(Fairfax, VA) J.E.B. Stuart HS Renaming | FCPS Contracting Award Process - Insiders Perspective

The Purchasing and Contracts program employs best practices and implements innovative strategies to secure quality goods and services in a timely manner at a reasonable cost, while ensuring that all purchasing actions are conducted fairly and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. School and departmental needs for the highest quality goods and services at optimal cost are met through collaborative
requirements, redeployment of surplus materials, cooperative purchasing, comparative pricing, and competitive procurement.

The competitive thresholds are:
• Small Purchases – Less than $5,000
• Informal Bids (requires quotes) - $5,000 - $99,999.99
• Formal Bids (sealed bidding) or Competitive Negotiation (RFP) – Greater than $100,000

Given the timeframe for appointing the Superintendent’s Ad Hoc Committee to Consider Renaming J.E.B. Stuart High School, FCPS decided to issue an informal RFP (please note the dollar range above). . Please note that the Stuart RFP was drafted to provide flexibility, should the Board consider renaming schools in the future. The $5,000 - $100,000 threshold will allow FCPS to utilize the same facilitator without having to reissue an RFP.

1. Can an individual board member authorize an expenditure of $100,000?
The superintendent generally authorizes FCPS expenditures. Any expenditure abouve $5,000 RFP’s are reviewed and awarded by selection advisory committees, comprised of FCPS staff.

2. Where in the school budget is the $100,000 available for this effort?
We will be able to use current FCPS funds to cover the cost of the Facilitator. We anticipate that the costs will be well below $100,000.

3. What is the standard time frame for an RFP from posting to implementation?
The standard timeframe for a formal RFP is six months. The timeframe for an informal RFP can depend upon the number of proposals received, the complexity of the project, and whether there are negotiations for pricing or the complexity of scope.

4. How is an RFP publicized?
A formal RFP is publicized via a procurement portal (eVA) managed by the State of Virginia. We also post formal RFP’s on the following Fairfax County website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/solicitation/ . An informal RFP can be issued directly to at least four vendors, and there no requirements for posting.

5. Who authorized the hiring of a consultant?
The superintendent authorized the hiring of a consultant.

6. Who will select the consultant?
The selection advisory committee, comprised of FCPS staff, will evaluate the RFP and select the vendor.

Marty K. Smith
Chief of Staff
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Falls Church, VA 22042
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Fairfax County Public Schools
20. 3/28/17 - FOIA cover letter


The big school board decision whether to spend one million dollars to rename JEB Stuart High School will be at 7pm July 27 at Luther Jackson Middle School.  A couple of action items for those interested in helping stop this costly name game nonsense:

1) Here is a hilarious two minute video on youtube that you must watch that mocks the school board and their name change fiasco:


Please copy the links and send to friends and post on social media to help go viral.  

2) Please sign the change.org petition to prohibit the Fairfax County School Board from wasting money on costly and unnecessary school name changes in the county at https://www.change.org/p/fairfax-county-school-board-prohibit-unnecessary-and-costly-renaming-of-public-schools-in-fairfax-county-virginia?recruiter=44540875&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

People need to understand that changing JEB Stuart's name is setting a new precedent to change 30 other school names in the county for an estimated cost of 20 million dollars.  Next up will be the local high schools of Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,Mount Vernon  Fairfax, Chantilly, and Langley (as they all have historic associations with slavery).  The petition prohibiting school name changes has the endorsements of former Congressman Tom Davis, former school board members, numerous local parents groups, taxpayer watchdog groups, key former alumni, authors, and a growing list of other prominent citizens.  

Also, FYI, JEB Stuart High School is dominated by minorities at 50% Latino, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and 25% White.  Despite being named after a Virginian General from the Civil War (who was an incredible soldier and person of good moral character, and who had his military headquarters adjacent to the high school), the 60 year old school was a model of ethnic integration and harmony for 60 years, until outside agitators infiltrated with a small group of students who then poisoned the atmosphere two years ago.  A student poll last year was taken at the JEB Stuart High School last year and found that 90% of the students either wanted to the keep the current name or found no compelling need to change it.   

But the school board is disregarding the overwhelming majority of the community and is on the verge of ramming through another one of their ill-conceived ideas of misplaced priorities, while ignoring more pressing needs like reducing school class sizes, increasing teacher pay, upgrading facilities, and focusing on better management.   They are even ignoring the rat and cockroach infestations in the school(s), as confirmed by student complaints.

