEADER AMONG HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAMS. EARLIER THIS MONTH ALL 25 FCPS
HIGH SCHOOLS WERE AGAIN DESIGNATED AS FIRST TEAM SAFE
SPORTS SCHOOLS THROUGH THE NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS’
ASSOCIATION. THE SECOND TIME ALL 25 HIGH
SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED IN THIS FASHION. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO
INVID JOHN REYNOLDS AND THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS IN THE
AUDIENCE TO JOIN ME AT THE DAIS FOR A PHOTO WITH THIS BOARD. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
. [ APPLAUSE ]
ITEM 2.07, IT IS SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH. I CALL ON DR. LOCKARD. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE TO THE
PUBLIC THAT FEBRUARY IS SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH. TONIGHT WE CELEBRATE THE
SERVICE, DEDICATION AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR
SCHOOL BOARD AND EACH OF THE 12 INDIVIDUALS WHO COMPRISE THIS
BOARD AS WELL AS OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE. THIS SCHOOL BOARD ALONG WITH ME
AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT AND THE WONDERFUL FCPS STAT AND
FACULTY WORK TOGETHER TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR THEIR FUTURE
AND SUCCESS IN LIFE. WE ARE A TEAM IN SERVICE FOR
FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE ENTIRE FAIRFAX
COMMUNITY. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED
BY THEIR COMMUNITY TO CREATE VISION AND PLAY AN INSTRUMENTAL
ROLE IN GOVERNESS OF OUR SYSTEM. THEY SPEND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT
OF TIME AS ADVOCATES, STUDENTS, FAMILIES, SCHOOLS AND STAFF. WE ARE THANK FOR THEIR
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF
APPLAUSE AS WE THANK OUR DEDICATED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
AND I INVITE OUR SCHOOL BOARD TO THE FRONT FOR A PHOTO. AND THANK YOU DR. LOCKARD FOR
THE CUPCAKES. WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THOSE. THAT WILL BE OUR DESSERT
TONIGHT. NOW WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT IS
NOT ON THE AGENDA, BUT IT’S VERY SPECIAL TO ALL OF US UP HERE. AND I AM GOING TO CALL ON MRS. STRAUSS. THANK YOU. FOR A MOTION. WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL
RECOGNITION. WE HAVE THREE WONDERFUL PEOPLE
WHO RUN OUR SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE, OUR THREE CLERKS. EILEEN, ANN, AND BETH AND THEY
ARE WONDERFUL AND WE COULD NOT GET OUR WORK DONE ON BEHALF OF
OUR STUDENTS, OUR WONDERFUL TEACHERS AND EMPLOYEES AND THE
TAXPAYERS OF FAIRFAX COUNTY IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE SUPERB HELP
OF YOU THREE. SO I’M VERY HONORED TO READ THIS
RESOLUTION. WHEREAS SCHOOL BOARD CLERKS
THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT COMMONWEALTH ARE APPOINTED BY
LAW TO FULFILL CRITICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND
FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE THE TLE BEST CLERKS IN
VIRGINIA. SCHOOL BOARD CLERKS ARE
RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT ALL MEETS AND PROCEEDINGS NO MATTER
THE LENGTH AND COMPLEXITY AND KEEPING ACCURATE REPORTS OF THE
MEETS. WHEREAS AS REPRESENTATIVES OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD THE CLERKS ARE CALLED UPON TO EXUDE AN AURA OF
CALM IN OUR MOST STRESSFUL OF TIMES AND HAVE CONTACT WITH
PARENTS, EMPLOYEES AND THE MEDIA. WHEREAS THE SCHOOL BOARD CLERKS
IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES ARE OFTEN REQUIRED TO
WORK EXTRA HOURS ATTENDING BOARD MEETINGS AND DO SO WITHOUT A
COMPLAINT OR HEARTILY A GRIMACE. WHEREAS SCHOOL BOARD CLERKS BRO
VID AN INVALUABLE SERVICE TO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO WITHOUT
THEIR HELP WOULD NOT BE AS EFFICIENT. THE SCHOOL BOARD JOINS THE VSBA
IN RECOGNIZING WITH APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE THE MANY AND
VARIED CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD CLERKS. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED ON THE
23th DAY OF FEBRUARY WE OFFICIALLY ACKNOWLEDGE WE WOULD
BE LOST WITHOUT YOU AND EXTEND OUR HEARTIEST THINGS TO MAKE OUR
LIVES EASIER. I SO MOVE. DO I HAVE A SECOND? SECONDS BY MISS HYNES. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. AND THAT VOTE IS UNANIMOUS. [ APPLAUSE ]
SO IF OUR CLERKS WOULD COME DOWN AND TAKE A PHOTO AND RECEIVE A
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION. AND THANK YOU TO CATHY PARTLOW
FOR GETTING US ALL ORGANIZED. [ APPLAUSE ]
WE REALLY DO VERY MUCH APPRECIATE OUR CLERKS SO THANK
YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE WITH US TONIGHT. 3.01 IS CITIZEN PARTICIPATION. IN THE NEXT ORD OF BUSINESS
TONIGHT WE HAVE 10 CITIZENS WHO HAVE SIGNED UP TO ADDRESS THE
BOARD. SPEAKERS ARE REQUESTED TO LIMIT
THEIR REMARKS TO NOT MORE THAN THREE MINUTES. THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT HEAR
STATEMENTS INVOLVING ISSUES SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS
SUCH AS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT, BUDGET AND BOUNDARIES. COMPLAINTS REGARDING INDIVIDUAL
STUDENTS OR SCHOOL-BASED EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO
THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR OTHER SCHOOL OFFICIAL. SPEAKERS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM
USING IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT A STUDENT. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO DELIVER
THEIR COMMENTS WITH RESPECTS. PLEASE BE MINDFUL THAT CHILDREN
ARE WATCHING HERE IN THE ODDER TO YUM AND AT HOME. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE COME
OUT TO SPEAK TO US. I WILL CALL THE FIRST THREE
NAMES AND WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD COME FORWARD AND BE
READY TO SPEAK. CHARLES McANDREW, CATHY RUSE AND
MEG KILGANNON. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIRMAN,
MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND MR. LOCKARD. MY NAME IS CHARLES McANDREW. I LOVE IN OAK HILL VIRGINIA. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN HOME
OWNERS SINCE 1968. WE RAISED OUR CHILDREN IN
FAIRFAX COUNTY. THEY GRADUATED FROM OAKTON HIGH
SCHOOL IN THE 1990’S, WENT ON TO THE TOP STATE UNIVERSITIES IN
VIRGINIA. I’M PROUD OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
AND THE TEACHERS. MY CONCERN IS I UNDERSTAND YOU
HAVE RELIEVED YOUR AUDITOR AND I AM A PROPONENT OF THE OFFICE OF
THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. I WORKED MOST OF MY CAREER IN
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AS A
MANAGER AND I KNOW THE OPERATIONS OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. THEY DO VALUABLE WORK. THEY DO THIS TO PROMOTE
EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT IN 1999 I RETIRED FROM THE U.S. INFORMATION
AGENCY. A BILLION-DOLLAR AGENCY MERGED
INTO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THIS SMALL AGENCY HAD AN
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. EVERY DEPARTMENT IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT AND IN EVERY AGENCY HAS AN OFFICE OF INSPECTOR
GENERAL. I URGE YOU TO REVIEW THIS
CAREFULLY AND THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF PUTTING AN O.I.G., IT IS
MORE THAN AUDITING. THE AREA OF INVESTIGATIONS WHEN
YOU HAVE THE POWER OF INVESTIGATIONS, YOU CAN
INVESTIGATE SOMEONE FOR FRAUD AND THEY CAN BE PROSECUTED. THIS IS AN OFFICE THAT WOULD
PROMOTE LOOKING AFTER FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE, MISMANAGEMENT,
THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AND EVERY I.T. I HAVE KNOWN IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT HAVE SHOWN THEY HAVE ACTUALLY HAD, THEY PROMOTED
EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVENESS AND SHOWN THEY HAVE SAVED THE
GOVERNMENT MONEY, WHICH ACTUALLY IS PAID FOR THE WHOLE PROGRAM. I URGE YOU TO LOOK INTO IT. AUDITORS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. I WORKED DIVISION DIRECTOR FOR
DEPARTMENT STATE AND WITH THE I.G. WE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. THEY ARE OUT TO HELP YOU. I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN
THERE. I URGE YOU TO LOOK INTO THE
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AND FILL THIS POSITION OF THE
AUDITOR. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME. THANK YOU. CATHY RUSE, MEG KILGANNON AND
MIKE NIE. GOOD EVENING. I AM A LAWYER A MOTHER OF YOUNG
CHILDREN IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. I’M ALSO A PRIVATE TEACHER. I HAVE NOT MENTIONED THAT IN THE
PAST AS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU. I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT PART OF
MY WORK. MY REMARKS ADDRESS THE AUDIT
COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD TO AUDIT ITS OWN GOVERNANCE. LAST NIGHT THE DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE AND EDUCATION ISSUED GUIDELINES RESCINDING THE OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION’S RECKLESS, LAWLESS HEAVY HANDED DIRECTIVE
REGARDING SCHOOL SHOWERS AND BATHROOMS. YET TODAY, MS. EVANS, YOU ISSUED
A STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA YOU WERE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS TURN
OF EVENTS. YOUR WORDS ARE I’M DISAPPOINTED
IN THIS NEW GUIDANCE. IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR YOU TO
GIVE YOUR PERSONAL VIEWS TO, AS AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT TO MEDIA
INQUIRIES. ARE YOU PURPORTING TO SPEAK FOR
THE WHOLE BOARD? HAS THE BOARD VOTED TO ISSUE A
RESOLUTION, A STATEMENT OF DISAPPOINTMENT ON THIS RULING. THAT WOULD BE A QUICK VOTE. IT HAS BEEN 24 HOURS. MEMBERS OF THIS BOARD HAVE CITED
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVE MANY TIMES TO
EXPANSION POLICY 1415. IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT WHAT THE
