Monday, May 20, 2013
After almost nine years on the school board, Chairman Michael Wine said he feels it's time to move on.
Longtime school board member Michael Wine said he will not return to his post for another three-year term. Wine term expires on June 30, but he told Patch earlier this month he has no intentions of pursuing the position again. The term of incumbent board member Brenda Foster also expires in June, but she seeks to keep her position. Five applications, including Foster's, were received by the May 15 deadline, said Lana Conner, Manassas Park clerk to council. "It's time for me to move on," Wine said. " ... I hope I've done some good." It was his decision to move on, he said. No one asked him to step aside, Wine said. "No it's the opposite," he said. "Everybody is clamoring for me to stay (but) it's time for somebody else to have a shot." …
Incumbent board member Brenda Foster is seeking to retain her seat which expires on June 30.
Five residents are seeking to fill the two open seats on the Manassas Park School Board. The city accepted applications earlier this month for the expiring terms of school board Chairman Michael Wine and school board member Brenda Foster. Both terms expire June 30. Manassas Park school board members serve three-year terms. Wine said he is not seeking his position again, while Foster has reapplied for her position. This is her sixth year on the school board, said Foster who works full-time for a Washington D.C. public relations firm. City officials will review applications beginning this week. School board members are interviewed and appointed by the Manassas Park City Council.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The approved budget is $330,000 more than what was proposed in February by Superintendent Dr. Bruce McDade.
A $35 million budget for Fiscal Year 2014 was unanimously approved Monday night by the Manassas Park City School Board. The approved budget for Manassas Park schools is exactly $35,065,000—$330,000 more than the $34.74 million budget proposed in February by Dr. Bruce McDade, superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools. This is because of a revision in the state budget, the $170,000 more that was added for school operations and the $160,000 added for food service, according to school division data. School board member Brenda Foster said she wanted to make it clear that the body isn't changing a budget that's already been approved. The budget is finalized when the school board approves it. Before that point, it is still a proposed budget, …
Meetings will begin 15 minutes later so every board member can attend the entire meeting.
The Manassas Park City School Board voted 4-1 Monday night to change the time its meetings begin. Meetings will begin at 7:15 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the school board meeting room, upstairs in Manassas Park City Hall. School board member Brenda Foster brought the measure before the body on Monday night, saying that the meeting time had been changed before and that prehaps it should be done again so that the newest school board member Fran Kassinger can attend the entire meeting. Kassinger was appointed to the board in 2012. The school board is made up of working professionals like Kassinger who come straight from their jobs to the meetings. School Board Rachel Kirkland voted nay to the measure, saying that there had been no discussion …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
More teachers are needed to keep class sizes from increasing in some Manassas Park schools, school division staff said.
About $34 million is needed to keep Manassas Park’s four schools clicking on all six cylinders next fiscal year, according to a budget presentation by Dr. Bruce McDade, the superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools. The $34.74 million budget proposed by McDade is purposed to carry the school division through Fiscal Year 2014 which begins in July and ends in June of 2014. The budget is about $325,000 more than the current operating budget, McDade said Monday night after he presented his proposed budget to the Manassas Park School Board. There are many reasons why more money is needed, but one of the main reasons is an expected increase in enrollment of students, McDade said. They hope to use some of the money is to hire additional staff…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Here's what's on tap for tonight's meeting.
The Manassas Park City Schools Board meets tonight at 7 p.m. in its board room upstairs in Manassas Park City Hall.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Broker to look for wireless providers
The Manassas Park School Board on Monday hired a marketing company to look for cell phone providers who want to expand their coverage areas by building cell phone towers on city school campuses. The school board unanimously approved an agreement with Milestone Communication that gives them the power to solicit offers on behalf of the district. Putting new towers on school property would improve cell phone reception for residents and could also generate other benefits for the district, said Brenda Foster, board vice-chairman. “The company will look for service providers who want to plug up holes in their coverage areas,” Foster said. “This can be a good deal.” Any construction on school grounds would have to be tastefully done and the …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
English as a Second Language will now be called English for Speakers of Other Languages in Manassas Park City Schools.
The Manassas Park School Board voted this month to approve a more accurate name for the school division’s English As a Second Language Program. The school board approved a change of name for the Manassas Park City Schools English language development program and corresponding instructional policy from English as a Second Language (ESL) to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at its Aug. 20 meeting. The term “ESL” is a little dated and the new term reflects that a child speaks multiple languages, Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Bowerman, director of literacy, federal programs and ESL for Manassas Park City Schools told the board this month. The old term is slightly inaccurate in some cases and may be inferred to mean that a child only speaks…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Manassas Park School Board members and division administrators will about talk teacher evaluations at tonight's meeting.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Manassas Park School Board will convene tonight at 7 p.m. for its first post-school year regular meeting. The board is expected to take action on one matter: new teacher evaluations. The board will discuss the matter with the principals and assistant principals of each of the four schools as well as division administrators. The meeting will be in the school board meeting room on the second floor of the Manassas Park City Hall.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Fran Kassinger is a former council member who is seeking an open seat on the school board.
In an unusual open session, the Manassas Park City Council conducted what amounted to a job interview Monday night with Frances Kassinger, a former council member who is seeking an open seat on the school board. In Manassas Park, the council selects the school board and school board member Ron Gill will not seek reappointment. Kassinger was interviewing for that position, which the council intends to fill later this month, said Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones. Kassinger, a Treasury Department employee and former English/history teacher, made it clear that if appointed she would not be an idle caretaker for the 3,000-student district. “I believe we’ve done some good things but we’ve got to get better,” Kassinger said. “We just can’t accept …