School Board Update

December 9, 2019

School Board Selects Firm to Assist with Superintendent Search

The School Board has selected BWP & Associates (BWP) to assist in the national search for a permanent superintendent. BWP is a national executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of top leadership positions in the education field.


The School Board selected BWP from three firms considered (four proposals were initially submitted) in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, based on its superintendent-placement track record, ability to find a diverse candidate pool and approach to community engagement, among other criteria set forth in the RFP.


“The School Board is committed to finding a highly-qualified leader and we look forward to partnering with BWP on the search process,” said School Board Chair Tannia Talento. “Appointing a new permanent superintendent is the School Board’s most important task, and we intend to engage in a search process that is transparent and inclusive of input from across the community.”


“During the coming weeks, we expect the search firm will meet with our community and gather stakeholder input in a variety of ways to help prioritize desired qualities and develop a profile for the permanent superintendent position,” said Talento. “This will guide the search process and result in the successful appointment of a leader who meets the needs of the Arlington school community and, most importantly, the needs of our students.”


Additional details regarding the search process and timeline are available on the APS Engage page. An initial meeting with BWP is scheduled for December 12, and an update on next steps will be provided at the December 19th School Board meeting.


The selection of BWP for a fee of $45,000 followed an extensive RFP process. The executed Contract between APS and BWP is posted on the Procurement page here, as well as on the updated APS Engage page.

Summary of the December 5, 2019

During the December 5 meeting, the School Board approved the FY2021-30 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Direction. he FY 2021-30 CIP will support the School Board’s top priorities with an emphasis on increasing achievement for all reporting groups that shows progress toward eliminating the opportunity gap.


Read a summary of the meeting at https://www.apsva.us/post/school-board-approves-fy-2021-30-capital-improvement-plan-direction/

Nancy Van Doren Will Not Be Running for Reelection

On December 4, 2019, Nancy Van Doren announced that she will not be running for reelection. Read Mrs. Van Doren's full statement at https://bluevirginia.us/2019/12/video-arlington-county-school-board-member-nancy-van-doren-says-its-time-to-pass-the-baton.

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 Wed, Oct. 30, APS shared proposals for moving some elementary schools as a first step in a countywide elementary school planning and boundary process for the 2021-22 school year. Community engagement regarding the proposed school moves begins now and continues through January 2020.


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


Join APS at a Community Meeting or a Webinar:
  • Dec. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.: Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.)—includes interpretation for Spanish, Amharic, Arabic and Mongolian
  • Dec. 13, 12-1 p.m.: Webinar (details forthcoming)
  • Dec. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.)—in Spanish with English interpretation


Proposals 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.

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New: Special School Board Meeting- Discussion with Superintendent Search Firm

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 7-9pm

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.


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 Nancy Van Doren

Monday, Dec. 16th, 5-7pm

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 Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 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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