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE IN THE PAST SAID ABOUT THIS
SPECIFICALLY IN THE GUIDANCE. YOU AMENDED THE POLICY A YEAR
BEFORE THE OIM ADMINISTRATION GUIDANCE CAME OUT. NOW WE HAVE NEW GUIDANCE FROM
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THIS IS NOT SO IMPORTANT, IN
FACT, IT IS A DISAPPOINTMENT. THE GUIDANCE FROM A DEMOCRAT IS
IMPORTANT AND WEIGHTY AND WE MUST CONSIDER IT. GUIDANCE FROM A REPUBLICAN
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND JUSTICE IS A DISAPPOINTMENT. SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE PLAYING
POLITICS. YOU ARE NOT PLAYING POLITICS
WITH PEOPLE YOUR OWN AGE. YOU ARE PLAYING POLITICS WITH
CHILDREN. IT IS DISGRACEFUL. NOW, IN SHORT, UP WITH OF THE
REASONS WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND JUSTICE RESCINDED
THE OBAMA GUIDANCE IS BECAUSE IT DID NOT CONTAIN EXTENSIVE LEGAL
ANALYSIS OR IGNORING BIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES IS CONSISTENT WITH
TITLE IX AND DECADES OF ENFORCEMENT I. CAUSED CONFUSED. IT COULDN’T BE RECONCILED. DOES THIS BOARD HAVE ANSWERS THE
DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND JUSTICE DON’T HAVE? IF SO, PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH
US. MS. EVANS, YOU TOLD MEDIA
OUTLETS YOU WOULD CONTINUE TO ACCOMMODATE TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
AND THE BOARD IS EAGER. I DON’T HAVE YOUR QUOTE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ISSUE YOUR
QUOTE. DOES THAT MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO FORCE GIRLS TO SHOWER WITH BIOLOGICAL MALES IS
THAT WHAT YOU ARE CONTINUING TO PURSUE DESPITE THIS NEW GUIDANCE
FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE
RECOMMENDING TRANSGENDER STUDENTS. I HAVE NO BONE TO PICK WITH THE
STUDENTS, IT IS THE POLICY. PRINCIPALS ARE ACCOMMODATING
WHAT IS BEING DONE. COULD YOU WRAP UP, PLEASE. YOU HIRED A CONSULTANT BUT
YOU WOULDN’T TELL US THE NAME. WE HAD TO FIND THE NAME OF THE
CONSULTANT ON FAIRFAX PRIDE WEBSITE, A TRANSGENDER —
I REALLY LIKE YOU TO WRAP UP. YOU HAVE GONE OVER YOUR THREE
MINUTES. PEOPLE BEHIND YOU. SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR HIS
REPORT STILL FOR A YEAR. MEG K, LGANNON, MIKE NIE AND
TOM CRAMMER. MY NAME IS MEG KILGANNON, A
WIFE AND MOTHER OF FOUR. I THANK YOU FOR A CHANCE TO
ADDRESS THE BOARD ON THE SUBJECT OF AUDITS. AS A PARENT AND TAXPAYERS I
WONDER IF THERE IS AN APPROVAL PROCESS FOR STATEMENTS OF A
BOARD CHAIR. AS MS. RUSE EXPLAINED CAME OUT
LAST NIGHT AND MS. EVANS
EXPRESSED HER DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE GUIDANCE. IS IT A PRIVILEGE OF THE CHAIR
TO SPEAK FOR THE ENTIRE NINE-MEMBER SCHOOL BOARD? WAS THE MEETING HELD? WERE DRAFT STATEMENTS CIRCULATED
AND VOTES ON. THE ONLY VOICE WE HAVE IS
THROUGH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. IF THOSE BOARD MEMBERS ARE NOT
CONSULTED ON MATTERS SUCH AS THESE WHAT IS THE POINT OF
VOTING FOR A SCHOOL BOARD. FOR EXAMPLE, MS. EVANS STATEMENT
SAYS THE REGULATION 1415 REMAINS ON HOLD PENDING AN FCPS
INVESTIGATION AND COURT CASES. I THINK WE NEED AN AUDIT OF FCPS
PRACTICES TO SEE IF THAT IS, IN FACT, THE CASE. THERE ARE MULTIPLE CASES OF
ACCOMMODATIONS OF TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN OF COURSE PGS. PERHAPS THOSE ARE REASONABLE AND
RESPECTFUL OF ALL STUDENTS. AND PERHAPS THEY ARE NOT. PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS WILL NEVER
KNOW BECAUSE WE ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE PROCESS. THE HASTY RELEASE OF THE
STATEMENT WHICH SEEMS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN VOTED ON BEGS THE
QUESTION DOES THE SCHOOL BOARD KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN
INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS ON THIS ISSUE? THE WHOLE POINT OF THE NEW
GUIDANCE FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS THAT
LOCALITIES DECIDE WHAT THE POLICY ON THESE CONTROVERSIAL
TOPICS WILL BE. THE NEW GUIDANCE IS LOCAL
CONTROL. FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN THIS BOARD
SEEMS OUT OF CONTROL. SINCE THE UPDATE WAS BULLIED
THROUGH BY CHAIRMAN PATTY HYNES, PARENTS ARE QUESTIONING AN AUDIT
PROCESS. IF WE AUDITED WOULD WE FIND
TITLE IX PROJECTIONS ENSURES? IS THERE ANY WAY TO FINALLY HAVE
A COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY? UNLIKE THE PROCESS USED TO
CHANGE SCHOOL START TIMES, GENDER IDENTITY POLICIES
REGARDING THE WELL BEING OF ALL STUDENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN
DISCUSSED, POLLED OR STUDIES IN FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THERE IS NO IMPACT POLICY
ANALYSIS. THE SCHOOL BOARD AT THE TIME
DECIDE ED WHAT WAS BEST AND MADE IT SO. THAT IS NOT THE KIND OF LOCAL
CONTROL MADE FCPS SCHOOLS EXCEPTIONAL IN PAST YEARS. WEEK AFTER WEEK, PARENTS AND
CONCERNED CITIZENS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ETHNIC
COMMUNITIES, ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED STUDENTS, SPECIAL
NEEDS STUDENTS, RAPE SURVIVORS AND RELIGIOUS STUDENTS HAVE
EXPRESSED THEIR CONCERN TO CHANGES OF POLICY 1415. YOUR SILENCE HAS BEEN DEAFENING. IT IS A SHAME AND DISGRACE THAT
THE SCHOOL BOARD’S BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED WITH SUCH LITTLE
REGARD TO THE PUBLIC. MIKE NIE AND TOM CRAMMER AND
KATHLEEN GILLETTE MALLARD. GOOD EVENING. UH TONIGHT I WILL TALK ABOUT THE
AUDIT REPORT OF THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION RELEASE IN
FEBRUARY 2017. IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT OFFICE OF
GENERAL AWE AUDITOR CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT. IT IS MORE STRESSING AND
PRESSING THAT OUR AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION. NUMBER ONE, AGING FLEET. OF THE 1600 SCHOOL BUSES 42% OF
THEM ARE RUNNING OVER 12 YEARS. RAISE YOUR LAND. ARE YOU STILL DRIVING THE
VEHICLE MADE IN 1999? ANYBODY. BUT THERE ARE OVER 120 BUSES PUT
IN OPERATION SINCE 1999. AND RUNNING ON A DAILY BASIS. SHALL WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT
SECURITY AND DEPENDABILITY OF THE CHILDREN AND THE BUSES? FINDING NUMBER TWO. THE QUESTIONABLE DRIVERS. THE AUDITORS IDENTIFIED 50
DRIVERS, 28 OF THEM FAILED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL EXAMINATION
RECORDS, FAILED TO PROVIDE THE TEST REPORT OR ALCOHOL REPORT. THERE ARE 1,300 DRIVES OUT
THERE. HOW MANY HAVE SIMILAR ISSUES? WHEN I SEND MY BOYS TO THE
SCHOOL BUS EVERY MORNING SHOULD I BE CONCERNED THIS DRIVER
OVERDOSING, OVERDRINKING LAST NIGHT. MENTAL DISTRESS ISSUES LAST
NIGHT? BECAUSE THE QUALITY, RELIABILITY
OF THE DRIVERS IS NOT GUARANTEED. FINDING NUMBER THREE. THE AUDITORS WENT TO FOUR AREAS,
THEY COUNTED 1400 INCIDENTS COVERING STUDENTS USING INDECENT
LANGUAGE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, RUNNING AROUND THE BUS WHILE THE
BUS IS IN MOTION. ONLY ONE THIRD OF THESE
INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE SCHOOL. TWO THIRDS OF THE REPORTS JUST
IGNORED. SO THE UNRULY BEHAVIOR OF THE
STUDENTS ON THE BUS DISTRACTED THE DRIVER AND DISTRACTED THE
SMOOTH OPERATION OF THE BUS. I STRONGLY URGE OUR AUDIT
COMMITTEE SCHOOL BOARD TO TAKE ACTION, USE OUR LIMITED RESOURCE
TO THE CLASSROOM, TO THE BUSES, INSTEAD OF THE BATHROOM. THANK YOU SO MUCH. TOM CRAMMER TO BE FOLLOWED BY
KATHLEEN GILLETTE MALLARD TO BE FOLLOWED BY JOHN MURRAY. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU SCHOOL BOARD
MEMBERS FOR COMING OUT. AND LISTENING. IT IS GREAT THAT THESE — WE GET
THE CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU. I’M HERE TO TALK ABOUT NOT ONLY
THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, BUT THE AUDITOR AND ALSO THE IMPORTANCE
OF HAVING AN INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE COMMUNITY VOTED AGAINST THE
SCHOOL BOARD WITH THE VOTE AGAINST THE MEALS TAX. I REMEMBER SEEING AN ANALYSIS BY
ANY OF YOU ABOUT THE REASONS FOR THAT. IT WAS DEFINITELY A VOTE OF NO
CONFIDENCE. THE FIRING OF THE AUDITOR
GENERAL WAS ANOTHER INDICATION OF WHY NOBODY HAS CONFIDENCE IN
YOU. CALLED A COUPLE OF THE FINANCIAL
PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOL AND SAID WHY? NORMALLY IN THE FINANCIAL
BUSINESS, WHICH I’M IN, YOU AT LEAST EXPLAIN WHEN SOMETHING
LIKE THAT HAPPENS, GIVE A PUBLIC STATEMENT OR AT LEAST ON THE
TELEPHONE PRIVATELY. THE FINANCIAL PEOPLE SAID, GEE,
I DON’T KNOW. WELL, IF THEY DON’T KNOW, WHAT
GOOD ARE THEY? WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING
ON. YOU INCREASE MISTRUST. THE DEAL WITH KAREN GARZA WAS
OUTLINED VERY WELL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SO I WON’T GO INTO IT
BUT SHE DETAILED HOW POTENTIALLY THIS IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST
AND POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL. I SUGGEST YOU LOOK AT HER REPORT
VERY CAREFULLY. SPEAKING OF REPORTS, IT IS VERY
DIFFICULT ON THE WEBSITE TO FIND THE REPORTS OF THE AUDIT
COMMITTEE. I HAD TO MAKE PHONE CALLS TO
FIND OUT HOW TO MANEUVER THE DOCUMENTS SECTION. GOING SUPERFICIALLY IN THE FRONT
IS AN ORDINARY CITIZENS, IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE WHAT
IS GOING ON. A LOT OF MISTRUST ABOUT HOW
THINGS ARE HANDLED AND AS A RESULT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO
HAVE A KIND OF SUPER GROUP DOING THE REVIEW OF WHAT IS GOING ON
AND INSPECTOR GENERAL. VERY COMMON IN THE UNITED
STATES. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN
INSPECTOR GENERAL BASICALLY AND I’M OVERSTATING IT IS THE
INSPECTOR GENERAL LOOKS AT MANAGEMENT-TIME DECISIONS. HE LOOKS BEYOND JUST THE NUTS
AND BOLTS. AND AN AUDITOR IS BASICALLY A
BEAN COUNTER. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE
AUDITORS MAY BE INSULTED. PLEASE GET AN INSPECTOR GENERAL. BRING BACK TRUSTS TO THE
SCHOOLS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. KATHLEEN GILLETTE MALLARD, JOHN
