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Update on PTA Meeting and Resolution Endorsing the New Elementary School

School Board member, Noah Simon, attended our PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 8 to field questions and listen to feedback from our community.  The PTA also considered whether to adopt a proposed Resolution Endorsing Building of the New Elementary School on the Williamsburg Campus.  The third point was stricken from the proposed resolution, because many parents attending the meeting felt that Arlington Public Schools did not engage “in an extensive community process to plan the most feasible locations for construction of new space based on a range of relevant factors.”  Parents cited a lack of community involvement on the site selection, insufficient evaluation of alternatives (eg, Madison Center, Reed Center, relocating ATS), and late evaluation of traffic and other impacts (eg, not until being deep into the design process for the building).  Still, enough parents felt it was important to express our support of building to alleviate overcrowding that the PTA voted to adopt a modified version of the resolution.