3) Write email letters, call and visit all the school board members, but specially Ilryong Moon and Ryan McElveen because they are the At-Large school board members who are the swing votes to decide whether to teach history or erase history and waste a million dollars to do it.  The school board member email addresses areRyan.McElveen@fcps.edu;ilryong.moon@fcps.eduMegan.McLaughlin@fcps.eduJane.Strauss@fcps.edu;Pat.Hynes@fcps.edutdkaufax@fcps.edussevans@fcps.eduklcorbettsan@fcps.edu;dapalchik@fcps.eduElizabeth.Schultz@fcps.edutawilson1@fcps.edu; ssbrabrand@fcps.edu

Also, carbon copy all the members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov;  mason@fairfaxcounty.gov;  braddock@fairfaxcounty.govdranesville@fairfaxcounty.govhuntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov;  leedist@fairfaxcounty.govmtvernon@fairfaxcounty.gov;  provdist@fairfaxcounty.gov;  springfield@fairfaxcounty.govsully@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Also, carbon copy other democrat party members and newspaper editors to let them know that people are upset about the misplaced priorities.  

4) Lastly, please try to attend the Thursday 7pm July 27 FCSB Meeting where the school board will make their final decision on this damaging precedent.  The meeting is at Luther Jackson Middle School.  Suggest wearing school spirit and standing in support of the JEB Stuart Name Keeper speakers trying to save their history and heritage.

FCPS School Board Work Session 7-17-17 J.E.B. Stuart Renaming

FCPS School Board Meeting - July 13, 2017

J.E.B. Stuart H.S. Name Change Debate

J.E.B. Stuart 

J.E.B. Stuart 

JEB Stuart HS Name Change: $1M Waste by Fx County School Board

(7/21/2017 @EC) "Great meeting last night. Got some signs back. Let me know if you'd like one. Otherwise I will put them out to the streets."

Chris Grisafe for School Board Update!

Posted on July 17, 2017

Early voting has started! We need your vote to save the seat! You can vote early in person at the Government Center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday August 26th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, located at:

12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035

To Vote Absentee by Mail

Request an absentee ballot here: Once recieved, complete your ballot and place in mail no later than Friday, August 25th to reach the elections board by election day, August 29th!

Voting on Election Day, August 29, 2017

Your regular polling location will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you are unsure where to vote on election day click here! 

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Chris Grisafe

for Fairfax County School Board at-Large

National Security Professional  ◦  Veteran ◦  Passionate Volunteer

Special Election to Be Held August 29 to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

Meet and Greet Chris Grisafe 

Chris Grisafe: 
I am running for Fairfax County School Board at-Large because I want to protect the excellence in our schools. "

Chris Grisafe: "
FCPS must continue to provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship. We must empower and educate our students for success and meaningful lives."

Chris Grisafe: 
Excellence in our school system directly impacts the success of our community and I know from personal experience the impact that quality schools can have in the lives of children."

Chris Grisafe: "
I now seek to serve and give back to create for students more opportunities like those I've been fortunate enough to encounter along the way!"

​I would be honored to have your support and your vote.
- Chris

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Fairfax Democrats Endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large

A special election will be held on August 29th, 2017 for an At-Large (countywide) Member of the Fairfax County School Board to fill a vacancy.

The members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee voted on June 23rd to endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large.  We thank all the candidates and members who participated in the process.  Keys-Gamarra will enjoy our full support going into the August 29 special election.

Source: http://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/2017/06/01/endorsement-of-at-large-school-board-member-for-2017-special-election/

Posted on June 22, 2017

Contact: Steve Buckingham


Fairfax County Republican Committee Endorsement of Chris Grisafe for School Board At-Large

Last night at FCRC’s monthly meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to endorse Chris Grisafe for the vacant Fairfax County School Board At-Large seat, previously held by Jeanette Hough. Both Jeanette and sitting School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz spoke highly of Chris. Chris expressed his sincere gratitude and spoke about how eager he was to get to work to improve the lives of every child and parent in the county through a better school system.