MURRAY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY MAUL McCLEMENS. MS. MALLARD. GOOD EVENING. GOOD EVENING SUPERLOCKARD AND
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. CONGRATULATIONS ON BOARD
APPRECIATION MONTH. THIS EVENING I WANT TO TALK
ABOUT THE NEED TO HAVE INDEPENDENT AUDIT FUNCTION IN
FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITHOUT DELAY. MY HUSBAND AND I, IF YOU WANT TO
STAND UP, WE’VE BEEN TAX PAYING HOMEOWNER RESIDENTS OF FAIRFAX
COUNTY FOR OVER 35 YEARS. THAT IS A LOT OF TAXES THAT HAVE
GONE INTO THE COUNTY AND TO FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. UNFORTUNATELY, ABOUT 10 YEARS
AGO WE HAD TO TAKE OUR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OUT OF LONG FELLOW
MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SEVENTH GRADE BECAUSE OF THE VERY DISTURBING
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND ASSOCIATED CULTURE OF THAT
SCHOOL. THAT WAS WHEN I BECAME AWARE
THAT REALLY THERE WASN’T A LOT OF ATTENTION OR REGARD FOR
PARENTS’ INPUT IN THE F.L.E. PROGRAM. BECAUSE OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE
I WILL NOT TELL YOU WHAT SHE WAS GOING LEARN IN THE SEVENTH
GRADE, BUT IT MADE ME SICK. ANYHOW, THE OTHER EVENING, AFTER
THAT WE HAD TO SWALLOW PRIVATE SCHOOL EXPENSES FOR THE NEXT
FIVE YEARS TOTALING $50,000 IN ADDITION TO THE TAXES WE HAVE
BEEN PAYING. ON FEBRUARY 9th THE EMOTIONAL
TESTIMONY OF A NINTH GRADE FEMALE STUDENT IN CHANTILLY HIGH
SCHOOL WAS MADE TO WATCH A DIVERSITY VIDEO IN HER MORNING
MATH CLASS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF CHARACTER EDUCATION. IT WAS A VIDEO TO PROMOTE THE
LESBIAN, GAY, TRANSGENDER LIFESTYLE AND FORCE STUDENTS TO
ACCEPT WHAT IS COUNTERER TO THEIR VALUES AND RELIGIOUS
BELIEFS. THERE WAS NO NOTIFICATION TO
PARENTS. THIS VIDEO WAS MADE BY STUDENTS
WE HAVE COME TO LEARN FROM CHANTILLY HIGH SCHOOL WITH NO
OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO OPT OUT. IT WAS SO STRESSFUL. I THINK YOU REMEMBER THAT LOVELY
YOUNG WOMAN ALMOST EMOTIONALLY TELLING YOU HOW IT HAD UPSET
HER. HOW IT WENT AGAINST HER
RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND HER VALUES. WE BELIEVES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS, WHATEVER THEIR BACKGROUND, RELIGIOUS
BACKGROUND, HAVE A RIGHT TO A PUBLIC EDUCATION WITHOUT DEALING
WITH RELIGIOUS AND IT WAS A FORM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT RESULTING
IN A HOSTILE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. INDEPENDENT AUDIT IS ESSENTIAL
TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PUBLIC AGENCY FUNDED BY OVER 52% OF
FAIRFAX COUNTY BUDGET OR $2.17 BILLION IS NOT MISUSED, ABUSED
OR POORLY MANAGED. I THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME. I ASK YOU TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER
WHEN YOU ARE HAVING STUDENTS MAKE A VIDEO, IT SHOULD NOT BE
ALLOWED TO BE SHOWN WITHOUT PARENTAL INFORM. THANK YOU. JOHN MURRAY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY
PAUL McCLEMENS TO BE FOLLOWED BY GEORGE BECERRA. MR. MURRAY? MR. MURRAY HERE? ALL RIGHT. MR. McCLEMENS FOLLOWED BY GEORGE
BECERRA AND AMIR ABDUL RAHEEM. GOOD EVENING. DR. LOCKARD, CHAIRMAN EVANS,
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE MS. CHU
AND ESTEEMED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS PAUL McCLEMENS,
PRESIDENT OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY FEDERATION OF TEACHERS. I REPRESENT CLASSROOM TEACHERS,
SPECIALISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, SCHOOL COUNSELORS, OFFICE
SUPPORT STAFF, SCHOOL SECURITY WHO FEEL UNDERVALUED AND ORR
WORKED. THEY LIKE INTERACTING WITH THE
CHILDREN BUT DISLIKE THE CHALLENGE TO TRY TO MAKE A
LIVING IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. I IS MY UNDERSTANDING THE
FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND BOARD OF
EDUCATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND WAYS IN WHICH CERTAIN
PROGRAM CANS BE INTEGRATED AND THE COST SHARED AMONG THE TWO
ENTITIES. THIS IS A GREAT IDEA WHEN THE
FOCUS STAYS ON FAIRFAX COUNTY. IN MANY OF THE WORK SESSIONS AND
TASK FORCES I HAVE HEARD IS FAIRFAX COUNTY COMPARING ITSELF
TO IS SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS. MY QUESTION IS WHY DOES FAIRFAX
COUNTY CARE ABOUT WHAT ALL THE OTHER JURISDICTIONS ARE DOING? FAIRFAX COUNTY USED TO BE A
LEADER, NOT A FOLLOWER. WHEN I CAME TO FAIRFAX COUNTY IN
2005 FROM OUTOF STATE I HEARD EVERYONE TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT
FAIRFAX COUNTY IS. WITHIN THE PAST SIX TO SEVEN
YEARS THAT FEELING HAS CHANGED. WHAT HAPPENED? PLEASE KEEP THE FOCUS ON FAIRFAX
COUNTY AND WHAT WE DO BEST. WE HAVE THE BEST SCHOOLS. WE HAVE THE BEST INFRASTRUCTURE,
THE BEST PUBLIC LIBRARIES, THE BEST PARK RESOURCES, FINE ARTS
PROGRAM AND THE BEST PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. IN THE JOINT WORK PROGRAM DRAFT
IT STATES THAT THE DRAFT WORK PLAN DEVELOP A MORE DETAILED
OUTLINE FROM COUNTY AND SCHOOLS CLEARLY IN DEFINING THE BUDGET
MILESTONES AND ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STAFF AND
ELECTED BODIES. IF THIS PROGRAM IS TO BE
SUCCESSFUL I URGE THE BOARD TO UNCOVER ALL BUDGET ITEMS SO
EVERYONE CAN SEE ALL ITEMS. IT WILL BE USED FOR JOINT FISCAL
FORECASTING AND INCREASES AND EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION. MEMBERS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO ME
THEY ARE UNHAPPY WITH EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION. IT IS NOT FAIR ACROSS THE BOARD
TO ALL EMPLOYEES. IN TALKING WITH THE MEMBERS OF
THE SAFECOALITION, IT IS UNFAIR. IT IS HOPE THE BROTHERS AND
SISTERS THAT STAND WITH US AND OTHER LABOR UNIONS THAT THE
SCHOOL BOARD STOP COMPARING. LOOK AT THE POSITIVE AND
STRENGTH YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES BRING TO THE JOB. INVEST IN OUR FUTURE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MR. BECERRA. GOOD EVENING SCHOOL BOARD
MEMBERS AND DR. LOCKARD. LET ME START WITH CITIZENS
PARTICIPATION. I HAVE SAID THIS TWO YEARS NOW,
I THINK YOU NEED TO RELOOK AT YOUR POLICY. THIS IS THE LAST YEAR TO
PROBABLY SAY, THE REPETITIOUS MEMBERS SPEAKING EVERY BOARD
MEETING. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS A
POLICY ONCE EVERY SIX MONTHS A CITIZEN CAN SPEAK BECAUSE THEY
DON’T WANT TO SEE THE SAME FOLKS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. IT IS PUBLIC HEARINGS, THE OPEN
SESSIONS I GUESS YOU CAN SPEAK. I HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES IN THE
LAST YEAR NON-COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR A FACT. I’M VERY INVOLVED AND KNOW
LOUDOUN FOLKS WHO COME TO FAIRFAX. I HAVE SEEN LOUDOUN AND
ARLINGTON HERE. I’M NOT SAYING PROS OR CONS. TAX ADMINISTRATION RECORDS,
PUBLIC RECORDS, LOOK UP THEIR ADDRESS WHEN THEY APPLY, ANY
PUBLIC CITIZEN CAN DO THAT. THERE IS SOME FOCUS YOU CAN
DETERMINE IF A CITIZEN IS A RESIDENT OF THIS COUNTY. ON THAT ASPECT SO IT IS JUST
DISENGAGING. PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO WAKE UP
AT 5:55 AND GET ON THE COMPUTER AT 6:00 FOR 10 SPOTS. WHAT DOES YOUR STAFF HAVE TO DO
THAT MORNING? IS THERE IS A GLITCH AND THE
PUBLIC COMPLAINS THERE IS A CONSPIRACY. YOU PUT YOUR STAFF AT 6:00 IN
THE MORNING. PLEASE LOOK AT THIS POLICY
AGAIN. LET ME TALK ABOUT WHAT IS ON
SUBJECT, I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE TO TALK OFF TOPIC
BECAUSE I’M SPEAKER NUMBER NINE. I WILL COME BACK TO ON TOPIC. LIKE MR. PAUL McCLEMENS SAID,
THE JOINT SCHOOL BOARD/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORK PLAN. I’M ALL FOR THAT. A LITTLE HISTORY BEHIND IT. IT ONLY TOOK BOTH BODIES FOUR
YEARS TO MEET AGAIN AFTER 2012. JUNE 2016. FROM JUNE 2012. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT TOOK FOUR YEARS FOR YOU TO
GET TOGETHER. I THINK WHAT I’M HEARING MR. McCLEMENS SAYING WORK TOGETHER
NOW, THIS IS A FIRST GOOD ATTEMPT. WHAT I’M DISHEARTENED WITH IS
SINCE JUNE THERE IS SCHOOL COMMITTEE ON THE PLANNING
COMMISSION. IT HAD A DEADLINE OF JANUARY 31,
IT DIDN’T MEET UNTIL JANUARY 25. IT WAS DETERMINED WE COULDN’T
FINISH THE WORK. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT
CHAIRMAN EVANS HAS DONE AND KAREN CORBETT SANDERS, BUT THE
LAST TOPIC ON EQUITY ON SOCIOECONOMIC SEGREGATION, ABOUT
THREE SECTIONS, ONLY 20 MINUTES WAS HELD ON THAT. IF YOU CAN’T DO THE HOMEWORK
ASSIGNMENT, EXTEND THE FICTITIOUS DEADLINE THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS HAS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU MR. BECERRA. AMIR ABDUL RAHEEM. EEL BE TRANSFERRING MY TIME. GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. IF WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, IF
YOU WOULD LET YOUR CLERK KNOW YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. FAIR ENOUGH. SO IN A VERY DIVERSE AMERICA AND
IN AN AMERICA WHICH CONTINUES TO GET DIVERSE WE CAN RESPECT AND
HONOR DIFFERENCES WHILE RESPECTING BOUNDARIES. WITH THIS CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE
WITH RESPECT TO LGBT PROJECTING THAT ON TO OUR KIDS IT IS
IMPORTANT TO KEEP INTO CONSIDERATION THE FACT WE HAVE
MANY FAMILIES THAT DON’T EXACTLY WHAT THESE POLICIES ARE, WHAT
THIS CURRICULUM IS. I THINK YOU GUYS IN ONE RESPECT
ARE PUTTING TEACHERS IN A VERY DIFFICULT POSITION. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, WHEN A
PARENT RECEIVES HOMEWORK OR THIS TYPE OF CURRICULUM AND DON’T
KNOW HOW TO HELP THEIR KIDS WITH THEIR HOMEWORK, WHO ARE THEY
GOING TO TAKE IT OUT ON? THE TEACHER. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT
CONSIDERATION IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE — THE DEMOGRAPHICS
WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE, WILL CONTINUE TO, YOU KNOW, BE
INDIVIDUALS THAT CONTINUE TO LOOK MORE DIFFERENT THAN THE
MAINSTREAM, WE HAVE TO KEEP INTO CONSIDERATION THE FACT WE HAVE
