FCPS Board Meeting Summary

May 9, 2022

About the Meeting

The regular meeting of the School Board was held at 6:30 p.m. (closed session) and 7:30 p.m. (open session) on Monday, May 9, 2022 in the School Board Room at the Walker-Grant Center, 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA.


Character Education Spotlight

Hugh Mercer Elementary School presented a video on the Character Education Spotlight, which was Creative Thinking.

Optimist Student of the Month

Isabel Jane Muraca, James Monroe High School, received recognition as the Optimist Student of the Month.
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Birthday Card Winner

Angelina Naval, Walker-Grant Middle School, was the winner of the birthday card design.
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Winter Card Design Winner

Yahaira Alger, Lafayette Elementary School, was the winner of the winter card design.
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Lafayette Elementary School Garden

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Excellence in Teaching

Teachers throughout the division were recognized with Excellence in Teaching awards in the following categories; Novice Teacher, Mentor Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Division Novice, Mentor, and Teacher of The Year.


VSBA Honor Roll

The following companies received certificates from the Virginia School Boards Association recognizing them as VSBA Business Honor Roll recipients.

The Gemini 3 Group Inc. (G3G): Linda Blakemore, President/CEO

Fredericksburg Host Lions Club: Lion Shirley Cunningham Eye, President

Unmasked, Inc: Crystal Vessel, Owner

VSBA Art Contest

Students are encouraged to submit artwork to be displayed at the VSBA Spring Regional Forums. Albigail Winterer, Lafayette Elementary and Phoeboe Martin-Cole, James Monroe High and Elementary schools.
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School Communicators Day

The FCPS Communications Department was recognized as part of School Communicators Day, which is May 13, 2022.


School Lunch Hero Day

A Resolution was passed recognizing School Lunch Hero Day, which was May 6, 2022.


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Hearing of Citizens

There were no comments from citizens.

Consent Agenda

The School Board approved the following items under the Consent Agenda.

Action Items

Retention Bonus

Employees of Fredericksburg City Public Schools have worked hard to ensure the success of the 2021-2022 school year, and are committed to continuing that success in the 2022-2023 school year. We would like to reward them for their loyalty and support with a retention bonus that would be paid from one-time unrestricted funds.

The following employees would be eligible:

  • All permanent employees who work a regular schedule 5 days a week and receive a regular semimonthly paycheck would receive $1,000.
  • All permanent employees who work a regular schedule of less than 5 days a week and receive a regular semimonthly paycheck would receive $500.

The following employees would NOT be eligible:

  • ERIP
  • Substitutes
  • Employees who are already scheduled to receive sign-on bonuses next year

The retention bonus would be paid on the second pay in June 2022 after all contracts/appointment slips for returning employees have been finalized. Employees who receive the bonus and do not return for the 2022-2023 school year will have the bonus deducted from their last paycheck if possible.

Informational Items

Superintendent Community Round Table

The first-ever Superintendent Community Roundtable was held at the Walker-Grant Center on April 7, 2022. There were 54 people in attendance. Invitations were sent to the community, specifically the Police Department, the Health Department, UMW, and businesses, to attend. Student leaders from James Monroe were present as greeters and to assist with parking.

Attendees were at tables in groups of five with an administrator at each table to receive input from the community. After an introduction from the Superintendent there was over an hour of discussion.

SWOT analysis: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/frcps/Board.nsf/files/CE6NH25FA60C/$file/FCPS_Superintendent%20Community%20Roundtable%20Summary%20Report.pdf

Monthly Financial Report

The monthly financial report as of March 31 2022 has been submitted for School Board review. In the Operating Fund, FCPS has received 71% of budgeted revenues and spent 68% of budgeted expenditures. This compares to 73% of budgeted revenues and 69% of budgeted expenditures as of this time last year. In the Special Revenue Fund, FCPS has received 50% of budgeted revenues and spent 58% of budgeted expenditures. This compares to 56% of budgeted revenues and 63% of budgeted expenditures as of this time last year.

ESSER spending has increased slightly from last month, with the majority of expenditures being related to payroll. The total year-to-date ESSER spending is $3,337,803.15. The total balance remaining in each ESSER grant is ESSER I $182,872.41, ESSER II $2,816,922.37, and ESSER III $5,591,006.52.


