Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Changes to attendance zones will affect seven North Arlington schools.
The Arlington School Board will host a public hearing on proposed boundary changes that affect seven North Arlington schools at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The hearing will be at the Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St. The changes are necessary to accommodate the planned addition of a new elementary school in Williamsburg and to help alleviate overcrowding. Following more than 40 community meetings and three slightly different plans to change attendance zone boundaries, Superintendent Pat Murphy recommended his plan last month. The school board will hold a second hearing on this matter on April 23. Read more:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Parents have gathered nearly 100 names in an online petition, but the likelihood of the Arlington School Board funding such an expansion is unlikely.
A group of Tuckahoe Elementary School parents is mobilizing in hopes of bringing foreign language instruction to their school. The parents, who have gathered nearly 100 names on an online petition, are making the case that students who move from Tuckahoe to Swanson Middle School are suddenly surrounded by classmates who have had years of instruction. "Foreign languages is a core subject in schools. You would never teach any other core subject the way that the world languages get taught now — half get math and half don't, half get English and half don't," said Einar Olsen, who has a second- and fifth-grader at Tuckahoe. "It's a pretty poor situation. It's sort of an educational malpractice situation, where half of the people are getting the…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Corina Coronel, of Carlin Springs Elementary School, was named principal of the year in a ceremony last week.
Over the last 8 years, there has been an evident change in students who have graduated from Carlin Springs Elementary School. “The kids from Carlin Springs Elementary didn’t always succeed,” said Dan Redding, who is an assistant principal at Carlin Springs and was previously in the same role at Kenmore Middle School. That was before Corina Coronel took over as principal. “When she became principal, there was an immediate difference,” Redding said. “…They are doing so much better.” In a testament to that success, Coronel last week was named the Arlington County Public Schools system's Principal of the Year. She has been principal at Carlin Springs for 8 years and an educator in the county for about 20. “It’s an honor and we are thrilled …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Superintendent's proposed budget cuts about 62 positions.
Potential cuts to programs for gifted students and teen parents in the public school system drew 30 people out to speak before the Arlington School Board on Thursday night. Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Pat Murphy's $520.4 million proposed budget cuts about 62 positions from the school system, including gifted services teachers at all three high schools and more than 14 positions from the teen parenting program. The cuts are among nearly $8 million in reductions Murphy has proposed to balance the school's spending plan for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The majority of Thursday night's speakers were teachers, parents and students who extolled the benefits of having a gifted services teacher at Wakefield, Washington-Lee or…
Arlington School Board will hold two public hearings on the matter in April about the plan to shuffle 900 Arlington students among eight schools.
Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Pat Murphy on Thursday formally presented a plan to adjust elementary school attendance zone boundaries in North Arlington. The recommendation — "Variation B" to the hundreds of parents who have been following the process — shuffles 900 students among seven existing elementary schools and a new one planned for the Williamsburg community. [More: 900 Students Move in Arlington Superintendent's School Boundary Recommendation] The school system has held about 40 meetings since September 2011 on the matter, from well-attended town halls to neighborhood meetings at Starbucks. Murphy said the feedback he'd received has been "thoughtful, informed, insightful and, ultimately, the dialogue was respectful." The…
Arlington Public Schools has requested about $3 million in additional revenue.
Arlington Public Schools has formally requested an extra half-cent of tax revenue from Arlington County, about $3 million in potential revenue, School Board Chairwoman Emma Violand-Sanchez said Thursday. The school board is in the process of reviewing and refining a $520.4 million spending plan proposed by Superintendent Pat Murphy that consolidates several programs but maintains class sizes. Murphy has proposed a series of cuts to address an anticipated budget gap of up to $25 million. And while the school system will add about 30 positions overall, about 62 would be eliminated — including teachers for gifted services at all three high schools and about 14 jobs in the teen parenting program. "We are concerned about the extent the budget …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Superintendent Pat Murphy's recommendations moves students in seven North Arlington schools.
Arlington Public Schools unveiled Superintendent Pat Murphy's recommended boundary changes for seven North Arlington elementary schools on Wednesday. The changes are necessary to accommodate a new elementary school in Williamsburg, part of a larger effort to deal with overcrowding as the population of students in the public school system continues to grow. Murphy will make his formal recommendation to the school board Thursday night. In all, that plan moves 900 students — more than one-third of them from Nottingham Elementary School to the new elementary school. Murphy's recommendation: Further, a to-be-determined program will be moved from Glebe to the new elementary school. Staff will be working with the Special Education and Early …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Superintendent Pat Murphy will make a presentation about changing seven elementary school attendance zone boundaries Thursday night following a public hearing on the school's proposed 2014 budget.
Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Pat Murphy will present his recommendation for changing seven elementary school attendance zone boundaries Thursday night. The changes are necessary to accommodate a new elementary school in Williamsburg, part of a larger effort to deal with overcrowding. The public school system expects to add 1,000 students a year for the foreseeable future. The new elementary school has forced the school system to juggle a wide range of community concerns, as officials moved various neighborhoods from one school attendance zone to another. The changes have caused the most heartburn to parents with children at Glebe and Taylor elementary schools. Staff has developed three plans — one recommendation and two …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The parent conference will take place Saturday at Kenmore Middle School
Arlington Public Schools are inviting parents to a Multicultural Parent Conference on Saturday. Parent meetings will be held in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, English, Mongolian, Spanish, Tigrinya and Urdu, according to an announcement from the school system. APS will host workshops on child development, school and community services, and information on entrance into college. Food, music and exhibits from different countries will be on hand. The meeting is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Read more news on Arlington Schools:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Murphy will make his recommendation on the changes to the Arlington School Board on March 21.
Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Pat Murphy held a town hall Monday night to hear what parents had to say about potential changes to school attendance zones that would affect seven North Arlington schools. They had a lot to say. "It's healthy," Murphy told Patch afterward. "I always feel you come away with something." A few hundred parents, many of them with children at Glebe or Taylor elementary schools, showed up to voice their concerns or show support or opposition for various plans to change school boundaries. [More: School Boundary Changes: Latest Recommendations Released] The town hall was at Williamsburg Middle School, which in years ahead will share its campus with a new elementary school. That new school is part of a larger…