Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia

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Prince William
County Public Schools
Prince William County, Virginia
link=Prince William  County Public Schools
District Profile
Superintendent:Steven L. Walts
Enrollment:79,358 students
Graduation rate:88.6%
Number of schools:86
Budget: $1.1 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:8
Term length:4
Prince William County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Virginia serving 79,358 students in 86 schools. It is located in northern Virginia in Prince William County.

About the district

Prince William County Public Schools is located in Prince William County, VA
Prince William County Public Schools is located in Prince William County, Virginia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Prince William County is home to 402,002 residents.[1]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Prince William County overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 88.6% compared to 86.6% statewide. The average household income was $95,531 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Prince William County had a poverty rate of 5.6%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Prince William County (%) Virginia (%)
White 65.3 71.1
Black 21.3 19.7
Hispanic or Latino 20.9 8.4
Asian 8.1 6.0
American Indian 1.1 0.5
Two or More Races 4.1 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.3 41.3
2008 57.5 41.6
2004 46.4 52.8
2000 44.5 52.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools is Steven L. Walts, who was appointed in 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as superintendent in Greece, New York. He also was an adjunct professor and program coordinator for the Canisius College administrative programs in Greece. From 1992 to 1998, he served in Baltimore County, Maryland as the Assistant Superintendent, Northwest Area, and as the Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director, Department of Human Resources.[4]

School board

The Prince William County School Board is comprised of eight members, one from each magisterial district and an at-large member who serves as chairman. They serve four year terms.[5]

Prince William County School Board
Member Role District Term Ends
Milton C. Johns Chairman At-large 2015
Michael I. Otaigbe Vice Chairman Coles District 2015
Lisa E. Bell Member Neabsco District 2015
Betty D. Covington Member Potomac District 2015
Lillie G. Jessie Member Occoquan District 2015
Loree Williams Member Woodbridge District 2015
Alyson A. Satterwhite Member Gainesville District 2015
Gilbert A. "Gil" Trenum, Jr. Member Brentsville District 2015

School board elections

See also: Prince William County Public Schools elections (2013)

One seat was up for election on the Prince William County Public School Board on November 5, 2013. This was a special election to fill the vacated seat of former member Denita Ramirez, who resigned in November 2012.[6]

Since the elections are not staggered, all eight seats will be up for re-election in November 2015.

Budget

Prince William County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $835,845,618 62% $182,252,807 13.5% $209,961,530 15.6% $74,899,758 5.6% $45,502,097 3.4% $1,348,461,310
Averages: $835,845,618 62% $182,252,807 14% $209,961,530 16% $74,899,758 6% $45,502,097 3% $1,348,461,310

Teacher salaries

Prince William County Schools Teacher Salary Scale 2013-2014[8]
Step Bachelor's Degree ($) Bachelor's + 15 ($) Master's Degree ($) Master's + 30 ($) Doctorate ($)
1 44,048 45,283 49,299 51,149 52,386
2 44,788 46,023 50,039 51,889 53,126
3 45,539 46,775 50,790 52,641 53,877
4 46,302 47,537 51,552 53,403 54,639
5 47,076 48,311 52,326 54,177 55,413
6 48,646 49,881 53,896 55,747 56,984
7 50,263 51,498 55,513 57,364 58,600
8 51,928 53,164 57,179 59,030 60,266
9 53,645 54,880 58,895 60,746 61,982
10 55,411 56,646 60,662 62,512 63,749
11 57,230 58,465 62,481 64,331 65,568
12 59.105 60,340 64,355 66,206 67,442
13 61,035 62,270 66,285 68,136 69,372
14 63,024 64,259 68,275 70,125 71,362
15 65,072 66,308 70,323 72,174 73,410
16 67,180 68,415 72,431 74,281 75,518
17 69,354 70,589 74,604 76,455 77,691
18 71,592 72,827 76,842 78,693 79,929
19 73,897 75,132 79,147 80,998 82,235
20 76,271 77,506 81,521 83,372 84,608
21 78,716 79,951 83,966 85,817 87,053
22 81,235 82,470 86,485 88,336 89,572
23 83,830 85,065 89,080 90,931 92,167
24 86,501 87,737 91,752 93,603 94,839
25 89,255 90,490 94,505 96,356 97,592
26 92,090 93,325 97,340 99,191 100,427

