School Board Discusses Charge to South Arlington Elementary Working Group The School Board discussed its proposed charge to the South Arlington Elementary Working Group at last night’s meeting. As determined in the 2014 Arlington Public Schools Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and reinforced in the Fall 2014 Enrollment Projections, South Arlington is expected to have a deficit of approximately 1,000 elementary seats by September 2019. The 2014 CIP included $50,250,000 for construction of a new elementary school in South Arlington. The Board directed the Superintendent to develop a charge for a community working group to evaluate and analyze site options for a new neighborhood elementary school in South Arlington. The charge states that “To achieve the School Board’s goal of opening a new, 725-seat neighborhood elementary school in South Arlington, preferably by the fall of 2019, the Working Group is charged with analyzing site options and providing input on related program moves with the overall goals of addressing crowding and enhancing instructional opportunities in South Arlington elementary schools.” The full proposal is available online. Additional Monitoring Items
- Advisory Committee on Instruction (ACI) Status Reports – ACI committees on Social Studies and Special Education provided status reports to the Board. Both reports summarized the committees work to-date, recommendations and staff responses to their recommendations.
- English/Language Arts Annual Update – The report highlighted good news and summarized SOL pass rates as well as lessons learned and recommendations.
- APS GO! Update – Staff provided an update on the APS Go! Initiative that will result in a multimodal transportation plan that addresses travel for students, staff and visitors at all APS facilities.
- Master Planning Committee Update – The committee was created to ensure APS assesses significant and potentially feasible future options for capacity planning and to further explore, investigate and analyze particular topic areas. Three working groups were charged with working through a series of questions and research areas to identify the significant issues within the key topics that could shape the future of APS. Staff summarized suggestions for the Board to consider and next steps. The full presentation is available online.
The meeting began with the Board recognizing the National Scholastic Arts and Writing award winners as well as School Resource Officer Lt. Ron Files who received the President’s Council on Fitness Leadership Award. More information on all of these items can be found online on BoardDocs. Citizens who want to comment on any of the items discussed at the School Board meeting should email the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-228-6015. Citizens may call 703-228-2400 on the Monday after the School Board meetings to listen to a meeting summary. School Board meetings are also broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 41; live-streamed on the APS website, 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 website at www.apsva.us/schoolboard upon School Board approval at a subsequent meeting.