Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. LaTanya McDade: “June 3, PWCS will hold an Instructional Job Fair at the Kelly Leadership Center. I invite you to complete our registration form and help us recruit top talent by spreading the word about instructional opportunities or any of our classified positions, such as bus drivers, security, finance, human resources, and information technology professionals. I encourage you to refer family, friends, or recent graduates, especially former PWCS students – you belong here!”

“As a reminder, June 15 is the last day of school and will be an early-release day. This ensures final exams, grading, and year-end obligations are met for students and staff before the summer break.”

Prince William County Public Schools is the state’s second-largest school division. It’s curring looking to fill more than 700 vacant positions.

Over 300 school division employees retired on Thursday, June 1, at the division’s annual retirement ceremony at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge.

Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va.

Prince William County Public Schools will hold a retirement ceremony for teachers.

“PWCS will recognize the many years of dedicated service by our retiring educators and staff,” states a press release.

School leadership, elected and appointed federal and state officials, School Board, Board of County Supervisors, retirees, students, and community members will be invited to attend the event at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, in Woodbridge.

A total of 304 people will retire from the state’s second-largest public school system. Nearly 100 people will be there to watch.

Meanwhile, the school division is advertising more than 800 vacant positions. Prince William County Public Schools is the county’s largest employer, with about 12,000 employees.


U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Alex Romano, 22, of Dumfries, Virginia, was recently named a 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholar. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program provides full funding for students to pursue a graduate degree at Stanford University.

Romano is one of 85 scholars selected for the program’s sixth cohort of students. More than 7,000 candidates competed for one of the 85 scholarships awarded. He intends to pursue a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford School of Engineering.

Romano is an aerospace engineering major who is scheduled to commission later this month as a surface warfare officer. As a midshipman, he conducted independent research on the Distance Simulation Method, which aims to create a variable method to conduct long-range testing of laser wireless power transfer systems on Earth in a vacuum environment.

Romano has been invited to present his research to multiple boards and conferences, including the DoD Space Experiment Review Board, where his project ranked higher than several multimillion-dollar projects from professional military laboratories. His project has been offered two launches to space by NASA and the U.S. Space Force and will be tested on the International Space Station.

Outside the classroom, Romano is a Navy Men’s Lightweight Crew team member and served as the 2nd Battalion Public Affairs Officer. In 2022, Romano had the opportunity to travel to Japan and interact with Admiral Hideki Yuasa of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as students and leaders from the Japanese Self-Defense Academy and other Japanese universities.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries comprise the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

U.S. News and World Reports have recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top-25 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, cyber security, and military law.

Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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— Press release

Pictured (from left to right): CFH Executive Director George Davies, scholarship recipient Daniel Mendoza and Osbourn High School Principal Mike Pflurgrath. Photo by Cameron Carey.

Daniel Mendoza, a 17-year-old Osbourn High School senior and resident of the East End Mobile Home Park, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VMMHA).

The award was presented by CFH Executive Director George Davies, whose Dumfries, Va.-based nonprofit took ownership of East End in 2018 and continues to upgrade and add events and programs at the Centreville Road park.

The scholarship provides Daniel with $500 each fall and spring semester to attend Northern Virginia Community College, where he plans to pursue nursing.

In addition to the VMMHA award, Daniel was also awarded a $1000 Jennie Dean CTE Vocational Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Manassas.

A resident of East End Mobile Home Park for the past nine years, Daniel will be the first person in his family to attend college. He was introduced to nursing as a career as part of the Nursing Assistant Program at Osbourn High School.

“I decided after I installed myself into the program at Osbourn that I really enjoyed the course, and I wanted to further my scope of practice by becoming a registered nurse,” he said.

In 2018, CFH and its partners stepped in to purchase the East End Mobile Home Park in Manassas, stopping its pending condemnation due to ongoing water and sewer issues. In the years since CFH was purchased, progress and improvements have continued, and the community is thriving.

Ongoing physical upgrades include roadwork and paving, lighting, a new resource center with a playground and outdoor learning center, and a new storage facility. CFH continues to expand educational, social, and recreational programs for East End residents.

Based in Dumfries, Va., CFH has worked for more than four decades to help individuals and families along a path of self-sufficiency, providing assistance to individuals and families all along the continuum of housing needs. More about CFH can be found at



The Prince William County School Board examined a snapshot of the third quarter of the school year, which ended March 31, 2023.

At a meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, the board's elected members and School Superintendent, Dr. LaTanya McDade, discussed the division's chronic absenteeism problem and its standards-based grading policy that allows students to retake tests in hopes of scoring higher grades.

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Prince William County Public Schools Teachers of the Year 2023 Charlotte Frame, Morgan McCole, Emily Sayer, Laura Kerbaugh [Photo: Lynn Forkell Greene]
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Prince William County Public Schools honored its top teachers and principals of 2023.

Hundreds gathered on Wednesday, May 10, for the annual Outstanding Educators awards ceremony at the Hylton Performing Arts Center outside Manassas. The evening began with a reception and then a ceremony honoring teachers and principals in primary and secondary education.

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Parents of kindergartners gathered at The Nokesville School at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, for a special meeting after a parent claimed a child at the school was choked on the school playground.

Principal Dr. Andy Jacks wrote a letter to parents stating a kindergarten teacher resigned, forcing the school to place children in four other classes, increasing the class size to about 30 per class. Jacks says he's looking for a new teacher to replace the one who he hired recently to create a new kindergarten class.

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The after the Prince William County School Board approved a $10 million program to install metal detectors at some schools, county police reported someone brought a gun to a school in Woodbridge.

Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds – On May 2 at 1:20PM, the School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to Fred Lynn Middle School located at 1650 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191) was notified by school personnel of a student in possession of firearm on school grounds. The investigation revealed the accused, a 14-year-old male student, had reportedly displayed a handgun while inside a classroom of the school. School staff and the SRO identified the accused and detained him without incident. Following a search of the accused, a handgun was located in the student’s possession. At no time was the weapon brandished in a way to threaten students, faculty, or staff, or threaten the safety of the school. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on May 2: [Juvenile]
A 14-year-old male juvenile of Woodbridge. Charged with possession of weapon on school grounds, carrying an unlawfully loaded firearm, and
possession of a firearm by a juvenile

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center


The Prince William County School Board voted to install metal detectors in all middle, high, and non-traditional schools during its meeting Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

The $10 million project to install Evolv scanners at three entrances in each school and additional scanners at high school football stadiums. Superintendent Dr. LaTanya McDade said the scanners would improve security at April 19, 2023, school board meeting.

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