Board Meeting Executive Summary

September 2021

About the Meeting

The regular meeting of the School Board was held on Monday, September 13, 2021 in the School Board Room of the Walker-Grant Center, 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA.

Pledge of Allegiance

Deputy Rogers, Fredericksburg Sheriffs Department, led in the Pledge of Allegiance honoring and remembering those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.


Jacob Wigglesworth was recognized for participating in the Sorensen Institute's High School Leaders Program.

The Word of the Month - Reflective - was presented via video by students at JMHS.

Mr. Rusty Dodd, Chairman of the Rappahannock Rotary Education Foundation, presented a $5,000 check to James Monroe High School recognizing three teachers who had submitted and received grants, Ms. Willigin, Ms. Cunningham, and Ms. Kelly.

Historical Perspective

Dr. Richard Garnett, former Superintendent provided remarks about the 150th FCPS Brochure that was recently distributed. He also provided a historical perspective about the school division, the conception of Fredericksburg City Public Schools, and when the school division integrated.

Hearing of Citizens

Andy Bertolet spoke during the Hearing of Citizens portion. He shared remarks regarding the mask mandate stating that families should be allowed to make their own decision whether to have their child(ren) wear a mask.


The minutes of the August 2, 2021 Regular School Board meeting were approved. The minutes may be viewed at the link below.

Action Items

The Board voted to approve the following:

Informational Items

The Board received updates on the following:

Old Business

Don Upperco was introduced as the new Director of Operations.

New Business

Upcoming VSBA Webinars:

  • VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference - September 23, 2021
  • VSBA Annual Convention - November 17 - 19, 2021

Next Meeting Dates

The following meetings will be held at the Walker-Grant Center.

  • Special School Board Meeting: September 27, 2021 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Regular School Board Meeting: October 4, 2021- 6:30 Closed Session/7:30 Open Session


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