Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools develops a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to address future facility needs. The CIP assesses requirements for new facilities, renewals of existing facilities, infrastructure management and other facility-related needs. Actual completion dates for CIP projects depend on cash flow and debt service limitations established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Fairfax County Public Schools' Superintendent Karen K. Garza has released the school system's adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Fiscal Years 2016-2020.
The School Board is currently engaged in a process to approve the 2016 - 2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which is updated and approved on an annual basis. We have significant capacity challenges which will require some courageous and strategic decisions about boundaries, capacity enhancements, new schools, and programmatic changes.
We are in a transition year, having to adopt a plan by the end of January for the county so that funding is continued for projects already underway. However, we are also designing a new, more strategic approach to these important decisions. We have parallel work underway.
So what are we doing? We have hired a company to assist us in new enrollment projection modeling. The Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC), with our assistance, is helping the division in garnering public input into the CIP. The engagement of the community in the coming months will influence the recommendations and proposals in the next version of the CIP in December 2015/January 2016 (a year from now).
The specific dates for these public meetings will be determined by the end of January and are expected to begin in early March. The CIP currently under consideration has prompted concerns in the community. Having heard these concerns, we are updating this document to reflect that these are simply ideas/considerations/potential solutions for the future.
For 2015/16, there are no comprehensive boundary changes underway and only one new Advanced Academic center under consideration at Poplar Tree Elementary School.
The CIP will be updated to provide more detail around processes and commensurate board policies and regulations. We have strict School Board policies and regulations that must be followed that involve extensive community engagement when, for example, a new AAP Center program is being considered or a school boundary is potentially changing. Therefore, there will not be any significant changes for the 2015/16 school year starting in September. You will be given ample notice when we plan our community engagement and outreach. There will be no surprises.
General inquiries may be sent to
Boundaries - 571-423-2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lea Ann Deyarmin
January 26, 2015