Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2023-32

(FY 2022-24 CIP information)


Every two years, the School Board adopts a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that addresses APS capital needs—investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools—over the next ten years. The CIP includes major capital projects, such as new schools and school additions, as well as major maintenance and minor construction projects. In June 2020, due to budgetary pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Board, in conjunction with the County Board, pivoted away from preparing a ten-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and, instead, developed a one-year CIP.

This year, the School Board is will return to a 10-year FY 2023-2032 CIP.


FY 2023-32 Capital Improvement Plan Initial Board Direction

Planning for FY 2023-32 CIP per the June 24, 2021 School Board Motion In the June 24 School Board Motion, the School Board directed the Superintendent to

  • Proceed with relocation of ACHS at a maximum total project cost of $6.18 million, to be completed by August 2023.
  • No later than October 2021, present to the School Board for approval the proposed educational specifications, diagrammatic site and building plans, and a reconciled cost estimate for a project at the ACC site that meets these requirements:
    • Provides three (3) options, each at the lowest possible cost;
    • Provides facilities for existing programs within the ACC building, including appropriately sized cafeteria, library, gymnasium, arts space and CTE labs;
    • Adds the maximum number of secondary seats within the stated cost limit;
    • Adds an athletic field similar in size to what was proposed in the May 2020 concept;
    • Completes new and/or renovated space as close to December 2025 as possible; and
    • Includes parking to meet expected demand of the various uses on site.
  • Direct the Superintendent to include in the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP in Spring 2022 a long-range plan to renovate existing school facilities that provides:
    • A schedule of renovations to be completed, and
    • The order of priority with supporting rationale

To read the full June 24 School Board motion, see Appendix A in the FY 2022-24 CIP Report


Presentations and Meetings

September 21, 2021 School Board Work Session

Staff reviewed School Board guidance from June and provided CIP budget scenarios, Career Center site and building alternatives

October 14, 2021 School Board Information Item

The School Board provided CIP guidance including the project requirements for the Career Center campus with estimated budget.

October 28, 2021 School Board Action

Staff announced agreement with Amazon to house the Arlington Community High School in Pentagon City PenPlace opening SY 2026-27. APS will identify interim space to house the program from Fall 2023 to Fall 2026. The School Board affirmed earlier direction regarding kitchen and security vestibule renovations, synthetic turf field replacements, phase 2 building at The Heights and previous bond funding. Major infrastructure projects (HVAC, lighting, roofing, etc) will be included in the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP. The School Board directed the Superintendent to begin concept design for the Career Center as described in option 4 with the base and alternative educational specifications attached below.

To prepare for the FY 2023-2032 CIP, staff from several departments and the Facilities Advisory Council will develop a framework and guidelines for evaluating existing facilities in order to prioritize and schedule renovations.

FY 2022-2024 CIP Development Timeline

2021-22 School Board Meetings and APS Activities
September 2021
  • September 14 School Board Work Session on CIP
October 2021
  • October 14 & 28 School Board Meetings Provide CIP Direction
November 2021
  • Work begins on Long Range Renovation Plan Ranking with FAC
January 2022
  • APS releases new projections
February 2022
  • SB Work Session on Annual Update Feb.10
  • Reconvene BLPC & BLPC for feedback on Career Center new building concept design
March 2022
  • Identify new ACHS site and prepare to modify space
  • SB Meeting on Career Center, information and vote on concept design
May 12, 2022
  • SB Meeting – Information Superintendent Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP, includes Career Center concept design and costs

Note: SB will hold five CIP work sessions in May and June

June 9, 2022
  • SB Meeting – Information School Board Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP
June 15, 2022
  • SB Hearing on School Board’s Proposed 2023-32 CIP
June 23, 2022
  • SB Meeting – School Board votes on FY 2023-32 CIP
November 2022
  • Arlington Votes on Bond Referendum