TO RESPECT THE FACT THERE ARE A LOT OF RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES,
MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, JEWISH, THESE ARE VERY TOUCHY ISSUES. I THINK WHEN THERE IS ACROSS THE
BOARD TYPE OF FIX, I THINK WITH THIS LAST ELECTION WE SAW THE
BACKLASH WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DOES AN ACROSS THE BOARD TYPE OF
POLICY. WE HAVE TO KEEP THAT UNDER
CONSIDERATION WHEN BUREAUCRATS FEEL LIKE THEY CAN DO AN ACROSS
THE BOARD POLICY, SMALL COMMUNITIES, SMALL TOWNS ARE
AFFECTED BUT THEY DON’T TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHAT IS THE
VALUE ADDED? TO RAISE AWARENESS? WE CAN RAISE AWARENESS AND BE
CIVIL WITHOUT VIOLATING OTHERS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR FAMILY
VALUES. I DO DEFINITELY PERSONALLY I WAS
TAKEN ABACK BY THE FACT THAT IN REFERENCE TO THE VIDEO AND
REFERENCE TO A BOY CAN GO IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM OR VICE VERSA OR
YOU CAN BE SUBJECTIVE WITH IT. THE SOCIAL NORMS ARE CHANGING,
WE CAN DEAL WITH IT IN A CERTAIN WAY WITHOUT HAVING A POLICY THAT
IS ACROSS THE BOARD DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT, DIFFICULT TO
MAINTAIN, COULD BE VERY OFFENSIVE TO FAMILIES. AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS
AUDITORIUM THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH ENGAGEMENT AND THAT GIVES
YOU INCENTIVE TO GET YOUR COMMUNITIES MORE INVOLVED IN
THESE DECISIONS OTHERWISE THEY ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY IT,
CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY IT. WE HAVE A POPULATION THAT
DOESN’T — IS NOT THAT ENGAGED CIVILLY IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
AND VOTING SYSTEM, BUT THAT DOESN’T GIVE THE RIGHT TO
BUREAUCRATS OR INDIVIDUALS IN THOSE POSITIONS TO IMPLEMENT A
POLICY TO ADVERSELY AFFECT SO MANY INDIVIDUALS, SO MANY
FAMILIES, SO MANY COMMUNITIES. IT IS AN IMPORTANT
CONSIDERATION. I DO HAVE EIGHT MORE SECONDS SO
I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND I LOOK FORWARD
TO — ASAN MUHAMMAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AGAIN, LET THE CLERK KNOW YOUR
CONTACT INFORMATION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE NOW TURN TO STUDENT
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AND I CALL ON MS. CHU. THANK YOU, CHAIR. FIRST WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME
BOY SCOUTS IN THE AUDIENCE FROM TROOPS 160 IN HERNDON, VIRGINIA,
AND 893. THEY ARE WORKING ON THEIR
CITIZEN IN THE COMMUNITY. GO 893. IF YOU COULD PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME
STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS, NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS TO THE
REAL FOOD FOR KIDS CULINARY CHALLENGE WELLNESS AND EXPO
TAKING PLACE ON MARCH 11 AT LAKE BRADDOCK SECOND DARE SCHOOL. THIS EXPO IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
FOR OUR MEMBERS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE NUTRITIONAL SERVICES IN
OUR COUNTY. IT INCLUDED UP TO TWO EXPERT LED
WORKSHOPS, CHEF DEMONSTRATIONS FROM OUR CULINARY TEAM AND OUR
PARTNER WILL BE PRESENTING TO THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS A LOT OF
THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE OUR NUTRITIONAL SERVICES
IN OUR COUNTY. I ENCOURAGE STUDENTS AND PARENTS
TO ATTEND THIS EVENT TO SEE THE WORK BEING DONE FOR OUR
STUDENTS. IN ADDITION I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK MR. ROBERT RIGBY IN THE
BACK AND THE GAY ALLIANCE TEAM. WAS HONORED TO ATTEND THEIR
MEETING TODAY TO OPEN A DISCUSSION ABOUT STUDENTS AND
THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY ARE IN WITH REGARDS TO LGBTQ MATTERS
AND TITLE IX. THE STUDENTS PROVIDED GREAT
FEEDBACK IN THE ENVIRONMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
STUDENTS FOR OPENING THE CONVERSATION WE ARE HAVING. IN ADDITION I WOULD JUST LIKE TO
THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR WONDERFUL CLERKS WHO ARE
LIKE MY THREE MOMS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE YEAR. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU
DO. THAT IS ALL FOR TODAY. THANK YOU, MS. CHU. ITEM 4.02, APPOINT CITIZEN
MEMBER TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. I CALL ON MISS HYNES FOR THE
MOTION. YES. EXCUSE ME JUST A MOMENT. I’M SORRY. I WAS TAKEN BY MS. CHU’S REMARKS
AND LOST MY PLACE. I THINK THE MOTION WOULD BE I
MOVE THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPT THE NOMINATION OF CLAY
HALE AS THE CITIZEN MEMBER FOR A TERMENTING JUNE 2018. CAN I GET A SECOND. SECOND. MR. HALE COULD NOT BE HERE
TONIGHT. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW, THE
SCHOOL BOARD’S AUDIT COMMITTEE HAS FOUR VOTING SCHOOL BOARD
MEMBERS AND TWO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO SERVE WITH US. ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
RECENTLY RESIGNED AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPLACE THAT
COMMUNITY MEMBER AND WE HAD MANY, MANY APPLICATIONS FROM
THIS COMMUNITY, PEOPLE WHO WERE WILDLY OVERQUALIFIED, I THINK
FOR THE JOB. WE HAVE SUCH GREAT TALENT AND
EXPERIENCE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. SO WE INTERVIEWED SEVERAL
APPLICANTS AND WE DECIDED TO ASK MR. CLAY HALE TO JOIN US ON THE
AUDIT COMMITTEE. I’LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF
MR. HALE’S BACKGROUND. IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. FIRST HE HAS TWO CHILDREN IN THE
SCHOOL SYSTEM. HIS WIFE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE
MEMBER OF THE P.T.A. AND P.T.A. PRESIDENT AT ONE OF THEIR
CHILDREN’S SCHOOLS. 30 YEARS IN FINANCE AND
ACCOUNTING LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. HE HAS WORKED FOR SEAMAN’S
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY AND CURRENTLY THEIR SENIOR VICE
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. HE IS A GRADUATE FROM THE
CITADEL AND A GRADUATE FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY. I’M VERY HAPPY TO WELCOME MR. HALE TO OUR COMMITTEE. MS. CORBETT SANDERS, WOULD
YOU LIKE TO SPEAK? YES, THANK YOU. IT IS OFTEN SAID IF FCPS IS
LOOKING FOR AN EXPERT THEY SHOULD LOOK INTO THEIR PARENT
COMMUNITY. AND THAT IS CERTAINLY THE CASE
WITH THE SELECTION OF OUR CITIZEN MEMBERS OF THE AUDIT
COMMITTEE. THE INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF EXPERTS
IN THE AREA OF FINANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT, AND AUDIT MADE THE
SELECTION OF A SINGLE CITIZEN MEMBER VERY CHALLENGING FOR THE
COMMITTEE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A WARM
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THOSE THAT PUT THEIR NAMES FORWARD TO OFFER
THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE TO FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM MRS. HINES MR. HALE HAS THE DEPTH AND
BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE TO COMPLEMENT THE SKILLS OF OUR
OTHER CITIZEN MEMBER. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE HIS
SELECTION TO SERVE ON THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. I’M ONLY SORRY HE IS NOT ABLE TO
BE HERE TONIGHT TO INTRODUCE HIM TO ALL OF YOU. BUT I WELCOME HIS PARTICIPATION
AS A FULL MEMBER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. MRS. HOUGH. AS ANOTHER SITTING MEMBER OF
THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, I WANTED TO WELCOME MR. HALE AND JUST
EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR THE DOZENS OF APPLICATIONS WE HAD
FOR THIS OPENING. IT SPEAKS TO HOW OUR COMMUNITY
IS GETTING MORE AND MORE INVOLVED IN THE CONVERSATION. I THINK IT HELPS TO SPEAK TO THE
MANY CITIZENS COMING BEFORE US TO DISCUSS THE DESIRE FOR MORE
ROBUST AUDIT FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. AS WE ARE ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR
AN AUDITOR GENERAL CURRENTLY, I’M PLEASED THAT WE HAVE
FULFILLED THE CITIZEN APPOINTEE POSITION. AS WE WILL HEAR LATER THIS
EVENING, I’M GRATEFUL FOR THE MORE ROBUST AUDIT REPORTS WE ARE
RECEIVING. THANK YOU. SEEING NO OTHER MEMBERS
WANTING TO SPEAK DTHD — OH, MS. McLAUGHLIN. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF SPEAKERS
WHO CAME OUT THIS EVENING WANTING TO MAKE SURE THE BOARD
HAS AN APPRECIATION FOR THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR
GENERAL. I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATED THE
COMMENTS OF WHAT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL IS, I HAD ADVOCATED FOR
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE BOARD HOPES FOR AND WHAT WE
CAN GAIN FROM IT. I DO THINK TO ECHO WHAT MS. CORBETT SANDERS SAID, WE ARE
EXTREMELY FORTUNATE ON THIS SCHOOL BOARD TO REPRESENT A
COUNTY OF 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND TO
HAVE SO MANY CITIZENS WHO THEN RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD’S AUDIT COMMITTEE A SCHOOL SYSTEM OF
OVER $3 BILLION IN ANNUAL OPERATIONS. THIS IS, I BELIEVE, REALLY
EXCITING FOR OUR BOARD TO HAVE IDENTIFIED YET ANOTHER LIE
DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS WHO WISHES TO GIVE THEIR VOLUNTEER
TIME AND HELP THE BOARD DO THIS VERY IMPORTANT ROLE, THE FISCAL
STEWARDSHIP OF OUR RESOURCES BECAUSE WE ALL WANT TO DELIVER
THE BEST EDUCATIONAL SERVICES POSSIBLE WITH THE LIMITED
FUNDING WITH A RECESSION THAT WON’T PRODUCE THE POST RECESSION
REVENUE IS A PROBLEM IN THE COUNTY. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN HYNES OF
THE AUDIT COMMITTEE AND ALL OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN REVIEWING
THE RESUMES AND INTERVIEWING THE INTERESTED CITIZENS AND LOOK
FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT THE GREAT WORK THEY WILL CONTINUE TO
DO AS A COMMITTEE. MRS. STRAUSS. I WANT TO BRIEFLY SAY I WAS
DELIGHTED TO SEE THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION FROM THE AUDIT
