School Board Forum Topics and Outcomes

Forum Topics and Outcomes

Topics are listed in reverse chronological order

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FY 2015

Forum Topic/Advocacy Forum Meeting Date Outcome

Small Class Sizes

Advocacy: Schedule a follow-up discussion on classroom size impact throughout FCPS regarding the funding for academic achievement in and sustainability of small classroom sizes (11-20 students per classroom) when large classroom sizes are affecting students and schools and previous budgets have been accomplished by increasing class sizes.  (Elizabeth Schultz)


Mar 26, 2015

As a result of a previous forum discussion on March 12, 2015, two work sessions on this topic were already scheduled (May 2015 and fall 2015); staff would present a report in May to address questions about the new class size regulation, and the fall work session would involve a discussion about the impact of the new class size regulation.

School Board Member Salary

Advocacy: Provide an extra opportunity for public input on the topic of increasing the School Board member salary effective January 1, 2016, by scheduling a public hearing prior to the April 9, 2015, regular business meeting; request that the Board Chair send a KIT, with input from interested Board members, with factual information regarding the proposed salary increase; issuing a press release on the topic was also offered as a possibility.  (Pat Hynes and Dan Storck)

Mar 26, 2015

Consensus to schedule and advertise a public hearing on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. to solicit public input on the salary issue, prior to the Board taking action later that evening at the April 9 regular business meeting; Board Chair to send a KIT prior to the public hearing with factual information about the salary increase (with input from interested Board members); no press release to be issued.

School Board Member Salary

Advocacy: Discuss the School Board member’s salary and benefits and determine whether the current Board should make any change to the current annual salary of $20,000 that would affect the next elected School Board that will serve from 2016 to 2019.  (Ilryong Moon)

Mar 12, 2015

Consensus to schedule Board consideration of a salary increase to $37,500 (with an additional $2,000 for the chairman) for new business March 26, and action April 9, 2015.

New Class Size Regulation

Advocacy: To schedule a follow-up work session to answer remaining questions about the new class size regulation; timing could be spring 2015 or school year 2015-2016 after the new regulation has been implemented, depending on Board’s preference for timing and scope.  (Pat Hynes)

Mar 12, 2015

Consensus to schedule a work session in May 2015 and another one in fall 2015 specifically to answer questions about the new class size regulation.

Policy 1450, Nondiscrimination

Advocacy: To add “gender identity” to Policy 1450, Nondiscrimination, based on recent VA Attorney General opinion stating that VA school boards could expand their anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity. (Ryan McElveen)

Mar 12, 2015

Consensus to schedule revisions to Policy 1450 for Board approval in April 2015.

School Board Member Salary

Advocacy: Discuss the School Board member’s salary and benefits and determine whether the current Board should make any change to the current annual salary of $20,000 that would affect the next elected School Board that will serve from 2016 to 2019.  (Ilryong Moon)

Jan 22, 2015
Jan 8, 2015

Consensus to continue the discussion at a future forum work session and defer Board action at this time.

Approved Budget Main Motion

Advocacy: Define the process to establish the School Board’s main motion to adopt the approved budget during the May regular Board meeting. (Ted Velkoff)

Dec 11, 2014

Consensus to refer to the Governance Committee for review and recommendation to the full Board for further discussion. [Board discussion scheduled for March 16, 2015, Governance work session.]

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Advocacy: Gain Board consensus for adopting a resolution in January 2015 to recognize the proclamation of Fairfax County Human Trafficking Awareness Month. (Ryan McElveen)

Dec 11, 2014

Consensus to support the resolution with modifications to number of high schools and inclusion of curriculum reference. Staff should also prepare related press release to be distributed after the Board’s passage of the resolution at Jan. 8, 2015, meeting. [Resolution approved Jan. 8, 2015; press release issued Jan. 26, 2015.]

Water Bottles

Advocacy: Develop alternatives that will allow for the elimination of plastic water bottle usage at School Board meetings and events. (Pat Hynes and Dan Storck)

Dec 11, 2014

Consensus for Board members Hynes and Storck to present the full Board with low-cost, reasonable alternative options to water bottle usage at School Board meetings and events.

