Governor’s school classes proposed at board meeting

The Warren County School Board has approved a request to support the addition of 10th grade classes to the Mountain Vista Governor’s School.

The addition would not start for another two years, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Greg Drescher said on Friday, but the approval gets the ball rolling.

Mountain Vista teaches 11th and 12th grade students in classroom space at the Middletown and Warrenton campuses of partner school Lord Fairfax Community College, but since opening 10 years ago hasn’t had space or funding to support lower grades.

Similar to a second campus for participating high schools, the governor’s school serves districts in Warren, Frederick, Winchester, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper.

Drescher said because districts pay for students to attend, all had to agree to help fund the new 10th grade classes before the process could proceed for the 2016-17 school year.

“And with that comes additional cost,” he said.

Support for the 10th grade classes is also contingent on an offer by the college to provide space.

The original proposal for the governor’s school in 2005 included the 10th grade, but budget constraints and limited space in following years made inclusion of those students difficult, meeting materials explained.

The college has partnered since 2006, also providing library and tech support. Including the 10th grade will allow students to graduate from participating schools with up to 50 hours of college credits through the community college and graduate high school with an associate’s degree.

At its meeting on Thursday, the board also approved a second part-time math coach for Ressie Jeffries Elementary School and the purchase of a used 2012 Ford Fusion automobile for $17,944.

The math coach position will be funded through the district’s Title 1 funds and figured at the rate of a long-term substitute teacher.

The vehicle, which will transport staff and students on a daily basis, has 32,398 miles on it and is available through G&M Auto Sales.

The School Board canceled its March 5 meeting because of snow, moving discussion items to this week’s previously scheduled meeting.

As a result, the board approved a recommendation by school Superintendent Pamela M. McInnis to reschedule its March 26 meeting to March 19. This will better allow county supervisors to meet the timeline necessary to approve county and School Board budgets at their April 21 meeting.

The board plans to approve the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget at its March 19 meeting, as well as address any other business allotted for March 26.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com