Part IV. Prince William County School Board Goes Rogue

On November 18th, 2014, by a 7 to 1 vote, with Lisa Bell casting the sole dissenting vote, the Prince William County School Board deviated from the DOJ Negotiated Plan deciding to alter it by again busing in an affluent area from the other side of the County.

Interestingly, the School Board decided to take the action of moving this area back into the Twelfth High School boundary without any accompanying data report or map. The highly unusual action was taken at the bequest of School Superintendent Dr. Steven L. Walts who provided a student count contradictory to numbers previously released by the System’s Facilities Department.

This action puts capacity at the Twelfth High School at approximately 116% before transfers in its’ second year open. The plan moves close to 600 additional students over their Original Plan and calls into question whether the Performing Arts Specialty Program offered at the new school will be open to transfers.