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Dear Stenwood Families:

We need your help, please.  We currently do not have enough parent volunteers for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Please consider signing up to help for one hour—please make sure it is not during the half hour when you will be eating with your child.  Thank you for supporting this wonderful tradition! 

Principal Dammeyer


Important Facts About the Meals Tax Referendum

Did you know that a meals tax referendum is on the general election ballot on November 8? Here are some important facts:

  • If approved, the meals tax is estimated to generate approximately $99 million in the first year. Seventy percent of the net revenues (approximately $67 million) would be dedicated to Fairfax County Public Schools, and 30 percent would be dedicated to county services, capital improvements, and property tax relief.
  • The FCPS School Board has committed to dedicating the vast majority of the meals tax funding to ensuring competitive teacher salaries.
  • The meals tax is intended to diversify county revenue and to supplement, not supplant, support for school and county services.
  • A number of neighboring jurisdictions already have a meals tax in place: Alexandria – 4 percent; Arlington – 4 percent; Falls Church – 4 percent; Fairfax City – 4 percent; Herndon – 2.5 percent; Vienna – 3 percent; District of Columbia – 10 percent.
  • For the 2017-18 school year (FY 18), FCPS has required spending increases of approximately $58 million

Note: Based on state law, the meals tax would not apply in the towns of Herndon, Vienna, or Clifton.

Learn more about the upcoming meals tax referendum.  

Report: Fairfax County Public Schools Are Critical to County Economy

According to a new report on FCPS’ economic impact by George Mason University professor Stephen S. Fuller, FCPS’ annual spending supports nearly 35,000 jobs in Fairfax County. See the full report.  

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