Special GFCA Committee. The GFCA Executive Board voted at its July 16 meeting to establish a special committee to better understand and address Fairfax County School Board (FCPS) issues, including plans for building a new high school in the county and related boundary changes. The new committee, co-chaired by GFCA board member Gordon Harris and GFCA member Fadi Shadid, is in the process of developing its charter. Community members interested in the work of this new committee should contact Gordon Harris at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax County residents attend discussion of school boundary policy. The Fairfax County Public School Board is in the process of updating its policy for adjusting school boundaries governed by Policy 8130.7 (Local School Boundaries, Program Assignment and School Closings Policy). A draft replacement Policy 8130.8 was discussed at the FCPS Board’s Working Session on July 22. While this meeting was open to the public and over 100 concerned residents attended, it was not a “public hearing” so there was no opportunity for residents to offer comments or ask questions. To see a video recording of the meeting click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXnnlYFVRU
Background information. If the school board sees a need to adjust boundaries in the future, such as overcrowding in a school, the new draft policy 8130.8, if adopted, would govern. Proposed revisions to the draft policy are being shaped by the Board of Supervisors’ recently enacted One Fairfax Policy (click here for more information on the One Fairfax Policy). The draft school boundary policy 8130.8, section “VI. Considerations Governing Establishment of School Boundaries” states that the first consideration is “Socioeconomic and/or racial composition of students in affected schools.” A lot of residents, and some FCPS Board members, are trying to understand the implications of this criteria.