County School Planners To Hear Community Concerns

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) will host the first in a series of community meetings as part of what it calls “listening tours” on Tuesday, May 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at South County Secondary School.

The series is designed to give members of the community an opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas about school facilities issues.  Meetings are focused on listening to the members of Cluster V schools, but any citizen is welcome to attend.

FPAC is a new School Board advisory council aimed at advising and informing the Board and staff members on long-term plans for facilities needs.  FPAC is made up of 13 Fairfax County residents — one from each magisterial district, three at-large members, and one from the City of Fairfax.

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

  • Program capacity.
  • Transportation and operating efficiencies.
  • Capital improvement plan 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).