After the endorsement, FCRC Chairman Matt Ames said, “I’ve known Chris for many years, and he will be an outstanding School Board member.  He will bring the same kind of respectful, courteous, and effective questioning of the status quo that Jeanette Hough exemplified.  Chris knows from his own life experience the value of a strong education, and he is determined to make sure that the Fairfax County Public Schools continue to live up to their reputation.”


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Source: http://fairfaxgop.org/

(Fairfax, VA) Special Election to Be Held August 29 to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce D. White has authorized a special election to fill the School Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeanette Hough, member-at-large, who resigned on May 31. The special election will be held on Tuesday, August 29, to fill the remainder of the term of office, which extends until January 1, 2020.

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From: https://patch.com/virginia/oakton/op-ed-fcps-has-a-credibility-problem

Op-Ed: FCPS Has a Credibility Problem

Michele Menapace, a parent advocate, questions some of the school board's budget decisions

By Nicole Trifone (Patch Staff) - Updated May 17, 2012 2:25 pm ET


"Is your credibility limit strained by learning about an FCPS contract awarded to a paid election campaign consultant?  In February, three days after posting the request for proposal, FCPS awarded a $35,000 contract to Arcasun, a newly-formed company owned and operated by Shaista Keating. (Ms. Keating was paid $10,000 to advise Jane Strauss’ election campaign last fall and also heads the group Fairfax Full Day Kindergarten. Fairfax FDK is an advocacy group that publicly supported school board candidates in favor of full-day kindergarten in all Fairfax County elementary schools.) Arcasun has no previous experience and its Fairfax County business license had not been issued when the contract was awarded. "


Chris Grisafe Announces Run for

Fairfax County School Board At-Large Seat


Veteran & national security professional seeks to 

“protect excellence in FCPS”

FAIRFAX, VA, May 31, 2017 –

Chris Grisafe has announced he is running for the Fairfax County School Board at-Large position for the upcoming special election to be held this summer. The date of the special election, which has not yet been determined, will be set by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court in accordance with Virginia law.


The seat is currently held by Jeanette Hough, who was elected in 2015, and will be vacated as of May 31, 2017. Hough has announced she must leave the School Board position governing Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a result of her husband's service. The family is being transferred overseas.


A national security professional and veteran, Grisafe said he's running because "I want to protect the excellence in Fairfax County Public Schools." With a special election taking place in the summer, Grisafe will focus on reaching out to voters during a time when most Fairfax County residents are not thinking about returning to the voting booth.


"FCPS must continue to provide a high quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship,” added Grisafe, who also serves as a volunteer advisor and mentor to college students.


Having tragically lost his mother early in life, "I cannot overstate the importance and influence of the many teachers and mentors who have been consequential guide posts in my life," said Grisafe. "I know personally how important it is to empower and educate our students so they can lead successful and meaningful lives."


Among the nation’s largest school systems, Fairfax County Public Schools has been ground zero for social and academic experimentation. "A local school board's emphasis must be on the students," Grisafe added regarding his desire to run.


Talking from personal experience, he said he was greatly influenced by dedicated teachers and mentors to succeed in community college, serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, graduate from Loyola Marymount University and earn an MBA from Virginia Tech.


“It is imperative that we keep FCPS focused on its primary mission – to provide a high-quality education,” said Grisafe.  The current School Board’s May 25th vote to balance the budget for the next fiscal year by increasing class size is just one example of why “Fairfax County needs an at-Large School Board Member who will insist on evidence-based data in its decisions to benefit all of our students.”


Prioritizing rigor in the curriculum, workforce and college readiness means “the School Board must focus on good metrics, eliminating redundancy and encouraging efficiency,” said Grisafe "to enable FCPS to allocate our precious resources where they are needed most - for our teachers and our students in the classroom.”


Parents and community members have often been frustrated with by the School Board’s focus on issues other than student academic achievement. Fairfax County voters overwhelmingly rejected a Meals Tax Referendum last November which was advertised ostensibly to add the tax, in part at least, for education needs.


"I will approach policy matters with an open mind and seek to understand issues with compassion," said Grisafe. "Still, the focus must always be on the merits those issues and the data to support good decision-making."


Once the date of the special election is set by the court, Fairfax County residents will elect the new at-Large School Board Member to serve the balance of Hough’s term, which ends in November 2019. All registered voters in Fairfax County are able to vote for an at-Large candidate.



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