Business in Education Partnership Advisory Committee

Business in Education Partnership Council (BIE)


The Business In Education Partnership Council is the bridge connecting FCCPS and the area business and nonprofit community.  BIE seeks to inspire civic involvement by building partnerships and engaging in activities that benefit the community. BIE Partners are committed to helping students become competent, creative and constructive citizens.  BIE partners share their knowledge and talents with students and schools in the following ways:
Providing real-world learning experiences; preparing students for the workforce through internships, mentorships and career education; supporting teachers; donating professional services to augment school experiences; serving as school volunteers; offering volunteer opportunities for students; assisting school staff in the review of instructional programs to ensure relevant instruction; assisting and advising in the development and approval of the Annual Career and Technical Education Plan (CTE).

Authority - School Board Policy 5.12 (I-1)

Appoint. Months: May & June
Term: July 1 - June 30 for 2 years - Alternating terms
Composition: At least 12 members area business leaders, CIRT for Career and Technical Education, GMHS Guidance Department representative, GMHS Administrator, BIE Coordinator, a 10-12 grade student who participates in the career and technical education program.
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of every other month during the school year, 7:45 a.m. - Location rotates between schools and Central Office. 

BIE Website

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Meetings: 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
September 21, 2017
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School 
November 16, 2017  Central Office 
January 18, 2018 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School 
March 15, 2018 Central Office
May 17, 2018 Jessie Thackrey Preschool

Meeting Agendas

September 21, 2017 November 16, 2017 January 18, 2018 March 15, 2018 May 17, 2018

Meeting Minutes:

September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 18, 2018 March 15, 2018
May 17, 2018


Business & Community:

Cheryl Fischer, Arbonne
Patrick Fleming, The Local Market
Erin Kostner, Envision Experience
Tori McKinney, Rockstar Realty @KW
Tanya Walker White, The Kensington
Sally D. Cole, Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce
Debbie Hiscott, Falls Church Education Foundation


Rachel Hamberger (Jessie Thackrey)
Jeremy Blaine (Mount Daniel)
Paul Swanson (Thomas Jefferson)
Rory Dippold (Mary Ellen Henderson)
Cindy Thrush (George Mason)
Ray Wu-Rorrer (CTE Teacher)
Jeanne Seabridge (Director of Teaching, Learning & Achievement)
James Weichert (Student Representative)

BIE Coordinator - Marybeth Connelly
Superintendent - Dr. Peter Noonan
School Board Liaison - Shawna Russell
Student Liaison - Meghan Murphy

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