Advocacy - Stay Informed

 

 

NEWS AND UPDATES FROM YOUR ADVOCACY COMMITTEE:


McLean Traffic Analysis and Beltway Ramp Closure Pilot Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation has proposed a potential pilot project to evaluate limiting access to the ramp from Georgetown Pike to northbound I-495 during weekday afternoon/evening periods. You can find information about the McLean Area Traffic Analysis and proposed solutions here on VDOT's website. Two community meetings on the proposal have been held (Meeting Materials August, Meeting Materials October). The comment period closed on 11/13.

You can find additional information about the proposed pilot project in this Patch article.

Future Plans for the McLean Community Business Center (CBC), aka Downtown McLean

The McLean CBC is centered on the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Old Dominion Drive and an update to the comprehensive plan could include a mix of residential and community-serving businesses. We have an opportunity to make sure the needs of families with school-aged children are included in the final vision. For more information, visit the project website.

Streetsense will complete the final vision plan after compiling and analyzing community input from the open houses. The study’s task force, which is made up of residents, will then work with county staff and the community to translate this vision into recommendations for changes to the Comprehensive Plan. The task force’s monthly meetings are open to the public.

Balls Hill Road/Old Dominion Drive Intersection

The project will realign the existing skewed intersection configuration and provide improved traffic signal operations. Bicycle and pedestrian facilities also are planned. For more information, visit the project page at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/projects/balls-hill-road.  


FCPS FY 2019 Budget

The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2019 budget on May 1. This budget fully funds the School Board's request, bringing teacher salaries into competitive alignment with neighboring areas ($53.1 million for new teacher salary scale enhancement, $43.9 million for step increases for eligible employees), addressing enrollment growth and changes in student demographics ($15.8 million) and instructional program enhancements ($5.1 million). Overall support for FCPS from Fairfax County increased by $91.49 million or 4.22% over Fiscal Year 2018. The fiscal year starts each year on July 1. Learn more about the budget calendar

Budget Quick Link: Fairfax County Adopted Budget Memo


GET INVOLVED

Contact the School Board:

The Fairfax County School Board is charged with setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of FCPS program. Share your thoughts on priorities for school funding and other school matters with our delegates. You can also speak at a board meeting - sign up here. Interested in what's being discussed at school board meetings? You can access meeting minutes and videos here.


ADVOCACY AT THE CRS PTA

At the CRS PTA, we work with our local officials (such as the School Board, Board of Supervisors, VA state representatives, etc.) to advocate for our CRS community. Some of these issues include addressing teacher pay and benefits, reducing class sizes, and ensuring adequate funding and access to a high quality education. We work to make sure you are informed of issues that could impact your student or opportunities to be engaged in shaping education direction at FCPS - empowering you to be an advocate for your child and our community. Finally, we try to keep you informed about community-wide issues that are of particular interest to school families and staff, and might impact their quality of life. The CRS PTA is a member of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, the Northern Virginia District PTA, the Virginia PTA, and the National PTA.

SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS  or INTEREST IN JOINING THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE:

EMAIL:  [email protected] to contact CRS PTA Advocacy Co-Chairs - Kelly Green Kahn and Maddy Ellis