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1-8 Staff Presents Framework for FY 2017-26 Capital Improvement Plan


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For Immediate Release:
[January 8, 2016]
For more information, contact the Dept. of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6005 www.apsva.us
 Staff Presents Framework for FY 2017-26 Capital Improvement Plan 
Board Approves Policy Waiver to Allow Transfers to Wakefield and Yorktown
Deadline to Apply for Secondary Transfers or Countywide Programs Now Extended to Feb. 5
At last night’s School Board Meeting, staff presented the framework for the FY 2017 – 26 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The presentation included an overview of the CIP process along with a draft schedule and timeline for community engagement, and provided a summary of the enrollment projections that will inform the development of the CIP. Staff also presented a proposed list of guiding questions for elementary, middle, and high school capacity needs. The School Board anticipates taking action on the 2017 – 26 CIP Framework at their meeting on January 21.

School Board Approval

The School Board discussed and voted to approve three items:
  • Revision of School Board Policy 25-1.3 Discipline: The proposed revision to the policy delegates authority from the School Board to the Superintendent to make a decision about students who request readmission to APS after being expelled. 
  • Waiver of School Board Policy 25-2.2 Enrollment and Transfers for Schools and Programs: In an effort to respond to growing APS enrollment, the School Board approved a waiver to the current policy that will now allow voluntary transfers into Wakefield (95 slots) and Yorktown (94 slots) for the 2016-17 school year, based on 120% building capacity over a four-year period. Families will need to provide their own transportation for students who transfer to Wakefield or Yorktown High School. To allow time for families to consider this option, the School Board also approved moving the deadline to apply for a transfer or admission to any secondary (middle school or high school) program to Friday, February 5, 2016. Transfer forms are available online at www.apsva.us/schooloptions. Parents of rising sixth or ninth grade students can also call the Department of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6005 or APS secondary schools for assistance.
  • Recommendation for Arlington Public Schools Representative to the Public Facilities Review Committee: The Superintendent recommended the reappointment of Todd McCracken to the County Board Public Facilities Review Committee.
Monitoring Items

School Health Advisory Board Report: Katie Adamson and Vera Cardinale, Co-Chairs of the School Health Advisory Board, presented an annual report to the School Board. They highlighted their outreach to families, collaboration on the new Food Services website, and their work on school policies that support student wellness. They advocated for the appointment of School Health liaisons at each school and highlighted several priorities for the year ahead. More information is located on BoardDocs.
Academic Support PreK through Grade 12: Staff presented an update on the three major components of academic support available for students. The Aspire2Excellence academic planning initiative provides tools to ensure that students are college and career ready upon graduation. School counselors provide direct assistance to students in identifying their interests and building their assets to prepare them for college and career success. The Arlington Tiered System of Supports (ATSS) provides resources and supports to ensure that APS meets the needs of the whole child and helps every student reach success in both academics and behavior. More information is located on BoardDocs.

FY 2016 Mid-Year Fiscal Monitoring Report: Staff provided a brief status report on mid-year changes to revenue and savings in expenditures, and had no recommendations for additional School Board action.

School Board Recognitions

The meeting began with two recognitions. The School Board recognized six teachers who were honored as 2014 - 2015 Economics and Personal Finance Gold Star teachers for having one or all of their Economics and Personal Finance classes earning a passing rate of 90 percent, and recognized Washington-Lee High School as a Blue Star School because all students combined taking the Economics and Personal Finance course earned a passing rate of 75 percent or higher on the WISE (Working In Support of Education) Financial Literacy Certification. 

The School Board also congratulated Wakefield High School senior Rebeca Mercado-Rios, who was selected to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Scholarship Foundation to attend partnering institution Bucknell University.

Citizens who want to comment on any of the items discussed at the School Board meeting should email the Board at school.board@apsva.us 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.