ACPS has begun piloting the use of compostable trays to replace Styrofoam at T.C. Williams High School and our middle school cafeterias. Dishwashers are also being installed in our elementary schools where space allows, ahead of a switch to reusable materials.
“Forest” Concept Selected for New MacArthur
The School Board has voted to move forward with the “Forest” concept for the new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School building, citing its alignment with the community’s desire to have a strong connection between the school and nature.
Board Matters: Colocation and School Modernization Discussions
This is a meeting that was designed to focus on modernizations, but instead we needed to briefly address the topic of colocation that came up this week. Watch the presentations and see the documents.
Concepts for New MacArthur Building to be Considered by School Board
Concepts for the new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School building will go to the School Board for consideration this week. See what is being proposed.
Board Matters: Board Leadership for 2020, Communications Audit, MacArthur and High School Project Updates
As the first meeting in the new year, this was the meeting where the Board was required to vote on their leadership for 2020. The Board also heard from the communications auditor and received updates on both the panel of experts for the High School Project and the new build for Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.
School Board Approves Ten Year Plan to Update Schools
The Alexandria City School Board has approved a $530.7 million ten-year plan to continue to modernize ACPS schools while also funding facilities repairs to school infrastructure. See the list of scheduled modernization projects.
Board Matters: Superintendent Proposes Ten-Year Vision for Equitable, Safe, Modern Facilities; Plus All the New Enrollment Numbers
Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. presented a ten-year vision for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget that builds capacity across all grade levels, increases safety and security, modernizes facilities for the 21st century, and ensures equitable investment across all schools.
After 77 Years, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Begins Full Modernization
It’s the beginning of a new era and we want your collaboration as we plan the new facility.
Board Matters: Swing Space, MacArthur Modernization, and Future Capital Priorities
This was a week where capital projects were high on the list for discussion. The School Board and City Council met to discuss capital project priorities for the next ten years, while the School Board dug into updates on the swing space project and the modernization of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.
See Who Got Our Awards for Inclusion
The winners of the Anne R. Lipnick Awards for Specialized Instruction were announced at a reception of staff, School Board and students. See our winners from Douglas MacArthur, T.C. Williams and Lyles-Crouch, and take a peek at photos from the event.
Board Matters: Poets, Scientists and a New Plan for Custodian Outsourcing
Thursday night’s School Board meeting was full of recognitions, including the student poets laureate from MacArthur, Mount Vernon and T.C. Williams. There was also an important update on the plan to transition schools to outsourced operational services.
Kindergarten Registration Kicks-Off on April 3
If you are the parent or guardian of a child who will be heading to kindergarten this fall, this information is for you. Kindergarten registration season starts next week. Are you ready?
Reminder: Family Engagement Survey Closes on Friday
ACPS needs your input on family engagement in our schools. Complete the survey before it closes on Friday, March 29.
ACPS Announces Swing Space Study to Accelerate Elementary Modernizations
ACPS has announced it is conducting a study to assess the feasibility of using the old Patrick Henry school facility as temporary swing space to accelerate the modernization of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. If deemed feasible, the $60 million saved in this project could be reinvested in other school projects sooner and help mitigate rising costs.
What Impact Does Money Have on a Child’s Education?
When we think of the things that have the biggest impact on the success of a child, we think about the teacher. So, following the School Board’s approval of the Superintendent’s proposed budget last week, we are asking, “Does money really make a difference?”