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Manassas Park City Schools offices are open by appointment only.

For appointments at the Central Office, call 703-335-8850;

at Cougar Elementary School (grades PreK-2), call 703-392-1317;

at Manassas Park Elementary School (grades 3-5), call 703-368-2032;

at Manassas Park Middle School (grades 6-8), call 703-361-1510;

and at Manassas Park High School (grades 9-12), call 703-361-9131.

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Craighill Named Assistant Principal of Cougar Elementary School

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Marta Craighill has been named the new assistant principal of Cougar Elementary School.

Ms. Craighill has served the students and families of Manassas Park City Schools for more than 17 years. With a career dedicated to the development of language acquisition and leadership development, her experience and enthusiasm will positively support the students and staff of Cougar Elementary.

Most recently serving as the Interim English Language Specialist and Title III Coordinator, Ms. Craighill's influence extends far outside the classroom. Recently she led a state-wide presentation and discussion on the MPCS language acquisition program after the division was recognized as a Magna Award winner by the National School Board Association.

Leading the ESOL department as chair and WIDA testing coordinator, Ms. Craighill has provided training to colleagues for both WIDA testing and ESOL strategies. She served as a new teacher and leadership mentor while developing process strategies to facilitate multi-lingual parent/teacher conferences and serving as a language and literacy team lead. Ms. Craighill was named Cougar Elementary School's Educator of the Year on two occasions; the first in 2008 and the second in 2015. In 2010, she was named the MPCS Washington Post Educator of the Year.

Ms. Craighill will succeed Ms. Kristen Marbury who has accepted the position of assistant principal of Manassas Park Middle School beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

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Manassas Park City Schools Names New Superintendent

Dr. Melissa Saunders was appointed as the next superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools at tonight's school board meeting. Her new position will be effective July 1, 2021. Saunders has 28 years of experience working in public education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction in Loudoun County and Manassas City, Virginia and in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Since 2016, she has served as the executive director of student achievement for Manassas City Public Schools.

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Manassas Park City Schools to Announce New Superintendent

After a nationwide search which generated a strong number of highly qualified candidates, the Manassas Park City School Board has identified the candidate who best meets the criteria and qualities to serve as the school division's next superintendent.

At the April 8, 2021, Special School Board meeting, the School Board will appoint the new superintendent to replace Dr. Bruce McDade upon his retirement on June 30, 2021. The meeting will begin at 5:59 pm with a public vote and announcement of the individual selected.

The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 18, Verizon Channel 42, and on the MPCS YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/s77ApYVY0FA.

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the school board with the superintendent search process.

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children - Updated 2.26.21

Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge to both in person and virtual students through June 30, 2021. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

Meals will be provided at distribution sites on a first come, first served basis at the following dates, times and locations:

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children - Updated Information

Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge February 2021. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

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MPCS Language Acquisition Program Recognized

Manassas Park City Schools last week presented its language acquisition program to school boards statewide. The program was among those recognized nationally by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) this year for its innovation and creativity in helping increase student achievement.

NSBA's Magna Awards program recognizes school division innovation and creativity in increasing student achievement. One of five first place winners nationwide in the under 5,000 students category, MPCS's language acquisition program was selected because of its ability to provide a diverse set of teaching strategies to provide each student with a personalized language acquisition plan.

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children

Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge through December 31, 2020. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

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MPCS PARTICIPATION IN PANDEMIC-EBT FOR ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS

Manassas Park City Schools announced it is participating in the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program as part of a food assistance plan approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is being implemented statewide by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

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School Board Suspends Superintendent Search

The Manassas Park City Schools School Board today announced it will suspend its search for a new Superintendent of Schools.The School Board began its search in February after accepting Dr. C. Bruce McDade's letter of retirement.

School Board Chair Debbie McIntyre-Yurkovich said that the immediate future created by COVID-19 with subsequent closures and travel restrictions are the main factors in their decision.

"As a board, the decision to suspend our search for a superintendent was made to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the hiring process," said McIntyre-Yurkovich. "We want to hire the best possible candidate for MPCS, and the Board feels that our ability to do that is significantly hindered in this current environment."

McDade Asked to Remain for 2020-2021 School Year

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Manassas Park School Board Announces Superintendent Search

The Manassas Park School Board announced that it will take the next step in the process of hiring a new superintendent by seeking public input on qualifications.

The school board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ManassasPark and on the division web site and its social media channels.

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