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December, 2005 - Volume 90, No. 4 ------

ACCF General Meeting Notice

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 7:00pm

Hazel Conference Center
Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington
1701 North George Mason Drive


Tuesday December 6, 2005


1. Pledge of Allegiance (formal start of meeting)

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes (Nov 1, 2005)

4. Treasurer's Report

5. Election of Awards Committee

6. Housing Committee Resolution

7. Parks and Recreation Committee Resolution

8. ACCF Schools Committee Program

9. Adjournment

Message from the President

Meeting with the Arlington County School Board: ACCF Schools Committee Program has allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes for the program. There will be 30 minutes at the beginning of the program in which we hope School Board Members will address the questions from the Schools Committee. Following the 30-minute segment, 45 minutes have been allotted for questions from the floor. Here are the Committee's questions, in order of importance:

1. Below are 7 elementary schools, grouped by similar Free/Reduced Lunch demographics, 3 of which made Adequate Yearly Progress ("AYP") under the No Child Left Behind Act and 4 of which did not. Why are the same schools not making AYP for three consecutive years? Are schools with Free/Reduced Lunch percentages in excess of 50% able to make AYP? If not, what are we doing about it? If they are, what is being done to identify the successful strategies of the schools that made AYP and emulate them in those that did not?

    Oakridge 63.32% made AYP
    Abingdon 67.4% made AYP
    Barcroft 61.54% did not make AYP (missed one target)
    Barrett 75.3% made AYP
    Hoffman-Boston 70.65% did not make AYP (missed two targets)
    Campbell 74.37% did not make AYP (missed two targets)
    Randolph 76.3% did not make AYP (missed four targets)

2. What are the most significant factors that inhibited the achievement of our strategic goal to eliminate the minority achievement gap during the last five-year strategic plan?

3. Departments and programs have been evaluated via the Planning and Evaluation Department and the Accountability and Evaluation Committee since approximately 2001. What significant changes have been made as a result of these evaluations? Are there any changes you would like to see made to the evaluation process?

4. Do you anticipate any delays or changes to the 2005 Capital Improvement Plan projects (or scheduled future projects) due to rising construction costs or other factors? If so, what are they?

5. African-American students seem to consistently receive a disproportionate share of the disciplinary suspensions that are issued each year. The superintendent and the School Board hear appeals of suspensions. In your experience of dealing with appeals, what factors contribute to this disproportion?

Patrick Smaldore

A Chance to Help the Next Generation of Teachers

Looking for a worthy cause? The Arlington County Scholarship Fund for Teachers, Inc., established 50 years ago, grants scholarships of $2000.00 to Arlington Public School students who have indicated an interest in teaching or affiliated careers. In May 2005, scholarships were awarded to two Wakefield High School seniors, and one senior from the HB Woodlawn program.

To qualify, students must complete an application that includes a short essay about why they want to be a teacher and must interview with the scholarship committee. Applications are available through the schools scholarship coordinator. The deadline to be considered for this year is March 29, 2006. Interview dates are tentatively set for April 18th 2006 for Washington-Lee students, April 19th 2006 for Yorktown students, and April 20th 2006 for Wakefield students. H-B students in other APS programs attend the interviews in their home schools.

The Arlington County Scholarship fund for Teachers, Inc., welcomes donations to support its mission. When a person or organization donates $2000.00, the donor will be recognized and may designate the scholarship as being in honor of memory of an individual. This is an especially fitting way to pay tribute to former teachers, administrators, or others who have worked with Arlington's youth. Donations should be directed to Frances Finta, Treasurer, 3317 23rd Street North, Arlington VA 22201. The scholarship fund is a 501 (c) (3) organization for tax purposes. If you have any questions, you may contact Mary Bell, President, at 703-528-0570.

Election of the Awards Committee

At the December meeting an Awards Committee consisting of five (5) members shall be elected from the delegates. Election shall be by ballot from nominations from the floor and a plurality shall elect. Should there be only five nominees, voting may be by voice.

November 16, 2005

Arlington County Board
Arlington County, Virginia
#1 Courthouse Plaza, Suite 300
2100 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Honorable Jay Fisette, Chairman

Subject: 1101 Lee Highway

Last year, the owner of the property at 1101 Lee Highway submitted a site plan for a 10-story residential building with 43 units, requesting rezoning from "S-3A" to "C-O-1.5" and a GLUP amendment from "Public" to "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel.

On June 1, 2004, Arlington County Civic Federation approved a resolution (attached) concluding that, "given the current site plan proposal, the Arlington County Civic Federation recommends that the property at 1101 Lee Highway in Rosslyn should retain its present zoning and GLUP designations, and should not be rezoned from S-3A (public use) to C-O-1.5 for private development."

Earlier this year, the owner of the property submitted a new site plan for a 9-story residential building with 70 units, requesting rezoning of the property from "S-3A" to "C-O-2.5" and a GLUP amendment from "Public" to "Low" Office-Apartment-Hotel.

Comparing the current plan with the one considered last year, the building would be 9 stories high instead of 10, while the density would be increased from 70.5 units/acre to 114.8 units/acre. The Federation believes that the new plan would have the same adverse community impact as the previous plan, and recommends that the property should not be rezoned from "S-3A" (public use) to C-O-2.5 for private development.

We feel this is important, and we ask that you include it in your discussions of these matters. We look forward to your response to our letter. Please feel free to contact me via telephone at: 703-528-3935, or via email at; pat@civfed.org.

Thank you.


Patrick A. Smaldore Jr.

Patrick A. Smaldore Jr.
President, Arlington County Civic Federation
3859 North Second Street
Arlington, VA 22203-3803

CC: ACCF Parks and Recreation Committee Co-Chairs

ACCF Committee Chairs

Ad Hoc Airports Committee

By-Laws Committee

Community Relations Committee

Cultural Affairs Committee

Environmental Committee

    Ben Axelroad, Chair - 703-525-3083

Housing Committee

Legislation Committee

Membership Committee

    Frances Finta, Chair - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182

Parks & Recreation Committee

Planning & Zoning Committee

Public Services Committee - Amy Levin, 703-521-4894+

Revenues & Expenditures Committee

Scholarship Committees


      Jim Pebley - 703-525-0766
      Tim Reese 703-533-0091, Co-Chairs


      Frances Finta - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182

Schools Committee

Special Events Committee

    Frances Finta - Phone 703-528-2882/ Fax 703-528-0182

Transportation Committee

The Arlington County Civic Federation 2005-2006

Executive Committee Officers

Executive Committee Members

Arlington County Civic Federation
C/o Patrick A. Smaldore Jr.
3859 North Second Street
Arlington, VA 22203-3803

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