COMMITTEE. THIS FAMILY COMES OUT OF ONE OF
MY SCHOOLS AND MR. HALE IS ONCE
AGAIN OVERQUALIFIED FOR THE JOB. I KNOW HIS WIFE. SHE IS A P.T.A. PRESIDENT. THEY ARE ACTIVE IN THE SCHOOL. NOT ONLY WILL HE ADD
PROFESSIONALISM TO OUR COMMITTEE, BUT PARENTS. CONGRATULATIONS MR. HALE AND
GOOD WORK AUDIT COMMITTEE. THANK YOU. SO THE VOTE IS ON THE MOTION
TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE AND APPOINT
MR. CLAY HALE FOR A CITIZEN
MEMBER FOR A TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2018. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE RAISE
YOUR HAND. AND THAT VOTE IS UNANIMOUS AND
THE MOTION PASSES. THANK YOU. ITEM 4.03, JOINT COUNTY AND
SCHOOL BUDGET WORK PLAN. I CALL ON MS. DERENAK KAUFAX FOR
THE MOTION. I MOVE THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD
APROOU THE JOINT COUNTY AND SCHOOL’S BUDGET WORK PLAN AS
DETAILED IN THE AGENDA ITEM. DO I HAVE A SECOND. SECOND. SECONDED BY MR. MOON. THE JOINT WORK GROUP WAS
CONVENED AFTER CONVERSATIONS FROM OUR SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT. COUNTY AND SCHOOL STAFF WORK
TOGETHER WITH OUR SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, MS. EVANS, THE BUDGET
CHAIR, MYSELF, AS WELL AS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIR MS. BULOVA
AND BUDGET CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS JEFF McKAY, TO PUT
TOGETHER THIS WORK PLAN. WE BELIEVE IT WILL HELP STAFF,
BOTH BOARDS AND THE PUBLIC TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE BUDGET
PROCESS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO
SUPPORT THE WORK PLAN. I’M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS
MOTION THAT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF SCHOOL BOARD
BASICALLY REPRESENT THE SAME COMMUNITY. WE SERVE THE SAME COMMUNITY EVEN
THOUGH SCHOOL BOARD’S FOCUS IS PUBLIC EDUCATION AS OPPOSED TO
OTHER AREAS, BUT THE MORE CLOSELY WE WORK WITH THE COUNTY
SUPERVISORS, WHICH IS A FUNDING AUTHORITY, I THINK AND SERVE OUR
FAIRFAX COUNTY MUCH BETTER. MS. PALCHIK. YES, THANK YOU. ALSO BRIEFLY, I DEFINITELY
SUPPORT THIS MOTION AND THE JOINT BUDGET, I THINK THIS IS
CALLED FOR IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE TWO BOARDS TO WORK
CLOSICALLY TOGETHER. THIS IS A VERY GOOD AREA, SEEN
FROM OUR VARIOUS TRIPS TO RICH MONDAY, ADVOCATING FOR INCREASED
FUNDING TO EDUCATION, WE ARE 43rd OUT OF 50 STATES AND LOCAL
AUTHORITY. IT IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT
NOT ONLY DO WE SEE VERY LITTLE BACK FROM RICHMOND, BUT LIMITED
LOCAL AUTHORITY IN RAISING FUNDS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. I SUPPORT THIS AND HOPE THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL ACCEPT OUR AMENDED RESOLUTION. THANK YOU. MS. SCHULTZ. IN THE — I HAVE TO COUNT
BACK NOW, IN THE SUMMER, MAYBE SPRING OF 2011 THIS WAS
SOMETHING ON MY PLATFORM WHEN I WAS FIRST RUNNING FOR THE SCHOOL
BOARD. THIS IS SOMETHING I WENT DOOR TO
DOOR AND TALKED TO PEOPLE ABOUT. THE PUBLIC WAS STUNNED AND
AMAZED THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD
AT THAT POINT IN TIME HAD NEVER EVEN HAD A JOINT BOARD MEETING. THERE HAD BEEN NO WORK TOGETHER
IN COLLABORATING AND WE IN OUR PREVIOUS BOARD HAD GOTTEN
TOGETHER AND SAT AT FINANCE PARK AND HAD THE FIRST RETREAT OF THE
SCHOOL BOARD AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND TO SEE WHERE WE
WENT FROM THAT FIRST RETREAT, AWKWARD PUTTING US ALL TOGETHER
AND BEING ABLE TO ARRIVE AT WHERE WE WERE THIS WEEK, SITTING
WITH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND HAVING VERY SALIENT
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THINGS ON THEIR SLATE THEY CAN DO, THINGS
ON OUR SIDE WE CAN DO. ALIGNING OUR BUDGET CALENDAR,
UNDERSTANDING THAT OUT OF OUR $3 BILLION BUDGET, ABOUT 78% OF
THAT AND I’M NOT GOING TO ASK FOR A MATH CHECK, COMES FROM THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND THAT AMOUNT THEY GIVE US
REPRESENTING BASICALLY ABOUT 53% OF THE COUNTY’S ENTIRE BUDGET. THE WORK TO GET THESE TWO BOARDS
COLLABORATING TOGETHER AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT 22 PEOPLE IN
THIS COUNTY CONTROL $4 BILLION IS THE VERY PROGRESSIVE STEP
FORWARD AND PROGRESSIVE I SAY IN A GOOD WAY IN HELPING US ALIGN,
HELPING US UNDERSTAND PRIORITIES, HELPING US TALK MORE
FLUIDLY ACROSS THE AISLE, ACROSS IDEOLOGIES AND PUT THE CHILDREN
IN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN OUR SIGHTS, THE TAXPAYERS IN OUR SIGHTS AND
THE PARENTS IN OUR SIGHTS AND START TO ALIGN OUR WORK TOWARD
THE MEANINGFUL PURPOSE OF PUBLIC SERVANTS SERVING YOU WITH YOUR
MONEY, WITH YOUR BUILDINGS, WITH SERVICES THAT SERVE ULTIMATELY
YOU AND I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS. AND SHOULD SEEK TO PUSH US TO
CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE BETTER BECAUSE IN THE END YOU ARE THE
BENEFICIARIES OF THESE TWO BOARDS WORKING BETTER TOGETHER. MRS. CORBETT SANDERS. YES. I, TOO, WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO
SUPPORT THE ADOPTION OF THIS WORK PLAN. IT REALLY REPRESENTS THE SHARED
VALUES OF THE TWO BOARDS. AND A RECOGNITION OF THE
IMPORTANCE OF CLAB — COLLABORATION AS MRS. SCHULTZ
MENTIONED AS WELL AS INCREASED TRANSPARENCY. OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR STUDENTS,
OUR EMPLOYEES WANT TO SEE US WORKING TOGETHER COLLABORATIVELY
AS A ONE FAIRFAX. THIS IS A GREAT FIRST STEP AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING MORE CLOSELY ON BUDGETS TOGETHER. WE WILL BRING TO YOU ON MARCH 13
AS PART OF A WORK SESSION A PLAN ON HOW THE PLANNING COMMISSION
AND THE SCHOOLS COMMITTEE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE
SCHOOL SYSTEM CAN WORK COLLABORATIVELY ON PLANNING
ISSUES AS WELL. AND SO I THINK MORE AND MORE YOU
ARE GOING SEE JOINT EFFORTS AND THAT IS GOOD FOR EVERYBODY. THANK YOU. I WILL JUST SAY I WANT TO VERY
MUCH THANK OUR BUDGET STAFF AND THE BUDGET STAFF ON THE COUNTY
SIDE. THEY WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS
WORK PLAN A REALITY. JUST FOR ANYONE WATCHING AT
HOME, YOU SHOULD KNOW WE DID HAVE A LENGTHY CONVERSATION ON
THIS PLAN AT OUR WORK SESSION LAST MONDAY AND HAD A FEWRY
VISIONS WE SENT BACK TO THE SBIRZ WHO DID ADOPT THOSE
REVISIONS AND THEY APPROVED THIS WORK PLAN AT THEIR BOARD MEETING
LAST WEEK. WE ARE IN SYNC ON THAT. THIS WILL LEAD US TO HAVE JOINT
MEETINGS ON A REGULAR SEDGE RATHER THAN AN ADHOC BASIS. WITH THAT, I’M GOING TO MOVE
THAT THE I REPEAT THAT THE MOTION IS THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD
APPROVE THE JOIN COUNTIES AND SCHOOLS BUDGET WORK PLAN AS
DETAILED IN THE AGENDA ITEM. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE RAISE
YOUR HAND. THAT VOTE IS UNANIMOUS AND
PASSES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYONE. WE GO NOW TO THE CONSENT AGENDA. ROBERTS RULES PROVIDE FOR A
CONSENT AGENDA LISTING SEVERAL ITEMS FOR APPROVAL BY A SINGLE
MOTION. MANY ITEMS HAVE GONE THROUGH
BOARD REVIEW AND DOCUMENTATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO ALL BOARD
MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC IN ADVANCE. ITEMS MAY BE REMOVED BY THE
REQUEST OF ANY BOARD MEMBER. 5.01, APPOINT INDIVIDUALS TO
SERVE ON COMMITTEES, 5 PPT 02, MINUTES, BUT THERE ARE NO
MINUTES TO APPROVE AT THIS TIME. EXCUSE ME, MADAM CHAIR, AM I OUT
OF SEQUENCE HERE. 5.02 IS AWARD OF CONTRACT. EXCUSE ME.
5.02, AWARTD OF CONTRACT, TIMBER LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ROOF
REPLACEMENT PROJECT TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIVE AND
RESPONSIBLE BIDDER. IN THE AMOUNT OF DOCTOR 615,400
AND AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION SUPERINTENDENT OR THE ASSISTANT
SUPERINTENDENT OF FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO
EXECUTE DELIVER AND ADMINISTER THE CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF THE
SCHOOL BOARD. IS THIS 4.03? 5.04, APPROVE THE ALTERNATIVE
ACCREDITATION PLAN FOR KEY CENTER, KILMER CENTER, BRYANT
ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL AND FAIRFAX ADULT HIGH SCHOOL FOR
SUBMISSION TO THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION. 5.05, CONFIRM THE SEPARATIONS
FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017 ANDENEDING JANUARY 31,
2017. HEARING AND SEEING NO OBJECTION
TO THE CONSENT AGENDA, THE CONSENT AGENDA IS APPROVED. ITEM SIX A NUZ BUSINESS. THERE WILL NOT BE A VOTE. 6.01, AWARD THE CONTRACT FOR
AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM REPLACEMENT AT MARSHALL
ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AWARD THE CONTRACT FOR THE AUTOMATIC
TEMPERATURE CONTROL SIM REPLACE TO THE LOWEST BIDDER. 6.02, AWARD THE CONTRACT FOR
TENNIS COURT AT MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL TO THE LOWEST
RESPONSIBLE BIDDER AND AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO EXECUTE
AND ADMINISTER THE CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL BOTHER. AWARD A CONTRACT TO ANNANDALE
HIGH SCHOOL ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIVE
AND RESPONSIBILITY BIDDER. 6.04, AWARD A CONTRACT FOR
CHANTILLY HIGH SCHOOL ROOF REPLACE PROJECT TO THE LOWEST
RESPONSE I AND RESPONSIBLE BIDDER AND AUTHORIZE THE
DIVISION SUPERINTENDENT OR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF
FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO EXECUTE, DELIVER AND
ADMINISTER THE CONTROL ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION SERVICES
FOR PORTABLE CLASSROOM TRAILERS. 6.06, APPROVE THE AUDIT CHARTER
AS DETAILED IN THE JANET ITEM. 7.07, APPROVE THE TITLE FOR
LATIN TEXTBOOKINGS FOR LEVELS 1-3 AS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORLD
LANGUAGE BASAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION COMMITTEE AND
SELECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND APPROVE THE TITLES LISTED FOR
UPPER LEVEL MATERIALS. 6.08, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE
