February 23rd, 2010 ~ Fourth Tuesday School Board Meeting

February 23, 2010 – School Board Meeting
LOUDOUN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
6:30 P.M. School Board Meeting Room
21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA
Presiding: John Stevens, Chairman
 
RECOGNITIONS
School Board Chairman John Stevens honored School Board Clerk Christine Coleman as part of School Board Clerk Appreciation Week. Nine Loudoun County schools received the 2010 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence. Only 153 Virginia schools received this award. Representing these schools were Ashburn Elementary Principal Michelle Walthour and student Zach Mekouar; Belmont Ridge Middle School Principal Timothy Flynn and students Rianna and Attiya Shah; Belmont Station Elementary Assistant Principal Lori Mercer and student Ally Goodnight; Eagle Ridge Middle School Principal Bridget Beichler and student Michael Hickey; Lincoln Elementary Principal Albert Johnson and student Danielle McAlister; Lowes Island Elementary Principal Bruce Shafferman and student Jason Kelly; Pinebrook Elementary Principal Dawn Haddock and student Jeevna Prakash; Sanders Corner Elementary Principal Kathy Hwang and student Alex Broaddus; and Waterford Elementary Principal Patricia Lynn and student Thomas White. LCPS Supervisor of Student Support Services Betsy Young presented the proclamation for National Professional Social Work Month. Eleven students from Sycolin Creek Elementary were honored for the publication of their book “Greatest Homework Excuse Book Ever.” The authors were part of an after-school writers' group led by teacher Leigh Anne VanderWijst. These students are Sela Carrington, Samantha Carver, Roman Colon, Olivia Dinman, Melanie Faliskie, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Annie Norris, Emily Schechter, Maya Smith, Cameron Warter and Harrison Wise.
 
ACTION
The School Board Approved:
Licensed and classified personnel actions; RFP #09E, Architecture/Engineering Services for Miscellaneous Projects, Renewal; Construction Change Order; Construction Status Report; and Deed of Easement Between the Loudoun County School Board and Verizon South, Inc. – J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Property.
...revised School Board Policy §2-32, School Boundaries: Policy and Process.
...a spring 2010 Attendance Boundary Calendar for J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (MS-5) and HS-7.
...authorized purchase of land for ES-15; .55 acre of land adjacent to the Douglass Support Facility owned by Jafari Rose Garden, LLC in the amount of $998,800.
...a hiring process for hiring of the division counsel.

INFORMATION ITEMS
Planning and Legislative Services – Executive Director of Planning and Legislative Services Dr. Sam Adamo presented information regarding grandfathering certain rising fifth-graders for the 2010-2011 school year.
Personnel Services – Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck presented School Board Policy Revision §7-7, School Calendar.
Business and Financial Services – Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services E. Leigh Burden reviewed School Board Policy Revision §4-24, Methods of Procurement and presented a state budget update.
Superintendent – Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III discussed the merits of opening schools by cluster during inclement weather.
DELEGATIONS Michelle Copeland and Dean Roberts spoke about the importance of libraries in Loudoun County Public Schools. Ann Tydings spoke about the value of technology resource teachers and librarians; Eileen Murdock said Loudoun County Public Schools had violated the Code of Virginia. Karli Strei and Adam Strei spoke about School Board Policy §8-20. Jamie O'Brien, Lauren Huyck and Michelle Detweiler spoke in favor of additional schools in the Ashburn area.

CALENDAR

March 2

6:30 p.m.

Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board

Tuesday

County Government Center

Budget Work Session

March 4

7:00 p.m.

28th Annual LCPS Spelling Bee

Thursday

Stone Bridge High School

March 5

9:30 a.m.

VSBA SMarT Conference

Friday

School Administration Building

 

March 8

6:30 p.m.

Health, Safety & Wellness Committee

Monday

School Administration Building

March 9

8:15 a.m.

Career and Technology Education Foundation

Tuesday

Monroe Technology Center

Board of Trustees

3:00 p.m.

Finance & Facilities Committee

School Administration Building

4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

2nd Tuesday School Board Meeting

School Administration Building

March 10

7:30 p.m.

Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

Wednesday

School Administration Building

(LEAP)

March 11

4:00 p.m.

Joint School Board/Board of Supervisors

Thursday

County Government Center

Committee

7:00 p.m.

Gifted Advisory Committee

School Administration Building

March 12

7:30 a.m.

School-Business Partnership Breakfast

Friday

National Conference Center

March 16

8:30 a.m.

Technology Steering Committee

Tuesday

School Administration Building

7:00 p.m.

Special Education Advisory Committee

School Administration Building

March 17

7:00 p.m.

Minority Student Achievement

Wednesday

School Administration Building

Advisory Committee

March 18

3:00 p.m.

Curriculum & Instruction Committee

Thursday

School Administration Building

7:00 p.m.

29th Annual LCPS Regional Science &

Briar Woods High School

Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony

March 23

5:30 p.m.

Finance & Facilities Committee

Tuesday

School Administration Building

6:30 p.m.

4th Tuesday School Board Meeting

School Administration Building

March 24

6:30 p.m.

Diversity in Education Fair

Wednesday

Dominion High School

March 25

8:00 a.m.

Loudoun Education Foundation

Thursday

School Administration Building

March 29

6:00 p.m.

Personnel Services Committee

Monday

School Administration Building

March 29-

SPRING BREAK – All Schools Closed

April 2

April 1-2

SPRING BREAK – All Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

Thursday-Friday

April 6

5:30 p.m.

Legislative & Policy Committee

Tuesday

School Administration Building

April 8

4:00 p.m.

Joint School Board/Board of Supervisors

Thursday

County Government Center

Committee

7:00 p.m.

Gifted Advisory Committee

School Administration Building

April 13
Tuesday

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION BEGINS – elementary schools throughout Loudoun

8:15 a.m.

Career and Technology Education Foundation

Monroe Technology Center

Board of Trustees

3:00 p.m.

Finance & Facilities Committee

School Administration Building

4:00 & 6:30 p.m.

2nd Tuesday School Board Meeting

School Administration Building

April 14

7:30 p.m.

Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

Wednesday

School Administration Building

(LEAP)

COMCAST – Public Access Channel 18 telecasts School Board meetings live and at noon on Thursday following the live meetings. The meeting will also be Web cast at www.lcps.org.