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Facilities Planning

Find the latest updates below (2014-15).

For updates from 2013-14, visit the Archive.
For presentations, documentation, feasibility studies, etc., please visit the  RESOURCES page.
For information on community meetings and events, visit the Community Calendar.

  • Community Facilities Study

    Posted by Lionel White at 2/9/2015

    In January, 2015, the Arlington County Board and the Arlington School Board launched a broad-based, year-long community facilities planning effort. The Arlington Community Facilities Study is a collaboration between the County, Arlington Public Schools, the Study Committee and the community, including a Resident Forum.

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  • Elementary School Capacity in South Arlington: Next Steps

    Posted by Frank Bellavia at 2/6/2015
    Elementary School Capacity in South Arlington: Next Steps
    February 5, 2015 Statement of the Arlington School Board

    Introduction

    On January 27, 2015, after receiving the report of the Thomas Jefferson Working Group, the County Board responded to our request to build a new elementary school on the Thomas Jefferson site. (More)
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  • County Board Votes "Not Now" to New Elementary School on Thomas Jefferson Site

    Posted by Lionel White at 1/28/2015

    The Arlington County Board votes to ”not approve at this time” Arlington Public School’s request to build a new school on the Thomas Jefferson site. 

    Documents:
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  • School Board Adopts Boundary Refinement Plan to Balance Enrollment at Selected North Arlington Elementary Schools

    Posted by Lionel White at 1/23/2015

    After considering the input from an extensive community engagement process, the recommendations of the Projection/Capacity Subcommittee of the Facilities Advisory Committee and the Superintendent, the Arlington School Board adopted Plan D to balance enrollment at selected elementary schools in North Arlington at last night’s Board meeting.

    Documents:
    Map of School Year 2015-16 Elementary Boundaries - Boundaries take effect September 2015
    Map of School Year 2016-17 Elementary Boundaries - Boundaries take effect September 2016
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  • Superintendent's Recommendation for Boundary Refinements Presented to School Board

    Posted by Lionel White at 1/9/2015
    Last night the Superintendent's boundary refinement  recommendation (Plan D) was presented to the School Board for balancing elementary enrollment at selected schools in North Arlington. 

    The recommendation's objective is to:
    • Improve enrollment balance among schools.
    • Balance enrollment by changing boundaries as proposed in Plan D.
    • Relocate Pre-K and other programs to balance enrollment between schools and increase continuity for students’ educational programming.
     
    The School Board has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed boundary refinements on January 15 and is slated to vote on a final plan on January 22. 
     
    Documents:
     
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  • School Board Holds Work Session to Discuss Boundary Refinements at Selected Elementary Schools in North Arlington

    Posted by Lionel White at 1/6/2015
    On January 5, 2015 the School Board held a work session where the Superintendent's recommendation (Plan D) was presented for discussion.  The purpose of the current boundary refinement process is to balance elementary enrollment at selected schools in North Arlington. The remaining schedule for the School Board process includes the following dates:
     
    • School Board Meeting Information Item, Thu, Jan. 8, 7:30 pm, Arlington Education Center, Board Room
      The Superintendent's boundary refinement recommendation presented to the School Board for their consideration. 
    • School Board Public Hearing, Thu., Jan. 15,  7:30 pm, Arlington Education Center, Board Room
      The School Board will hear public comment on the Superintendent’s recommendation.
    • School Board Meeting Action Item, Thu, Jan. 22, 7:30 pm, Arlington Education Center, Board Room
      The School Board will take action on boundary refinements for identified North Arlington Elementary Schools.
     