12 SOCIAL STUDIES WHICH DOES NOT INCLUDE GRADE 4 VIRGINIA STUDIES
AS RECOMMENDED BY THE SOCIAL STUDY BASAL INSTRUCTIONAL
MATERIALS ADOPTION COMMITTEE AND THE SELECTION ADVISORY
COMMITTEE. NOW THE SUPERINTENDENT MATTERS. THE ONLY WAY TO
CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICES
FOR PK — FCPS, IS TO WORK TOGETHER. YOU CAN FIND MUCH MORE ON THE
SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS. TWO SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE
SUBURBS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT SOUTH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL ON
WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 AND WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL THURSDAY MARCH 16. THE PROGRAM IS ONLY OPEN TO
ADULTS, BEGINS AT 7:00 P.M. AND SPONSORED BY THE PTSA. A PANEL OF TEENAGERS WILL TALK
ABOUT ALCOHOL, DRUG USE, TEEN PARTIES, PARENT SUPERVISION. MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. WE RECOGNIZE THE SOCIAL WORKERS
AMONG OTHER GROUPS. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY
APPRECIATION TO THEIR DEDICATION FOR THEIR WORK. THEY ARE IN THE FRONTLINE WITH
THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES OUR STUDENTS AND FEAMTS FACE. THANK YOU TO THE SERVICE FOR OUR
SYSTEM. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS THIS
EVENING. THANK YOU, DR. LOCKARD. BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS. MR. McELVEEN, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
COMMITTEE. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SO TO START WITH WE REVIEWED THE
FEEDBACK, THE SCHOOL BOARD HAD PROVIDED ABOUT OUR VARIOUS
COMMUNICATION EFFORTS AND NEEDS AS A BOARD. AND WE CAME TO THE AGREEMENT
WITH STAFF THEY WOULD HELP US WORK ON SOME OF THOSE ISSUES AND
WE ARE HOPING MOVING FORWARD THAT PEC WILL BE ENGAGED AND WE
WILL GET BACK TO THE BOARD WITH ANYTHING REGARDING TRAININGS. THE GOVERNESS COMMITTEE. I APPRECIATE THE GOVERNANCE
COMMITTEE MEMBERS SPENT TALKING ABOUT NEW POLICY ON NAMING
RIGHTS AND CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS WITH FAIRFAX COUNTY
SCHOOLS AND APPRECIATED THE DIALOGUE CONTINUING WITH OUR
COLLEAGUES THAT EVENING AT THE WORK SESSION. WE WILL BE BRINGING THAT BACK TO
THE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE TO GET ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FROM STAFF
ON INFORMATION THAT WE BELIEVE IS VERY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY
INPUT FROM OUR PRINCIPALS AND DIRECTORS OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES
AS WELL AS EXAMINING WHAT OTHER JURISDICTIONS LIKE LOUDOUN
COUNTY AND THE PARK AUTHORITY ARE DOING IN THIS AREA OF
REVENUE ENHANCEMENTS TO ORGANIZATIONS. MRS. CORBETT SANDERS FOR AN
UPDATE ON AUDIT COMMITTEE. YES, WE MET YESTERDAY AND
BECAUSE MS. HYNES WAS OUT ILL, I
CHAIRED THAT MEETING SO I’M GLAD THAT MS. HYNES IS FEELING BETTER
TODAY. VERY ACTIVE MEETING. WENT OVER THE NEW AUDIT PLANNING
PROCESS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND ENCOURAGING ALL OF MY SCHOOL
BOARD MEMBERS, FELLOW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, LEADERSHIP TEAM
AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS TO WORK WITH THE O.A.G. IN THE NEXT
MONTH AS THEY BEGIN TO DEVELOP THE AUDIT UNIVERSE FOR NEXT
YEAR’S PLAN. WE ALSO HAD AN EXTENSIVE
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BUSINESS PROCESS AUDITS THAT WERE
CONDUCTED IN THE PAST MONTH AND HOW THE O.A.G. DECIDES ON WHICH
SCHOOL TO AUDIT AND SO THEY WILL BE BRINGING TO US NEXT MONTH THE
NEW MATRIX OR THE MATRIX THEY ARE USING FOR THAT. WE ALSO HAD EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION
ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION AUDIT THAT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER THIS
EVENING. EVERYONE EXPRESSED THEIR
APPRECIATION FOR THE IN-DEPTH REPORT AND THE EXCELLENT READ
OUT FROM THE STAFF OF WHAT NEEDED TO BE CONDUCTED IN THE
FUTURE AND THERE WAS A DISCUSSION AND COMMITMENT BY
STAFF TO HAVE FACILITIES AND MANAGEMENT DO FURTHER ANALYSIS
AND AS A RESULT OF THE REPORT AS WELL AS ENSURE THE DATA THAT WAS
IDENTIFIED AS MISSING DATA POINTS WOULD BE COLLECTED IN A
MORE DELIBERATE MANNER AND MAINTAINED. WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHAT —
ABOUT THE AUDIT PLAN FOR THIS YEAR AND THIS YEAR WE HAD
BAILOUT BOTH AUDIT MAN AND A WORK PLAN, WHICH IS NOW POSTED
TOGETHER ON THE WEBSITE. GOING PARTED THERE WILL BE
ANGER — INTEGRATED AUDIT. THAT IS
THE WORK PLAN PIECE. WE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF ITEMS
FOR THE NEXT AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING IN MARCH THAT WILL
INCLUDE A DISCUSSION OF THE ONLINE CLASSES AUDIT WHICH IS
ALMOST COMPLETED. WE WILL LOOK AT THE BUSINESS
PROCESS TURNOVER. DECISION MATRIX AND ANY NEW
BUSINESS PROCESS TURN OVERREPORTS AS WELL AS THE
REGULATION 1410 WHICH HAS SOME FURTHER MODIFICATIONS WE CAN
EXPECT FOR NEXT MONTH. IN APRIL, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT
THE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU BY
MR. WILSON. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU, MS. CORBETT SANDERS
FOR THAT REPORT AND I JUST HAVE TAKEN A LOOK AT THE
TRANSPORTATION AUDIT AND GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAD A THOROUGH
DISCUSSION. I WONDER WHETHER OR NOT — THERE
WERE ITEMS LABELED HIGH RISK AND I WONDER WHETHER OR NOT YOU
TALKED ABOUT PRIORITIZING HOW TO DEAL WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN
THE REPORT AND I ALSO HAD A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER YOU
DISCUSS THE STATE OF THE CONTRACTS WITH THE COUNTY. WHICH, IF I’M READING IT
CORRECTLY, WAS INITIALLY AGREED TO IN 1968 AND HASN’T BEEN
REVISED SINCE. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY BUSES WE
HAD BACK THEN — SO COULD I INTERJECT HERE. I’M ASSUMING MS. HYNES YOU WILL
WANT TO HOLD A WORK SESSION? WHY DON’T WE WORK TOGETHER. THAT WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE
TIME UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING TIME SENSITIVE. THESE WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS
THAT JUMPED OUT AND SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS MENTIONED THAT THIS
TRANSPORTATION AUDIT IS CHALK FULL OF RATINGS. I WOULD SUGGEST WORK WITH MS. HYNES. WHEN WE HAVE A WORK SESSION ON
THAT, UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING TIME SENSITIVE. MS. McLAUGHLIN, DID YOU HAVE
SOMETHING ELSE TO — I SEE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. ARE THESE THINGS THAT ARE MORE
APPROPRIATE FOR A WORK SESSION AS OPPOSED TO A REPORT ON THE
COMMITTEE? THE ONLY THING THAT IS TIME
SENSITIVE AND DOVE TAILS WITH OUR BUDGET DISCUSSION, IT
APPEARS THE CONTRACT IT DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANNUAL NEGOTIATIONS
WHAT WE PAY TO THE COUNTY FOR MAINTENANCE. I THINK $25 MILLION IS
TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTY RELATED TO BUS MAINTENANCE AND I
BELIEVE THAT WE LEARNED AT A WORK SESSION THERE IS ANOTHER
$10 MILLION SPENT ON BUS LEASES IN THE BUDGET. I THINK THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT
BUDGET ITEMS. IF WE CAN EXPEDITE THE
DISCUSSION DATE SO WE CAN FIND OUT WHETHER OR NOT THESE —
I’LL WORK WITH MS. HYNES ON
FINDING A DATE THAT WILL WORK EVEN THOUGH WE ARE, AGAIN, VERY,
VERY FULL. BUT THIS IS NOT ON OUR AGENDA
TONIGHT. SO THIS ISN’T THE TIME FOR US TO
BE MAKING A DECISION. BUT MS. HYNES AND I SEE MS. CORBETT SANDERS ALSO, DID YOU
HAVE A COMMENT TO MAKE ON IT? MS. CORBETT SANDERS, DID YOU
WANT TO ADD SOMETHING? YOU HEARD THE DISCUSSION LAST
NIGHT. I DID NOT. WE HAD A ROBUST DISCUSSION
ABOUT JUST THOSE ITEMS INCLUDING THE NUMBERS AND REALIZING THEY
ARE SUBSTANTIAL WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT $25 MILLION. THAT IS WHY WHEN I SUGGESTED
THAT THE FACILITY STAFF WOULD BE DOING FURTHER ANALYSIS ON HOW
THEY COULD REALIZE SOME OF THOSE EFFICIENCIES. YOU ARE CORRECT, THE ORIGINAL
AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY DATES BACK TO 1968. BUT IT IS ONLY LIKE A TWO
PARAGRAPH AGREEMENT. IT IS ACTUALLY NOT A FORMAL
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING. AND SO THAT WAS RAISED IN THE
REPORT. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING FROM
STAFF YESTERDAY THAT THEY ARE LOOKING TO PERHAPS FORMALIZE
THAT A BIT MORE. WE DID ASK THEM TO LOOK AT
NEIGHBORING JURISDICTIONS AND OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTY
WHICH THE O.A.G. HAD — OR
ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THE O.A.G. HAD ALREADY DONE THAT AND
THEY CAME BACK SAYING THAT FAIRFAX WAS UNIQUE. AND THAT WE ARE USUALLY JUST
HANDED A PRICE LIST FROM THE COUNTY. AND SO THAT WAS ANOTHER AREA
WHERE THERE WOULD BE GREATER DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE COUNTY
AND THE FACILITIES STAFF. THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING MORE
INFORMATION. THANK YOU. WE WILL WORK ON GETTING THAT
SCHEDULED. MS. EVANS, I DID HAVE MY
LIGHT ON BECAUSE I DID WANT TO ASK A QUESTION. ALL RIGHT. I WAS GOING TO BE CALLED ON
AND GOT LOST IN THE FRAY OF OTHER PEOPLE COMMENTING. I WANT TO ECHO, I APPRECIATE
THAT YOU AND MS. HYNES ARE GOING
TO NOW WORK ON FITTING THIS INTO THE BOARD’S SCHEDULE, BUT I
THINK AT A MACROLEVEL, THIS IS JUST A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR ALL
OF US AS A BOARD TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF PROCESS. THIS IS A REPORT THAT, YES, IT
CAME TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, BUT FOR THE REST OF THE BOARD, IT
MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO JUST KNOW IN THE FUTURE HOW DO WE GO ABOUT A
REPORT GETTING PRESENTED TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, THEN WHEN AND
IF IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING IT TO THE BOARD OR NOT.
