School Board Forum Topics and Outcomes

Forum Topics and Outcomes

Topics are listed in reverse chronological order

Detailed information regarding meeting agendas is available at: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/Public

FY 2014

Forum Topic/Advocacy Forum Meeting Date Outcome

School Board member organization and leadership

Advocacy:  Schedule a work session or retreat discussion about the structure of the Board and Board members’ roles, professional development and leadership opportunities, and how Board work was organized (committees, joint committees, advisory committees).

June 5, 2014

Board consensus to schedule a discussion after the July 2014 retreat and the completion of the strategic plan, which would organize Board work and determine priorities.

Funding for Fairfax County

Advocacy:  As part of 2014-2015 legislative program, include legislative and legal options for obtaining more funding for Fairfax County. Request that Mr. McElveen (who is a member of the VSBA legislative positions committee) request support from VSBA at the July 2014 Legislative Policies Committee meeting and possibly generate additional ideas for increased state funding from the General Assembly. (Ted Velkoff)
(Initial request to consider addressing revisions to the Dillon Rule was deferred by Mr. Velkoff.)

June 5, 2014

Board consensus to request VSBA legislative support for additional state funding (which would be submitted to the Legislative Priorities Committee by Mr. McElveen); possibility of discussing revisions to the Dillon Rule when the Board considers the legislative program in the fall; and continued collaboration on funding issues with the Board of Supervisors and county legislative staff.

Joint Committee on Achieving Home Rule

Advocacy: Create a School Board and Board of Supervisors Joint Committee to develop a strategy to achieve equity of funding for Fairfax County and to establish fiscal autonomy (Ted Velkoff)

Apr 24, 2014

Board consensus to continue discussion at a future forum work session.

Outreach to Faith Community

Advocacy: Develop a plan for Outreach by the School Board to the Faith Community. (Pat Hynes)

Apr 24, 2014

Board consensus to refer to the Public Engagement Committee for development of a proposal for Board consideration.

Citizen Advisory Committee appointees

Advocacy: Reduce the term of citizen advisory committee appointees to one-year; reconfirm for a second year appointment based on performance and attendance.  (Elizabeth Schultz)

Apr 24, 2014

Board consensus that the Governance Committee Chairman would work with the School Board Clerk to update the Governance Manual to implement one-year terms for citizen advisory committee appointees, effective for 2014-2015 appointments.

Strategic Budgeting

Advocacy: Create a School Board and Board of Supervisors Joint Committee on Strategic Budgeting (Ted Velkoff and Patty Reed)

Apr 24, 2014

Board consensus that Mr. Velkoff and Ms. Reed would craft a motion for the Board's consideration on May 22, 2014.

Key CIP policy issues

Advocacy: Request for Board consensus on the key CIP policy issues that should be discussed at the April 2014 work session. (Pat Hynes/Patty Reed)

Mar 6, 2014

Board consensus that the Superintendent and staff, in consultation with FPAC, would select two of the following four topics to be presented and discussed at the April WS: (1) prioritization of renovation, renovation with capacity, and new schools, (2) boundary changes, summarized, (3) queue for renovation and the current criteria, and (4) analysis of current capacity and projected overcrowding.  After the April discussion, there would be a decision about any future WS discussions. [Work session held 4/23/14]

Restructure decision-making process for weather delays and cancellations of school

Advocacy: Schedule a work session to discuss potential scenarios regarding the decision-making process for weather delays, cancellations, and emergency closing of schools by district, cluster, pyramid, including the possibility of structuring other release, delay, or cancellation options, and options for enhanced communications; also evaluate how operational processes could change in the future.  (Elizabeth Schultz)

Mar 6, 2014

Board consensus that the Superintendent would provide the Board information in a Superintendent’s Update about the decision-making process of weather delays or closures and other possible options that could be considered. [Information provided in Superintendent's Update 3/28/14]

Audit Manager and Risk Assessment Vendor Selection

Advocacy: Consider the Audit Committee recommendation on (1) hiring process for audit manager and (2) selection process for comprehensive risk assessment vendor (Dan Storck)

Feb 6, 2014

Board consensus to accept committee’s recommendations:  (1) Audit Committee and the School Board Auditor would conduct interviews, select and recommend a finalist to the Board; final selection would be approved and announced by the Board; (2) School Board auditor and staff members from Instructional Services, Financial Services, Special Services, and Facilities Services would serve on the Selection Advisory Committee (SAC), and Board members would not serve on the SAC.

