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.
Falls Church City Public Schools is providing notice that it intends to destroy special education records of former students who withdrew or transferred from FCCPS prior to September 2011. In accordance with federal and state laws, special education records are maintained for five years after the student exits the special education program, graduates, transfers, or withdraws. The purpose of destruction is to protect the student from improper and unauthorized disclosure of confidential information contained within the file.
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).
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.
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.
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.