Archive for 'Education'

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Alexandria School Board members are poised to flip the switch on one of the city’s longest — and occasionally most contentious — on-and-off debates: Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field. The [...]

All-girls robotics team prepares for international competition

All-girls robotics team prepares for international competition

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) For a group of girls in the Port City, Legos aren’t just for building pirate ships or a replica of the Millennium Falcon. Six girls hailing from several middle schools — [...]

ACPS to avoid major program cuts in budget

ACPS to avoid major program cuts in budget

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools likely will avoid major cuts to educational programs despite receiving $1.2 million less than asked for from City Hall. When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his proposed $252.8 [...]

AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Geraldine Zenteno knew exactly where she wanted to go after graduation. Researching universities, the 17-year-old T.C. Williams senior had fallen in love with The College of William and Mary. Zenteno wants [...]

John Adams Elementary closed Friday after stomach virus outbreak

John Adams Elementary closed Friday after stomach virus outbreak

By Erich Wagner (File photo) School officials are closing John Adams Elementary School Friday after more than 200 students and more than 30 staff contracted norovirus between Wednesday and Thursday. Norovirus is a highly contagious but [...]

The collaborator

The collaborator

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Newly appointed Superintendent Alvin Crawley said efforts to bring struggling city schools back in line with state performance benchmarks are merely a means to an end. Academic excellence, not compliance with [...]

School budget gap could affect instruction

School budget gap could affect instruction

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his $252.8 million budget for Alexandria City Public Schools in January, he warned that the district’s belt was as tight as it could get. “If we [...]

SOL reform receives passing marks

SOL reform receives passing marks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) State officials want public school students spending more time learning and less time preparing for standardized tests, a move that has parents and teachers hopeful. The House of Delegates last week [...]

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The Alexandria City School Board revealed last week that interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley will helm the public school district on a permanent basis. Crawley began overseeing Alexandria City Public Schools in [...]

Two-school solution

Two-school solution

By Erich Wagner (File photo) A scant few years after educational officials broke the city’s two middle schools up into five entities, the experiment looks close to an end. The Alexandria City School Board is considering [...]