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Corey Stewart and his one-time opponent, now interim Chairman of the Prince William School Board, agree on something: More cops in elementary schools

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A middle school principal is transferred after bullying allegations. Now elected officials are unhappy with the school division over the way it told parents about its decision.

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Today’s schools can’t handle the student growth Ray’s Regarde would bring. School officials are concerned.

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NOVA students participate in third annual ‘hack-a-thon’

From a press release: 

Approximately 356 students from various colleges, universities and high schools across the country gathered on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College to participate in the third annual Innovation Hackathon event, held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 13-15. Individuals traveled as far as Florida to attend this year’s largest NOVA-Woodbridge Hackathon event since it began in 2016.

Innovation Hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition offered hands-on experience to students interested in cybersecurity and secure coding methods. Participants came prepared for the weekend with sleeping bags and overnight items, eager to work in teams to “hack” several challenges provided by corporate sponsors General Dynamics Information Technology, Rapid Cycle, Strategy and Management Services (SAMS), Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), Rigil Corporation and the AllCyber Association. The challenges involved the complexities of data visualization, developing applications, information assurance and secure programming for first-, second- and third-place teams to win a HP Chromebook 14 G5, an Amazon Echo and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In addition, seven students each received a $1,000 Hackathon award from sponsors.

Dr. Kenneth Fritzsche, director of the Identity Technology Division (ITD) in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate was the keynote speaker for the event. He encouraged participants to explore opportunities in STEM fields when determining lucrative career options.   

Satterwhite wants to make the Prince Willam County School Board less partisan, and wants to be its next Chairman

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School superintendent resigns: ‘Anybody who thinks this is not hard for me, you are wrong’

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Here are the resumes of the 20 people who applied to take Ryan Sawyers’ place as Prince William School Board Chairman

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Lillie Jessie: ‘I am hoping that the new chairman understands the limitation of his or her power’

An email from Prince William County School Board Occoquan Representative Lillie Jessie: 

There has been much questioning and speculation about my plans to run for the Interim Chair position on the Prince William County School Board. This letter is designed to end those questions. I never applied to become Chairman and have no desire to seek that position now. I am first and foremost the representative for the Occoquan District until December 31, 2019.

It is important for the public to understand the process. First for the immediate appointment that will occur at the April 18th Board Meeting, only the seven current Board Members select the Interim Chair. If I were appointed as Interim Chair, I would have to give up my Occoquan seat and someone else would have to be appointed to it later. I would also give up my right to vote.

My purpose for being on this school board has always been to make a difference in the lives of students. This new “Title” would not improve achieving this goal. Let’s be clear the Chairman of a school board has no more power than other members. The only power he or she has is to preside over a meeting and finalize the agenda. There has been much confusion about the power of that position recently. The Chairman cannot make unilateral decisions related to the dismissal of personnel, modification of the budget, or the addition, modification and/or deletion of programs. I am hoping that the new Chairman understands the limitation of his or her power.

My greatest and most satisfying achievements have been in the changing the lives of students and “Being a voice for the voiceless.” Some even call me, “Miss Equity!” What an honor. It is a badge I will wear with pride. Schools in the eastern corridor and a few in the west lack equity in space, facilities and programs. During Wednesday night’s Mark Up budget meeting I was able to convince a majority of my colleagues to provide a safer football field for Woodbridge High School. This school was built in 1975. Their stadium as well as their practice fields are muddy and unusable most of that time. Students were being bussed to other more updated facilities to practice.

Other achievements that I spearheaded were moving the Nurses from a classified contract to Teacher level contracts They had been requesting this for at least 15 years. For the first time, Mrs. Loree Williams and I were able to convince our colleagues to put a student representative on the board. Students are actually filling the board room. These are the type of achievements that continue to fuel me. I will continue to support activities that allow me to achieve my moral purpose. I have often said, “We say it is about the kids but it never really is. It is usually about the adults!” I have been blessed in my life to know “Why” I chose to be on this board and it was always bigger than a title.

I will continue to support the Chairman as his or her Vice as I have in the past. I will always fight and fight hard for “Equity fueled by a need for Excellence.” It has been my honor to serve the students in Prince William County for more than 40 years. As I have told the Superintendent, when it comes to “World Class” performance, “We are not there yet!” I will be continue to be “consistently insistent and persistent “ in pursuit of that goal.

I am honored to serve.

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