The Alexandria School Board was given another gloomy forecast December 17, when we were told not to expect too much progress from the upcoming legislative session in Richmond.
Senior Services of Alexandria offers a huge thank you to Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his deputies and to Mary Ann Griffin and her staff at the City’s Office on Aging for helping us deliver meals to homebound seniors during the recent snow storm. Our usual volunteers could just not make deliveries because of the weather. We called upon the Sheriff and the Office on Aging staff to assist us in getting these meals to our clients, and they happily and willingly obliged.
Over the last year, President Obama and his administration have taken aggressive, and in many cases, unprecedented actions to revive our economy and restore prosperity to our nation. A key component of those efforts was the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009–the so-called “Stimulus” legislation.
It is with great pride that I write to you nearing the end of the fall legislative season here in Alexandria.
With three new councilmen elected last May and seated in July, the council started their fall legislative season in August with a whole new look. The new members brought strengths in banking, state politics, business, law and have a history of service and commitment to Alexandria through civic involvement.
In May 2009, Alexandria voters made a significant change to our City Council by throwing out two Democratic incumbents and replacing them with two Republican members — Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes.
That intriguing statement was delivered to the School Board last Monday, when Superintendent Sherman was unveiling the Board’s first look at the division’s education plan – the specific steps needed to implement our strategic plan.
On Saturday, October 17, Alexandria opened The Station at Potomac Yard. The Station at Potomac Yard is the City’s first new fire station in 30 years and it uniquely combines residential housing and mixed-use retail in a growing area of Alexandria. The successful project is a shining example of what the Alexandria community can accomplish, even during challenging economic times.
As former Members of the Alexandria City Council and transportation buffs, we have become increasingly convinced that rail transit is the primary answer to our region’s congestion problems. Metro and VRE should be expanded and improved, but we also need a network of streetcars in Northern Virginia.
Well, here we go again with the Alexandria School District: two children not taken home following school – so what does our illustrious Superintendent and School Board decide to do? Why, SET UP ANOTHER TASK FORCE to look at already established policies regarding school children returned home from school. And, of course, neither Dr. Sherman nor School Board Chair Yvonnne Folkers take responsibility for these two recent incidents. Enforce the already existing policies and move on and stop wasting time so you all can “run for cover”.
I’ve been struggling with that question the last few days, after a very fascinating week for the Alexandria School Board.