School Board Advisory Councils and Committees

The School Board actively seeks the advice of community members through a wide range of advisory committees and councils. These advisory committees and councils are appointed by the School Board, advise the School Board and, when appropriate, make recommendations on issues or policies related to the successful operation of the school system.

The Arlington School Board believes that effective community participation will:

  • Encourage a sense of community ownership of and responsibility for the Arlington Public Schools.
  • Encourage the free flow of ideas and opinions between the community and the School Board.
  • Provide the School Board and administrators with advice on matters important to the successful operation of the school system.
  • Provide a continuous, systematic review of the programs, facilities and operations of the Arlington Public Schools.
  • Assist the School Board in its deliberation on selected topics.
  • Provide assistance in the general oversight and planning activities of the School Board.
  • Encourage active dialogue and participation by members of the community in the decision making process of the School Board.
  • Contribute to sound decision-making at all levels of the school system and sound policy setting by the School Board.

Please use the Budget Advisory Council application form or the Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs application form to apply for an appointment to those groups.

Complete the Advisory Council Application Form to apply for all other Advisory Groups.

Advisory Council on Instruction

The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) is made up of representatives from each school and certain community organizations to assist in reviewing the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in developing recommendations for improvement.  For additional information, contact the Department of Instruction at 703-228-6145

Cochairs: Louisa Marinaccio and Tina Kuklenski-Miller
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Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Projects

The Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs (FAC) assists the School Board in the continuous, systematic review of school facilities and the annual and long-range Capital Improvement Program.

Chair: Greg Greeley

Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices (ACTC)

Click here to view the  Charge to the ACTC.

The Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices was created as a joint advisory body of the County Board of Arlington County and the Arlington School Board for the purpose of advising the Joint Committee on Transportation Choices (JCTC). The JCTC will develop and implement programs that further transportation choice for APS students, families and staff.The Mission of the ACTC is to advise the JCTC on strategies and plans of action that will develop and promote transportation choice for APS students, families and staff.

Budget Advisory Council

The Budget Advisory Council makes recommendations on policies and practices related to the presentation and preparation of the operating budget and the financial management of the school system; makes recommendations to the School Board on budget priorities; advises on the degree to which the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget supports best fiscal practices and the School Board’s priorities, assists in educating the community about the budgeting process; and provides, upon the Board’s request, study and recommendations on special topics or issues.  For more information, contact the Finance Department at 703-228-6125.

Chair: Michael Shea

County Council of PTAs

Chair: Chris Ditta

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC)

The Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board jointly appointed members of this commission. The commission’s mission is to provide input on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long-range facility planning for both the County Government and Arlington Schools.

Chair:  Ginger Brown

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board consists of students at the high school level who provide who provide a channel of communications between the School Board and the students of Arlington Public Schools so mutual concerns might be better addressed.

Cochairs: To be determined in September 2016
Staff Liaison: Cintia Johnson, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services

School Health Advisory Board

The School Health Advisory Board assists with the development of health policies in Arlington Public Schools and the evaluation of the status of school health, health education, and the school environment and health service.

Cochairs: Katie Adamson and Vera Cardinale
Staff Liaison: Dr. Brenda Wilks, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services

School Plan Advisory Committees

School Plan Advisory Committees are selected by the School Principal each year.  Each advisory committee is responsible for advising the School Board and the building principal on matters pertaining to the school and its successful operation.  Please contact individual schools for more information.

For information on all Arlington Public Schools Advisory Committees, click here.