Archive for 'Education'

Race for delegate takes shape

Race for delegate takes shape

By Erich Wagner and Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Despite a short 10-day window before the filing deadline, five candidates have thrown their hat into the ring in the Democratic primary to succeed retiring Delegate Rob [...]

School board, city council still apart on education funding

School board, city council still apart on education funding

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Exiting a joint meeting between city councilors and members of the Alexandria City School Board, city and schools leaders appeared no closer to resolving a more than $3 million budget [...]

Officials: ACPS five-year plan will focus decision-making

Officials: ACPS five-year plan will focus decision-making

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Former schools Superintendent Morton Sherman already may seem like a distant memory for city residents, but Alexandria City Public Schools officials hope a new policy roadmap will solidify the district’s [...]

ACPS officials propose redistricting effort

ACPS officials propose redistricting effort

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Superintendent Alvin Crawley announced the Alexandria City School Board would be redrawing the city’s public school boundaries at a meeting last Thursday. District lines have not changed since 1999 and [...]

Parents push for schools funding in city budget

Parents push for schools funding in city budget

By Erich Wagner (File photo) For perennial city budget hawks, the difference between the city’s public budget hearing Monday afternoon and last year’s iteration couldn’t be more stark. Groups of residents and employees, from local library [...]

Doughnut delegate calls it quits

Doughnut delegate calls it quits

By Erich Wagner and Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) After 12 years in politics, state Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) will retire from public service to focus on his new doughnut business and his family, he announced [...]

No new taxes in city budget proposal

No new taxes in city budget proposal

By Erich Wagner and Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Despite facing a $31 million budget gap as recently as December, Acting City Manager Mark Jinks proposed a balanced budget that not only keeps tax rates flat [...]

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, [...]