Schools in Prince William County

Prince William County Public Schools operates 86 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[9]

Prince William County schools
Name
Alvey Elementary School
Antietam Elementary School
Ashland Elementary School
Battlefield High School
Bel Air Elementary School
Belmont Elementary School
Bennett Elementary School
Benton Middle School
Beville Middle School
Brentsville District High School
Bristow Run Elementary School
Buckland Mills Elementary School
Bull Run Middle School
Cedar Point Elementary School
Coles Elementary School
Dale City Elementary School
Dumfries Elementary School
Ellis Elementary School
Enterprise Elementary School
Featherstone Elementary School
Fitzgerald Elementary School
Forest Park High School
Freedom High School
Fred M. Lynn Middle School
Gainesville Middle School
Gar-Field High School
Glenkirk Elementary School
Godwin Middle School
Governor's School at Innovation Park
Graham Park Middle School
Gravely Elementary School
Henderson Elementary School
Hylton High School
Kerrydale Elementary School
Kilby Elementary School
King Elementary School
Lake Ridge Elementary School
Lake Ridge Middle School
Leesylvania Elementary School
Loch Lomond Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Marumsco Hills Elementary School
Marsteller Middle School
McAuliffe Elementary School
Minnieville Elementary School
Montclair Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Mullen Elementary School
Neabsco Elementary School
Nokesville Elementary School
Occoquan Elementary School
Old Bridge Elementary School
Osbourn Park High School
Parkside Middle School
Patriot High School
Pattie Elementary School
Penn Elementary School
Piney Branch Elementary School
Potomac High School
Potomac Middle School
Potomac View Elementary School
Rippon Middle School
River Oaks Elementary School
Rockledge Elementary School
Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Signal Hill Elementary School
Sinclair Elementary School
Springwoods Elementary School
Stonewall Middle School
Stonewall Jackson High School
Sudley Elementary School
Swans Creek Elementary School
T. Clay Wood Elementary School
Triangle Elementary School
Tyler Elementary School
Vaughan Elementary School
Victory Elementary School
Virtual High School
Washington-Reid Elementary School
West Gate Elementary School
Westridge Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Woodbridge Middle School
Woodbridge High School
Yorkshire Elementary School

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[10]

2011

AYP

The district did not make AYP in 2011, as many student subgroups failed to meet assessment standards.[11]

Student Academic Performance[11]
Subject % Passed in 2009 % Passed in 2010 % Passed in 2011
English 90% 90% 89%
Math 87% 89% 87%
Writing 92% 91% 92%
History 92% 90% 84%
Science 89% 90% 90%

Graduation/dropout rate

The district's federal four-year graduation rate was 82%, and its 2010 dropout rate was 1.35%.[11]

2010

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Prince William County Public Schools as having a student population of 76,862 and 83 schools in the division.

Prince William County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[12]

Statistics for the 30 largest schools in the division are tabulated below.