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  • School Board Adopts Capacity Plan for Secondary Seats

    Posted by Lionel White at 12/22/2014
    After considering the input from an extensive community engagement process and the recommendations of the APS Facilities Advisory Committee and the Superintendent, the Arlington School Board adopted a plan to increase secondary capacity at last night’s meeting. The approved options are all slated to be completed by the start of school in September 2019, and include the following:

    New Construction for a School at the Wilson Site
    • Estimated Seats: 775
    • Maximum Estimated Project Cost: $80,200,000
    • Programs to be re-located to the Wilson site include the H-B Woodlawn Secondary, Stratford, ESOL/HILT and Asperger’s Programs (all currently located at the Stratford site)
    Renovation/Addition at the Stratford Site for a New Neighborhood Middle School
    • Estimated Seats: 1,000 (resulting in 296 additional seats)
    • Maximum Project Cost: $29,200,000
    • A boundary process to include all stakeholders will be undertaken to determine the boundary for the new neighborhood middle school
    Additional Secondary Seats
    • Estimated Additional Seats: 300
    • Maximum Project Cost: $16,600,000
    • Additional seats will be located at multiple secondary sites through renovations to increase capacity and/or a single secondary site with an addition
    • Staff will make a recommendation to the School Board about the location(s) of the additional seats not later than the next CIP process, providing the Board with flexibility to provide seats where they are most needed and in the most cost-effective way
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  • Community Meeting #2 Held to Review Staff's Preliminary Boundary Refinement Options to Balance Enrollment at Selected Schools in North Arlington

    Posted by Lionel White at 12/10/2014
    APS Facilities & Operations staff hosted Community Meeting #2 to engage the community in discussion around Staff's preliminary boundary refinement recommendations for balancing student enrollment at selected elementary schools in the northern part of Arlington County.  Based on staff work and consideration of stakeholder feedback obtained during the community comment period, Staff narrowed down the boundary refinement options to develop the preferred and alternative boundary recommendations that were presented last night. In addition to the boundary refinement recommendations, APS will also be considering the future relocation of some countywide programs to assist in better balancing enrollment across elementary schools. 
     
    Community engagement for the boundary refinement process is still underway.  Please click this link (feedback) to share your thoughts on F&O Staff's preferred and alternative preliminary recommendations.  The deadline for stakeholders to submit feedback on the preliminary recommendations will be 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. F&O staff will use the feedback received to help develop the final recommendation(s) to the Superintendent by the end of the year.  For more information on upcoming community engagement opportunities please visit the MoreSeats calendar.
     
    Document:
    Feedback  (Deadline to submit feedback is Friday, December 19, 2014 at noon).
    Capacity Utilization Estimates 2015 thru 2024 for the "preliminary' Staff Recommendations.
     
     
     
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  • Capacity Utilization Charts for Fall 2014-2024

    Posted by Lionel White at 11/21/2014
    Capacity Utilization Charts (School Years 2014 - 2024)
     
    The APS planning capacity model is used to determine the "brick and mortar" capacity for a school. The model takes into account the number of regular classrooms for each grade and the number of other classrooms in a school and reflects how many students that school should have. Other classrooms can be art, music, and computer rooms as well as special education and other general education classrooms. The school building capacity is divided by the number of current and projected students to get the utilization percentage for a school in a given year.  Please note that relocatables are not counted in the school capacity totals.
    • Capacity Utilization Scenario 1 -- Preferred option - New Elementary School @ Jefferson Site (Document)
    • Capacity Utilization Scenario 2 -- Alternative option - Additions at Randolph & Barcroft elementary schools (Document)
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  • Change of Venue for Community Meeting #2 to Discuss Possible Boundary Refinement Options to Balance Enrollment at Selected Schools in North Arlington

    Posted by Lionel White at 11/20/2014
    Arlington Public Schools announces a change in the location of the December 9th  Second Community Meeting on Selected North Arlington Elementary School Boundary Refinements.  The meeting, previously scheduled for the Williamsburg Middle School auditorium, has been moved to the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program auditorium at 7 pm.  H-B Woodlawn is located at 4100 Vacation Lane, just off Lee highway and Military Road.  At this meeting staff will provide feedback they have received from community members on possible minor planning unit move adjustments to address projected enrollment changes at Ashlawn, Glebe, Jamestown, McKinley, Nottingham, Taylor and Tuckahoe Elementary Schools as a result of the planned opening of Discovery Elementary School in September 2015.
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