Environmental Education Projects

Advocacy:  Schedule a work session for staff presentation on “Get 2 Green” environmental education and other sustainability initiatives in FCPS.  (Pat Hynes and Janie Strauss)

Oct 23, 2014

Consensus that staff would create a Spotlight on Learning to highlight the various initiatives; no work session would be scheduled.

Visit to Texas (Cyprus Fairbanks and Houston ISD) Schools

Advocacy:  Share observations of various programs that are developed to support students who are new to the United States and school systems and discuss how they might be adapted to FCPS needs. (Tamara Derenak Kaufax and Sandy Evans)

Oct 23, 2014

Consensus that staff would continue to study various programs and develop a recommendation to present to the Board in spring 2015; recommendation would include an analysis of what is currently offered in FCPS, what needs exist, and next steps. [Work session scheduled for May 11, 2015.]

Unaccompanied, Undocumented and Homeless Youth

Advocacy:  Request for work session and additional information from staff about recent report from Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that “3,193 children were released to sponsors in Virginia from Jan. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2014, of which 1,131 were in Fairfax” but it was not clear whether they had been granted 'refugee' status; estimated $17 million possible budgetary impact to FCPS, and consideration to seek Federal funds to support.  (Elizabeth Schultz)

Oct 23, 2014

Consensus to request a legal briefing from Division Counsel on the legal limitations on student information that could be collected; request for a work session would be deferred until after the legal briefing.

Policy 1450, Nondiscrimination

Advocacy: Make a referral to Governance Committee to develop and recommend to the full Board for discussion and adoption of a nondiscrimination policy based on sexual orientation. (Ilryong Moon)

Oct 9, 2014

Board consensus that Superintendent staff would recommend revision of Policy 1450, Nondiscrimination, to prohibit discrimination in FCPS based on sexual orientation; the proposed policy would be scheduled for new business on October 23, 2014, and Board action on November 6.

School Board Leadership Succession

Advocacy: Task the Governance Committee with developing a proposal that would improve the process by which the School Board elects its chairman and vice chairman. (Pat Hynes and Patty Reed)

Oct 9, 2014

Board consensus to refer to the Governance Committee a review of the current process to elect the School Board chairman and vice chairman and make recommendations to the Board regarding alternative options. [Discussed at the Jan. 12, 2015, work session; referred back to the Governance Committee.]

Use of the term "Citizen" in School Board Policies, Agendas, Manual, etc.

Advocacy: Refer to the Governance Committee consideration of whether to change references to "citizen" in School Board documents because the term is imprecise and inaccurate. (Dan Storck)

Oct 9, 2014

Board consensus to not refer issue to the Governance Committee.

Adoption of revised Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) Charter

Advocacy: Schedule Board approval of the FPAC revised Charter in September 2014.  The revised Charter would clearly delineate FPAC’s role and responsibilities, would include a focus on community engagement and analyzing capacity issues, and would provide an option for the Board to request additional work products. (Ryan McElveen)

July 24, 2014

Board consensus to refer to the Comprehensive Planning Development Committee (CPDC) a review of the proposed revised Charter, including those concerns raised at the forum by Board members, and then schedule a work session for a comprehensive discussion about FPAC and its mission, including any recommendations from CPDC. [Discussed at the Jan. 12, 2015, work session.]

Tobacco-Free Fields and Playgrounds

Advocacy: Obtain Board approval to partner with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Live Healthy Fairfax Transformation Grant, which would provide FCPS $15,000 to promote tobacco-free fields and playgrounds (in designated FCPS recreational areas) on a voluntary basis; grant funding ends September 30, 2014, so immediate action was needed. (Dan Storck and Sandy Evans)

July 24, 2014

Board consensus for Mr. Storck and Ms. Evans to proceed to work with staff to utilize the $15,000 grant funding to create and install tobacco-free signage on all FCPS fields and playgrounds.  Prior to installing signage on all FCPS fields and playgrounds, Mr. Storck and Ms. Evans would provide feedback to the Board (via email) about the results of a review of the SHAC recommendation and consultation with legal counsel and staff, taking into consideration Board member comments and concerns, including whether any changes would be made to Park Authority signage (such as eliminating “voluntary” or providing contact information on how to quit smoking).  Consensus that no FCPS funds would be spent beyond the $15,000 grant funding that had been discussed.  [Board approved signage on Sep. 18, 2014.]

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