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2-19 Superintendent Reports on Strategic Plan Progress


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For Immediate Release:
Feb. 19, 2016
For more information, contact the Dept. of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6004 www.apsva.us
 Superintendent Reports on Strategic Plan Progress
Board discusses Abingdon final design
Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy summarized the progress that has been made on the 2011-17 Strategic Plan at last night’s meeting. This was the final update in series of reports to the Board.

Murphy reported on gains APS has made identifying what each student needs to be successful. He noted that three key factors in student success include ensuring high quality instruction; offering multiple, personalized paths to success for students; and providing healthy and safe spaces for enhanced learning. The presentation featured video interviews with current APS students who shared their perspectives about their experiences at APS and what they have valued in their educational journey. Murphy highlighted areas of focus that will be included as part of next year’s budget to ensure that all students continue to receive individualized support and attention to ensure their academic success. He noted that this needs to continue to be a hallmark for Arlington even though APS enrollment continues to grow significantly.

The full report is available online.

Abingdon Elementary School Final Design
The Board discussed the proposed final design of the addition/renovation of Abingdon Elementary School. The project will add 12 classrooms and 136 seats to the school and will include improvements to the existing gymnasium, kitchen, and media space, as well as enhancements for pedestrian and vehicle access to the school. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Monitoring Item
Minority Achievement Evaluation Summary Report – The report on the recent program evaluation focused on experiences and achievement of minority students and highlighted findings about the implementation and outcomes of programs and services administered by the Office of Minority Achievement. The report, which is available online, also summarized the three findings of the evaluation and proposed next steps.

Information Items
  • Revisions of School Board Policy 35-6.2 – Retirement – Staff summarized the proposed changes to SBP 35-6.2.
  • Revisions to Select School Board Polices – Staff presented proposed changes to School Board Polices 10-6. 10-6.5 and 10-6.6.
To view the proposed changes to these polices, visit BoardDocs.

The School Board appointed Dr. Kristi Murphy as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Murphy has been serving as the interim assistant superintendent of HR since Sept. 30, 2015.

As part of Arlington Public Schools’ ongoing celebration of Black History Month, the meeting began with a performance of the African American National Anthem by the Kenmore Middle School Chorus.

The Board also recognized the five teachers who earned the prestigious National Board Certification this year. In addition, the Board congratulated Wakefield High School sophomore Ryan Kovich, this year's Arlington County Decal Contest winner, along with this year’s finalists. Finally in recognition of School Board Clerk Appreciation Week, the Board thanked School Board Clerk Melanie Elliott, Deputy Clerk Claudia Mercado and clerical assistant Julianne Kito for their hard work and dedication.

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.

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