Meals Tax

Advocacy: Consider a Board resolution requesting that the BOS initiate a referendum on implementing a meals tax, the revenue from which could be used to support the school system (Ryan McElveen)

Jan 9, 2014

Board consensus that the Board defer further consideration until after the Infrastructure Financing Committee (a joint Board of Supervisors-School Board committee) completes it work.

Student discipline

Advocacy: Policy discussion on expulsion vs. long–term suspension (Pat Hynes and Megan McLaughlin)

Nov 18, 2013

Board consensus for the chairman to schedule a work session for a policy discussion. [Topic would be included in SR&R discussion in April 2014.]

Support continuation of the AccessUVA No-Loan Policy

Advocacy: Approve a letter from the School Board to UVA Board of Visitors in support of restoring the AccessUVA No-Loan Policy.  At the Board's request, the draft letter from 10/24 had been revised for further discussion. (Ryan McElveen)

Nov 7, 2013

Board consensus that any individual Board member may join Mr. McElveen in signing the letter to be sent to the UVA Board of Visitors, and agreement that the letter would not be sent on behalf of the full Board.  Any further suggested revisions should be submitted to Mr. McElveen. [Letter sent to the UVA Board of Visitors on Nov. 2, and was signed by seven Board members.]

Support continuation of the AccessUVA No-Loan Policy

Advocacy: Approve a letter from the School Board to UVA Board of Visitors in support of restoring the AccessUVA No-Loan Policy.  (Ryan McElveen)

Oct 24, 2013

Board consensus that the draft letter be revised based on the Board discussion; Mr. McElveen to provide additional information for continued discussion at the next forum.

Board legislative priorities

Advocacy: Confirm the Board’s legislative priorities for 2014 (Ryan McElveen)

Oct 24, 2013

Board consensus to approve the five legislative priorities for 2014 in the following order:  reinvest, invest, rollback, reform, and prevent.  (Note:  the Board also approved additional language for the “reinvest” priority when they approved the 2014 legislative program.)

Internationalization working group

Advocacy:  Request staff establish a working group to develop recommendations to improve world language delivery and engage with business partners or diplomatic community.  (Ryan McElveen)

Oct 10, 2013

Board consensus for staff to establish a working group by November 2013 and report back to the Board with recommendations by June or July 2014.

School Board accountability and transparency

Advocacy:  Develop a web page that would list a summary of School Board members’ individual votes on specific topics. 
(Ted Velkoff)

July 25, 2013

Board consensus for staff members from the School Board Office and Department of Information Technology to review what options are currently available within BoardDocs related to a voting summary and then report back to the Board. [Information provided by Chairman Moon on 10/24/13; decision to wait for the voting summary feature to be offered by BoardDocs]

New elementary report card

Advocacy: Schedule a work session to discuss efficacy, cost, impact assessment, and desire by teachers and parents to maintain the new report card as it relates to teacher workload, student performance, and parent feedback. (Elizabeth Schultz)

July 25, 2013

Board consensus that Superintendent Garza would prepare a report evaluating the current status of the report card issue; after Board review would decide whether a work session discussion was necessary. [Information provided in Superintendent Update 8/27/13]

Student disciplinary committees 

Advocacy:  Schedule a work session to consider SB Ad Hoc Committee on SR&R recommendations to create three committees (1-attendance task force; 2-advisory committee on discipline; 3-committee to study disproportionality of minorities and students with disabilities) (Sandy Evans)

July 25, 2013

Board consensus not to schedule a work session at this time; Superintendent Garza would work with staff throughout the school year to assess impact of changes to the SR&R and provide the Board with updates.

Work study or internship opportunities for seniors

Advocacy: Request staff to compile a list of current options that were available to students.  (Tamara Derenak Kaufax)

July 25, 2013

Board consensus that Superintendent Garza would prepare a report, including some current examples in FCPS.  [Information provided in Superintendent Update 9/6/13]

 

FY 2013

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Forum Topics and Outcomes:
FY 2012, FY 2013
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