NESPTA Public Affairs Update - CIP and Elementary Boundary Planning Update
FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan/"CIP"
Every two years, the School Board adopts a CIP that addresses APS capital needs – investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools – over the next ten years. The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2019-2028 CIP will be presented on May 3 and the School Board will vote on June 21.
View the April 24 School Board Work Wession to hear the discussion about the CIP, discussion begins at the 1 hour mark: https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/school-board-work-sessions-meetings/
Draft debt capacity can be seen here: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CIP-Scenario-for-WS-Number-One-04.24.18.pdf
The CIP presentation can be reviewed here: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CIP-Work-Session-Number-One-04.24.18.pdf
There will be opportunity for community input on the Superintendent’s proposal. An online questionnaire will be posted on the APS Engage! website from May 4-31. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries or comments.
During the APS School Board Work Session on April 12, there was a brief discussion about potential use of space the Education Center as elementary seats or ‘flex space’ as John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, called it.
Currently the Ed Center space has been approved for 500-600 high school seats, and that appears to be still the case.
In the discussion, this potential use seemed to be targeted ‘at a later point in time,’ which was not defined. Tannia Talento asked several questions that were not able to be answered.
This discussion starts at the very beginning of the video and unfortunately the start of the conversation was not captured. The entire discussion is about 6 minutes.
Watch the discussion at the following link, select the April 12 meeting: https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/school-board-work-sessions-meetings/
During the April 24 School Board Work Session about the CIP, there was nothing in the presentation or draft debt capacity overview.
In discussion with APS staff, the reason this came up is that they projected an additional 100 or so students to start high school this year that traditionally come from private schools or rentals units that did not come into APS. Some APS staff are looking for trends and so perhaps, if the 500-600 seats at the Education Center are not full of high school students, the seats can be freed up to for elementary seats or other uses.
The April 12 discussion indicated this may require APS School Board approval to use these seats for anything other than high school capacity.
Elementary School Planning Initiative
APS Staff will publish an update to the initial draft analysis for the Elementary School Planning Initiative on Monday, April 30. This information will be posted at www.apsva.us/engage.
On Wednesday, May 9, at 7pm, APS will hold a Community Meeting at the Syphax Education Center, Room 256-258, 2110 Washington Blvd.; simultaneous interpretation and livestreaming will be available.
Despite making some corrections to APS’ initial draft presentation, APS Staff continues to seem very determined to suggest that a school north of Lee Highway should become an option school.
Please plan to attend this meeting to make your voice heard.
The initial timeline for this initiative has been extended in response to community and staff input that more time is needed for residents to be heard and for additional options to be analyzed.
School Board action on the location of neighborhood and option elementary schools will not take place until Fall 2018, as part of the boundary process, rather than June 2018 as initially scheduled. For an updated timeline, visit www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Handout_ES-Planning-Initiative_FINAL-ENGLISH-Updated-April-12.pdf.
For more information about this initiative, visit www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/.
The PTA and several Nottingham parents have been very active in speaking with board members and other school PTAs. Please join this effort by going to APS School Board Open Office Hours, Regular School Board Meetings and the May 9 Community Meeting.
Let other Nottingham families know you will be attending by signing up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f44a5af2ea5f58-nottingham
Upcoming Survey for Snapshot of Student Well-Being
Please be on the lookout for the upcoming “Your Voice Matters” survey. This survey is a collaboration between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and is intended to provide the Arlington community with a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being. Key topics include bullying, communication, safety, quality of instruction, collaboration, and cultural responsiveness.
The survey will reach parents in one of two ways. Families with an email address on file with APS will receive an email invitation link to participate in the survey online. Families without an email address on file with APS will receive paper surveys (containing individual access codes) through the mail. Families can either return their paper surveys by mail using the provided envelope, or complete the survey online using their access code.
The survey will be online from May 7-25. Results will be available on the APS website this fall.
Please e-mail Simon Mouer, Nottingham Public Affairs Chair, with questions.