Lee District School Board Newsletter

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081


Joann Kinney
Executive Admin Assistant



Kaufax Koffee with

Terry Dade, Asst Supt, Region 3

Tuesday, January 31

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Grounded Coffee

6919 Telegraph Road


Tamara Derenak Kaufax's Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you and your family had an enjoyable winter break! The New Year is always a time to be reflective, set goals and make improvements in our lives.  And while the school year is less than a month from its halfway point, there is still time to ensure that your student is having a successful, learning year!  Be certain your children have a quiet space to do homework, make sure that they are getting adequate sleep at night and if you have a student who is struggling with a certain subject --reach out to your child's teacher for help. FCPS’ primary goal is to ensure our students' success and graduate young people ready to pursue their passions in life!  If you are a parent (like me) with a "milestone" in 2017-- know that graduation is less than 160 days away!  


From our School Board's prospective, 2017 will bring changes in the Superintendent role and again, unfortunately, budget challenges. Please read below for ways to get involved.  By working together we can keep our schools strong! I hope to see you at my coffee or in our schools! 

Superintendent Search

Dr. Karen Garza resigned as Division Superintendent this fall. As a result, the Fairfax County School Board has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to provide counsel as the Board conducts a search for a new Superintendent.


A crucial early step in the search process is to identify characteristics we will be seeking in a superintendent. You are a stakeholder in our schools and we welcome your ideas and feedback. Please attend any of these ten community forums which have been scheduled for Fairfax County residents to share ideas and priorities:


Monday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. - Gatehouse Administration Center, Rm 1600


Monday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. - South County High School


Tuesday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. - Virginia Hills Center, 6520 Diana Lane, Alexandria (library)


Wednesday, January 11 at 12 noon - Providence District Office and Community Center, Rm 2


Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Mount Vernon HS, Little Theater


Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. - Herndon Council Chambers


Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. - Burke Center Library


Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. - Stuart HS, Little Theater


Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. - Chantilly HS, Lecture Hall


Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. - Langley HS, Auditorium


We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide your input. Please encourage others you know to attend one of these forums.  Spanish interpretation services will be available at all community forums.  To request interpretation services in other languages, please call 571-423-1075 at least 24 hours before the event.


In addition, an online survey on www.fcps.edu will open on January 9, 2017, to allow community members to submit their opinions electronically. Additional information on the Superintendent Search will also be posted on the website.

Your input is essential to this most important task.


FCPS Budget

As School Board budget chair, I will be spending a great deal of my time guiding the budget process between now and May 25 when the FY 2018 budget is adopted. Although some discussion has already taken place, this process begins on January 12 when Interim Superintendent Steve Lockard releases his FY 2018 proposed budget. With financial challenges ahead of us, I urge you to stay tuned to the process and offer any ideas and perspectives that you believe are useful to us as a Board and important for the education of your children and all the students in your neighborhood. The budget has to be a community effort. This link gives you direct access to FY 2018 information including a 3-minute video entitled Understanding the FCPS Budget: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/budget/FY2018. Please check in often!  You will definitely want to visit the site for the Superintendent’s budget after it is released to the School Board on the evening of January 12.


School Board Seeking Audit Committee Member

Fairfax County Public Schools invites applications from community members interested in serving on the School Board Audit Committee. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City.  The Board will be appointing one committee member for a term ending June 30, 2018.


Applicants cannot be a current FCPS employee and must be able to understand general government processes as well as technical and complex financial reporting issues. Applicants should be knowledgeable about internal controls, financial statement audits, management and operational audits, and risk. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, January 17.

Get more information and submit an application.


Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 16 and January 20

All FCPS schools will be closed on January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, and on January 20 for Inauguration Day.



I want to send out “high fives” to a group of 23 students at Hayfield Secondary School who are involved in a new program called Student Training and Refurbishment.  Introduced this year at Hayfield, this program provides students with the technological skills to repair and refurbish old computers which are then donated to needy local families currently without access to a computer. Students in this program are learning a valuable technical skill and at the same time have an opportunity to give back to their community. I extend a big thank you and congratulations to our S.T.A. R. pupils for your generosity and community spirit!  Click here for the NBC 4 news story that was aired in early December.


Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans

Cold and wintry weather is on its way! Due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, it may be necessary to close schools for an entire day, to open schools late, or to close early.


Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home.


FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather; these are put into effect when conditions threaten the safety of students and staff members:

Keep schools closed.

Open two hours late.

Close two hours early.

Read more about the Fairfax County Public Schools Weather and Cancellation Procedures.


*In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. There is no Emergency tab as in the past. 


Koffee With Kaufax

My next coffee will be held at Grounded Coffee at 6919 Telegraph Road from 9:30 to 11:30 on January 31.  Region 3 Assistant Superintendent Terry Dade who has oversight of all Lee District schools will be attending so please join us for pastries and casual conversation.  No appointment necessary.