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.

2019-20 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; incorporate major maintenance and asset management requirements into the CIP; incorporate facility safety and security requirements into the capital planning process; advise and assist with the development and implementation of updated boundary policies and processes; and plan for the impact of future boundary changes, including following construction of a new Western high school.

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.

Event:  November 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m., tour of Alice West Fleet Elementary School, 115 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204.

 

FPAC SY 2019-20 Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Location and Time Agenda Approved Minutes
September 10, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 1, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
October 15, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
November 12, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
November 19, 2019
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
December 10, 2019 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda  
December 17, 2019
(Work Session)
Location to be Determined
6-8 p.m.
   
January 7, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    
January 21, 2020
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
February 4, 2020 Gatehouse 6-7 p.m.    
February 18, 2020
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
March 3, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    
March 17, 2020
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
March 31, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    
April 21, 2020
(Work Session)
Gatehouse 6-9 p.m.    
May 5, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    
May 19, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    
June 2, 2020 Gatehouse 7-9 p.m.    

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,
Vice Chairman
Braddock District
Charles.Hookey@fcps.edu

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

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
Jayant.Reddy@fcps.edu

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.

Vacant         
Hunter Mill District

 

Troy Thompson
Lee District
Troy.Thompson2@fcps.edu

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

Troy Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, is a Managing Partner at SmithGroup; one of the largest integrated design firms in the U.S.  Troy leads the firm’s efforts on design excellence, delivery of services to clients, technology and talent development.  As the historic preservation leader for the firm, his recent projects include the modernization of the mid-century modern US Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, earthquake repairs to the Smithsonian Castle, the White House Visitor Center and Harvard University’s Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Turkey.

He currently serves on the national committee of the American Institute of Architects-Associated General Contractors Joint Committee, the board of directors for the Center for Innovation in the Design and Construction Industries, and is very active in the Design Futures Council.  These organizations all share a focus on improving the design and construction of our built world.  Troy is a licensed architect in Indiana where he graduated from Ball State University with degrees in architecture and philosophy.  He has a graduate degree in American history from George Mason University.

In 2003, the Thompsons moved to Springfield from Indianapolis, Indiana.  He and Shelly still live in Springfield.  She volunteers at ECHO.  Their son, Max, graduated from Lee H.S. in 2019 after being a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team.  He is studying business and political science at University of Mary Washington.

Daniel Aminoff, CMB, AMP
Chairman
Mason District
Daniel.Aminoff@fcps.edu

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.

Catherine Hosek
Mount Vernon District
Catherine.Hosek@fcps.edu

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

 

Cathy Hosek has been an education advocate for almost 20 years. She left her web page development job to focus on raising her 4 children full time. Cathy served for 2 years as PTA President of Stratford Landing ES and is the School Outreach Manager for GrandInvolve, an organization that connects Seniors to local Title I Schools through mentoring and teaching to the students. Last year she was the School Action Team Leader at Mount Vernon Woods and this year she is at Washington Mill. Cathy graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture/Horticulture from Murray State University is currently employed part time at the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Cathy has been attending FPAC meetings for over 3 years and also attends the VDOT and EMBARK meetings on the Richmond Highway Corridor. She is also her neighborhood member who attends the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association Education meetings.

Cathy, her husband and 4 children all live near Mount Vernon in Alexandria. Her children attend Stratford Landing, Mount Vernon, West Potomac and George Mason University.

Kate Howarth
Providence District
Kate.Howarth@fcps.edu

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
Shaun.Ferrari@fcps.edu

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 County 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
Shawn.Xu@fcps.edu
 

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 landscape of our future. He looks forward to teaming up with other community members to make a 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
At-Large
David.Phillips2@fcps.edu

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.

Daniel Hogan
At-Large
Daniel.Hogan@fcps.edu

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

Dan Hogan is an engineering and construction professional with more than 30 years of industry experience.  Dan retired from the Senior Foreign Service at the State Department in 2014 and is currently the Design Director at BL Harbert International.  Dan has worked in both the public and private sectors leading major (mostly international) design and construction programs and projects.

Dan’s professional credentials include a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.  Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, is a Designated Design Build Professional by the Design Build Institute of America and a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America.

Dan is a strong believer in voluntary service, currently serving on his community association’s Board of Directors as well as having served in the Peace Corps from 1991-93.

Dan graduated from Oakton High School in 1982, has a daughter who graduated from Marshall High School in 2019 and a son who plans to graduate from Marshall High School in 2022.

Angela Smalls
At-Large
Angela.Smalls@fcps.edu


FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

My name is Angela Smalls and I have lived in the DMV area since 2001 and have been a Fairfax County resident since 2006.  I have one child who is a 7th grader at South County Middle School.  I have a degree in engineering and after college, I worked in the aircraft industry for many years as a structural designer.  I worked in several states across the country for various aircraft companies before coming to the DC area.  I came to DC for a career change and went to law school in the area while working full time.  After law school, I worked for several consulting firms in Federal grants and policy. I currently work for the District of Columbia handling much of their Federal grant reimbursement and other Federal interactions for many of the DC agencies.  I have served on a previous FCPS Advisory Committee, the Human Resources Advisory Committee, two years ago.  My experience was positive, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the interesting issues presented by the Facilities Planning Advisory Council.

Katie Hermann, Secretary
City of Fairfax
Katie.Hermann1@fcps.edu


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