Fairfax School Bond Committee Announced

The Fairfax County School Board has announced the appointment of citizens to the 2011 Chamber of Commerce School Bond Committee.

mapThe School Board has asked the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to place a $252.7 million school bond referendum on the ballot on November 8 to cover the unfunded costs of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) capital improvement program during fiscal years 2011 through 2013.

The committee will distribute information about bond projects and solicit support in the community to authorize the sale of school bonds. The work of the committee is supported by private contributions that are solicited and collected by the committee itself.

“This bond referendum will provide funds to renovate a number of older schools as well as planning funds for schools about to enter the renovation phase,” said Janie Strauss, Fairfax County School Board chair. “Renovations offer FCPS the opportunity to provide students with access to the most current technology and science labs, to save money by including energy efficient upgrades, and to install safety and security upgrades. Modernizing our schools benefits the entire community.”

Len Forkas, president and chief executive officer of Milestone Communications, will chair the School Bond Committee. The following citizens have been appointed to the panel:

  • John Fee and Inger Maslin, representing the Braddock District;
  • Katherine Haskell and Melissa Sporn, representing the Dranesville District;
  • Tim Thompson, representing the Hunter Mill District;
  • George Towery, representing the Lee District;
  • Judith Fogel and Craig Meiser, representing the Mason District;
  • Colleen Al Mukhtar and Krystle Weeks, representing the Providence District;
  • Randy Becker, representing the Springfield District;
  • Leonard Litton, representing the Sully District; and
  • Jihoon Shin, Ralph Cooper, and Michael McClanahan, representing at-large voters.

More information on the Fairfax County Public Schools capital improvement program is available here and further information about the 2011 bond referendum can be found here.