James Lander, a member of the Arlington County School Board, will be our guest at the meeting to address a range of school issues. This is a great opportunity for at least one parent to attend and learn more first-hand about upcoming school decisions that will affect Lyon Village. Below are some of the issues under consideration now.
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is proposing a number of changes that will impact LV families, including eliminating the Team (meaning Arlington Science Focus will simply be a neighborhood school without a lottery), and changing Key School from a neighborhood school into a countywide lottery school (meaning those LV families in the Key/ASF boundary would no longer be guaranteed admission to Key, and ASF would be the only neighborhood school for those families). The immediate result of these changes will likely be increased enrollment at ASF due to the kids in the neighborhood zone who do not win the Key lottery, and likely a boundary change down the road to address these additional students. Given that boundary changes are likely, this would seem to be a good opportunity to lobby to bring all of LV together into one neighborhood school zone (almost all of LV is within the ASF one-mile walkzone). These changes would take place in the Fall of 2018.
In addition to these proposals, APS is also making recommendations on where to put an additional 1,300 high school seats. One of the high school proposals would be a new 1,300 seat-facility at the Ed Center (APS office building next to the Planetarium), which would greatly increase the size of Washington-Lee (and likely make participation in sports, music and theater, among others, much more challenging).
APS staff is scheduled to make a recommendation on the elementary school issues April 19 and the School Board will vote on them in June. The School Board is also expected to make a decision on the high schools in June as well. Just a reminder also that next fall APS will tackle boundary changes for the new middle school at the Stratford site (currently home to HB) set to open in 2019.
APS is seeking input at https://www.apsva.us/transfer-policyrevisions/. Please share your suggestions and your concerns there or share your perspectives directly with the school board at school.board at apsva dot us. That site also has a FAQ section which may answer some of your questions. A power point description of the current proposal is listed on the APS website at https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FINAL-Presentation-for-March-30-for-web.pdf.