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The Fairfax County Planning Commission gave approval to the Falls Church City Public School's application to expand Mount Daniel Elementary.

The Falls Church School Board received news this week that enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is spiking at all schools with a division wide rate of growth at nearly 6.6% on the first day of school; an additional 167 students over last year.

Superintendent Toni Jones submitted her resignation to the Falls Church School Board Tuesday night after five-and-a-half years of service.

Falls Church City Public Schools is welcoming more than 40 new teachers, specialists and counselors this year. They are undergoing 1st year Orientation before joining their colleagues who arrive next Monday.

Following a very productive public hearing before the Fairfax Planning Commission last week a decision on the project was scheduled for Thursday, July 28th. We now expect that the Planning Commission will defer a final decision on the Mount Daniel project until September 14, or 15, 2016 (the Planning Commission does not meet in August).

On Thursday July 21st, the FCCPS application to expand Mount Daniel Elementary was back on the agenda for the much anticipated 2232 Public Hearing before the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

The Falls Church School Board has appointed Matt Hills as the next principal of George Mason High School effective immediately. Hills has served as Assistant Principal for the last three years, as well as holding the duties of Principal of the George Mason Summer Academy, and coordinator for the Hybrid Learning Academy and the Dual Enrollment Program.

As we wind down from a very busy year, I want to take a moment to say 'Thank You' to all of our wonderful volunteers who have worked tirelessly on everything from raising funds, serving on an advisory organization, or helping implement new and innovative programs. FCCPS relies tremendously on our School Affiliated Organizations and our community for support, and I am grateful for all that you have done this year on behalf of our staff and students.

The Falls Church City School Board adopted its budget for the 2016-2017 school year during a special meeting on May 27. The vote follows an unprecedented 11th budget work session in which Board members considered suggested reduction of $912,600 to its proposed budget from staff, administrators and school affiliated organizations.

The State Board of Education this week recognized Falls Church City Public Schools as one of only two divisions in Virginia earning a 2016 Virginia Index of Performance award for advanced learning and achievement.

The Falls Church School Board has appointed Erin Kelly as the next principal of Mount Daniel Elementary beginning July 1st. Kelly has been Assistant Principal at the school for the last 2 years.

Paul Swanson, an elementary principal in Indiana, has accepted the position as new principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. The TJ Selection Committee is hosting a welcome reception for the community on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson cafeteria.

The Falls Church School Board met for its 10th FY17 Budget Work Session Wednesday as work continues to locate $912 thousand in cuts to the proposed budget it presented to City Council.

The community was invited to learn about the current state of the Mt. Daniel project, and ask any questions and have concerns addressed.

On Monday night, 4 of 7 City Council members signaled a desire to hold the tax rate flat this year, requiring the School Board to find $912 thousand in budget cuts to their proposed budget. A reduction of this magnitude requires significant reduction in services to our children and our entire school system.

The new 2232 application has been submitted to the Fairfax County Planning Staff for review. The staff's initial review will confirm that the submission meets the procedural requirements.

During the recent GM/MEH Campus Redevelopment Forums, one popular question asked was, "How do recent and future developments impact student enrollment within FCCPS?".

City Manager Wyatt Shields and Supt. Toni Jones discussed the latest plans for a new George Mason High and expansion of Mary Ellen Henderson before a good crowd on Wednesday, March 30th, and again on Wednesday April 6th. 

Parents of students in Grades 6 - 10 were invited to attend a Parent Information sessions on April 4th and 5th. The session will cover MYP grading and assessment.

Welcome Back! I hope all of our families and staff were able to enjoy some relaxation over Spring Break. During this 3rd quarter, FCCPS has remained a busy place. So, as in my previous Super-Notes, you will find an eclectic mix of updates.