FPAC - Facilities Planning Advisory Council

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Board Liaison

Jane Strauss, Dranesville District Representative

Staff Liaison 

Jeffrey Platenberg, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Transportation Services
Jessica Gillis, Special Projects Administrator for Facilities and Transportation Services

Committee Purpose

The Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) shall provide accurate, timely, and relevant advice to the Fairfax County School Board with regard to the development of strategic, comprehensive, and long-term plans for educational and educational support facilities within Fairfax County for Fairfax County Public School students. The FPAC is intended to enhance community outreach and input into the facilities planning process.

2018-19 Council Charge

Continue to work with staff and build on work in the following areas:  develop the long-range vision for FCPS school facilities, to be included in the capital planning process; develop a plan to identify major maintenance and asset management requirements; assess the safety and security of FCPS facilities; develop a CIP that reflects the capacity and major maintenance requirements of FCPS and demonstrates the impact of the current funding limitations; and, develop recommendations for updating the boundary policies and processes.

Meeting Schedule

The following is the upcoming FPAC meeting schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all FPAC meetings will be held at the Gatehouse Administration Center, Room 5050, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.  Regular meetings will be held from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Work Session meetings will fall between 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  See meeting agenda for specifics.


FPAC Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Location and Time Agenda Approved Minutes
September 4, 2018 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 2, 2018 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2018 Meeting Cancelled -- --
November 13, 2018 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
November 20, 2018
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
December 4, 2018 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2018
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-8 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
January 8, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
February 5, 2019
(New Member Orientation)
Gatehouse 6-7 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
February 5, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
February 23, 2019
Bailey's Upper ES 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Agenda Pending Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
April 2, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
May 7, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2019 CANCELLED    
June 4, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  

FPAC Background

On September 23, 2010, the School Board approved the formation of a Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) as a new advisory council of the Board. The mission of the advisory council is to advise and inform the staff and School Board in the development of comprehensive, long term plans for facilities needs in the most effective and efficient way.  FPAC is made up of 13 citizens – one from each Fairfax County magisterial district, one from the City of Fairfax, and three at-large members.

Facilities-related issues that may be considered by the advisory council may include, but are not limited to:

  • school program capacity
  • enrollment and projections
  • transportation and operating efficiencies related to facilities planning
  • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) prioritization
  • creative financing and construction strategies
  • scope of renovations
  • school closures and new schools
  • student accommodation planning (building additions/modular relocations/ review of school boundaries)

The creation of FPAC is the result of a recommendation by the School Board’s Comprehensive Plan Development Committee (CPDC), which is charged with designing a recommendation for a comprehensive facilities planning process in order to address:

  • A need for increased public awareness when a school boundary study was eminent;
  • A need for increased public validation that facilities issues existed which could require a boundary study;
  • A need for a more regional, long range approach to facilities planning that is not provided in the current Capital Improvement Program (CIP) development process.

CPDC’s research led to the decision to create and to establish an “umbrella planning group” to interact with staff, the community, and the School Board, by providing district-wide comprehensive planning oversight and guidance. The establishment of a Facilities Planning Advisory Council will serve to further the intent of School Board Policy 8120, Facilities Planning, School Planning, which directs the preparation of a Capital Improvement Plan, program based school capacities, size and location of schools, periodic boundary adjustments and most importantly, community involvement.

FPAC Appointees

The following members were appointed by the School Board to the Facilities Planning Advisory Council:

Member Biography

Charles Hookey, Secretary
Braddock District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2019

Charles Hookey was in the cable television industry before transitioning to stay-at-home dad. He managed the franchising, construction, and operation of cable TV systems in South Florida and Prince Georges County, MD. As an industry consultant he conducted the due diligence required for the buying and selling of US cable TV systems, and was involved with the formative cable TV systems in Norway and Hong Kong.

His two sons collectively attended Wakefield Forest ES, Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS, Annandale HS, and TJHSST. He served as an Elementary and High School PTSA treasurer, and Athletic Boosters president. He is an active volunteer in his neighborhood civic association and faith community.

He is a native of Front Royal, VA and a graduate of American University in Washington, DC (Broadcast Journalism) and The College of William & Mary (MBA). He lives in Annandale with his wife Megan, a Langley HS graduate who attended Churchill Road ES and Cooper MS.

Appointed in August 2011, he has served as FPAC Secretary since August 2012.

