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4-22 School Board Receives Update on Stratford Historic Designation Process


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For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2016
For more information, contact the Dept. of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6004 www.apsva.us
 School Board Receives Update on Stratford Historic Designation Process
At last night’s meeting, APS staff updated the School Board on the Historic District Designation Process at the Stratford site. This site is the location where the integration of schools first occurred in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs are currently located there, but are slated to move to a new school at the new Wilson site in 2019. Plans are also underway for the building on Vacation Lane to be renovated, expanded and reopened as a neighborhood middle school by 2019 to meet the growing enrollment needs at APS.

APS staff closely collaborated with County staff to develop Historic District design guidelines and designation language. The proposed guidelines honor the historical significance of the site, and balance the importance of architectural preservation with the renovations that are planned to accommodate growing enrollment. The School Board is scheduled to take action on the proposal on May 5, and the County Board will consider it in June.

A public hearing was held to hear comments on the School Board’s Proposed FY 2017 Budget. The School Board is expected to adopt its final FY 2017 Budget on May 5.

ACI Committee Report
- The Advisory Council on Instruction presented a status report on the Gifted Services program. They provided an update on the delivery of services and the status of their previous recommendations to reinstate intensified class options in core subjects at all middle schools; provide full-time resource teachers for the gifted at elementary schools; improve scheduling of advanced class options at high schools, and accurately measure progress. The full report is available online.

Science Update – The Science program provided an update on student achievement and made recommendations to focus on performance-based assessments, staff training, culturally responsive instruction, alignment with Arlington Tiered System of Supports (ATSS) goals, and refined pathways for earning laboratory credits required for graduation. The full report is available online.

Whole Child Working Group – Heather Sauve, chair, provided an update of the Working Group’s progress to define the vision statement and research approaches that successfully meet the needs of the whole child. The group is developing a framework to identify needs and services, which will be used to develop goals and a sustainable system for keeping students healthy, safe, supported, challenged and engaged. The Working Group’s recommendations will be presented at the June 2 School Board meeting. More information is available online at www.apsva.us/wholechild.

Special Education Annual Plan – The School Board approved the Special Education Annual Plan that describes how federal funds are spent. The report must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education annually. An overview and supporting documents are available online.

Prior to the meeting, the School Board hosted a reception and ceremony to recognize the recipients of the 2016 Honored Citizens Award. The School Board meeting also began with a recognition of this year’s winners of the Arlington Green Action Awards, which are sponsored by the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

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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