Gunston APS Ambassador News

Community Information Sessions and Questionnaire on the FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – May 14-21
Community members are invited to an Information Session to learn about the Superintendent’s proposed CIP and the main projects in this plan: the Education Center, Career Center, and Reed. Please bring your questions about the CIP process and timeline, the projects included in the Superintendent’s CIP, the financing process for the CIP, and more. A community questionnaire will be available online, May 11-31, at www.apsva.us/engage/cip_fy19-28/. The School Board will vote on the CIP in June.

 

CIP Community Information Sessions:
·         May 14 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Washington-Lee High School Cafeteria (1301 N. Stafford St.)
·         May 16—6:00-7:00 p.m., Swanson Middle School Library (5800 Washington Blvd.)
·         May 21—6:00-7:00 p.m., Patrick Henry Elementary School (701 S. Highland St.)
For more information on the 2019-2028 CIP, visit www.apsva.us/engage/cip_fy19-28/.

School Board Work Session #3 on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) FY 2019-2028  — May 15
The School Board will hold a work session on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) FY 2019-2028 on Tuesday, May 15. This will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd); while Work Sessions are open for public observation, there is no comment period. To watch this meeting live or to watch a past Work Session on the CIP, visit www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/school-board-work-sessions-meetings/.  For more information about the CIP, visit www.apsva.us/engage/cip_fy19-28/.

RESCHEDULED: Elementary School Planning Initiative Community Meeting and Questionnaire — May 30
The Community Meeting on the Elementary School Planning Initiative has been rescheduled from May 9 to WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 – 7-9 p.m. at Swanson Middle School (5800 Washington Blvd); simultaneous interpretation and livestreaming will be provided. We appreciate the feedback from Ambassadors and community members; this new date should pose fewer conflicts with elementary school activities. This meeting will include an overview of the initiative, a briefing on current issues that inform the process, and replies to questions APS has been receiving from the community. We ask that community members continue submitting questions for this meeting ahead of time to engage@apsva.us and can submit questions in writing on site as well. To address the interests of many stakeholders, questions that reflect a countywide perspective will have priority for a response at the meeting; staff will answer other questions as time permits. Any questions that staff is unable to answer at the meeting will be reviewed for incorporation into the Elementary School Planning Initiative FAQs listed at www.apsva.us/engage.   A community questionnaire on this initiative will be available in English and Spanish from May 14 to June 1 at www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/.

In this initiative, staff has reviewed elementary school walk zones and is now working to develop recommendations for the location of neighborhood and option schools as part of the process to create attendance zones for new schools, balance enrollment, and adjust boundaries for all neighborhood elementary schools. This process will result in boundary adjustments for nearly all neighborhood elementary schools, and may result in some neighborhood elementary schools becoming option school sites, and vice versa. Staff will update the School Board before the end of the school year and will present recommendations for school locations and proposed boundaries in Fall 2018 for School Board action by November. For more information, visit www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/.

“Your Voice Matters” Parent Survey – May 7-25
APS is getting feedback from parents through the “Your Voice Matters” parent survey May 7-25 to develop a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being in Arlington. Parents either received an email invitation to complete the survey online, or they received a paper survey in the mail (depending on availability of email addresses). Survey invitations come from an independent vendor; confidentiality is guaranteed and results will be posted to the APS website this summer. For more information, visit www.apsva.us/your-voice-matters-survey/.