Saturday, December 17, 2016

Calendar, George Mason, and ESOL

Happy holidays, everyone. Here are my updates from the last school board meeting.

Calendar - the SB asked the FCCPS calendar committee to consider options to try to end school on June 15 rather than June 21. This would certainly require reducing the academic year from 182 days to 180 days, plus two more current holidays would need to be turned into school days.

George Mason - the school board had an energized discussion. FCCPS presented the estimated costs to replace the room and HVAC, likely required within a couple of years. A roof replacement would be $1M, and HVAC replacement either $6M or $14M depending on what was done. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fccpsva/Board.nsf/files/AGLMGH57842E/$file/FY18%20School%20CIP%20(Amended)%20(1).pdf This is of critical importance because it is unlikely that a new high school, even if approved by referendum in November 2017, can be built in that time period. And if the high school is replaced, rather than renovated, these costs would be for a temporary fix. At same time, our students have to stay dry and warm to learn. Stay tuned.

ESOL - the ESOL advisory committee made a presentation on the recent ESOL audit. The committee's recommendations included hiring an ESOL coordinator - another valuable idea but difficult given budgetary restrictions.

(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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