Arlington Voters Approve $42.6 Million for School Bonds Emma Violand-Sanchez Re-Elected, Noah Simon Elected to Join School Board in January Arlington voters overwhelmingly approved this year’s $42.6 million dollar school bond measure on Tue, Nov. 6. The 81.2% approval margin is not only the highest percentage for any APS bond measure since the school division began issuing bonds in 1988, it was also the highest margin of all the bond measures on the 2012 ballot. The 2012 school bonds are dedicated to adding seats for elementary capacity to address Arlington’s steady enrollment growth and will make needed improvements to school system infrastructure. “Clearly, Arlington County residents very strongly support the school system’s immediate capital plans to add additional elementary seats and build a new elementary school,” said School Board Chair Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez. “The unprecedented success of this year’s school bond measure can be attributed, in part, to that careful planning and last year’s extensive More Seats for More Students community engagement process that led to our Capital Improvement Plan and identified the specific projects and locations to be funded by this bond” said School Board member Sally Baird. “I believe this vote suggests that the community expects their elected leaders to move with dispatch to address these critical needs.” The $42.6 million school bond funding will be used for:
- Design funds for additions at Arlington Traditional School ($1.6 million) and McKinley Elementary School ($1.6 million);
- Design funds for a new elementary school at the Carlin Springs/Kenmore site ($4.5 million);
- Construction funds for a new elementary school at the Williamsburg site ($28.1 million); and
- HVAC and roofing improvements at schools throughout the county ($6.8 million)
Even as the school system begins work on the specific projects set out in the 2013-22 Capital Improvement Plan, work has begun for the 2015-2024 CIP. That plan will bring additional sites into consideration for further capacity expansion, and will address the need for more capacity at the secondary level. On November 6, Arlington County voters also re-elected Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez to a second four-year term with the Arlington School Board. She was first elected in November 2008. Noah Simon was also elected to serve a four-year term on the School Board, and his term will begin in January 2013. Swearing-in ceremonies for Violand-Sanchez and Simon will be held in December. Details will be announced at a later date.