The City of Fairfax Schools sent a form to its database of registered community members from November 23 – December 15. School board members also sent a link to other residents for input. Sixty-one people responded. Here is just a sample of the feedback from our outreach.
I am a resident of:
City of Fairfax 47 78%
Fairfax County 12 20%
I don’t know 1 1%
No response 1 1%
I am a (choose all that apply)
Parent of a school age student 45 76%
Teacher/school staff 13 22%
Resident without student 7 12%
Other 3 5%
My student attends (choose all that apply)
Elementary School (DRES/PES) 16 30%
Middle School (LMS) 10 19%
High School (FHS) 24 45%
Fairfax Academy 2 4%
Other schools 14 27%
The survey asked for comments or suggestions based on the Budget Task Force Recommendations. There were 59 responses. Here are some major themes in the comments.
Advanced Academic Programs
Ten comments regarding closing AAP centers. Two responses were to keep the centers open, while eight responses wanted to close the centers, eliminate the need for transportation to the centers and offer Local Level IV at each school.
“Providence and Daniels Run should provide one level 4 AAP class per grades 3-6. This would save money and keep bright students and their families in City schools while still meeting those students’ academic needs.”
Seven responses, all were for keeping class sizes as they are with no increases at any age/level.
“Class sizes in FCPS high schools should not be increases as the average student-teacher ratio is often 30+ students to 1 teacher in core classes. Research has shown that student success is directly related to small student-teacher ratios.”
Five total comments. One for cutting sports programs and four against cutting programs or adding fees.
“Please please please do not cut freshman sports. Every Middle Schooler has been waiting for the day they can play sports in HS”
Five comments, all were for ending full-day kindergarten.
“Even though I don’t agree with cutting programs at schools, if we need to, then [lets] cut immersion, and non-school based AAP programs. We could also cut full day K as it cuts about 30 million right off the top.”