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 2015

Forum Topic/Advocacy Forum Meeting Date Outcome

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.

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.

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 consensusto 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.

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. 

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Forum Topics and Outcomes:
FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014
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