Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia
|Prince William |
County Public Schools
|Prince William County, Virginia|
|Superintendent:||Steven L. Walts|
|Number of schools:||86|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Prince William County
- 7 Academic Performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 Contact information
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the district
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%.
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.
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.
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.
|Prince William County School Board|
|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
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.
Since the elections are not staggered, all eight seats will be up for re-election in November 2015.
Prince William County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
|Prince William County Schools Teacher Salary Scale 2013-2014|
|Step||Bachelor's Degree ($)||Bachelor's + 15 ($)||Master's Degree ($)||Master's + 30 ($)||Doctorate ($)|
Schools in Prince William County
Prince William County Public Schools operates 86 schools listed below in alphabetical order.
|Prince William County schools|
|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|
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.
The district did not make AYP in 2011, as many student subgroups failed to meet assessment standards.
|Subject||% Passed in 2009||% Passed in 2010||% Passed in 2011|
The district's federal four-year graduation rate was 82%, and its 2010 dropout rate was 1.35%.
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.
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|
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.
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.
|Transparency grading process|
Last updated on Feb 18, 2013.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 4 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- 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.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2002 are available.
- Public Records
- The public information officer is identified and maintained by the FOIA Compliance Officer. This person provides a mailing address and phone number.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.
- Background Checks
- The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.
- Public Records
- Personalized email address is not posted for FOIA Compliance Officer.
- School board elections portal
- Prince William County Public Schools elections (2013)
- List of school districts in Virginia
- Prince William County Public Schools
- Prince William County
- Virginia Department of Education
- Official Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Virginia Education Association
- United States Census, "Quick Facts: Prince William County," accessed September 20, 2013]
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- [http://pwcs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=146796&sessionid=169dc462e90d2758eb9189185dc0ca81 Superintendent of Schools
- School Board Members & Information Accessed September 23, 2013
- Keen to Fill Vacant Board Seat—Otaigbe Becomes Vice Chairman Accessed September 23, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, "Approved Budget: Fiscal Year 2014," accessed November 27, 2013
- 2013-2014 Prince William County Public Schools Teacher Salary Scale" Accessed September 23, 2013
- All Schools & Programs Accessed September 23, 2013
- 'Virginia Department of Education', School Report Card Accountability Guide, June 14, 2010
- Virginia Department of Education "Report Card," accessed December 15, 2011
- ‘Virginia Department of Education’, Prince William County Public Schools, July 15, 2010
- Publication Of School Salary Data Is Targeted, Washington Post, November 6, 2008
- Watchdog, Virginia schools fund salaries with one-time dollars, Aug. 26, 2010
- "Local resident pressures county schools to reveal visitor identities," News & Messenger, January 21, 2010
- Prince William County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Staff Directory, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Elected Officials, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Meeting Briefs, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Meeting Schedule and Videos, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Audits, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, RFPs, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Contract Summary, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, FOIA Requests, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Accountablity, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013
- Prince William County Public Schools, Background Check, Accessed: Feb 18, 2013