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Monique O'Grady (APS School Board Member), Lisa Stengle (Executive Director of APS Planning and Evaluation), and Meg Tuccillo (Consultant for APS Planning and Evaluation) met with ASFS parents in the library to answer some of our questions about the ASFS/Key swap on September 18th. Though no new information has been published at this time (see update from 9-11-18), we tried to seek clarity around a few key issues. Here are some of the highlights:
If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Merrill or Dena Porter.
On August 28th, APS Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy announced that ASFS and Key will “swap” buildings in either Fall 2020 or Fall 2021. This removes our community from the Fall 2018 boundary process. This means that ASFS boundaries will not change in the 2019-20 school year. As this swap represents a programmatic switch and not a change in boundaries, Dr. Murphy does not need school board approval to make this decision.
APS staff has released additional information over the last week (see the overview posted here), including two memos exchanged between APS staff and the School Board prior to the work session. The August 13th Memo is particularly informative, as it provides thorough detail around the rationale for the swap (see pp. 2-4). The factors that led to the decision include the effort to maintain diversity and to minimize the impact to ASFS families by relocating the school to sit geographically within the current boundary. The memo also indicates that administrative transfers will be able to make the move to the new building once the swap is made (this is referenced on p. 2).
APS will release a timeline for community engagement related to the swap in January 2019. In the meantime, please continue to stay informed by:
You are also always welcome to reach out to us with any questions. We will continue to engage with APS staff and school board members to ensure that the fidelity of our program is maintained and that the needs of our community are taken into consideration. We will continue to keep you informed of the latest updates as they are made available. Thank you for your support as we work together throughout this process.
APS held a work session on Tuesday, 8/28 to discuss the Elementary School boundary process. You can watch the meeting here, and view the full presentation here. At present, ASFS is no longer being considered in the Fall 2018 boundary process. Instead, ASFS and Key will swap buildings in either 2020 or 2021. This move may also include some boundary changes, but we do not have any other details at this time. A timeline related to the swap will be published in January 2019. We will continue to update this page as more information become available.
APS Ambassadors is a new program established by Arlington Public Schools. ASFS has two representatives appointed by our ASFS Principal, Mary Begley, whose role is to communicate relevant information from APS to our school community as well as collect any feedback from ASFS parents, teachers, and staff to take back to APS. Please feel free to contact ASFS's two representatives with any questions or feedback related to APS:
Please feel free to reach out to Kate Merrill (VP External Affairs) with any questions.