Archive for 'Education'

Plenty of work remains for Alexandria City Public Schools

Plenty of work remains for Alexandria City Public Schools

By Chris Teale (File photo) Although Alexandria City Public Schools made gains in most subjects in state Standards of Learning results released earlier this month, a closer look at the data shows some schools need improvement [...]

Some connected to T.C. Williams football criticize ongoing stadium press box closure

Some connected to T.C. Williams football criticize ongoing stadium press box closure

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) As the players, coaches, parents and boosters of T.C. Williams prepare for another high school football season, there stands a structure at the top of the bleachers at Parker-Gray Stadium deemed [...]

Alexandria City Public Schools sees big gains in SOL test results

Alexandria City Public Schools sees big gains in SOL test results

By Chris Teale (File photo) It is only one way in which student progress is measured, but the data is indisputable:  Alexandria City Public Schools appears headed in the right direction based on the pass rates [...]

City council challengers hone their message ahead of campaign season

City council challengers hone their message ahead of campaign season

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As sitting city councilors prepare their campaigns for re-election, a bevy of challengers are working hard to break the local Democratic Party’s hold on Alexandria’s government leadership. On November 3, all [...]

School board candidates flex their muscles ahead of November election

School board candidates flex their muscles ahead of November election

By Chris Teale and Erich Wagner (File photo) The winds of change are set to blow through the ranks of the Alexandria City School Board this year, with three current members not running for re-election and [...]

New Alexandria City Public Schools principals reflect on challenges, hopes for the future

New Alexandria City Public Schools principals reflect on challenges, hopes for the future

By Chris Teale (File photo) Changes are afoot in the leadership of one elementary school and one middle school in Alexandria City Public Schools, as two individuals with strong ties to the school district take on [...]

City council endorses Alexandria schools long range facilities plan

City council endorses Alexandria schools long range facilities plan

By Chris Teale (File photo) It has been two and a half years in the making, but a joint city council-Alexandria City Public Schools framework to cope with rapid student enrollment growth is now in place [...]

Patrick Henry Recreation Center plan gets city approval in tense legislative meeting

Patrick Henry Recreation Center plan gets city approval in tense legislative meeting

By Chris Teale (Image/City of Alexandria) Alexandria City Council gave the green light to a new Patrick Henry Recreation Center for the West End at its legislative meeting last week, but councilors were frustrated by a [...]

Patrick Henry Elementary School project reaches critical stage, but headaches remain

Patrick Henry Elementary School project reaches critical stage, but headaches remain

By Chris Teale (Image/Alexandria City Public Schools) Patrick Henry Elementary School has stood at its current site on Taney Avenue since 1953, and for the past two years the Alexandria City School Board has been working [...]

Alexandria City School Board approves 2016 budget

Alexandria City School Board approves 2016 budget

By Chris Teale (File photo) It took four and a half months and several difficult decisions, but the Alexandria City School Board formally adopted both its 2016 fiscal year combined funds budget as well as its [...]