School Board Update

January 8, 2020

Agenda for the January 9, 2020 School Board Meeting

The agenda for the January 9 School Board Meeting is posted on BoardDocs at:

https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/arlington/Board.nsf/vpublic?open.


A. CLOSED MEETING – as needed


B. REGULAR MEETING OPENING - 7 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Presentation of Colors: Arlington Career Center AF JROTC Cadets Corps

3. Recognitions: Outstanding Virginia Novice German Teacher of the Year

APS United Way Participation

4. Announcements:

  • January 14, 2020, School Board Policy Subcommittee Meeting, 2 PM, Board Conference Room
  • January 16, 2020, Academic Performance Work Session, 6:30 PM, Rooms 254-256-258

5. Interim Superintendent’s Announcements and Updates


C. CONSENT ITEMS:

1. Minutes:

a. December 3, 2019 Joint School Board/County Board Work Session

b. December 9, 2019 Legislative Breakfast

c. December 10, 2019 School Board Policy Subcommittee Meeting

d. December 12, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting

e. December 12, 2019 Special School Board Meeting

2. Personnel Actions

3. Wakefield Capital Bikeshare Agreement

4. Amendments to School Board Policy J-5.3.1 Homeless Education Services

5. Amendments to School Board Policy I-10.30 Support for Students – Wellness

6. Amendments to School Board Policy I-7.2.3.34 Communication-Student Progress, Program, and Grading


D. CITIZEN COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS:


E. ACTION ITEM:

1. Submission of Request for Extension of Deadline for Appointment of Superintendent


F. INFORMATION ITEM:

1. Elementary School Planning


G. NEW BUSINESS:


H. ADJOURNMENT:

January Calendar for School Board Meetings and Work Sessions

Board’s January schedule of Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Advisory Council and Committee Meetings is now available.


This schedule is subject to change with advance notice provided on the APS website. Contact the School Board Office for more information at 703-228-6015.

Arlington School Board Appoints APS Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

The Arlington School Board has appointed Arron Gregory as the new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Arlington Public Schools (APS). He will assume the new role on January 16, 2020. Gregory will join APS from the Trotwood-Madison City School District in Trotwood, Ohio, where he serves as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read more here.

School Board Names New Yorktown High School Principal

The School Board approved the appointment of Dr. Kevin Clark as the new Principal of Yorktown High School at the December 19 meeting. Clark is currently an Assistant Principal at George Mason High School and will assume his new role with Arlington Public Schools (APS) on January 13, 2020. He will take over for Bridget Loft who was recently named Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Read more here.

Summary of the December 19, 2019 School Board Meeting

The School Board adopted fees for Summer School 2020 at the December 19 meeting. The Board approved a staff recommendation that fees for Secondary Summer School will remain the same as last year while the full fee for Make Up and Strengthening courses would rise to $150. Read more here.

Search for New Permanent APS Superintendent

The Arlington School Board has initiated the search for a new superintendent. To provide counsel in this important process, the Board has retained the services of BWP & Associates, a national executive search firm.


Community engagement is a very important step in this process, and the Board is seeking your input on desired qualifications for the new superintendent. Community input will be used to assist the Board in developing an in-depth profile for the position and identifying a highly qualified leader who will enhance our positive culture of learning and promote excellence and equity for all students.


The School Board invites all members of the community to participate in a meeting facilitated by BWP. Please attend one of the following forums, which are open to everyone:


  • Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. (Spanish), Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road
  • Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m., Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford Street
  • Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m., Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie Street
  • Saturday January 25 at 10 a.m., Dorothy Hamm Middle School, 4100 Vacation Lane


Please note that if you cannot attend one of the community forums listed above, you will have the opportunity to share your input with the search firm through a survey scheduled to open on January 21st.


Additional information about the superintendent search can be found on the APS website at https://www.apsva.us/engage/search-for-new-aps-superintendent/.

Elementary School Planning for 2021-22

In 2021, APS is projected to welcome more than 30,000 students, and will open a new elementary school and add high school seats.


On December 9, staff shared that they will be focusing on Proposal 1 which—if adopted by the Board—would do the following:

  • Keep more McKinley students together, moving a majority of McKinley students together to Reed with the principal and members of the staff
  • Allow boundaries that will maximize walking to neighborhood schools as much as possible and keep together more students from each school community
  • Allow about 100 more students from the Arlington Traditional School (ATS) waitlist, including siblings, to enroll in ATS
  • Place Immersion in a central location
  • Create neighborhood seats in the high-growth Rosslyn-Courthouse area


There are several ways to get up to speed on this process, the challenges that APS faces, and these proposals to move schools:


Proposal(s) may be revised as APS gathers ideas and suggestions from community members before School Board action on Feb. 6, 2020. Any changes made would take effect in Sept. 2021. To learn more, visit www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/.


Send questions via engage@apsva.us or Twitter at #APSPlans2021.

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 7-10pm

2110 Washington Boulevard

Arlington, VA

Agendas and background information for School Board meetings are posted on BoardDocs as they are available. Agendas are subject to change without notice and the public is encouraged to check the website in advance to confirm details or changes. School Board meetings can be viewed live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Visit the School Board Meetings web page for a listing of all upcoming meeting dates.

For additional information, contact the School Board Office at 703-228-6015 or school.board@apsva.us.

Open Office Hours with Reid Goldstein

Monday, Jan. 13th, 5:30-7:30pm

2110 Washington Boulevard

Arlington, VA

The public is welcome to drop in to meet with a Board member individually at the School Board’s weekly Open Office Hours.

School Board Work Session on Academic Performance

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 6:30-9pm

2110 Washington Boulevard

Arlington, VA

Click here to watch livestream of Work Sessions. Agendas and background information for Work Sessions are posted on BoardDocs as they are available. Agendas are subject to change without notice and the public is encouraged to check the website in advance to confirm details or changes.


Visit the School Board Meetings web page for a listing of all upcoming meeting dates.

For additional information, contact the School Board Office at 703-228-6015 or school.board@apsva.us.

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 7-10pm

2110 Washington Boulevard

Arlington, VA

Agendas and background information for School Board meetings are posted on BoardDocs as they are available. Agendas are subject to change without notice and the public is encouraged to check the website in advance to confirm details or changes. School Board meetings can be viewed live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Visit the School Board Meetings web page for a listing of all upcoming meeting dates.

For additional information, contact the School Board Office at 703-228-6015 or school.board@apsva.us.

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