FCPS Board Meeting Summary

April 5, 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, April 4, 2022 in the School Board Room at the Walker-Grant Center, 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA.


Character Education Spotlight

Preschool Programs presented a video on the Character Education Spotlight, which was Treating Students & Adults with Respect.

Optimist Student of the Month

Eva Lewis, James Monroe High School, received recognition as the Optimist Student of the Month.
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Month of the Military Child

There was a presentation recognizing April as Month of the Military Child. Ms. Rowley was present to receive a Resolution from the School Board.
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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

The School Board recognized April 6, 2022 as Paraprofessional Appreciation Day. A video highlighting some of the divisions Paraprofessionals was shared.

Hearing of Citizens

There were no comments from citizens.

Consent Agenda

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


The minutes of the following School Board meeting were approved.

March 7, 2022 Regular School Board meeting: http://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/frcps/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CBGJTC4E9A84

Head Start Approvals

The following was approved: Selection Criteria.pdf (boarddocs.com)

Month of the Military Child

The School Board approved a Resolutions recognizing April as Month of the Military Child.
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2022-2023 Local Plan for Career & Technical Education (CTE) Perkins Funds

2022-2023 Local Plan for Career & Technical Education (CTE) Perkins Funds were approved.


Supplemental Appropriation for the FY22 W-GMS Interim Agreement Initial Design Costs

The School Board approved the Supplemental Appropriation for the FY22 W-GMS Interim Agreement Initial Design Costs.


Revised 2022 - 2023 Instructional Calendar

A revised 2022 - 2023 Instructional Calendar was approved. Spring break was changed and Veterans Day was added as a holiday.


Action Items

Informational Items

Facilities Update

Mr. Upperco and representatives from ABM presented a facilities update.

I. Learning Lane Closure Due to City Culvert Project:

--On or about May 28th, the intersection at Learning Lane and Emancipation Highway is to be closed through July 29th

--Consequently, access to Lafayette Elementary and Walker Grant Middle schools will be via Pender Lane, off Lafayette Boulevard.

2. Chiller Replacement 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. FCPS is still working on an implementation schedule at his time.

3. Replacing boilers at Walker Grant and Hugh Mercer are still in development

4. Energy upgrades including LED lighting, low flow faucets and toilets are still in development.

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


Proposed Change to Regulation - GCBD-R - Staff Leaves and Absences

Regulation GCBD-R, Staff Leaves and Absences, was changed to add Veterans Day as a holiday for staff.


JVG Grant

There was a presentation regarding the JVG (Jobs for Virginia Graduates) Grant.


Instructional Update

Old Business

There was no old business.

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

Ms. Holmes shared that she had seen a YouTube video of JMHS registering students to vote and another video of FCPS librarians discussing the libraries at their schools. These were positive activities.

Mrs. Pomeroy stated that she was excited to see the new extra curricular clubs that were being started at Walker-Grant Middle School.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Next Meeting Dates

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

  • Joint Meeting with City Council - April 5, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. at the Walker-Grant Center
  • Regular School Board Meeting: May 9, 2022 - 6:30 Closed Session/7:30 Open Session at the Walker-Grant Center


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