CAPAFC编辑报道：2月14日情人节当日，费郡学区校董Jane Strauss女士在希望中文学校举行家长见面会。CAPAFC Founding VP Gao女士主持了见面会。会上Strauss女士与家长们积极互动，热情回答了家长们的问题。
关于家长们关心的Cooper新AAP Center，Strauss女士介绍到家长们会有一年的时间选择是否加入新AAP Center。 Strauss女士还表示支持AAP Center与local level 4（AAP）课程并行，给家长们提供是否enroll到AAP Center的选项。Strauss女士特别强调FCPS的目的不是要在所有的学校都建立AAP Center。
关于近期热门话题meal tax和real estate tax，Strauss女士提到real estate的tax likely是要涨了，因为State那里的财路看来没戏。 Board of supervisor 能做的也很有限。上涨的地产税中一部分会transfer给FCPS。具体对于华人喜欢住的相对富裕些的好区学校，可能指望不上这些钱去改善学校class size，funding 不足的问题。这些区的家长收入比较高，对孩子学校都上心，学校不用给funding，PTA也能给多多募捐，家长多多volunteer也能搞好学校。还有就是今年11月会有meal tax的public hearing。这个meal tax估计会是3-4.5%，可以定向给fcps，但是估计还是有相当份额subsidize到Title I，ESOL kids, 以及残疾和难民儿童上。
- Question 1 : Parent A bought a house and later found out the school boundary has been re-aligned or the AAP center has been realigned. As a parent, how to plan for changes like that.
Answer: Some areas of Fairfax county has recently experience an increase of student enrollment. The classroom overcrowds may trigger school boundary realignment. The best source information to foreshadow any changes it to review the CIP projects which can be found on the FCPS school board website. It usually lists the foretasted construction for next 2,5,10 years. Also keep an active communication with the board by attending meet and greet like this would help.
- Question 2: what are the recent changes that you are foreseeing for the Tyson’s corner area?
Answer: There are several changes that may come in the next few years: 1) A new AAP center may be opened in Franklin Sherman Elementary School in Mclean. If that new center is opened, students in Kent Garden may be re-aligned to that center.2)A new elementary school is going to be constructed and open near the capital one road in Mclean. Some of the students in the nearby neighborhood will be aligned to that new school.
- Question 3: what are the critical milestone days for the budget in the coming months?
Answer: March 1st – County Board of Supervisors (BOS) advertises tax rate
A) April 5-7 County BOS holds public hearings on budget (critical date, parents participation encouraged)
B) April 19 County BOS FY 2017 Budget mark-up – determine budget package and tax rate(at that time we will have a good idea how much money we will receive)
C) April 26 County BOS approves the FY 2017 Adopted County Budget, tax rate resolution ,and transfer amount to schools (formal approval of the money school will receive)
D) May 26 multiple rounds of discussion/working session will happen after April 26. Then School Board adopts FY 2017 Approved Budget on May 26.
Chinese American Parent Association of Fairfax County (CAPAFC) is a membership organization of Chinese American parents dedicated to the advocacy for excellence and achievement in education.