Jayant Reddy        
Dranesville District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2020

Jayant A. "Jay" Reddy, an attorney, has lived in Northern Virginia since 2008, in McLean for the first 6 years before living in Falls Church the past 2 years.  Jay has a 10-year old daughter entering 5th grade in fall 2016 in Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, an 8-year old son entering 3rd grade in the Advanced Academics program at Haycock Elementary School in McLean, and a 4-year son who will enroll in kindergarten in fall 2017.  Jay currently is the President of the Franklin Sherman PTA, and in the past was Treasurer of the Franklin Sherman PTA.  Jay serves also on the Fairfax County schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, and on the Fairfax County Alcohol Safety Action Program Local Policy Board.  Jay is a native of Ames and Marshalltown, Iowa.  He is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Duke University School of Law.

Jay is enthusiastic about serving as a partner to the schools on FPAC, helping guide the schools address the demographic and financial challenges that have been shaping the county for several years.

Howard Perlstein          
Hunter Mill District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2020

Howard E. Perlstein, a recently retired federal appellate court lawyer, has lived in Reston since 1971, where his daughters attended Forest Edge ES, Herndon and Hughes MS, and Herndon and South Lakes HS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Howard was active in PTA, serving as Forest Edge and Herndon High PTA president, and in various County Council of PTAs positions.

He was a member of or chaired several FCPS advisory councils and task forces, as well as chairing the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations’ Education Committee and serving on several FCPS School Bond Referendum committees. Howard was instrumental in one of Fairfax County’s initial anti-gang efforts—the Community Initiative to Reduce Youth Violence—and was one of the founders of a public-private anti-gang organization—the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth.

Richard Ballard
Lee District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021


Daniel Aminoff, CMB, AMP
Vice Chairman
Mason District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2020

Daniel H. Aminoff, CMB, AMP, a Branch Manager for Citizens One Home Loans/Citizens Bank, NA, has over 36 years of experience in the mortgage finance business. He started his career in California in Retail residential lending and over the years has managed production in all channels of the business, including Multi-Family, Wholesale, and Correspondent Lending. He has been lending in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area for 20 Years.

Mr. Aminoff joined Citizens One Home Loans in July of 2018. Prior to CItizens One Home Loans, he was an Area Manager for Union Home Mortgage Corp. Prior to Union Home Mortgage, he was a Lending Manager with EverBank for 3 years. Prior to EverBank, Mr. Aminoff was with Washington Mutual then JPMorgan Chase for 7 years.

Mr. Aminoff is a subject matter expert in the field of residential lending and serves on the Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. He holds the distinguished Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB ® ) and Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designations from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.

Mr. Aminoff is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a BA in Economics and International Relations. He is a former college football official and enjoys travel. Mr. Aminoff resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children that attend high school and middle school in the Fairfax County Public School division.

Scott Higgins
Mount Vernon District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2019


Scott K. Higgins, PE, is a Vice President for Facility Engineering Associates with over 30 years of facility management and capital improvement experience. Scott is a registered professional civil engineer. He started his career as a naval officer and eventually retiring after serving as the military assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Facility Installations and the Environment. Post retirement, he moved on to be the vice president of two different large construction companies. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BS in Engineering and Physics. He then earned his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington followed by a Masters Degree in Construction Management from Purdue University. Finally, he earned his Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Scott is most proud of his four Fairfax County Public Schools educated children (two of which are still in high school). One is the Drum Major and the other is a Varsity Cheerleader even though she's a Freshman! He is a former president of the Lee High School PTA, co-chair of their All Night Graduation Party committee and enthusiastic Band and Sports Booster supporter.

Kate Howarth
Providence District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021


Kate Howarth has worked in the commercial real estate industry in the Washington, DC area for the past 18 years.  She is currently the Managing Director of the Investment Sales Group of H&R Retail, a real estate brokerage firm in Bethesda, Maryland where she oversees the team's sales, underwriting and marketing operations.  Prior to working in brokerage, Kate worked in real estate consulting with a focus on military housing privatization and affordable housing. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and her Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Kate, her husband and their two children live in Vienna and where one child attends Cunningham Park Elementary and the other attends Louise Archer Elementary.  Kate is an active volunteer in the schools, particularly in the areas of reading and Maker Space initiatives.

Shaun Ferrari
Springfield District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

Shaun is the Managing Director for the Americas at Currency Research where he provides consultancy, conference planning, and communication services to the cash and payments industry. Before joining Currency Research, Shaun spent 16 years at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System where he oversaw all operational and policy aspects of U.S. banknote issuance and processing. Shaun was appointed Assistant Director in 2013 and was responsible for the global issuance of U.S. currency and operations of Reserve Bank cash processing centers. Shaun brings to the Committee excellence in project management, risk mitigation, security controls, strategic planning, and budget planning and monitoring. Shaun is also an active Real Estate agent, enabling him to bring knowledge of local housing and population trends to committee discussions.

