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Education Notebook - 07/10/02

A&E Honors Frye, Harvey

<bt>Fairfax County School Board member Robert Frye (At large) and Ricki Harvey, principal of Dogwood Elementary School, were honored with Community Hero Awards by cable television's A&E network June 28.

Frye was honored for his 17 years on the board and his advocacy of nondiscrimination in the school system.

Harvey was recognized for her leadership during the rebuilding of the Reston school, which was destroyed by fire in November of 2000. In all, 10 people from the Washington D.C.-Metropolitan area were chosen by the network.

<sh>Consultant Interviewed

<bt>Representatives of SchoolMatch, an independent educational effectiveness audit company based in Ohio, were grilled by members of the Fairfax County School Board and Board of Supervisors Thursday, June 27, at a joint work session. The School Board is pondering whether to hire the company to do an audit of the school system's programs before it's time to assemble the FY 2004 budget.

Steven Sundre, executive vice president of the company, said the company does the audit by comparing it to other similar school systems as well as community surveys. The entire project is expected to take six months and cost $270,000 with SchoolMatch seeking funds from the private sector to pay for it.

"We've done well over 1,000 audits over the years," Sundre said. "Many of the school systems have been those who perform at a high level, but there is always room for improvement."

Some of the elected officials were concerned that just comparing Fairfax County schools to other jurisdictions would not provide the information the school system needs to determine if their programs are working.

"I can tell you right now what the comparison is going to say. We're going to look pretty good," said Supervisor Stuart Mendelsohn (R-Dranesville). "I'd like to see someone look at how we're doing it."

Sundre said SchoolMatch can provide the officials the information they are looking for and representatives are willing to meet with the supervisors as well as the School Board to determine the scope of work.

The contract has not been approved as of yet.

<sh>Schools Events Calendar

<bt>Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Saturday, July 13

Hayfield Secondary School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1971-72, 30-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Thursday, July 18, 9:30 a.m.

Fairfax County School Board work session, facilities; finance and budget. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Saturday, July 20

Chantilly High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Waterford at Fair Oaks, Fairfax; Falls Church High School, Class of 1977, 25-year reunion, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax;

Madison High School, Class of 1987, 15-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax County School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Saturday, July 27

Oakton High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com. Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Annandale High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner; Marshall High School, Class of 1972, 30-year reunion, Double Tree Hotel, Tysons Corner. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Fairfax High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Hyatt Fair Lakes, Fairfax; Langley High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner; Oakton High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria;

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner; West Potomac, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Embassy Suites, Alexandria; West Springfield, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Hilton, Crystal City. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Fairfax High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Hilton Arlington Towers, Arlington; Mount Vernon High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria;

Lee High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner; South Lakes High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Sheraton Reston, Reston; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Woodson High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com. Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria.

Saturday, Sept. 28

Annandale High School, Class of 1972, 30-year reunion. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com. Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Falls Church High School, Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner; JEB Stuart High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria;

Herndon High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Hyatt Dulles, Herndon; South Lakes High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion. Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Langley High School, Class of 1982, 20-year reunion. For more information, call First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or on the Web at www.fcreunions.com. Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner.