Relationship with our BOCS

  1. How would you characterize the relationship between the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the School Board?
  • In an ideal world the two would work in a symbiotic relationship with the Revenue Agreement.  They work together to create the strategic plan and set challenging but equitable goals for PWCS through collaborative efforts on the Joint CIP Committee and other task forces.  “The general responsibilities of the Committee are to review and direct work of staff, approve communications to each Board, solicit feedback from each Board, and provide recommendations for joint capital actions to achieve shared goals of Schools and County.”
  • The Superintendent, PWCS Board and the BOCS unanimously passed the most aggressive budget present in years.  Clearly at times they are all on the same page and want a competitive school system in PWCS.  They need to trust each other in that they all have the best interest in mind for the county.
    • “The budget, which takes effect on July 1, includes about $578.8 million for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS). As part of the revenue sharing agreement, the county funds 57 percent of the school system’s budget.”

My concern is that BOCS is a political entity, school board is supposed to be non-partisan.  I do have to wonder how much politics does play in school board decision making due to contributions and political influence from the BOCS and other political positions in the State.  We clearly know who are the board are endorsed by which political party.  Does this truly contribute to a non-partisan school board?

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