AND THEN — I WOULD SAY THIS IS GOING TO
COME TO THE BOARD WITHOUT THIS CONVERSATION. THIS IS GOING TO COME TO A WORK
SESSION BECAUSE IT IS AN IMPORTANT THING THAT COMES FROM
THE AUDIT COMMITTEE AND TYPICALLY THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
CHAIR, THE GOVERNANCE CHAIR WILL SAY I NEED A WORK SESSION ON
THIS TO BRING TO THE BOARD. SO IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF
EVENTS THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED ANYWAY. IT MAY HAVE SOME MORE URGENCY TO
IT THAN PERHAPS I WOULD HAVE REALIZED WITHOUT THE
CONVERSATION, BUT SO THAT IS GOOD FOR ME TO KNOW IN TERMS OF
SCHEDULING IT. IF WE CAN SQUEEZE IT INTO MARCH
THAT WOULD BE GREAT. DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER COMMENT? NO. IT IS HELPFUL. THIS IS NEW FOR US BECAUSE WE
HAVEN’T BEEN HAVING THESE TYPES OF REPORTS BEFORE. COMING TO —
WE HAVE MORE ROBUST REPORTS. THAT IS CORRECT. THAT IS WHY I WANTED TO
UNDERSTAND A MACRO LEVEL AND WHEN WE GET TO THIS ONE I THINK
WE CAN SEE HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT AND HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF JUST
AGAIN PROCESS WISE WHAT WOULD COME FROM AUDIT TO THE FULL
BOARD FOR A WORK SESSION AND WHAT DOESN’T? DOES IT REQUIRE BOARD MEMBERS
LOBBYING FOR IT OR JUST THE AUDIT COMMITTEE MAKING A
RECOMMENDATION AMONGST THEMSELVES SAYING, YOU KNOW
WHAT, I THINK THIS WARRANTS BRINGING IT TO THE FULL BOARD
AND THAT IS THE VEHICLE FOR HAPPENING. MS. HOUGH. I WILL BE BRIEF. KNOWING IT IS GOING TO WORK
SESSION, THE NEED FOR CONVERSATION TONIGHT. BUT AGAIN, I DID WANT TO THANK
THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL ON THIS BECAUSE THEY DID
PROVIDE A VERY ROBUST REPORT. AND AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE ARE
GOING. WE HAVE A HIGH-RISK ITEM IN THE
FACT THAT IT IS A $25 MILLION FIGURE THAT WE WERE DISCUSSING
ON TOP OF STUDENT SAFETY AND HOW WE DO BETTER WITH THAT. I’LL LOOK FORWARD TO THE WORK
SESSION. EXCELLENT. THANK YOU FOR THOSE COMMENTS AND
WE WILL WORK ON THAT. WE NOW TURN TO BOARD MATTERS AND
I CALL ON MS. HYNES. I’LL PASS TONIGHT. THANK YOU. MS. PALCHIK. YES, THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK
OUR CLERKS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND ATHLETIC TRAINERS WHO WE HONORED
TONIGHT. ALSO IT IS SCHOOL BOARD
APPRECIATION WEEK I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY WHO
ALLOW US TO SERVE YOU. IT IS I KNOW FOR MYSELF AND MY
BOARD MEMBERS IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIF — PRIVILEGE. WANT TO THANK THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS AND THEY ARE NOW AIRING LIVE OUT OF THEIR NEW
BOARDROOM, THEY ARE ALSO ON THE WEBSITE. I APPRECIATE THAT OUR JOINT
MEETINGS WITH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CAN NOW BE VIEWED
LIVE OR LATER. FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK
MARSHALL ACADEMY FOR HOSTING THEIR OPEN HOUSE LAST WEEK. IT WAS A FABULOUS WAY TO BRINGS
COMMUNITY MEMBERS INCLUDING BUSINESS LEADERS, NONPROFITS AND
SUPERVISOR FOUST JOINED US TO VISIT THE LABS AT MARSHALL
ACADEMY. I WANT TO THANK THEM AND JEFF
OVER THERE, BOTH JEFFS FOR RUNNING A FABULOUS PROGRAM. TWO JEFFS. AND THEN FINALLY JUST WANT TO
SHARE A FEW UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED
AND ENGAGED. BOTH I WILL BE HOSTING. I WILL BE HOSTELING MY NEXT
OFFICE HOURS MONDAY MARCH 6, AND ALSO ON MARCH 8 I WILL BE
JOINING SUPERVISOR LINDA SMITH FOR JOINT SCHOOL AND COUNTY
BUDGET DISCUSSION AS WELL AS OUR STAFF MS. MICHAEL AND JOE
MENDARO. 7:00 P.M. IN THE PROVIDENCE
COMMUNITY CENTER IN VIENNA, NOT THE PROVIDENCE REC CENTER. IT IS A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER. AND FINALLY, DUE TO A REQUEST
FROM SOME FAMILIES, PARENTS, ADVOCATES TO HAVE A WORKSHOP ON
HOW FUNDING WORKINGS, I WILL BE HOSTING A SCHOOL FUNDING 101
WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION FOR INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS. ALSO AT THE PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY
CENTER. THAT WILL BE SATURDAY MARCH 11
FROM 9:30-11:30. THANKS TO A GENEROUS PARENT
THERE WILL BE COFFEE AND DONUTS. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US TO
LEARN AND HAVE A DISCUSSION. WITH THAT, THANK YOU AND HAVE A
GOOD EVENING. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE
CITIZEN PARTICIPANTS WHO CONTINUE TO COME AND SHARE THEIR
POINTS OF VIEWS. IT IS GOOD TO HEAR WHERE OUR
COMMUNITY STANTDS ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS. I WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY
MEMBERS WHO CAME TO MY OFFICE HOURS LAST WEEK IN THE MASON
DISTRICT. I LOOK PARTED TO MEETING WITH
BRADDOCK DISTRICT MEMBERS MONDAY AT NOON AT THE KING PART
LIBRARY. MS. SCHULTZ. ON THE HEELS OF YESTERDAY’S
FEDERAL REISSUANCE OF THE DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER FROM THE
CURRENT ADMINISTRATION REGARDING TREATMENT OF JENTDER IDENTITY, I
WANT TO READ AND EXCERPT FROM MY COMMENTS FROM MAY 7, 2015. THIS PAST SUNDAY I WATCHED A
STORY OF A RISE OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHO STARTED AS AN INTERN TO
BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO RUN A U.S. AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURER,
GENERAL MOTORS. AS A MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN
ABOUT THE AGE OF TWO OF MY CHILDREN I WAS STRUCK BY HER
ROLE AS A LEADER OF A MASSIVE ORGANIZATION. WITH A $2.6 BILLION BUDGET AND
THE LARGEST EMPLOYER OF FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME
EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, FCPS PALES IN COMPARISON TO
GENERAL MOTORS WITH 212,000 PLUS EMPLOYEES IN 396 FACILITIES
TOUCHING SIX CONTINENTS. IN BEING CHARGED WITH IMPROVING
AND SOME WOULD SAY SAVING GENERAL MOTORS, HER PRAGMATIC
APPROACH IN, FOR EXAMPLE, SOMETIMES ENDING MEETINGS AT
5:30 TO MAKE HER CHILDREN’S GAMES LEFT AN IMPRESSION ON ME. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAKEAWAY
WAS HER STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN TAKING A 10-PAGE DRESS CODE DOWN
TO TWO WORDS. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. WHEN FACED WITH A NOTION THAT IF
A CHILD DOESN’T FIT INTO A NAMED PARTICULAR CLASS OF
NONDISCRIMINATION THAT WERE OR WILL DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM
MEANS WE ARE AFFIRMATIVELY PARTICIPATING IN DISCRIMINATING
AGAINST ANY OF OUR CHILDREN IS PREPOSTEROUS. EARLIER IN OUR TERM ONE OF MY
COLLEAGUES CHAMPIONED A LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE ADVOCATING
THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S PRESS FOR CONGRESS FOR EQUAL
RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. I DIDN’T SUPPORT IT. IT IS NOT THE BUSINESS OF THE
BOARD. IN NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR ONE OF
MY COLLEAGUES CHAMPIONED ANOTHER POLICY TO HAVE SEXUAL
ORIENTATION. I DIDN’T SUPPORT THAT. I SPOKE AT THE TIME OF THE
ONGOING CLASSIFICATION OF SPECIAL PROTECTIONS FOR
INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE. IN THE END, I ADVOCATED FOR
CHANGING OUR NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY TO TWO WORDS, DON’T
DISCRIMINATE. THAT WAS 659 DAYS AGO. IN THE TIME SINCE THIS BOARD,
FCPS STAFF, PARENTS, TAXPAYERS, AND ADVOCACY GROUPS HAVE
COLLECTIVELY SPENT THOUSANDS OF HOURS AND UNTOLD RESOURCES ON A
TOPIC THAT HAS FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES WOUND UP EXACTLY
WHERE WE STARTED. HAD MS. BARRA BEEN A TRANSGENDER
WOMAN, WOULD HER 17-YEAR-OLD STARTING IN GENERAL MOTORS TO
CEO BE HAILED AS AN EXAMPLE? HAD THE OUTCOME OF NOVEMBER’S
ELECTION BEEN DIFFERENT WOULD THE HAIL OF A FIRST WOMAN
PRESIDENT BEEN SEEN THE SAME IF HILLARY CLINTON WERE A
TRANSGENDER WOMAN? IF BRUCE JENNER WON AN OLYMPIC
DECATHLON AS A WOMAN, WOULD THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN DEEMED FAIR
FOR THOSE COMPETING FOR WORLDWIDE RECOGNITION. IT IS NOT UNKIND, INCENTIVE TO
ANYONE TO ANSWER EMPHATICALLY NO. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. BECAUSE THE AIR HAS BEEN FILLED
WITH INVECTIVE, A NARRATIVE THAT IF THE ANSWER IS NO, IT IS FOR
SOME REASON FILL IN THE BLANK — FEW HAVE BEEN WILLING TO SAY IT. I TOOK HEAPS OF ABUSE FOR SAYING
IT IN MAY 2015. I PROBABLY WILL AGAIN FOR SAYING
IT TONIGHT BECAUSE SAYING IT OUT LOUD DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE
NARRATIVE WHICH LED TO THE BOARD’S ACTION IN MAY OF 2015 OR
THE MAY 2016 DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER OR THE RESPONSE OF THE
NEW LETTER PUBLISHED YESTERDAY. THE REASON I REPEATED TONIGHT IS
BECAUSE THEY WERE IMPORTANT. AND IT WAS AT THE HEART OF THE
EDUCATION SECRETARY BETSY DEVOS HESITANCY TO SUPPORT THE
GUIDANCE. SHE WANTED TO ENSURE THE MESSAGE
IS MAINTAINED WHICH I SAID THEN AND I’M SAYING NOW, TWO WORDS,
DON’T DISCRIMINATE. WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WHEN WE
FIND COMMON GROUND. WHEN WE TEACH CHILDREN TO
RESPECT DIFFERENCES AND DISCUSS THEM WITH THE LENS OF MEETING
SOMEONE’S VIEW NOT WITH ANTIPATHY, BUT WITH CHALLENGE. WHEN UNDERSTANDING OCCURS, GOOD
POLICY IS MADE AND AUTHENTIC STEWARDSHIP TURNS INTO SERVANT
LEADERSHIP. I HOPE THE RESET BUTTON LAST
NIGHT IS WELCOMED IN THE VEIN I BELIEVE IT IS INTENDED. NOT THE END OF A CONTENTIOUS
CONFERENCE, BUT THE BEGINNING OF A PRODUCTIVE ONE WHICH INVOLVES,
ENGAGES ALL STAKEHOLDERS WITH PARENTS AS THE PRIMARY EDUCATORS
OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN. MS. CORBETT SANDERS. SO I AM GOING TO CONGRATULATE
THE WEST POTOMAC VARSITY GIRLS AND BOYS TEAMS WHO WON THE
PATRIOT TITLE LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK HAVE DONE EXTREMELY WELL. VERY EXCITED THAT FRIDAY NIGHT,
TOMORROW NIGHT, THE WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL BOYS VARSITY WILL BE
BATTLING MADISON HIGH SCHOOL’S VARSITY TEAM AND THAT BOTH OF
THOSE TEAMS WILL GO ON TO STATE FINALS. MRS. STRAUSS. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE
THE RECENT GRADUATES FROM MOUNT VERNON. I’M SORRY, MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH
SCHOOL. THERE WAS A MAJOR ARTICLE
WRITTEN ABOUT SEVERAL OF THE STUDENTS IN THE CONNECTION,
THANK YOU CONNECTION FOR COVING THIS. MANY OF OUR STUDENTS AT MOUNTAIN
