APS News Release

School Board Approves Career Center Expansion Educational Specifications

The School Board discussed and approved the educational specifications for the Career Center expansion at Thursday’s meeting. The approved motion included one addition to include the principal of universal design and a request for an update on ed specification in March 2020.

Educational Specifications help to translate strategic plans, policies and priorities into a comprehensive statement of expectations to guide educational facility planning and design. This Educational Specifications for the Arlington Career Center Expansion is site-specific and provides facility space requirements and planning criteria associated with the programs currently offered at the Career Center, as well as those associated with the two projects at the Career Center included in the FY 2019-28 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP).

This Educational Specifications for the Arlington Career Center Expansion provides space to serve 1,900 students by 2025.More on the educational specifications, next steps and a timeline are available on BoardDocs.

The School Board also approved the changes to project funding for both Dorothy Hamm Middle School and The Heights Building as presented for information at the Oct. 18 meeting. Any change orders exceeding $100,000 will be brought back to the School Board for further approvals.

Staff provided an update on Career, Technical and Adult Education/Arlington Tech and Internships. The report highlighted enrollment, key indicators, work-based learning opportunities and recommendations. The full report is available online.


The Board began the meeting by recognizing APS school psychologists and School Psychology Awareness Week which takes place Nov. 11-15. The recognition featured a short presentation and video which showcases the work of APS school psychologists.

The School Board will hold its next Regular Meeting (2110 Washington Blvd.) on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted one week before the meeting on BoardDocs.

Citizens who want to comment on any items discussed at the School Board meeting should email the Board at school.board@apsva.us or call 703-228-6015. Citizens may call 703-228-2400 on the Monday after the School Board meetings to listen to a meeting summary. School Board meetings are also broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 41; live-streamed on the APS website, and re-broadcast on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the meeting. All materials and minutes will be posted to the website at aps2016.apsva.us/schoolboard upon School Board approval at a subsequent meeting.