APS to Host Community Meetings on Capacity Solutions for Swanson and Williamsburg Update: The public is invited to attend one of two community forums* on interim options to address capacity issues at Swanson and Williamsburg Middle Schools between September 2016 and September 2019. The forums will be held on:
- Mon, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Williamsburg auditorium
- Wed, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Swanson auditorium
*Because there are many events scheduled during the last week of school, community members can attend either forum. Presentations at the meetings will be the same and will focus on capacity options at both Swanson and Williamsburg. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about capacity options at both schools that would take effect in September 2016. The completion of the new middle school at the Stratford site in September 2019 will provide an additional 1,000 seats for North Arlington middle school students and will relieve crowding at both of these schools, but temporary solutions will be necessary in the interim. Some measures are already in place and the additional steps would take effect in September 2016. APS staff has developed a number of options and the School Board reviewed them earlier this month at a work session on May 14. These interim solution options include the use of both on-site or off-site locations to house some portion of the school populations, the possibility of some interior redesign, the use of relocatables as part of the solution, and changes in scheduling. The School Board discussed the range of options and asked that the Superintendent seek parent, student, and community feedback. At the work session, the School Board discussed a variety of factors, including cost, scheduling, and availability of electives and extra-curricular opportunities for all students. It was emphasized that instruction and student support will not be compromised as our student population expands and that adding middle-school seats, whether on-site or off-site, will not affect the high quality of instruction all APS middle schools provide.