APS News Release

New Elementary School Concept Design Approved Staff Presents Schematic Design for Ashlawn

New Elementary School Concept Design Approved Staff Presents Schematic Design for Ashlawn At last night’s meeting, the Arlington School Board approved the concept design for the new elementary school to be located on the Williamsburg MIddle School campus. The new elementary school will total 93,578 square feet and have 28 classrooms with a projected student capacity of 630 students. The plan includes a number of off-site improvements based on recent transportation studies of the area. Monitoring Items:

  • 2011-2017 Strategic Plan Report Summary – Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy summarized key performance indicators and provided a timeline of program monitoring and evaluation reports that will be made to the Board. He characterized APS as a high performing school district and presented APS results benchmarked against national and state school districts.
  • Annual Report on Academic Support, Pre-K through Grade 5 – The Department of Student Services staff provided an update on academic planning and supports for students in grades Pre-K-5. The report highlighted three areas where work is being focused: supporting students to ensure they are ready for college or a career; partnering with families as they assist their children with making academic and career decisions; and identifying students who need additional support by using the available resources to ensure all students are successful.

Department of Facilities and Operations staff and architects from the SHW Group presented the schematic design for the renovation of Ashlawn Elementary School. The addition will expandthe school’s current capacity from 459 students to approximately 684 students. It will feature a three-story addition that includes up to 12 additional classrooms, a new media center and a renovated multi-purpose room, administrative suite, and music and art classes. The Board is scheduled to act on the schematic design at its Feb. 21 meeting. The meeting began with three recognitions.

More information on the above items can be found on BoardDocs. Citizens who want to comment on any of the items discussed at the Feb. 7 School Board meeting should contact the Board at school.board@apsva.us or call 703-228-6015. Citizens may call 703-228-2400 the Monday after the School Board meetings to hear a meeting summary. School Board meetings are also broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 41 and by live streaming on the APS Web site, and re-broadcast on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the meeting. All materials and minutes of the meeting will be posted to the Web site at www.apsva.us/schoolboard upon School Board approval at a subsequent meeting.