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Insidenova.com: “The Prince William County school division and local teacher’s union appear far from agreement on details of a new contract, as the deadline to strike a deal quickly approaches. The two sides have until the end of the day Dec. 1 to reach agreement, otherwise any contract items not agreed upon will be left to the School Board to decide.”

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Epperson/Cedeño

Prince William County Public Schools: “PWCS celebrates seniors Fernando Cedeño from Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School and Nia Epperson from Patriot High School for earning perfect scores on a college-level Advanced Placement® (AP®) exam in May 2023. Fernando was one of only 247 (0.14%), and Nia was one of only 459 (0.28%) of students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP® Spanish Language and Culture and AP® Computer Science Principles (APCSP) exam, respectively.”

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Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va.

Prince William police: “Sexual Assault Investigation on School Grounds – On October 18, detectives began an investigation into a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at Gar-Field Senior High School located at 14000 Smoketown Rd. in Woodbridge (22193) earlier that day. The investigation revealed the victim, a female student who is under the age of 18, and another student, identified as the accused, were in a restroom together when the accused sexually assaulted the victim.

“The parties eventually separated, and the victim reported the incident to a family member who contacted the police. On November 27, following the investigation, the accused, identified as Lamine MELLOUK, was charged.”

Charged on November 27: [No Photo Available]

  • Lamine MELLOUK, 18, of 11583 Overleigh Dr. in Woodbridge
  • Charged with misdemeanor sexual battery
  • Court Date: Pending | Status: Released on a Court Summons
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The city must break a few eggs to build a new elementary school.

A multi-purpose field where baseball, softball, and soccer are played, and a running track at Jennie Dean Memorial Park will be razed to clear the way for a new Jennie Dean Elementary School. Expected to cost at least $62 million and sit in the heart of Jennie Dean Park, according to public documents, the two-story school will hold about 1,000 students and feature an IT workroom, a broadcast booth, and collaborative learning areas.

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Stafford County leaders will meet with Virginia Delegates and Senators during an annual dinner at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2023, to discuss the county government's legislative wishlist.

At the top is adding Stafford to the list of Northern Virginia jurisdictions that get extra state funding for schools in a program called "cost to compete," or COCA. The state created the fund to help boost teacher pay for those working in Northern Virginia -- the most competitive market in the state.

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Prince William County Public Schools: Foundry’s Computerworld has named Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) as a 2024 Best Places to Work in IT. This award recognizes the top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing benefits and compensation.”

“The Best Places to Work in IT list is an annual ranking of the top work environments for technology professionals by Foundry’s Computerworld.”

“The list is compiled based on a questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, DEI, future of work, training and retention. In addition, the rankings are reviewed and vetted by a panel of industry experts.”

“The PWCS Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) encompasses professionals in the areas of information security, instructional technology and learning, workstation support and inventory, data and software application governance, student data management, networking and telephony, cloud and colocation management, website and social media, multi-media development, communications and community engagement.”

“Opportunities for employment with PWCS Office of the CIO can be found on PWCS.edu.”

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The second annual Stafford County Public Schools Multicultural Fair was held November 18, 2023 at North Stafford High School [Photo: Stafford County Public Schools Facebook Page]
The Center Square:  “A [Stafford County] middle school chose “Palestine” as their country to represent as part of a school district-wide multicultural fair, omitting any recognition of the State of Israel – including maps.”

“The fair was recently presented by the Stafford County Public Schools “to empower multicultural awareness” for students and the community. All 33 schools in the district participated, with nearly 1,000 in attendance. Schools “were able to choose the country they wanted to represent,” according to the school district.”

“Stafford Middle School chose to represent “Palestine,” spearheaded by an English as a second language teacher. The booth included a map, religious landmarks, descriptions of traditional foods, music, clothing, and agriculture, including interactive handouts.”

“Notably absent from display was any reference to the State of Israel, including a map of the country labeled “Palestine.” The Jewish State wasn’t spotlighted by any school at the fair. Among the handouts was a coloring map of the country, known as the pre-1947 Palestine Mandate map.”

“The Stafford Middle School booth was led by an ESOL teacher, who did not intentionally leave out representation on her map. It is worth noting that 52 countries are represented by students attending this middle school, and that flags representing all 52 countries (to include both Israel and Palestine) are hanging in the school,” Sandra Osborn, chief communications officer for Stafford County Public Schools, told The Center Square.

“In no manner was there ‘a deliberate attempt to erase the recognition of the State of Israel by school educators and administrators,’” Osborn said in response. “We take antisemitism very seriously. The school district routinely works with the Anti-Defamation League and we treasure both our Jewish and Islamic families. Last year in fact, we incorporated both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur into our school calendars.”

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Prince William County Public Schools Ombudsman Monique Bookstein delivered her annual report to the School Board of the yearly report of the 2022-2023 school year. Bookstein says this year's total number of visitors was 298, a 54% increase from the prior school year.

Bookstein said the increase could have been because parents, staff, and community members feel they don’t have the means to communicate their issues properly. The organization allows visitors to voice their concerns non-biasedly and seek help in confidentiality.

Bookstein described how she works with her clients. First, there is an initial conversation between the visitor and Bookstein, and the roles are clarified on what Bookstein can and cannot do. Bookstein will then work with the visitor to understand the situation, analyze it, explore options, and discuss next steps.

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The Manassas School Board and City Council will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, November 30. The governing bodies are expected to receive updates on several capital projects, including the planned construction of the replacement of Jennie Dean Elementary School.

Officials will receive a report from RRMM Architects, presenting new information about the site and design of the school, which is expected to cost at least $87 million and sit in the heart of Jennie Dean Park. According to public documents, the two-story school will hold about 1,000 students and feature an IT workworm, a broadcast booth, and collaborative learning areas.

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