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Edison’s Mai Receives Rotary Award

Edison’s Mai Receives Rotary Award

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Fairfax County: FCPS to Present FY2018 Budget to Supervisors April 4

School system facing nearly $50 million gap in funding.

Leading up to the Fairfax County Public School Board presenting its advertised FY2018 budget to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 4, several school board members and supervisors have been hosting community meetings on the subject.

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Committed to Peacemaking

Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County reception honors activists and advocates.

Suraya Sadeed said hearing more than 20 stories of students promoting peace in and out of their schools made her believe “there is still hope for a brighter future.”

New Acting Principal at West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School principal Alex Case and assistant principal Michelle Lyttle are both on administrative leave.

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Peterson: High Expectations for Student Achievement

New Principal Leads Bucknell

New principal leads Bucknell Elementary.

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Fairfax: Board Approves 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program

Five-year plan includes three new elementary schools and one new high school.

This year, Fairfax County Public Schools experienced one of the smallest annual enrollment increases in nearly a decade: 1,368 students, compared to the average of 2,400 since the 2008-09 school year, bringing the total to 187,202.

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Residents Meet with Legislators in Richmond

With the Virginia General Assembly underway, many individuals and groups are traveling to the capital of the Commonwealth to lobby lawmakers.

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Walt Whitman Principal Roger Vanderhye Dies

Previously spent 12 years as principal at Spring Hill Elementary in McLean.

Walt Whitman Middle School principal Roger Vanderhye, 60, died last week following complications from a recent surgery.

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Quarterback Promotes ‘Phones Down. Touchdown.’ Initiative

Redskins’ quarterback urges region to put phones down while behind the wheel.

“If I get sacked in a game, I can get back up and move onto the next play — for the most part,” he said. “But when you text and drive, you might not get back up.”

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Springfield: Key Center Teacher Publishes Counting Book

If Barney, the big purple dinosaur, motivates one of his students to learn to count, Ka’ala Rapoza won’t stand in the way. But Rapoza, 37, also recognizes the need to balance age-appropriate teaching tools with the skill being learned.

Fairfax County: FCPS Testing Water Quality in Schools

Drinking water at 40 public schools in Fairfax County has been tested for safety, a release from FCPS said.

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Fairfax County: School Board Formalizes Search for New Superintendent

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) has been contracted by Fairfax County Public Schools to search for a new school system superintendent. Dr. Karen Garza announced on Sept. 19 she would be leaving that role to become president and CEO of the Columbus-based education organization Battelle for Kids.

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Mount Vernon: Friends and Family Reflect on Michael M. Skinner

Memorial service set for Saturday at MVHS.

Pat Hynes remembers Michael M. Skinner as an administrator was one of those people who “the kids all love, and sort of fear a little.”

Fairfax County: Garza FCPS Departure Impacts Stuart Name Change Working Group

Responding to a student-led group petitioning to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, the Fairfax County Public Schools board voted over the summer to create a working group that would consider the community concerns and look into the logistics of a potential name change.

Bulova: Vote Yes

A legally binding commitment 70 percent would go to Fairfax County Public Schools.

I was elected chairman in 2009, just as the Great Recession settled over this country like a stubborn storm cloud. The market value of property in Fairfax County plummeted, resulting in historic reductions in both residential and commercial tax revenues. At the same time, more people than ever turned to the county for assistance. Former County Executive Tony Griffin’s prediction, in the throes of the Recession years, that “this will be our new normal” has proven prescient.

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