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.
Manassas Park City Schools is open to the public by appointment only. Phones will be answered in all buildings between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manassas Park City School Board last night unanimously in a 4-0 vote approved a return to virtual instruction for all students and a revised rollout to a hybrid model of teaching and learning.
All students will return to a virtual learning environment on Monday, November 23, 2020.
Last night, the Manassas Park City School Board unanimously approved a tentative, conditions-based rollout to a hybrid model of teaching and learning. In a 4-0 vote (with one absence), the Board approved return dates that will collectively delay should conditions warrant a revised start date for any school or grade.
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.
Last night, the Manassas Park City Schools School Board unanimously approved by a 5-0 vote a full distance-learning opening for the 2020-2021 school year. The MPCS School Board additionally opted to move the school year start date to September 8, 2020.
Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Tia Halstead as Director of Human Resources. Halstead brings more than 15 years of human resources management and development to MPCS.
The largest community event in Manassas Park will go on as scheduled thanks to resourceful race directors at Manassas Park City Schools.
Lockheed Martin donated $10,000 to BELL, the Education Foundation of Manassas Park, to directly support MPCS student learning during school closures.
Manassas Park City Schools has named Christine Graff this year's Teacher of the Year. Ms. Graf, a Math teacher at Manassas Park High School, will represent MPCS in the Washington Post Teacher of the Year competition.
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.
The Manassas Park City School Board last night accepted the retirement of Dr. C. Bruce McDade as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. McDade has been with MPCS for nearly 20 years serving 10 of those years as Superintendent. His current contract expires on June 30, 2020.
Manassas Park High School seniors Fahad A. Mohammed and Duc-Lo Nguyen have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ryan Elam of Manassas Park High School has been named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
English classes will again be available at the Manassas Park Community Center. Since 2016 Manassas Park City Schools and BEACON for Adult Literacy have partnered together to bring these classes to the community.
This convenient online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You can now pay for items such as meal payments, technology fee, field trips, PE uniforms, and more using your credit/debit card or electronic check.
This spring, Manassas Park City Schools hosted it's first Substance Use Prevention Use Night at the MP Community Center in conjunction with many local agencies. The presentation was captured on video and is now available for viewing.
Krista Kelly, MPCS Executive Director of Financial Services, has received the 2019 Virginia Cardinal Award from the Virginia Association of School Business Officials (VASBO).
Announced at today's Spring VASBO conference in Norfolk, the Virginia Cardinal Award is VASBO's premier recognition given to one of its members each year for exemplifying professionalism, leadership, and innovation in the field of school business management.