Facilities Update

Facilities Update

1. The city culvert project at Learning Lane has been delayed until later in 2023.

Chiller Replacements at Lafayette Elementary and Walker Grant Middle School:

--The Walker Grant project is currently scheduled to begin approximately June 6th once the school is vacated.

--The school will be without cooling for approximately four weeks. However, air handlers will remain operational to circulate air and dehumidifiers will be placed in the library and book rooms.

--The Lafayette project has been delayed until after teachers return at the end of July.

--A temporary chiller will be installed before teachers arrive July 26th and will remain operational until approximately mid-August, when the permanent chillers are installed. The temporary chiller will provide cooling until the permanent chillers are fully installed.

--The change over from the temporary chiller to the new chillers will be coordinated with the school.

3. Replacing boilers at Walker Grant and Hugh Mercer are still in development. Due to supply line delays, these projects will not be undertaken until later in 2023.

4. Energy upgrades including LED lighting, low flow faucets and toilets are still in development and will begin during the upcoming school year. Crews will work after regular school hours during evening and nighttime shifts so as not to interrupt instruction.

5. FCPS is continuing to seek additional interested vendors for the Storm Water Retention Project at Lafayette Elementary School.

New Middle School Update

FCPS is currently in the 90-day Interim Agreement period. Moseley Architects has met with the Steering Committee several times regarding school design and school placement on the property. In addition rooms and areas inside the school, we have discussed parking lots, bus lanes, walking trails, playing fields, outdoor learning areas, outdoor eating, etc.

FCPS has met with the City’s Technical Review Committee to discuss urban school design and elements, parking placement, required sidewalks, required tree replacement, storm water management, walking trails placement, required bicycle paths and racks, outdoor lighting limitations, safe routes to school, required setback areas, road entrances and exits.

Moseley has held one feedback session with the middle school faculty and staff. Over 40 ideas were generated.

Moseley will be meeting with key staff members to discuss specific areas.

Two community feedback and input meetings are scheduled:

• Thursday, May 12 at 5:30pm at Walker-Grant Center

• Wednesday, May 18 at Walker Grant Middle School at 6:30pm

Proposed Policy Revisions

The following VSBA proposed policy revisions were presented to the School Board. They will be presented at a future meeting for approval.


Employee Incentive Awards

Dr. Catlett announced that the process had begun for Employee Incentive Awards and asked a Board member to volunteer to serve on the committee.

Mr. Rowe will serve as the Board representative.

Superintendent Evaluation Process

Mrs. Pomeroy announced that it was time to begin the Superintendents evaluation process and she asked a Board member to take the lead in organizing and collecting the documents.

Ms. Boyd will take the lead.

Old Business

Mrs. Pomeroy announced that James Monroe High School Class of 2022 will take place on Thursday May 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the UMW Anderson Center.

New Business

The Chair announced that the James Monroe High School graduation would be held on Thursday,May26,2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the UMW Anderson Center.

Dr. Catlett shared that 4 Superintendent Round Table discussions would be held with the community. The first Round Table discussion was scheduled for Thursday, April 7th at 8:00 a.m. at the Walker-Grant Center.

Good of the Order

Board members desired to know if they would receive copies of year books.

Ms. Holmes acknowledged that it was the end of the year and it had been a difficult transition. She reminded everyone of the concerts that would be taking place during the week and encouraged people to attend.

Mr. Bailey thanked Catlett, Bumbrey, and Ms. Allison for responding to his question from the previous meeting regarding CTE.

Mrs. Pomeroy wished teachers a happy belated Teacher Appreciation Week and congratulated those teachers who received excellence in teaching awards.

Dr. Catlett thanked the Board for the approving the bonus for employees.

Mr. Rowe reminded everyone to attend one the community sessions that had been scheduled to receive community input on the new middle school. Those sessions were scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 12th at the Walker-Grant Center or 6:30 p.m. May 18th at Walker-Grant Middle School.

Next Meeting Dates

School Board meetings are held at the Walker-Grant Center (unless otherwise noted).

  • Regular School Board Meeting: June 6, 2022 - 6:30 Closed Session/7:30 Open Session at the Walker-Grant Center


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