Sunday, July 24, 2016

Catching Up

My apologies that I didn’t have time until now to write until about the events of the week.

The big event was Thursday night – the public hearing before the Fairfax County Planning Commission about the proposal to expand and update Mt. Daniel.   My thanks to everyone in the community, the schools, and on the School Board who worked to prepare and present the proposal.  You can find the staff report recommending approval here:  If you were unable to attend (I could not, because of an important family commitment) you can see the video here:  The Planning Commission did not make a decision, but is expected to this coming week.  I’d like to thank the Planning Commission and the citizens of Fairfax County for considering our application.

In other news, in the Tuesday meeting the School Board heard a report from the firm hired by FCCPS to perform the information security and Internet Safety risk assessment.  I’ll start with two caveats: first, this was more of a study of whether FCCPS had established some recommended “information security controls” instead of true risk assessment, and the examination looked only at information security and not Internet safety.  Nevertheless, it’s a reasonably good first step, and points out some key area for improvement.  That is by no means a criticism of FCCPS’ IT staff, that does a lot with fewer resources than the City government IT staff.  I also think we need to look more deeply at Internet safety.

Also, the School Board started a self-evaluation process, deciding to use a self-survey form.  I support the effort, seeing this as a start, and a self-survey as a means to engender dialogue.  I think we then need to go further, and identify real data that the School Board has or can get that could be used for self-evaluation and setting goals for improvement.

Finally, the School Board accepted the recommendation of the Superintendent to hire David Serensits as a George Mason Assistant Principal, heard a presentation on housing costs and inclusion in Falls Church, supported the City Council’s draft resolution to amend the City comprehensive plan regarding 604 S. Oak St., and requested that the City Council allow FCCPS to take some of the money expected to be left over from fixing the HVAC at TJ to allow replacing air conditioners for the George Mason auditorium.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at  Thank you.

(These are my personal views and not the official statement or records of the Board. They are not minutes but my personal summary of some of the highlights from the meeting.)

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