January 2017 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders

Phone: 571-423-1086


Lisa Tolstykh

Executive Admin Assistant


Phone: 571-423-1055

Karen Corbett Sanders' Newsletter


Dear Families,


Welcome back, students and parents and Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable Holiday Season and a nice break. It's hard to believe that we have completed the first week back and are almost half way through the school year! This winter and spring promises to be quite busy as the School Board undertakes a search for a new Superintendent, grapples with what promises to be a tough budget cycle and continues with our annual work program which includes assessing progress on achieving our strategic plan, adopting the annual capital improvement plan and much more.  I value the input that I have already received from a number of constituents and encourage all of you to make sure your voices are heard at this important time facing our school system.  There are a number of opportunities in the coming weeks.


Additionally, the School Board approved the 2017-18 calendar for FCPS which sets the first day of school as Monday, August 28, 2017, and the last day as Friday, June 15, 2018. The approved calendar includes a two-week winter break (December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018) and a one-week spring break (March 26-30, 2018). View the approved calendar.


Superintendent Search Update

The School Board has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to provide counsel as we conduct our Superintendent recruitment efforts. The Board has scheduled individual stakeholder meetings in January in order to identify characteristics Fairfax County residents value in this key leadership position.  Ten community forums have been scheduled throughout the county to obtain community input.

Monday,  January 9, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.

Gatehouse Administration Center, Room 1600

8115 Gatehouse Road

Falls Church, VA 22042


Monday,  January 9, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

South County High School

8501 Silverbrook Road

Lorton, VA 22079


Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 12:30 p.m.

Virginia Hills Center Library

6520 Diana Lane

Alexandria, VA 22310


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Noon

Providence District Office and Community Center
Multipurpose Room 2

3001 Vaden Drive

Fairfax, VA 22031


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Mount Vernon High School Little Theater

8515 Old Mount Vernon Road

Alexandria, VA 22309


Tuesday,  January 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.

Herndon Council Chambers

765 Lynn Street

Herndon, VA 20170


Tuesday,  January 17, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.

Burke Centre Library

5935 Freds Oak Road

Burke, VA 22015


Tuesday,  January 17, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Stuart High School Little Theater

3301 Peace Valley Lane

Falls Church, VA 22044


Tuesday,  January 17, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Chantilly High School Lecture Hall

4201 Stringfellow Road

Chantilly, VA 20151


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Langley High School Auditorium

6520 Georgetown Pike

McLean, VA 22101


Additionally, an online survey on www.fcps.edu will open on January 9, 2017, which will allow community members to submit their opinions electronically. Additional information on the Superintendent Search will also be posted on the website.


Thank you in advance for your assistance as we continue to search for our next Superintendent.


Fairfax County School Board Seeks Audit Committee Applicants

Fairfax County Public Schools invites applications from persons interested in serving on the School Board Audit Committee. Applications will be accepted from January 3 to 17; applicants must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City. The Board will be appointing one committee member for a term ending June 30, 2018. Click here to learn more and to apply.


Advanced Academic Programs

Parents interested in referring their students for the full time AAP Level IV services must turn in a referral by Friday, January 13, 2017. No late submissions will be accepted. 

A referral may be submitted to the AART at your local school. For complete information on the referral process, please click here.  


Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools develops a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to address future facility needs. The CIP assesses requirements for new construction, capacity enhancements, renovations, and site acquisition. Actual completion dates for CIP projects depend on cash flow and debt service limitations established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.


Fairfax County Public Schools' Interim Superintendent Steven A. Lockard has released the school system's proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Fiscal Years 2018-2022.


A public hearing will be held on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School.


Click here to view the summary of the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP).


Important Dates to Remember

January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - Student Holiday


January 20 - Inauguration Day - Student Holiday


January 30 at 6:00 p.m. - Budget Public Hearing

Luther Jackson Middle School

3020 Gallows Rd

Falls Church, VA 22042


School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here