VIEW ARE HEROIC, HARD WORKING STUDENTS AND TO READ THE
DESCRIPTIONS OF THEIR FINAL ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GRANL WAITING
FROM HIGH SCHOOL IS ALWAYS VERY, VERY INSPIRING. SO CONGRATULATIONS, MOUNTAIN
VIEW STUDENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE
LONG FELLOW SCIENCE OLYMIAD TEAM AND THEY HAVE WON REGIONALS AND
GOING TO STATE. GOOD LUCK TO THE LONG FELLOW
TEAM. I BELIEVE THEY HAVE WON REGIONAL
THREE TIMES IN A ROW. MR. MOON. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I’M SURE MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES
KNOW THAT I GO WATCH A LOT OF BASKETBALL GAMES. AND I DID THAT THIS WEEK, TOO. TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
NIGHT WATCHED TWO GAMES. BOTH OF THE GAMES ENDED WITH THE
LAST SHOT AT THE SOUNTD OF THE BUZZER. BOTH GAMES. WOW. IT WAS A TREMENDOUS VICTORY FOR
THE WINNERS, HEARTBREAK FOR THE LOSING TEAMS. AND I WILL BE WATCHING MORE
GAMES THIS WEEKEND. SO MY COLLEAGUES AT ROBINSON AND
LAKE BRADDOCK AND EVEN THOUGH I MISSED BRYANT AND MOUNTAIN VIEW
GRADUATIONS, I WAS ABLE TO JOIN A DR. LEESBURG AND DR. — AT THE
OTHER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION AT WOODSON YESTERDAY. WHENEVER I GO TO THESE SPECIAL
SCHOOL GRADUATIONS IT BRINGS ME JOY. WHEN YOU SEE GRADUATES FROM AS
YOUNG AS 19 AND 20 TO SOMEONE WHO IS A GRANDFATHER, LOOKS LIKE
IN HIS MID 60s. THEY ARE ALL FINE EXAMPLES OF
PEOPLE WHO DID NOT GIVE UP. OVERCOMING THEIR LIFE STRUGGLES
AND PURSUING AND GETTING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. THANK YOU. MS. McLAUGHLIN. YES. A COUPLE OF THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO REMIND
MY COLLEAGUES THAT TOMORROW WE HAVE OUR SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT
FROM 3:00 TO 6:00 P.M. HERE AT THE — OR AT THE FAIRFAX
COUNTY HEADQUARTERS, GATEHOUSE CAFE. IT WILL BE LED BY THE LEADERSHIP
FAIRFAX CEO KAREN CLEVELAND WHO IS A CERTIFY LEADERSHIP COACH. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE WORK SHE
WILL LEAD US IN TOMORROW IN TALKING ABOUT BOARD RELATIONS
AND BOARD WORK. ESPECIALLY AS WE BEGIN OUR
SUPERINTENDENT SELECTION PROCESS AS WELL AS THE SELECTION PROCESS
FOR OUR NEW AUDITOR GENERAL. I WANT TO MAKE SURE BOARD
MEMBERS SAW THE E-MAIL I SENT TO YOU. PLEASE DO REVIEW THAT E-MAIL AND
MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE PREPARED FOR TOMORROW’S RETREAT. I KNOW SOME BOARD MEMBERS ARE
HAVING SIDE BAR CONVERSATIONS, SO I’M HOPING THEY ARE STILL
REALIZING THAT TOMORROW, PLEASE COME PREPARED FOR THE RETREAT. BOARD MEMBERS AT THE RIGHT HAND
SIDE OF MY RIGHT SIDE. READ THE E-MAIL AND MAKE SURE
YOU KNOW WHAT TO EAPTS FOR TOMORROW’S RETREAT. AND THE OTHER THING IS, I WANT
TO SHARE WITH NOT JUST MY COLLEAGUES, BUT DR. LOCKARD,
ESPECIALLY I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE WORK EVERY DAY THAT OUR HIGH
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS DO, BUT I WAS VERY FORTUNATE YESTERDAY AND
TODAY TO SPEND TIME WITH THE PRINCIPALS FROM WOODSON, FROST
MIDDLE SCHOOL, LAKE BRADDOCK AND ROBINSON AND TOMORROW WILL BE
MEETING WITH ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TIM THOMAS. THEY HAVE ALL GRACIOUSLY GIVEN
ME TIME TO REVIEW WHERE WE ARE WITH THE BUDGET, TO TALK ABOUT
WHAT THEY SEE AS LEADERS IN OUR SCHOOLS. THE CHALLENGES THEY HEAR FROM
FACULTY TO BEST DELIVER A QUALITY EDUCATION IN THE
LIMITING BUDGET TIMES SINCE THE RECESSION AND JUST REALLY
ENJOYED THAT TIME TO HEAR THEIR VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSPECTIVES
AND IT WAS JUST APPRECIATIVE OF THE RECEPTION I RECEIVED IN MY
TIME WITH THEM. I DO WANT TO ALSO SHARE LIKE MY
COLLEAGUE, AND FELLOW BRADDOCK RESIDENT, MS. HOUGH, I, TOO,
WILL BE HAVING OFFICE HOURS NEXT WEEK. ALSO AT THE KINGS PARK LIBRARY. MINE WILL BE ON FRIDAY MARCH 3
FROM 8:30 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 10:30. IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO MS. HOUGH’S NOON HOUR OFFICE HOURS,
YOU SAID MONDAY, THEN I’LL BE THERE ON FRIDAY AND I MIGHT EVEN
STOP BY THE MY SCHEDULE PERMITS AND HANG OUT WITH HOUGH ON
MONDAY, TOO. SO THE OTHER THING IS THAT I
WANTED THO COMPLIMENT THE WOODSON MEN’S WRESTLING FOR
WINNING THE PATRIOT CONFERENCE AND PLACING FIFTH IN REGIONALS. A NUMBER OF THE BOYS WENT ON TO
STATE AS WELL. AS MS. CORBETT SANDERS NOTED,
YES, WEST POTOMAC WON THE PATRIOT DISTRICT BOY’S
BASKETBALL TITLE AT THE HANDS OF MY BELOVED WOODSON. THEY ARE ALL NOW IN THE REGIONAL
TOURNAMENT AND WILL ENJOY GOING TO STATE. BRING IT ON, WEST POTOMAC. HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN. MR. WILSON. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
PRINCIPALS IN SCHOOLS THAT HAVE INVITED ME OUT FOR VISITS. MOST RECENTLY TO OAK HILL
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND POPLAR TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO SEE
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FCPS ON TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE IN THE
CHANTILLY PYRAMID. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY AND YOU CAN FIND THE TIME IN YOUR
SCHEDULES, PLEASE DO VISIT ONE OF THE CHANTILLY SCHOOL PYRAMIDS
TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GREAT JOB THEY ARE DOING TO INTEGRATE THE
ONE TO ONE COMPUTER INITIATIVE INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND HOW IT
IS AFFECTING THE PARENTS AND KIDS AND TEACHERS IN THE
SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. I ALSO WANTED TO THANK THE PTSA
AT CENTREVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FOR INVITING ME TO THEIR RECENT
MEETING AND ENGAGING IN A VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION REGARDING
THE BUDGET AND THE QUESTIONS. I WANT TO THANK ALEX WIGGINTON
FOR COMING TO GIVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSED
BUDGET. COMING UP, I WILL BE VISITING
ROCKY RUN MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HAVE A TOUR OF THEIR SCHOOL NEXT
WEEK. AND I WILL BE CO-HOSTING A
BUDGET TOWN HALL WITH SUPERVISOR CATHY SMYTH AT ROCKY RUN MIDDLE
SCHOOL MARCH 8 AT 7:00. MARCH 22, I’M GOING TO HAVE
OFFICE HOURS I THINK AT THE KIPGS PARK LIBRARY, NO, IT IS
GOING TO BE 10:00 A.M. AT THE
CHAN TILLIE REGIONAL LIBRARY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE TO SEE PEOPLE PLEASE,
PLEASE STAY ENGAGED AS WE TACKLE THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WE HAVE
COMING PARTED. THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPEAKERS
WHO CONTINUALLY AMAZE ME AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR MEETINGS WITH
THOUGHTFUL COMMENTS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE CONFRONTING THE
BOARD. MS. DERENAK KAUFAX. THANK YOU, MS. EVANS. I WANT TO SAY I WAS HONORED TO
ATTEND THE BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION LAST WEEK AND AS MR. MOON REFERENCED WITH SOME OF OUR
ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS THERE ARE MANY OBSTACLES THESE YOUNG
PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET THEIR DIPLOMA. I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOU GOING
PARTED AND GETTING THE DIPLOMA. I ATTENDED THE DISTRICT 10 CHOIR
CONCERT LAST WEEKEND AND WAS TREATED TO MUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
THERE. I ALSO ATTENDED THE HEAD START
MEETING THIS WEEK AND I WANT TO THANK THE PARENTS IN THAT GROUP
FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK YOU ARE DOING FOR US AND IN KEEPING US
ALL INFORMED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH HEAD START. THANK YOU TO OUR AWESOME CLERKS
FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. YOU KEEP US ORGANIZED. YOU KEEP US IN LINE AND WE
REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK. SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, FOR
EVERYTHING. AND TO MY COLLEAGUES, BUDGET
CONTINUES. NEXT WEEK THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS WILL SET THE TAX RATE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28. FOR ALL OF THOSE OUT THERE WHO
WOULD LIKE THE CONVERSATION DO BE ROBUST, RIGHT NOW IT IS
RECOMMENDED FOR THAT TO STAY FLAT. IF YOU TUNED INTO OUR BUDGET
WORK SESSION YOU KNOW WE HAVE A CHALLENGE. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A CHANGE OR
HAVE AN INCREASE IN THE FAX RATE MAY I ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ENCOURAGE THAT TO
HAPPEN BEFORE THE 28th AND IF WE HAVE THAT, WE WILL HAVE MORE
FLEXIBILITY AS WE GO FORWARD IN OUR CONVERSATIONS FOR OUR BOARD. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT TAX
RATE WOULD BE SET. IT WOULD ALLOW FOR FLEXIBILITY
AND FURTHER CONVERSATION. I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO REACH
OUT. MR. McELVEEN. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I ENJOYED ATTENDING THE MOUNTAIN
VIEW GRAGS. THE BRYANT GRADUATION, THOSE ARE
ALWAYS OUR MOST POWERFUL AND WE ALWAYS LEARN A LOT AND I THINK
HAVE A VERY EMOTIONAL TIME. MY MESSAGE TONIGHT IS A SHOUT
OUT TO MY DAD WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS TODAY. YOU WILL RECALL MANY OF USER
IS — SERENADED. I TOLD HIM I WOULD CELEBRATE
WITH HIM AND TURN ON APPLE 21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD. I WILL CLOSE IN SAYING IN
REGARD TO THE NEW GUIDANCE THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,
I WANT TO ASSURE PARENTS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THAT OUR
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY DOES REMAIN FIRMLY IN PLACE. IT STILL INCLUDES GENDER
IDENTITY AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE A SAFE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WHERE EVERYONE IS
TREATED WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCOMMODATE
OUR TRANSGENDER AND NONGENDER CONFORMING STUDENTS. AND WE WILL FIND A WAY TO
PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND PRIVACY OF ALL STUDENTS. WE NEED TO GO BACK INTO CLOSED
SESSION. I WILL READ A MOTION TO DISCUSS
DISCIPLINARY MATTERS. PURSUANT TO TO 2.2-3711A-2, DO I
HAVE A MOTION? MOVED BY MRS. STRAUSS. SECONDED BY MRS. CORBETT
SANDERS. ALL IN FAVOR. ALL RIGHT. I THINK THAT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. WE ARE IN CLOSED SESSION NOW. THANK YOU.