Arlington School Board
The Arlington School Board is composed of five members who serve overlapping four-year terms. Visit https://www.apsva.us/about-the-school-board/ for more information.
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What do you believe is the top priority for your role, and what is your plan to address it?
I have lived in South Arlington for 34 years and have been actively involved in school, neighborhood, area, and County-wide civic affairs for most of that time. I have been an active and involved parent since my first child started Kindergarten nearly 25 years ago. I have been a member of, on the Executive Committee of, or President of every parent-teacher organization of every school my children attended. I have also served on the Arlington Public Schools (APS) Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI), the County Council of PTAs, and the APS Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, I have served on the Boards of several civic organizations including the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and the Arlington Sister Cities Association. This public service has given me broad insight to the needs, wants and possible ways to address civic issues.. It is this experience and insight that I bring to my role as a School Board member and will continue to employ when re-elected.
A School Board member's role is to oversee the operation of the Arlington Public School system. By state law, the School Board is specifically charged with creating policies, establishing a budget, and hiring the Superintendent. In addition to the foregoing, my responsibility is to assure appropriate learning spaces that house a robust academic curriculum that fosters the 5 C's: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship skills, in order for students to achieve successful outcomes.
The top priority is to maintain APS' high standard of instruction, through the employment of high-quality staff, while we are adding additional capacity to meet the needs of burgeoning enrollment. APS has been struggling for 10 years to create permanent capacity that accommodates our rapidly rising enrollment, and will continue to struggle for several more years. But all the while we are building additional capacity, families are flocking to Arlington because we focus on high-quality instruction. My plan is to continue the physical expansion of permanent capacity through the use of our Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), while focusing on maintaining the high-quality instruction that has earned APS the ranking from Niche.com, "Best School District in Virginia".
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