NEWS AND UPDATES FROM YOUR ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
FCPS School Boundaries Review
FCPS has launched a process to update how and why school boundaries should be drawn and to use the new decision-making framework to reevaluate all school boundaries throughout Fairfax County. The process began in the fall of 2018 and will take several years to complete. There will be many opportunities for public input and parent feedback is an important part of this process.
The first phase is to identify the decision framework to use when evaluating boundaries. Based upon a review of other similar school systems, FCPS staff identified 16 factors used by other districts, eight of which were relevant to Fairfax County. The School Board is in the process of discussing these factors to determine which should be priorities for the decision-making framework.
Many factors have prompted this effort, such as:
Some schools are seriously overcrowded, yet there are 6,000 empty desks throughout the County.
A new high school is needed and being planned for the west side of the County (location TBD), which will have a ripple effect of feeder changes at the middle and elementary school levels.
No one is happy with the number of trailers being used to accommodate overcrowded schools.
It takes years and millions of dollars to build additions onto schools. Boundary adjustments allow for faster responses to shifts in population and are far less costly to taxpayers.
The One Fairfax policy requires the School Board to identify and eliminate barriers to children's education.
Your CRS PTA Advocacy Committee will share the latest information with you on this issue as it becomes available.
Article: Fairfax Times, summarizes the issues.
School Board Work Session Documents: Boundary Best Practices (10/25/2018), Boundary Research and Practices (2/25/2019), Research on Boundary Decision Making (2/25/2019), Guidance on Goals for Boundary Policy, Prioritize Factors to Include (3/11/2019), Proposed Scoping of Fall 2019 Boundary Studies (5/13/2019), Continued Discussion on Boundary Policy (7/22/2019), Draft Updates to Boundary Policy 8130 (7/22/2019).
Fall Elections and Candidate Forums
McLean residents (who have registered to vote) may vote for members of both the Fairfax County School Board and Board of Supervisors on November 5. You can vote for the School Board Member to represent our District, Dranesville, as well as the At-Large Member positions (3). For the Board of Supervisors, you can vote for the Dranesville Member and the Chairman. You can find the current list of candidates on the county website, along with information on registering to vote, absentee voting, and polling places.
The League of Women Voters, in partnership with 15 other non-partisan organizations, including the Fairfax County Council PTA is presenting a series of candidate forums. All certified candidates have been invited. A moderator will ask candidates questions generated by the audience and moderator. The formal sessions will be followed by informal meet and greet opportunities for the audience to directly interact with candidates.
Note: The CRS PTA does not endorse, support, or oppose any candidate.
At-Large, School Board, FCPS School Board and Chair of the Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum: Monday, September 23, from 7-9 p.m.
Fairfax Public Access TV Candidate Forums on "Inside Scoop": Part 1: Monday, October 7, from 8-9 p.m. Part 2: Monday, October 14, from 8-9 p.m.
FCPS FY 2020 Budget
FCPS Superintendent Brabrand has presented the FY 2020 Proposed Budget to the School Board. The budget represents an increase of $117.4 million (4.1%) over the FY 2019 Approved Budget. The budget includes a $55.2 million investment in the teacher salary scales which is the final phase of a multi-year plan to bring teacher salaries to the market average and includes a 1.0 percent market scale adjustment. An additional $12.0 million is provided for instructional programs, which includes funding to distribute a laptop to every high school student as part of the FCPSOn 1-to-1 initiative to prepare students for college and careers. The budget also realigns the elementary staffing standard which will result in an overall average class size reduction of 1.4 students at elementary schools during the primary hiring season.
The School Board adopted the Approved Budget on May 23rd. The fiscal year starts each year on July 1. The School Board budget work session for FY 2021 will begin in November and the Superintendent will release the proposed budget in January 2020.
Budget Quick Link: FCPS Budget Documents
FCPS FY 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program
FCPS has released the proposed FY 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program. The Board voted to approve the CIP on January 24, 2019.
Fairfax Country Strategic Plan
Fairfax County Government is beginning a strategic planning process with the community. You can find details about the current plan on their website.
McLean Traffic Analysis
You can find information about the McLean Area Traffic Analysis, actions taken to date, and proposed solutions on VDOT's website.
Future Plans for the McLean Community Business Center (CBC), aka Downtown McLean
The McLean CBC is centered on the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Old Dominion Drive and Fairfax County is developing an updated vision for the comprehensive plan. For more information, visit the project website.
Balls Hill Road/Old Dominion Drive Intersection
The project will realign the existing skewed intersection configuration and provide improved traffic signal operations. Bicycle and pedestrian facilities also are planned. For more information, visit the project page.
Contact the School Board
The Fairfax County School Board is charged with setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of FCPS programs. Share your thoughts on priorities for school funding and other school matters with our delegates. You can also speak at a board meeting - sign up. Interested in what's being discussed at school board meetings? You can access meeting minutes and videos.
Jane Strauss, Dranesville District Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Keys-Gamarra, Member-at-Large, email@example.com
Ryan McElveen, Member-at-Large, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilrong Moon, Member-at-Large, email@example.com
ADVOCACY AT THE CRS PTA
At the CRS PTA, we work with our local officials (such as the School Board, Board of Supervisors, VA state representatives, etc.) to advocate for our CRS community. Some of these issues include addressing teacher pay and benefits, reducing class sizes, and ensuring adequate funding and access to high-quality education. We work to make sure you are informed of issues that could impact your student or opportunities to be engaged in shaping education direction at FCPS - empowering you to be an advocate for your child and our community. Finally, we try to keep you informed about community-wide issues that are of particular interest to school families and staff and might impact their quality of life.
Get even more information and resources from the Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA), from the Northern Virginia District PTA (NOVA PTA), from the Virginia PTA (VA PTA), and from the National PTA.
Have questions or are interested in joining our committee? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer (Artist Workshop, Room Parents, & More)
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