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Ashland Elementary Pre-K - 5 926 Yes
Battlefield High 9 - 12 2,896 Yes
Brentsville District High 9 - 12 1,626 Yes
Bristow Run Elementary Pre-K - 5 1,164 Yes
Buckland Mills Elementary Pre-K - 5 927 Yes
Bull Run Middle 6 - 8 1,530 Yes
C.D. Hylton High 9 – 12, PG 2,212 Yes
Cedar Point Elementary Pre-K - 5 1,112 Yes
E.H. Marsteller Middle 6 - 8 1,429 No
Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary Pre-K - 5 873 No
Forest Park High 9 - 12 2,314 Yes
Freedom High 9 - 12 1,756 Yes
Gainesville Middle 6 - 8 1,262 Yes
Gar-Field High 9 – 12, PG 2,550 Yes
George P. Mullen Elementary Pre-K - 5 862 Yes
Glenkirk Elementary Pre-K - 5 1,175 No
Herbert J. Saunders Middle 6 - 8 1,076 Yes
Lake Ridge Middle 6 - 8 2,896 No
Louise A. Benton Middle 6 - 8 1,360 No
Mills E. Godwin Middle 6 - 8 924 No
Osbourn Park High 9 - 12 2,753 Yes
Parkside Middle 6 - 8 1,079 No
Potomac High 9 - 12 1,757 No
Potomac Middle 6 - 8 1,120 Yes
Stonewall Jackson High 9 - 12 2,457 No
Stonewall Middle 6 - 8 1,088 No
Stuart M. Beville Middle 6 - 8 1,072 Yes
Victory Elementary Pre-K - 5 988 Yes
Woodbridge High 9 – 12 2,549 Yes
Woodbridge Middle 6 - 8 1,032 No

Issues

District Salaries

In 2008 the News & Messenger (formerly known as the Potomac News) made a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for salary information from the school district. The district complied with the request, and the paper published the salary information. After an outcry of anger from school officials and staff that the information was released, the district wants the state to change the FOIA law to exempt non-administrators and those earning lower wages.[13]

Also, the district received $24.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $19 million which was used to fund teacher salaries.[14]

Visitor identities

In 2009 and 2010 resident Mark Hjelm attempted to compel the school system to release visitor information at three high schools in the district, collected by the school's Raptor Visitor Identification System. Requests were denied by the schools with the school attorney citing exemptions in FOIA law.[15]

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Website evaluation

Last updated on Feb 18, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years.[16]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[17]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[18]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.[19]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[20]
    • Meeting videos are available.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2002 are available.[21]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[22]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[23]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the FOIA Compliance Officer. This person provides a mailing address and phone number.[24]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[25]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[26]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[27]

The bad

  • Public Records
    • Personalized email address is not posted for FOIA Compliance Officer.

Contact information

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Board of Trustees
Prince William County Public Schools
14715 Bristow Road
Manassas, VA 20112
Phone: 703-791-7200

See also

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census, "Quick Facts: Prince William County," accessed September 20, 2013]
  2. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 18, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. [http://pwcs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=146796&sessionid=169dc462e90d2758eb9189185dc0ca81 Superintendent of Schools
  5. School Board Members & Information Accessed September 23, 2013
  6. Keen to Fill Vacant Board Seat—Otaigbe Becomes Vice Chairman Accessed September 23, 2013
  7. Prince William County Public Schools, "Approved Budget: Fiscal Year 2014," accessed November 27, 2013
  8. 2013-2014 Prince William County Public Schools Teacher Salary Scale" Accessed September 23, 2013
  9. All Schools & Programs Accessed September 23, 2013
  10. 'Virginia Department of Education', School Report Card Accountability Guide, June 14, 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Virginia Department of Education "Report Card," accessed December 15, 2011
  12. ‘Virginia Department of Education’, Prince William County Public Schools, July 15, 2010
  13. Publication Of School Salary Data Is Targeted, Washington Post, November 6, 2008
  14. Watchdog, Virginia schools fund salaries with one-time dollars, Aug. 26, 2010
  15. "Local resident pressures county schools to reveal visitor identities," News & Messenger, January 21, 2010
  16. Prince William County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  17. Prince William County Public Schools, Staff Directory, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  18. Prince William County Public Schools, Elected Officials, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  19. Prince William County Public Schools, Meeting Briefs, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  20. Prince William County Public Schools, Meeting Schedule and Videos, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  21. Prince William County Public Schools, Audits, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  22. Prince William County Public Schools, RFPs, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  23. Prince William County Public Schools, Contract Summary, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  24. Prince William County Public Schools, FOIA Requests, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  25. Prince William County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  26. Prince William County Public Schools, Accountablity, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
  27. Prince William County Public Schools, Background Check, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013