Shaun graduated from Connecticut College with bachelor degrees in Government and Economics and later earned a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Economics. He has lived in Fairfax Country since 2003 and currently resides in Springfield. He is also the proud parent of a third grade daughter currently attending Sangster in the AAP program. In his spare time, Shaun is a Girl Scout troop leader for Orange Hunt and Sangster students.

Shawn Xu
Sully District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

Shawn X. Xu, is a licensed architect focusing primarily on large and complex public buildings. He has over 20 years of professional experience in overseeing the design and construction process, managing project schedules, resources, and finance, and coordinating with multiple teams.

Shawn believes in the importance of contributing back to the community to improve our biophysical and social environment and to help shape the scape of our future. He looks forward to teaming up with other community members to make positive impact on the wellbeing of FCPS.

Shawn holds a Master of Architecture degree from University of Southern California. He resides in Fairfax, with his wife and daughter who currently attends Navy Elementary School.

David Phillips

FPAC Appointment
Through 2020

David Phillips, AICP, MRICS, CCP, CS, CCP is currently the Director of Project Planning and Cost Engineering for AECOM. He is responsible for all pre-construction activities, including cost engineering, constructability, value engineering, project risk, and construction scheduling. He is a licensed Quantity Surveyor, and has advanced certifications as a Construction Control Professional, Certified Planner, Certified Charrette Facilitator, and a Cost Control Professional. He and his wife have lived in Vienna for sixteen years, and currently have a son that is a graduate of James Madison High School and also attended Kilmer Middle School and Westbriar Elementary School. He is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University.

David received his Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Baltimore, a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California, and a Commission in the U.S. Army and Associates of Arts Degree from New Mexico Military Institute.

David is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, with more than 25 years of service, including almost ten on active duty, with service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and in Somalia as an Engineer in the Joint Task Force Headquarters.

Samia Byrd

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021


Samia Byrd, a native of Hampton, Virginia, has been a resident of Fairfax County since 1995. She has more than 20 years of experience in urban planning, housing and community economic development in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a Deputy County Manager for Arlington County where her portfolio includes the Department of Community Planning Housing and Development which is comprised of the County’s Planning, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Historic Preservation, Zoning and Inspection Services Divisions. She is also liaison to the County Board on behalf of the County Manager. Prior to this position she served as a Principal Planner in Arlington County’s Planning Division. She has managed and facilitated the review of several notable complex, multifaceted, development proposals and, having served as both Site Plan and Use Permit Coordinator, she was instrumental in providing oversight of, and managing the County’s special exception land use and development review processes. Her work as a planner for Arlington County builds upon her career providing consulting expertise, research and information to state and local practitioners on housing and community economic development policy, practices and programs. Prior to joining the County, Ms. Byrd served for more than eight years a Manager with an affordable housing management consulting firm, Quadel Consulting. She has also served as Director of State Fiscal Analysis and Policy for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, and a Research Associate with the Urban Land Institute.

Ms. Byrd holds both a Bachelor and Master of City Planning from the University of Virginia (1993) and Georgia Institute of Technology (1995). She is an Alumni of the ULI Regional Land Use Leadership Institute (May 2015), and received her Certification of Public Management in 2012 from The George Washington University/Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In 1999, she was selected as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship Program.

Ms. Byrd is an active member of: the Urban Land Institute; the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee in the City of Alexandria, Virginia; an advisor to Great Explorations Educational Foundation, Performing Arts Development and Planning Team, Annandale, Virginia; and is a member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She resides in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and their two children.

Karen Hogan, Chair                  

FPAC Appointment
Through 2019

Karen Hogan is a retired Senior Executive with 30 years of experience in information technology with the federal government. She spent her first 17 years in the Department of Defense and her most recent 13 years were in the Department of Commerce. Prior to her federal career, she was an elementary school librarian. Currently she is a professor at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Education and at UMUC, and is a Trustee on the Board of her Homeowners Association.

As a long-time resident of Fairfax County, she has a strong interest in ensuring the decisions about the schools are made by appropriately balancing the needs of the school system with the realities of the economic environment.

She has served as the FPAC Chair since its inception.

Katie Hermann
City of Fairfax

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

Katie Hermann, CFM, GISP, has over 12 years of emergency management consulting experience for state and local entities on the east coast. She is a Senior Project Manager for ESP Associates, Inc. Katie specializes in school safety initiatives, school risk management planning, GIS analytics, flood hazard mapping, flood hazard mitigation planning and strategic planning for various clients. She has experience working with school districts to implement school risk management plans and helps capture critical emergency response asset information for over 1,000 schools. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Geography.

Katie lives in the City of Fairfax with her husband and daughter, who started kindergarten in 2018 at a City of Fairfax elementary school.

Resource Documents

View the annual report to the School Board, along with the advisory council guidelines and bylaws.

FCPS Capital Improvement Program