Archive for 'Schools'

Alexandria Seaport Foundation tackles a whale of a project

Alexandria Seaport Foundation tackles a whale of a project

By Derrick Perkins When the last known surviving wooden whale ship, the Charles W. Morgan, departs from Mystic, Conn., on its 38th voyage, a piece of local craftsmanship will set sail with it. The Alexandria Seaport [...]

School board will take up ACPS Education Foundation in private

School board will take up ACPS Education Foundation in private

By Melissa Quinn After publicly grilling Superintendent Morton Sherman for details earlier this month, school board members will go behind closed doors to discuss an educational foundation with ties to the district. School board chairwoman Karen [...]

Superintendent unveils fiscal 2014 budget

Superintendent unveils fiscal 2014 budget

By Melissa Quinn Superintendent Morton Sherman unveiled his $228.5 million fiscal 2014 operating budget last week, a three percent increase over last year that sets dollars aside for school renovations and a slew of additional teaching [...]

Alexandria School board returns teacher to shelter for troubled children

Alexandria School board returns teacher to shelter for troubled children

By Melissa Quinn School board members overwhelmingly voted January 24 to return teacher Michael Casey to a local shelter for at-risk children after his sudden removal last year came under scrutiny. Casey, a special education teacher [...]

Alexandria’s Richmond delegation seeks change in wake of Sandy Hook

Alexandria’s Richmond delegation seeks change in wake of Sandy Hook

By Melissa Quinn As the nation continues to debate gun control in the wake of the Newtown mass shooting, Alexandria’s state lawmakers have joined in the fray, drafting legislation aimed at tightening firearm laws. State Sen. [...]

Teacher’s removal from shelter for troubled children raises concerns

Teacher’s removal from shelter for troubled children raises concerns

By Melissa Quinn Michael Casey provided an education for the 11 at-risk youth housed at Alexandria’s Sheltercare program until public school officials abruptly reassigned him in October. Casey, a certified special education teacher, worked with the [...]

New Alexandria School Board chiefs face bevy of issues

New Alexandria School Board chiefs face bevy of issues

By Melissa Quinn New school board chairwoman Karen Graf and vice chairman Justin Keating plan to address overcrowding and the achievement gap between minority students and their white peers this year. But taking control amid budget [...]

School board members grill superintendent on Education Foundation

School board members grill superintendent on Education Foundation

By Melissa Quinn Sparks flew at last week’s school board meeting after new member Patricia Hennig pressed Superintendent Morton Sherman for information about the Alexandria City Public Schools Education Foundation. Hennig questioned the nonprofit’s use of [...]

ACPS slates federal funds for new mobile health center

ACPS slates federal funds for new mobile health center

By Melissa Quinn Forget the traditional nurse’s office, Alexandria City Public Schools officials hope to unveil a mobile doctor’s office by the end of 2014. The district recently received a grant for more than $380,771 from [...]

Jefferson-Houston project gets city council’s go-ahead

Jefferson-Houston project gets city council’s go-ahead

By Melissa Quinn Alexandria City Council gave school officials the green light to move ahead with construction of a new Jefferson-Houston School in a unanimous vote Saturday. The decision to approve rezoning came after city councilors [...]