S-CAP 2030 Proposal

PWC School Bus Elementary KidsPrince William County Public Schools (PWCS) currently utilizes 211 trailers as classrooms, and holds the distinction of having the largest class sizes in Northern Virginia.

What message does it send when some educators and students are exiled to spend their day apart from peers, in the less secure environment of a trailer while others learn together, indoors?A report from the American Association of School  Administrators stated that “well-designed systems send a powerful message to kids about the importance their community places on education.”

In March 2017, Supervisor Frank Principi (D, Woodbridge District) put forth School Capital Acceleration Plan 2030 (S-CAP 2030), setting forth a proposal to eliminate the use of trailers and reduce class sizes over the 10 years, modeled on Superintendent Walts’ 2018 Supplemental Budget. 

In addition to providing students with world-class facilities and improving academic achievement via reduced class sizes, this important effort will assist in promoting new commercial economic development and existing business expansion by demonstrating to companies that we value education first and are committed to investing in our future workforce. This proposal describes the necessary steps to begin to realize the goal of a 35% commercial tax base adopted by the Board of County Supervisors and detailed in the FY18-22 Strategic Plan.

Superintendent Walt’s Supplemental Budget included the following elements:

  • $37,489,613 for 452.22 new FTEs to return staffing to 2007 levels;
  • $4,490,675 for 50.5 new FTEs to close the achievement gap;
  • $277,390,000 to reduce class sizes and provide for site acquisition for an elementary, middle and high school and construction of 2 new elementary schools, 1 new middle school and 1 new high school; and
  • $307,443,000 to eliminate the use of trailers and provide for site acquisition for 2 elementary schools and 1 high school; construction of 2 new elementary schools and 1 high school; and additions for 1 elementary school, 3 middle school additions and  1 high school.

The total recommended capital cost to reduce class sizes and eliminate the use of trailers as portable classrooms would be $584,833,000. A 10-year implementation would result in an average annual impact to the CIP of $58,483,300. Read Supervisor Principi’s full S-CAP 2030 proposal, to include a spreadsheet detailing how the plan could be financed. Prince William residents are encouraged to get involved in this issue. Look for town hall meetings, make use of Citizen’s Time at Board of County Supervisor meetings and contact your Supervisor, with questions and to voice your support or concerns with better funding our schools to meet current educational needs in our community. 

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