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Arlington Public Schools - More Seats for Students - Meeting for All

posted Mar 25, 2012, 9:02 PM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Mar 25, 2012, 9:03 PM ]
From: Superintendent Patrick Murphy <>
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM
Subject: Arlington Public Schools - More Seats for Students
To: Superintendent Patrick Murphy

Dear Arlington Civic Association,****

During the past several months, the APS staff has developed a series of
options for capacity-generating construction projects at 18 sites
throughout the county
. At its February work session, the School Board
trimmed the list from 60 to 39 options. On March 21, the Board held a work
session as the latest step in the capacity planning process. At that
session, staff members presented four "option sets" that were developed
from the Board's prioritized criteria for creating new seats. All of the
sets were developed to create approximately 1,800 or more new elementary
school seats over the next five or six years
The four options sets each
included between five and eight construction projects at different sites:
one option set included only additions to existing school buildings, two
sets showed one new school and several additions, and the fourth set showed
two new schools and three additions
. ****

Staff presented the four option sets in relation to (1) the number of seats
created in each of APS's four geographic quadrants, (2) the cost of each
set, and (3) the timing of bringing new seats online. Board members
discussed each option and gave staff guidance to continue refining data and
to modify Option Set D
 to create a revised set of options achieving the
target of 1,800 added elementary seats. Staff was also asked to develop a
projected timeline for the proposed projects. ****

Option Set D currently shows constructing new elementary schools adjacent to Williamsburg Middle School and on theCarlin Springs Elementary/Kenmore Middle School site, as well as additions to existing buildings at three elementary schools – Arlington Traditional, Ashlawn, and McKinley. The Board asked for further consideration to develop a project at the Madison site as part of a revision of Option Set D. In addition, the Board established $125M as a maximum for the combined projects in the revised Option Set. ****

As our deliberations continue, the Board has asked staff to reach out to
the PTAs and civic associations that would be directly impacted by this set
of projects to encourage their engagement in the ongoing process
. ****
A community update will be held in the theater at Washington-Lee High
School at 7-8:30 p.m. on March 28
.  At that session, staff will present a
summary of the March 21 work session and will allow time to answer
questions from attendees. We strongly urge members of your association to attend this meeting and to engage in the important process of planning for growth in school enrollment throughout Arlington County.
As a reminder: information about and all documents related to the capacity
planning process are available on the APS website at
If you need to speak to a staff member, please don’t hesitate to contact
our Facilities and Operations Department at 703-228-6600 to speak with John
Chadwick, our Director of Design and Construction, or Alison Denton, our
Facilities Planner and GIS Specialist.****

We look forward to your participation as we work towards permanent
solutions to provide instructional space to serve Arlington students and
families in the future.****


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*Patrick K. Murphy, Ed.D.*


Arlington Public Schools****

1426 N. Quincy Street****

Arlington, Virginia  22207****

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*Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive school community,
committed to academic excellence and integrity. We provide instruction in a
caring, safe and healthy learning environment, responsive to each student,
in collaboration with families and the community.*

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