Archive for 'Education'

School board proposes raises for members next year

School board proposes raises for members next year

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Amidst the small tweaks and adjustments made to Alexandria City Public Schools’ fiscal 2016 operating budget during the school board’s final work session on the issue last week, board members [...]

West Potomac’s Colin O’Grady falls short in ‘Jeopardy!’ semi-finals

West Potomac’s Colin O’Grady falls short in ‘Jeopardy!’ semi-finals

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) West Potomac High School has earned more national acclaim over the past two weeks, but in a slightly different way than normal, as 10th and 12th grade English teacher Colin O’Grady [...]

Astronaut encourages Jefferson-Houston students to reach for the stars

Astronaut encourages Jefferson-Houston students to reach for the stars

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Astronaut Charles Bolden visited more than 400 enthusiastic students and guests last week in the Jefferson-Houston School gymnasium. Sharing his experiences working for NASA as an astronaut and administrator, [...]

T.C. Williams principal to retire

T.C. Williams principal to retire

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) “It’s the quiet moments that bring me to tears,” said T.C. Williams principal Suzanne Maxey. He was a difficult student from last year. She was his mentor. He always [...]

ACPS capital budget hits snag with playground proposal

ACPS capital budget hits snag with playground proposal

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Alexandria City School Board members wrestled their way through first of several FY 2016 budget work sessions last week at George Washington Middle School. In preparation for a vote [...]

Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley presented a $260.5 million fiscal 2016 budget to the city school board last week, a 2.5 percent increase from 2015’s $252.8 million approved [...]

Mixing strings with rock ‘n’ roll

Mixing strings with rock ‘n’ roll

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) With skin-tight black pants, a fitted silk shirt and brown hair down to his shoulders, the enigmatic Mark Wood delivered a dose of rock ‘n’ roll to 370 Alexandria [...]

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) The new session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, and could be one of the more contentious in recent memory. Gun control, education and tax reform legislation are [...]

Local civil rights leader Ferdinand Day dead at 96

Local civil rights leader Ferdinand Day dead at 96

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Ferdinand Day, local civil rights leader and the first black school board chairman in Virginia, died last Friday at the age of 96. An Alexandria trailblazer, Day guided Alexandria City Public [...]

Maury parents call for new playground

Maury parents call for new playground

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Maury Elementary School second grader Jack Estabrook, dressed in a suit and tie, hair combed neatly to the side, climbed onto a chair, placed behind the podium just for [...]