Meet Mark Schwartz, Arlington County Manager at the Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting on Thursday October 6. The meeting will start at 7pm at the Discovery Elementary School (corner of 36th & Harrison Streets -- parking lot is on 36th Street). The meeting will be in the cafeteria.
All neighbors in the Rock Spring area and nearby neighborhoods are welcome (you can find a map of the civic association boundaries on the web at RockSpringCivicAssoc.org). Join us if you want to hear about the County's plans affecting our local neighborhoods, raise your concerns, or are curious to see inside Arlington’s newest elementary school.
The County Manager will discuss and answer questions on issues affecting North
RSCA officers and Executive Board members elected at the Oct. 22 Annual Meeting took office on Nov. 1, 2015, thus beginning their two year terms. Congratulations to newly elected President, Mark Luncher; new Vice President, Judy Wheat; new at-large Executive Board members, Bruce Dodd and Aaron Feit, and to the eleven officers and Executive Board members continuing for another term. The full leadership list may be viewed on the Governance page. Many thanks to retiring Executive Board members Sharon Jolly and Joe Delogu and to outgoing President Carl Cunningham for their many and valuable contributions to the RSCA community.
Carl Cunningham today made the following announcement indicating he will not seek re-election as RSCA President:
Please mark your calendar: the 2015 Rock Spring Civic Assoc. Annual meeting and Elections will be held on Oct. 22 in the music room at Williamsburg Middle School, starting at 7 pm. Election of all RSCA officers and Executive Board members will take place at the meeting. Nominations for these positions will be open from 9/17 to 10/8. Nominations chair, Judy Wheat (703-536-4658 firstname.lastname@example.org), may be contacted with any nominations or questions concerning the elections. Watch for further announcements regarding the meeting agenda, nominations, and election details.
A "Construction letter" was sent to RSCA 3/18/15 announcing that a contractor has been chosen and that the phase II Improvement project will get underway shortly. A copy of the letter and additional details are available in the Community Projects folder.
On January 24, 2015, the a $7.3 million contract for the construction of the Old Dominion Drive transportation multi-modal project along Old Dominion Drive from 38 Street N. to west of North Glebe Road. The project is expected to begin construction in the spring or early summer and is the second and final phase of a project designed to improve safety along more than a mile of Old Dominion Drive.
The following request for your input is from RSCA's representative on the APS Naming Committee, which will be recommending a name for the new elementary school to the School Board.
I have been asked to represent the RSCA on the Naming Committee for the new elementary school that is being built adjacent to Williamsburg Middle School. The committee is selecting the name for the new school and presenting it to the school board for approval over the next few weeks. To make this job easier, we met to learn more about the history of the site, the features of the new school, and many different options for names.
After compiling all names suggested the committee voted and the top two names are Friendship 7 Elementary School and Discovery Elementary School.
Rationale behind Friendship 7
Astronaut John Glenn lived across the street from Williamsburg Middle School with his family. When he was selected for this mission to fly aboard the Atlas as part of the Mercury mission to be the first person to orbit the Earth, he asked his children to name his space capsule and they named it Friendship. Glenn added the 7 to honor his fellow Mercury members, a testament to camaraderie and the great nation and world-changing things that can be accomplished together.. This name is both a tribute to John Glenn and a symbol of one of the tremendous, innovative achievements of the 20th century, much like the creation of net-zero energy public buildings will be a tremendous achievement of the 21st century.
Rationale behind Discovery
The new net-energy school will be a significant achievement for APS, Virginia, and the country as we all move toward converting our society toward clean, renewable energy. The building is designed so that the children will be able to access models of the buildings energy-saving systems so that they can discover how they work. The innovation behind the school symbolizes that our children will also be discovering throughout their education as they learn about their role in the world around them. Discovery was also the name of the space shuttle on which John Glenn made his final space flight at age 77 as the oldest person to enter space.
At this point in the process, the Naming Committee is turning toward our communities, made up of representatives from adjacent neighborhoods and schools, to find out what people think about these names.
Please share your opinions with me about these two choices using the linked RSCA Input Form , so that I can best represent the views of the Rock Spring Civic Association. If you have any questions or would like more information about these names or the naming process, I’ll be happy to answer them.
Mark your calendar: RSCA will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 30,2014 at 7 pm in the orchestra room of the Williamsburg Middle School. The meeting will feature a debate between the two candidates for the County Board and a presentation on the many capital projects getting underway in the Rock Spriing area.
APS is forming a broad-based community committee, which will begin meeting in early September, to recommend to the School Board a name for the new elementary school now under construction on the Williamsburg Middle School campus. RSCA's representative to that committee is Julie Luncher. She and the RSCA Executive Board would welcome any name suggestions RSCA residents wish to offer. To assure appropriate consideration prior to the APS committee's first meeting, please submit your suggestions to RSCA by Sept. 3, 2014 using this Name Suggestion Form. (Please also note that separate forms are needed for each name submitted). Thank you.
A letter recently received from the County's project coordinator provides updated information on the Old Dominion Dr. sidewalks project in the RSCA area and a link to the County website for this project. Apparently movement of utilities is beginning, and actual project construction is now project to begin in early 2015.