Falls Church City Public Schools enrollment continues to grow at a 6.1% pace - faster than any school system in Northern Virginia. Another 176 new students (an amount equal to an entire grade level) are expected by fall.
With that as a foundation, and before the Falls Church School Board Superintendent Toni Jones outlined her budget for the coming year which seeks the additional staff necessary to retain small class sizes, and begins to close the gap in teacher salaries to retain those already here.
It also include a three year Technology Strategic Plan to further enhance opportunities for Personalized Learning of students while cutting costs and reducing purchasing. The budget seeks a $37.3 million City transfer; a 10.6% increase over current funding but less than the 14% increase sought for the current year.
Thursday, December 5th at 7 pm
in a musical extravaganza at the GMHS Auditorium!
The Winter Concert program will include selections from the Nutcracker danced by ballet dancer, Kaitlin Kay, and performed by select members of the wind ensemble; the jazz ensemble featuring the vocals of Arijeet Sensharma; the symphonic winds, as well as the wind ensemble and symphonic bands performing a variety of marches and symphonic band music. The concert will also include a holiday sing-along. Also featured in the concert will be the original compositions of student composers, Noah Saberhagen, David Rhies, Max Aifer and Nik Hokaj. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
It started with a simple email from a concerned parent to the Falls Church School Board, City Council and Police Department in February of 2012; "Would it be possible to bring stop arm cameras to school buses in Falls Church to monitor motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses on some of Falls Church City roads?" Beginning next week, just in time for National School Bus Safety Week, Falls Church becomes the first school system in Virginia to roll out a School Bus Safety Program including stop arm cameras.
“Our main goal is to keep our students safe,” said Dr. Toni Jones, Superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools. “These cameras are the safety solution we need to reduce the number of these types of violations to protect our students.”
Falls Church City Public Schools and the Falls Church Police Department is partnering with American Traffic Solutions, a leading photo enforcement provider in North America, to deploy CrossingGuard®, ATS’ newest solution to help school districts address the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses. The program is administered and maintained by ATS with no upfront cost to the district. Once implemented, the program will be 100 percent stop arm violator funded.
In Virginia, a violation is considered a civil penalty that will warrant the vehicle’s owner a $250 fine.
Approximately 12 buses transport 2,000 students to and from school each week. Half of the fleet will be outfitted with the stop arm cameras.
"Our goal is to educate drivers and stop the illegal passing of school buses," said Mary Gavin, Chief of Police for the City of Falls Church. "Our number one priority is to protect our citizens. We are proud to have this additional tool to help keep our children safe."
As the current red light enforcement provider for the City of Falls Church, ATS was selected by a committee representing FCCPS, City Government and the FCPD. ATS has piloted stop arm enforcement programs in Maryland, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.
For more information about the FCCPS School Bus Safety Program, watch this video: Falls Church City PSA
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The Falls Church City Public Schools enjoys a reputation for excellence, and the division is committed to maintaining its standing as the premier small school system in the nation. Our four schools serve more than 1900 students including some tuition students who live in communities outside the City of Falls Church.Mission Statement
The Falls Church City Public Schools, in partnership with our families and community, educates and challenges every student to succeed and become a responsible and contributing member of the global community.