Following by Lou Mauro….I have lived in the City of Falls Church for 35 years. My son attended all City schools from K through 12. I know George Mason High School (GM) as a parent, volunteer and coach, but most importantly for the issue of a new high school, as a substitute teacher from 2004 to 2010. For most of that time GM comprised 5 grades, 8 through 12.
On Site Assessment
My substitute teaching assignments familiarized me thoroughly with every nook and cranny of that building, more so than most regular teachers. I therefore speak with considerable knowledge and experience when I tell you that there is absolutely no need for a new high school.
If the reason given for a new school is that more classroom space is or will be needed, see below. If the reason given is that it would make it more convenient (and lucrative) for developers to have frontage on Route 7 and Haycock [...]
Editor’s Note: Mr. Kaylin has updated his column and we have posted along with the update a comment that appeared on our site by David Kutchma. Kaylin and Kutchma are qualified and possess expertise in fiscal and construction issues. Mr. Kaylin’s original column posted earlier this week is also included in this up date.
With Fiscal and Construction Expertise, Ira Kaylin and David Kutchma Weigh In on Deficiency
Cost Over Run Only “Discovered” After Voters Approve Mt. Daniel Referendum
Will Legal Action Against Engineering Firm to Recover Overrun Charges Be Considered?
How Will Overrun Be Funded?
Or Will the School Board Pass the Cost on to the Taxpayers?
by Ira Kaylin
Kaylin is a Former Member of the City Council and was Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee
Update: March 1, 2015
Based on School Board Chair’s statement that the [...]
The power point presentation from the September 26th meeting of the GMHS/MEHMS Steering Committee
meeting is available on the City’s website, www.fallschurchva.gov/CampusJointSteeringCommittee.
The Architecture Firm RTKL provided a Site Capacity Study of the campus.
The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Farm Day on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue).
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including: horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin painting, blacksmithing, cider pressing from locally grown apples, pony rides and much more. Enjoy live music from Andrew Acosta and The New Old-Time String Band. Participants who bring their own pair of pants and a long-sleeved shirt will be able to craft a scarecrow.
Free tours of the 1845 Cherry Hill Farmhouse will be offered throughout the day.
Admission is free, however nominal fees apply to some activities.
For more information about Farm Day, please visitwww.FallsChurchVA.gov/farmday or call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711).