The Honorable Joan E. Wodiska, ChairmanSubmitted June 6, 2011
Falls Church City School Board Work Plan: Final Report July 1, 2010-June 14, 2010As Chair of the School Board, I am proud to report that the School Boardexceeded goals, and is significantly ahead of schedule, leaving the schooldistrict strong and well-prepared for the future.
In a year of ongoing economic adversity, challenged by aging facilities, declininglocal revenues, and the retirement of the Superintendent, the 2010-2011 schoolyear presented the Falls Church City School Board with unprecedented,complicated, and politically difficult challenges. As the Class of 2011 looks back ontheir accomplishments, so too does the School Board to determine if we met thehigh expectations of our taxpayers, our parents, our staff, our students, andourselves. The School Board’s to-do list was long, and some many have evensuggested overly ambitious, but thanks to the dedication and perseverance of theBoard members, school staff, and our amazingly supportive community, the SchoolBoard and the community can look back on 2010-2011 with a sense of achievement and commitment to the future of public education in the City of FallsChurch.One City Council member may have said it best, “This is the hardest workingSchool Board.” In deed, the School Board ended the 2010-2011 school year well-ahead of schedule and achieved several significant accomplishments for the City’spublic schools.First, from a standpoint of managing our schools, the School Board hired a newSuperintendent,Dr. Toni Jones, passed the FY 2012 budget, and approved a newfacilities plan. All three activities are tremendous achievements in their own right.However, the School Board also invested in our infrastructure, breaking ground onsignificant school renovation and expansion projects and competing for andwinning a subsidized construction award to save city residents millions, $60 millionto be exact from the original placeholder price tag. For the students, the SchoolBoard prioritized the expansion of school breakfast to all school buildings for thefirst time in the City’s history, and was honored when our efforts to make schoolmeals healthy and available to all were recognized with a prestigious nationalaward. The Board also planned for the future, laying the groundwork to offer on-line learning opportunities by developing a public-private partnership withMilestone Communicationsto support e-learning and wireless access in studenthomes. Finally, taking a lesson from these difficult economic times, the Board tooka first-bold step forward to create a revenue sharing agreement between theSchool Board and City Council to stabilize the schools’funding for years to come.And, on a personal note, I am proud to say, the School Board did all this worktogether as a team after writing, signing, and subscribing to a first ever SchoolBoard Civility Code of Conduct. There is always more to do, but looking back overthe year, the School Board is proud of our accomplishments, vision, hard work,1