Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Superintendent Search

From yesterday's morning announcements:

The Falls Church School Board is seeking public and staff input on the qualifications and characteristics for our next Superintendent. The Board's search firm of B.W.P. and Associates has set two one-hour Community Engagement interviews for next week to receive comment from the public.

Wednesday, December 7th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at George Mason
Thursday, December 8th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Superintendent, GM/MEH & Enrollment

I apologize for the long delay in providing an update. Rather than go meeting by meeting, I am going to cover three important topics in this update.

Superintendent Search - The School Board is moving forward on hiring an interim superintendent and a permanent superintendent. The deadline for applications for the interim superintendent passed back in October, and the School Board held a closed meeting on Oct. 25 for "Discussion, consideration or interviews of prospective candidates for Interim Superintendent." In addition, the School Board on Friday, Nov. 4, authorized the SB Chair to enter discussions with BWP Associates about serving as a consultant in the superintendent search.

GM/MEH - Link Strategic Partners has helped the SB and City Council to develop a list of questions that need to be answered and develop a process roadmap for answering them. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fccpsva/Board.nsf/files/AFAQBN6845AC/$file/Falls%20Church%20Preliminary%20Roadmap%2011.1.16%20final%20(1).pdf The SB and CC decided to convene a small group to help assemble the materials to answer these questions, and this last Friday, the SB selected John Lawrence and Erin Meek Gill as its members, with Lawrence Webb as the alternate representative.

Enrollment - As most of you know, enrollment rose significantly this year. Looking forward, Falls Church enrollment will continue to grow at a significant rate. The projections, done by the Weldon Cooper at UVA, can be found here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fccpsva/Board.nsf/files/AF9P2Q6288BC/$file/2016%20Weldon%20Cooper%20Projections.pdf The most notable element to me is that these projections show the to be expanded Mt. Daniel will be roughly at capacity (as a three-grade school) in 2020-2021. The projections also show George Mason has having more than 1,200 students in 2027 and almost 1,400 by 2031. As you can imagine, this will place a significant strain on our school facilities.

(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.)